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I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

I have  recurring flares of  rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back.  My ANA is 6:40.  I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Clumsiness (Definition)

When our movements are not well coordinated, we are clumsy. We may drop things, run into doors, or have trouble getting projects done that require coordination of our movements. Some people are just clumsier than others. However, if someone is not usually clumsy and now starts having trouble with hand movements, walking or other movements, a visit to the ...Read more


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What causes sudden dizziness and nausea with balance problems?

What causes sudden dizziness and nausea with balance problems?

Vertigo: The symptoms you describe suggest a diagnosis of an inner ear problem called labarynthitis. Causes are multiple, some benign and some serious. If symptoms are persistant, serious problems are more likely. See your family doctor to discuss this matter further and to determine if further evaluation is required. ...Read more

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Can dry eyes cause dizziness or balance problems?

Can dry eyes cause dizziness or balance problems?

Likely not: Dry eyes can cause drying of the cornea. Balance is mediated by the inner ear and cerebellum... ...Read more

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Hi can tight neck muscles cause dizziness and balance problems?

Hi can tight neck muscles cause dizziness and balance problems?

Very doubtful: A neck muscle problem primarily would not cause dizziness or balance problems. However, problems with your spine could cause both balance problems and neck pain. Dizziness would still be a separate issue. ...Read more

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Can being vitamin d deficient cause dizziness and balance problems? I recently had a blood test and my gp told me I was deficient (score was 15) and put me on high dose supplements for a month.

Can being vitamin d deficient cause dizziness and balance problems? I recently had a blood test and my gp told me I was deficient (score was 15) and put me on high dose supplements for a month.

Not usually: But why not replenish this vital vitamin, as it is critical in numerous immunological and hormonal bodily functions, and deficiencies have been associated with numerous problems. Give it at least 3 months, and recheck levels at that point. ...Read more

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Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Consult doctor: You will need a complete exam with blood test and most likely MRI with and without contrast. You will need exam with neurologist and ophthalmologist too. Please see your doc ASAP. ...Read more

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What is this? Balance problems while standing, feeling off balance or i might fall. Feeling dizzy when i turn my head.I get very sensitive sensations.

What is this? Balance problems while standing, feeling off balance or i might fall. Feeling dizzy when i turn my head.I get very sensitive sensations.

Diagnosis: Balance problems may be otologic (inner ear) or central (brain). The symptoms sound like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (an inner ear disturbance caused by loose calcium carbonate stones). See an ent physician for appropriate diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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Dizziness and balance problems, could this be a ear disorder, is this possible?

Dizziness and balance problems, could this be a ear disorder, is this possible?

Balance problems: The most common cause of dizziness and balance problems is related to the inner ear. In rare cases it can also come from issues in the brain, particularly in an area of the brain we call the cerebellum, . ...Read more

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I experience brief dizziness and balance problems and occasionally some very brief sensations in my chest (non painful) that go away quickly. They are typically 2-3inches below my nipple or to the left, near my side. Rarely in the center of my chest ?

I experience brief dizziness and balance problems and occasionally some very brief sensations in my chest (non painful) that go away quickly. They are typically 2-3inches below my nipple or to the left, near my side. Rarely in the center of my chest ?

Not certain: It is difficult to explain your symptoms without further evaluation. This could be cardiac, arrhythmia or neurological in origin. I favor arrhythmia from your description. You need a physical examination and some simple lab testing to define the problem. Establish with a health care professional and get checked out. ...Read more

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Can you help determine my symptoms? Dizziness, tremors on left side, head pain, balance problems and general body pains. Been to the doctors, no help

See a neurologist: The dizziness, imbalance, focal tremors, associated with aches and pains suggest many potential illnesses, and this needs to be diagnosed. Am perplexed why you conclude that your doctors have been of "no help", as our job is to diagnose and ease misery, not to ignore problems. In pts with many problems such as yours, might wonder about lyme disease, inflammatory issues, vasculitis, etc. ...Read more

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Could you giveme some insight to some symptoms i've had recently. Lightheadedness, dizziness, balance problems, heart palps. I'm a healthy 19 yr old?

How's the BP?: These symptoms can be physical as in anemia or inner ear, cardiac, blood loss, anemia, neurological as in vasovagal, hormonal, emotional, fatigue, medications, too much caffeine, etc. Etc. Iow, see a doctor at your earliest convenience. If you are or passing out, however, go to the nearest er. ...Read more

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Does lupus cause dizziness, lightheaded feeling, and numbness in the body?

Does lupus cause dizziness, lightheaded feeling, and numbness in the body?

Yes and no: People with lupus can have these symptoms. These may not be due to lupus. People without lupus can have these symptoms. These are not specific activity and can be seen for a variety of medical issues. When your physician evaluates you this may be clarified. ...Read more

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I have lupus & get really dizzy(not vertigo) & confused during every flare.I still get dizzy a lot & it lasts weeks.Neuro & rheumMD don't know cause.

I have lupus & get really dizzy(not vertigo) & confused during every flare.I still get dizzy a lot & it lasts weeks.Neuro & rheumMD don't know cause.

SLE : Confusion and dizziness are common symptoms with many causes. When they occur during every lupus flair the SLE is the most likely cause. These symptoms can also be caused by steroids used to treat SLE flairs as well as other medications. You did not say how often your flairs occur or how long they last. You may want to discuss options to prevent these flairs with your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I keep missing family functions because of my lupus. I'm run down, dizzy, and feeling inaccurate at work. Is there any hope for me?

Yes: There is always hope. You did not mention current meds so it is impossible for me to be very specific. You need to speak with your rheumatologist and discuss whether a change in meds is needed. ...Read more

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Ever since developed lupus 2yrs ago, even when i'm doing well & labs look good, i need naps & get dizzy & warning signs if i push myself 2 much. Why?

Ever since developed lupus 2yrs ago, even when i'm doing well & labs look good, i need naps & get dizzy & warning signs if i push myself 2 much. Why?

Just do it !: If the diagnosis is correct , even if you fl well and labs are well you may have a component of fatigue or cognitive impairment or depression, this has to be well defined and the proper actions ought to be followed so you feel great ! ...Read more

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How to reduce dizziness during a lupus flare?

SLE : Lupus can cause dizziness by different mechanisms. Dizziness in lupus may be related to vasculitis, anti phospholipid anti bodies with clots, anti bodies to component of inner ears called immune mediated inner ear disease . Other disorders that cause dizziness may coexist with lupus . Keeping lupus under control and identifying the cause of dizziness and treatment of the cause would help reduce. ...Read more

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Dealing with lupus an constatnly dealing with dizzy spells lately?

Dealing with lupus an constatnly dealing with dizzy spells lately?

Vestibular testing: Need to sort out, as could be due to lupus cerebritis, a medication reaction, or co-morbidity. Work closely with your doctor, but also see otolaryngologist, and perhaps due audiological and vestibular testing. ...Read more

Dr. Rabindra Kitchener
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Poor Balance (Definition)

Poor balance can occur with a number of conditions that cause a sense of dizziness/ movement/ spinning or lack of feeling steady even when is not in ...Read more


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Balance Problems (Definition)

Balance problems is a symptom in which a person has trouble staying in a steady position when sitting, ...Read more