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Can Lupus Affect The Spleen
My upper abdomen hurts and into upper back. I get rotten egg / sewer smelling burps and nausea. I'm weak and dizzy a lot. Have lupus and fibromyalgia?
Possible causes: Include a parasite called giardia lamblia, or a bacteria called helicobacter pylorii slow gastric emptying time can also cause this due to the acid in your stomach causing breakdown of proteins releasing sulfur containing products such as methionine. The fact that you are having abdominal pain makes me think that the most likely cause is a h pylorii infection which can cause gastritis or a stomach ulcer. If you have severe abdominal pain lasting more than four hours, as a rule you should go to the emergency room for evaluation. If you develop severe diarrhea, the more likely cause is giardia. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can also cause this. Best wishes. ...Read more
Continue seeing M.D.: If you have lupus it needs to be treated and the treatment depends on the extent of the disease. Your doctor will either treat you or send you to a specialist for further tests and treatment. Please don't get discouraged as there are very good treatments available. ...Read more
See details: I suggest leaving her alone. People have the right to make their own decisions after their health. Brow beating her will only stiffen her resistance. ...Read more
I have an ANA that goes from 1.1 or below up to 1.3. Does a fluctuating result like this mean I don't really have lupus?
Not follow ANA: We do not use ANA titers to follow lupus. Also the ANA alone can not diagnose lupus. The are other tests and other examinations that are done to diagnose lupus and to follow the course of lupus. Lab studies are part of a biologic system and can fluctuate but we do not use them alone for diagnosis or to follow a course of lupus. ...Read more
I hv sle lupus & I want to return to my career which is a 40+ hrs a week. What can I do to get there quicker! Don't want a relapse!
Follow closely: Your surveillance and treatment schedules and contact your treating physician with any sudden changes. No guarantees, but you will likely be able to resume much of your regular activities. ...Read more
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
This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... I'm 27 I want to feel normal. But I don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?
See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...Read more
I have lupus and POTs. When one is doing going, I struggle with the other. It's hard to keep up with friends. How to explain? I can't make every event
I would be candid.: I would explain how much these people mean to you but advise them that your health some times limits what you can do with them and the time that you spend together. ...Read more
Recently diagnosis with lupus diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms? My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms
Sort this out ASAP: Lupus is one of the diseases that may mimic MS, and very critical to pin down correct diagnosis. I do not have sufficient information to guide this, but if you are encountering uncertainty, get a second opinion ASAP. A rheumatologist could be very helpful regarding the lupus question. Might also, consider anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome in addition. ...Read more
Fatigue in Lupus:
Atudy was done at hospital for special surgery few years ago, which suggested that depression and sleep prpblems might contribute to fatigue in patients with lupus. There have been other studies which suggest it may be due to lack of exercise.
Acanadian study they found the fatigue is related to depression, pain, quality of sleep, quantity of sleep, exercise lack, severity of illness and stress. ...Read more
My doctor explained to me that he thinks I have lupus but it hasn't fully manifested yet. Is that normal?
I think I might have lupus, I don't know if I need to go to the doctor and I am scared the doctors won't believe me.
There are blood: Tests so the diagnosis is usually easy ...Read more
I jsut read that I shouldn't be on atenolol because I have lupus?!?!? Is this true I just started 12.5mg bid for pots
When your a lupus patient and you haven't taken any medication is your hair supposed to fall out and if so for how longor how do I stop it?
It can, but...: There are many reasons for it to fall out, some related to lupus, and others not, which may co-exist. If you have lupus, why would you not take medication. I hope, that if this is so, it is because your disease activity is minimal. B vitamins, including biotin, can help hair loss! I did notice you are on medication. Methotrexate can cause hair loss, not ho-q. Folic acid can minimize this! ...Read more
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