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As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis?

As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis?

Inflamation: Pericarditis is inflamation of the sack around the heart. Pushing on your chest will not reproduce the pain. Some changes in position will. Costochondritis is inflamation in the chest wall. Applying pressure will cause the pain to increase. Read more

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Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Definition)

A medical term to describe an inflammatory condition that occurs in the junction of the cartilage and the bone portions of a long bone. It is most commonly used to describe these changes in the ribs, which is a cause of ...Read more


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What is rosacea? Is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?

What is rosacea? Is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?

No: Rosacea is not a part of lupus erythematosus. It is a poorly understood skin disorder that affects 16 million Americans. Try www. Rosacea. Org for more information on the disease and possible causes and treatment. Read more

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Is chronic sinusitis a symptom of lupus?

Is chronic sinusitis a symptom of lupus?

Sometimes: With lupus, sometimes the immune system does not function properly and one can end up with recurrent sinus infections. There are many more common causes for chronic sinusitis than lupus though, allergies rank first. Read more

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Can you explain in detail rosacea. I had thought it was just a skin disease per se. So is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?

Can you explain in detail rosacea. I had thought it was just a skin disease per se. So is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?

No: Rosacea is not a manifestation of lupus. It is simply a skin disease that can be confused with the rash of lupus but is totally unrelated. Read more

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Is Temporal arteritis a symptom of lupus? Is there any connection?

Is Temporal arteritis a symptom of lupus? Is there any connection?

Rare if possible: Temporal arteries is an inflammatory vasculitis that can obliterate the head blood vessels like the temporal artery (large sized). Systemic lupus can cause vasculitis & more often involves smaller caliber vessels in the kidneys, finger tips and organs. Medium sized arteries are rarely affected, & large vessels are not involved in lupus. Read more

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Is chest pain a symptom of lupus arthritis flare?

Is chest pain a symptom of lupus arthritis flare?

Yes but...: Lupus flare up can cause inflammation of the pleura and pericardium (sack around the lungs and heart respectively) which can cause chest pain. However it is important that you see your doctor to be sure there is no coexisting coronary artery disease as well. Read more

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Is it possible for eosinophilic esophagitis be a symptom of lupus or other autoimmune disease?

Is it possible for eosinophilic esophagitis be a symptom of lupus or other autoimmune disease?

Learning more: A recent publication in the journal of allergy and clinical immunology described a subset of patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who have connective tissue disease. Musculoskeletal pain and hypermobility of the joints were described in these patients. We hope to learn more and more is further research gives us more answers. Read more

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Have costochondritis, suddenly finding it difficult to breath, is this normal? Its worrying as I haven't had this symptom previous nights

Have costochondritis, suddenly finding it difficult to breath, is this normal? Its worrying as I haven't had this symptom previous nights

Maybe: Costochondritis may cause pain with deep breaths, but if the pain is severe or persists, I would recommend being checked out to make sure nothing else is going on that could be more serious. Read more

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I'm going for a consult for Lasik in 2 days. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 1993 and symptom-free and no meds since 1996. Can I have Lasik?

I'm going for a consult for Lasik in 2 days. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 1993 and symptom-free and no meds since 1996. Can I have Lasik?

LASIK: I would leave that up to the operating ophthalmologist. They will advise you about their experience with lupus patients. I would get a few opinions. Make sure urge the surgeon has a wealth of experience in these types of patients. Ask them specifically how many they have done in lupus. Good luck. Feel better! Read more

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Itchiness with Costochondritis?? There's a deep itching inside my chest and around my ribs where I am affected by costochondritis. I haven't heard anyone else report this symptom. Any advice?

Itchiness with Costochondritis?? There's a deep itching inside my chest and around my ribs where I am affected by costochondritis. I haven't heard anyone else report this symptom. Any advice?

Costochondritis: Itching is not a symptom of costochondritis.
Is there a skin rash present? Did it start after starting to take medication for costochondritis?
Please consult a physician if it continues to bother you. Read more

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Are muscle tics and fasciculations a lupus symptom? Some saying yes and some saying no.

Are muscle tics and fasciculations a lupus symptom? Some saying yes and some saying no.

Can be.: Lupus is a systemic inflammatory condition, SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. Nervous system is in charge of muscle tics and fasciculations. It can be a symptom. It could also be caused by something else. Just depends if the lupus hit the nervous system or not. Read more

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Is high blood pressure early symptom of lupus? My BP is high a few days then back to normal lately.

Is high blood pressure early symptom of lupus? My BP is high a few days then back to normal lately.

No: Persistent high BP is the first sign of hypertension. However transient high BP may be related to stress, exercise, too much caffeine, excessive weight etc. Read more