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A 46-year-old female asked:

I have active sle tx w immunosuppressants and prednisone. i've been having severe abdominal pain &diarrhea on and off for several years. pain is with diarrhea, constipat, eating. could it be sle? ideas?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
See below: It is rare to have gastrointestinal involvement from lupus and if it is present, it requires aggreessive therapy such as cytoxan (cyclophosphamide). However; other things such irritable diseases, diverticulitis, ulcers, and even Methotrexate that you report as taking can cause abdominal pain. You need to see a gastroenterologist for a workup in order to determine what exactly is causing your symptoms.
Dr. Russell Sparenberg
50 years experience
Possibly: You need to see a gastroenterologist to evaluate these symptoms.
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: I have seen patients with lupus get pancreatitis or the medications could be bothering your bowels. Gi specialist should be able to help.

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