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Can Lupus Affect Menstrual Cycles
Some do: Some people can notice a change of lupus symptoms with their cycle. Each person is different and some do and some do not. You have to pay attention to your pattern and if you see things that flare your lupus, tell you doctor. Pregnancy has been associated with flares in some people. We are careful to watch for that and peopel are followed by high risk OB as part of that monitoring. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more
Seen in urgicare for cough/sob-blood work showed WBC 4.2, hgb 10.8, RDW 16, RBC 3.99 those r abnormal; I have lupus, only on plaquenil is this concern also just finished menstrual cycle 3 days ago?
See below: Lupus and viral infections can cause a low white blood cell and 4.2 is not worrisome. Your anemia needs to be addressed and if you are having heavy menstrual cycles you will need to see your gyn. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Some patients with autoimmune diseases report feeling worse before the start of the menstrual cycle. Some think it is because immune system is at its lowest level---i.E complements are low right before the start of the cycle. ...Read more
Why do I have a lupus flare during my menstrual cycle most of the time? Also my p.O.T.S symptoms worsen during this time how can I help this?
Inflammation: Lupus and the pre-menstrual phase of the cycle are both known for being states of increased inflammation, so it makes sense that you might have this and notice it during your menstrual cycle. I would speak with your rheumatologist regarding medications that are safe to take to diminish the flare symptoms, as some anti-inflammatories are harmful for kidneys. Best of luck. ...Read more
For some yes: Yes, it can happen and I have seen it in my patients. ...Read more
Do the hormone changes associated with menstrual cycles affect people with mood disorders more severely?
Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more
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