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Can Lupus Affect Your Eyes
In several ways!: Lupus can be associated with dry-eye syndrome, typically more severe in sjogren's syndrome. Very severe lupus can causes optic neuritis, but this is quite rare. The most common problem with the eye in lupus patients is the development of cataracts from treatment with steroids, one of many reasons doses should be kept low. Plaquenyl eye toxicity is nill, by using less than 6 mg/kg of body weight. ...Read more
I have lupus and vasculitus of my retinas. I got 3 steroid drips and on a course of prednisone. My eyes are not better yet. Will the meds work?
Retinal vasculitis: This is a serious condition. Would tell your doctor you are not better and or get a second opinion from a university ophthalmologist who specializes in retinitis. You may need intraocular steorids (injection or implant), or IV steroids like 1 gram over 2-3 days to stop the inflammation as well as oral autoimmune medications like Imuran, celcept, methotrexate or Benlysta/ f/u/ tomorrow ...Read more
I am 39 yrs old with systemic lupus, last night my nose has a clear stream just drippng, my eyes are red and dry, I checked pollen count and it 2.2 so?
Allergies: Your symptoms are consistent with allergies like hay fever. A trial of antihistamines like benadryl (causes drowsiness) or claritin (non drowsy) as well as nasal decongestant spray may be effective for symptom relief. A cortisone type nasal spray requires a prescription and may also be needed. ...Read more
I have SLE and have suffered from eye tics since childhood. I had Botox to treat them but now have puffy bags under eyes. Is this from botox or lupus?
Either one or both: Lupus is an inflammatory condition, while botox is used to reverse wrinkles, but both have similar effects in causing swelling beneath the skin of the eyelids... ...Read more
I am weaning off Klonopin and have Lupus. I have had a severe headache for a week. My temples, eyes, the region below the ears and the back of head hurt. I have never had this before and it worsens in light. Should I see a doctor or wait for it to pass?
Could I have lupus? Joint pain, tingling in toes, water retention, leg cramps, swelling around eyes, red face, headaches, fatigue, graves diseas
Only a good eval by-: -a rheumatologist can give you a good answer. You need to see one for hands on eval & lab tests. Some of the symptoms does suggest lupus, but you need an answer, & that is the best way to have the question answered. ...Read more
I got episcleritis on my eye due to lupus but it had gone away, now it recently came back & disappeared is this something that comes & goes forever?
Yes: Episcleritis caused by a collagen vascular disease such as lupus can cause recurrent episodes. These can return from time to time for your entire lifetime. ...Read more
Lupus and eyes: Lupus can cause many eye problems, including retinopathy (abnormal blood vessel formation), scleritis, vein occlusions, cranial nerve palsies, and optic neuropathy. Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) a medicine often used to treat lupus, may have eye toxicity of its own depending on dosage and duration used. It is important to have regular eye exams with an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Autoimmune: You almost certainly have dry eyes associated with your lupus, and this can be very difficult to treat. Restasis helps improve tear production, which is shut down in an autoimmune environment. You could consider punctual plugs which will help your tears stay longer in your eyes. You could also consider treating the quality of your tear film, such as by taking omega-3 orally. ...Read more
My sister went to the ER with a pink color in eye. Meds for it makes it worse. She has lupus. What else could it be?
Please see your doctor: And an eye doctor, need to be evaluated, good luck ...Read more
I have lupus sle. My eye white part is red swollen looks like a blood clot psinful too is this a flare up from lupus?
Could be: I would see your ophthalmologist as this may very well be associated with the lupus. ...Read more
If I have lupus, am I still a good candidate for laser eye surgery? I was recently diagnosed with lupus. Before I was diagnosed, I was planning to have laser eye surgery. Will my eye doctor still do the procedure even though I have this?
Can do LASIK:
As long as the lupus is not active
lasik should not be a problem. ...Read more
Have hypothyroid, RA, n recently diagnosed lupus. My left eye is swelled n hurts both cheekbon are red, itchy, tingly. Throat feels SOMEONE Gripping it?
ER or call 911: You 've got to be seen ASAP ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with lupus. Have awful dry eye and light sensitivity with swollen red lids. On restasis and prednisone as well as plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine).
Autoimmune: You almost certainly have dry eyes associated with your lupus, and this can be very difficult to treat. Restasis helps improve tear production, which is shut down in an autoimmune environment. You could consider punctual plugs which will help your tears stay longer in your eyes. You could also consider treating the quality of your tear film, such as by taking omega-3 orally. Good luck. ...Read more
2 months ago had sex w lady w lupus. Used condom. No oral sex but, she'd also bite my lip. Vag fluid on hands. Might have touched my eye. I've been feeling achy last 2 days. Is this likely from being run-down or HIV? I've been out last 4 nights.
Lupus not contagious: If you haven't had your 8 hours of sleep the last 4 nights, you have good reason to be tired! Also, if your partner was HIV positive, spread is unlikely via saliva with lip injury and or transfer from hands to the conjuncitiva of your eye. Also, AIDS symptoms are delayed months or years from date of contracting the virus. ...Read more
I have pain over my right eye, my nose and my forehead, I am also feeling disoriented. I have never had any sinus problems. I do have lupus, high blood pressure and have had heart bypass in the past. It even hurts when I put on my glasses.
ER ASAP: Go to ER immediately, . Lupus and High BP can cause visual problems. Both can affect brain function. ...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
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
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
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?
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