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Bad To Have Chickenpox Lupus
Infection: Call your primary care doctor. If you have been exposed in the past and/or vaccinated, you should be safe. The risk is if you are on immunosuppressant therapy for lupus. They might want you to simply watch for symptoms but better to be safe and call. ...Read more
Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more
I'm a lupus patient I am having a bad flare I could barely walk and I have lots of pain what can I do?
Need meds: You need to contact your rheumatologist to adjust your immunosuppressive medicines, ...Read more
Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 20, does that make me, at age 54, more or less likely to get shingles?
Had intermit fmla x 1yr for lupus/sjrog as I struggled w/ bad flares. Now under better control but get unexpected bad days. I don't plan to use but don't want to get fired if I get sick. Renew fmla?
Rheumatologist: Go see a rheumatologist and get your disease under control. If you are seeing a rheumatologist already, get a second opinion. ...Read more
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lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. ...Read more
Everyone is different: Everybody with lupus is different. Some people could have a very mild lupus. Others can have very serious involvement of many organs. The purpose of our therapy is to control it the best we can and help stamp it out. ...Read more
Can lupus flare cause headaches? I'm in a flare and also getting bad daily headaches with dizziness?
I am a 45 yr old man with sle lupus. Is there something I can take to help with being so forgetful is getting bad?
There other things that can cause you forgetful besides lupus though it is more common than previously thought to have neurocognitive defects secondary to lupus.
Talk to your rheumatologist about your symptoms as you may need further testing to sort this out. Hope that helps. ...Read more
I have a cold for 7 days is very bad in the mornings my buggers are with blood. I have lupus what can I take to get better?
See a doctor: Treatment for lupus depends on your signs and symptoms. Determining whether your signs and symptoms should be treated and what medications to use requires a careful discussion of the benefits and risks with your doctor. As your signs and symptoms flare and subside, you and your doctor may find that you'll need to change medications or dosages. ...Read more
Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 21; am I more or less likely to get a case of shingles in later years; (more or less immunity?)
No change: Shingles is due to the same virus that causes chicken pox. The exact reason shingles comes back later in life is not known and the age chicken pox occurred should not affect when or if shingles occurs. A vaccine approved by the fda for individuals over 50 (but not coveted by most insurance companies until age 60) reduces the incidence and severity of shingles and of the complications. ...Read more
Alternative of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) when taking it for lupus? As I had bad sde affect from plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)
Need more info: What specific problems have you had? A more detailed explanation from you is needed before an appropriate answer can be given. ...Read more
Is it normal w/lupus that even if treatment is working, most days are good, &labs look good to still get occasional bad days related to condition? Why?
Not enough info: What do you mean by bad days and what specific issues do you mean? But yes, there can be occasional days with increased symptoms even if the control is otherwise good. ...Read more
Do most others with lupus feel good daily except when they have a flare a few times a year or have good & bad days (pain, fatigue) in addition 2 flares?
For the most part: You can have good days and bad days. Keep a journal to see if you can pinpoint what triggers your bad days. ...Read more
If ones lupus currently shows normal labs (other than high ana)does that mean they shouldn't have any bad lupus days or lupus symptoms & feel fine every day?
No: Lab tests are only one indicator of sle activity. You and your doctor are the best ones to judge how active your disease is and whether your symptoms are related to sle or another cause. ...Read more
Yes: Lupus is often mild and controlled with fairly non-toxic meds. In the absence of severe kidney, neurologic or other internal organ involvement, lupus patients can have a normal life expectancy. ...Read more
What happens if an adult gets the chickenpox? It is a childhood disease and I have heard that if an adult gets it is bad. How?
Unusual severity: During the era when 2 million cases a year occurred in the us, few worried about adult cases as most got them as kids. Now with available vaccines, some slip through without disease or vaccinations.Adults can develop a severe pneumonia that can be fatal, with onset soon after the skin findings appear. Vaccination is a good idea for any adult that missed them. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with lupus while living in Egypt. I tried to get a diagnosis here in US but it was negative. However im sure im having a bad flare.
See a Rheumatologist: You Don, t say how they arrived at the diagnosis in Egypt or what your symptoms are or what a flare consists of. It is worth noting that the diagnosis is not made by blood test alone, but by a set of tests, symptoms and physical findings. A Rheumatogist can figure this out. A positive or negative lupus test alone is not the way to diagnose. ...Read more
Is it common for one 2 yrs into lupus -like diagnosis to have 1 or 2 bad days every week? Have good days & better than before but still get bad days.
Yes: Good days and bad days are characteristic of lupus, and even when symptoms are controlled you might always feel that some days are better than others. ...Read more
Probably OK: There are no specific problems that have been associated with tattoos in lupus patients. Keep in mind the small risk of infection with hepatitis b and c. Occasionally lupus patients have been known to have a reaction to the tattoo dye but this is very rare. Remember, if you are on immunosuppressive medication, this may increase the chances of infection and slow healing of the tattoo area. ...Read more
22 y/o f w/ lupus. What could cause a bad headache and series of uncontrolled head jerking episodes? I was in class and didn't know what to do.
Bad fatigue interfering with daily activities for 3 weeks. Have lupus but recent labs were normal showing no flare. I am normally very active. Causes?
Be a viral syndrome> (patients with Lupus do get viral infections at the same or slightly higher rate than the general population!) Do you have a fever?? Any contacts with people who were (are) ill??? Any travel??
Did recent labs include a CBC (Complete Blood Count) If so what was the White Cell count/Differential??
More info needed
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I'm dealing with lupus/sjogrens overlap. I have fmla but feel bad every time I have to call in sick to work & embarrassed when I return. I "look" fine.?
Brain fog: Most patients with sle and sgogren's have some "brainfog." depression frequently coexists. Vascular inflammation may be present, making you feel like you have a cold. Although most patients do not feel as you describe, it does occur. Remember, no one can feel what you feel. Talk to your rheumatogy specialist. ...Read more
Can sle lupus be brought on my a bad lifestyle of drinking not sleeping not eating right and whatnot?
Unknown: Nobody knows what causes lupus. It is not caused by bad habits as you mention. ...Read more
My ANA Hep-2 Titer is >1280 Titer 1 and standard is <80 Titer 1. pattern is Centromere. I have lupus. Just how bad is this result? Common?
Lab tests: Both of these tests may be suggestive of lupus or other autoimmune conditions. However, the lab test are just 1 component of the overall assessment and does not by itself makes the diagnosis of lupus. I recommend seeing a rheumatologist and would be happy to consult if needed. ...Read more
I've been to 2 allergy doctors and they think I have something autoimmune. I'm in bad constant pain. My lupus test was negative. What could it be?
R/O CVD: CVD = COLLAGEN VASCULAR DISEASE. The classic ones are LUPUS & RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. UCVD=UNDIFFERENTIATED COLLAGEN VASCULAR DISEASE. This means that you have some but not all the criteria to meet a specific diagnosis. It may take 5-10 years to meet specific criteria. There is also autoimmune thyroid disease. Get copies of labs & records. And see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
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