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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?

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

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


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I have lupus and I don't know what to do.

I have lupus and I don't know what to do.

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

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What are the signs of lupus if the blood test didn't show anything?

See details: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0041704/ The above link should give you the info. However, if the ANA is negative, the chances of you having lupus is small. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom is sick/has lupus and she doesn't take care of herself! why?

What do you suggest if my mom is sick/has lupus and she doesn't take care of herself! why?

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

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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

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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!

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

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What are levels on a lupus test suppose to be? I don't know how to read it

What are levels on a lupus test suppose to be? I don't know how to read it

Not as important: Your disease activity is far more important. ANA levels are not worth much. Anti-ds-dna test most important, followed by complement levels. ...Read more

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Why can't lupus patients stand up?

Muscle weakness: This would be a severe case of systemic lupus and the treatmentvwould need to be individualized by an expert rheumatologist to prevent progression and decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... Im 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

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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 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

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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

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

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If someone has lupus how do you have sex if lubrication isn't working?

If someone has lupus how do you have sex if lubrication isn't working?

Vaginal estrogen!: Vaginal estrogen supply the vaginal mucosa what is needed. There are many lubricants available, but estrogen at the point of need is more important! plus, it does not increase systemic Estrogens by much, since is locally applied! ...Read more

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What causes the intense fatigue in lupus even when one isn't in a flare?

What causes the intense fatigue in lupus even when one isn't in a flare?

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

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Ana test results question - how many people have ANA positive but don't ever get lupus?

Ana test results question - how many people have ANA positive but don't ever get lupus?

Age and gender: Positive ANA test is commoner in older people and women. Up to 25% of the people may have positive ANA test at some time or the other. Only 0.1-0.15% of the population has systemic lupus. ...Read more

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My doctor explained to me that he thinks I have lupus but it hasn't fully manifested yet. Is that normal?

My doctor explained to me that he thinks I have lupus but it hasn't fully manifested yet. Is that normal?

Yes: Lupus can evolve over years and become a more obvious diagnosis as time goes on. I personally do not believe in the concept of undifferentiated connective tissue disorder. The majority of these cases eventually turn out to be lupus. ...Read more

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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

Not true: You can take atenolol. There is a common misconception that beta blockers can worsen raynauds but studies have clearly proven that this is not the case. ...Read more

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I see my rheum in a couple weeks, but would having ssb antibodies cause problems even if lupus or other diseases weren't present?

See details: Positive ssb antibodies by themselves (when the ssa antibody is negative) have little clinical significance. They can be falsely positive. If the ANA and other tests for lupus are negative, i would disregard the ssb results. ...Read more

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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?

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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