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Doctor insights on: Can Lupus Cause Anxiety And Panic

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Random aches migrating around body (muscles/joints). Blood test cleared me of lupus, thyroid, Lyme etc. Doctors think anxiety. Is this a likely cause?

Random aches migrating around body (muscles/joints). Blood test cleared me of lupus, thyroid, Lyme etc. Doctors think anxiety. Is this a likely cause?

Yes: Anxiety can cause such vague pains, good that your doctors excluded organic causes, many times this old adage, that we all know but don't practice, works: "early to bed, early to rise, that's the key to be healthy, happy and wise", goodluck ...Read more

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Having pain and numbness in arms. Has skin lupus. Also been on meds for panic disorder for 20 years. Tests for internal lupus were wishy washy. Idea?

Having pain and numbness in arms. Has skin lupus. Also been on meds for panic disorder for 20 years. Tests for internal lupus were wishy washy. Idea?

Need more info: Pain and numbmess in your arms might be related to lupus although it sounds like you have no other feature of systemic disease and that your lupus is limited to skin disease. Other possibilities include cervical spine disease with nerve impingement or a more central lesion in the brain. Need further neurological evaluation. ...Read more

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Malar rash+fatigue, last CBC show slight up htc, rbc, normalt3, t4, tsh, c3, c4, urea, creatinine, ANA -ve, more epistaxis, I am panic bcuz rash like lupus rash

Malar rash+fatigue, last CBC show slight up htc, rbc, normalt3, t4, tsh, c3, c4, urea, creatinine, ANA -ve, more epistaxis, I am panic bcuz rash like lupus rash

See details: I would doubt lupus. The rash is more likely to be rosacea.. Epistaxis is not a feature of lupus especially if the CBC is normal. Look for other causes. ...Read more

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Can stress coupled with anxiety trigger systemic lupus?

Can stress coupled with anxiety trigger systemic lupus?

Anxiety and Lupus: Stress and anxiety can clearly exacerbate the symptoms of any medical condition. The muscles in the body are tightening up, corticosteroids are being distributed, and there is a whole host of other body changes. Find ways to reduce stressors in your life, and try to teach yourself to focus on positives. Counseling could also help you develop tools to reduce stress and anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it common to fall into depression after yrs trying to get diagnosis & manage lupus& once under control, mourn the yrs lost, anxiety restarting life?

Is it common to fall into depression after yrs trying to get diagnosis & manage lupus& once under control, mourn the yrs lost, anxiety restarting life?

Depresssion: secondary to a physical illness is fairly common. After mourning what is lost, focus on what you have. All any of us have is NOW. Meditation techniques from Buddhism or Centering Prayer can help you stay more in the now. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Wk 4 of 6 wk prednis10 mg&plaq. for lupus musc/jnt pain.Some relief but ab pain, wt gain,sweats, anxiety, bruising, no sleep. Stick it out or stop?

Wk 4 of 6 wk prednis10 mg&plaq. for lupus musc/jnt pain.Some  relief but ab pain, wt gain,sweats, anxiety, bruising, no sleep.  Stick it out or stop?

Side effects: Likely side effects from prednisone. However organ damage may occur if you just stop the prednisone. You should talk to your rheumatologist to get an alternate treatment if available. ...Read more

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Blister very easily from slightest scratch, bump. Sometimes w/ blood. Started after stress, anxiety last yr. Lupus docs unsure of condition.

Blister very easily from slightest scratch, bump. Sometimes w/ blood. Started after stress, anxiety last yr. Lupus docs unsure of condition.

Easy blistering: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Pemphigus/pemphigus_ff.asp it may be a variant of pemphigus, do you have mouth lesions or sores? Would follow up with dermatologist and get a biopsy and IgA antibodies ...Read more

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Why do so many mds assume depression/anxiety when they can't find the problem?My former md did this and missed my lupus diagnosis.I wasn't depressed!

Two sets of factors: 1) sle can present with vague symptoms of fatigue, malaise, muscle aches & joint pains that wax & wane without specific physical findings + neuropsychiatric manifestations like cognitive dysfunction, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, & psychosis. 2) hmo's/ insurance companies dictate time constraints for doctors & penalize those who order "unnecessary" tests. 1+2 = ?ed risk of misdiagnoses. ...Read more

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Do most patients with lupus have atleast some psych disorder (depression, anxiety, bipolar, personality disorder, etc). I read so much on this. Why?

Do most patients with lupus have atleast some psych disorder (depression, anxiety, bipolar, personality disorder, etc). I read so much on this. Why?

Lupus: Some with autoimmune diseases can develop mood changes, anxiety or psychotic features. Not clear if it is direct effect of the chronic disease process or an effect of the medications used to treat it. ...Read more

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Test came back + for lupus but only symptoms joint muscle pain,anxiety, insomnia. could it be something other than lupus?

Test came back + for lupus but only symptoms joint muscle pain,anxiety, insomnia. could it be something other than lupus?

Absolutely: Have you seen a rheumatologist? The only symptom you really have is joint pain and that is not specific for lupus. The others do not count. The ANA can be positive in thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Anxiety, depression, weakness, fasciculations, neuropathy sensations, tinnitus along with lupus symptoms. Possible to have CNS lupus with negativeana?

Complex question : Large differential diagnosis here. See a neurologist and rule out ms and other neurological, tumors, toxic, metabolic, infectious causes .... Labs and imaging studies. ...Read more

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Son suffers from anxiety severe sunburn and blistery rashes from sun canker soars fatigue joint pain and now leg itching resulting in rash. lupus?

Son suffers from anxiety severe sunburn and blistery rashes from sun canker soars fatigue joint pain and now leg itching resulting in rash. lupus?

Need more history: in that the above information is insufficient to make a specific diagnosis. How much sun exposure? Is son fair or olive skin? One joint or multiple? Injury or none? Appearance of rash, possible contact or exposure, history of eczema, etc. If chronic and feeling fatigued, start with a physical by your doctor and blood tests may be helpful. ...Read more

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Rash, fatigue, joint pain flares, muscle weakness, depression, anxiety. No fibro hot spots. Negative lupus tests. Don't see what else it could be?

Rash, fatigue, joint pain flares, muscle weakness, depression, anxiety. No fibro hot spots. Negative lupus tests. Don't see what else it could be?

Anxiety disorder: Anxiety is a subjective state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, sweating, palpitations, tremors, and fatigue. See you pcp for the referral. ...Read more

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Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more