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I have lupus. Why do you think prednisone always helps my lightheadedness &brain fog? No exact cause of these symptoms has been found .

I have lupus. Why do you think prednisone always helps my lightheadedness &brain fog? No exact cause of these symptoms has been found .

?lupus cerebritis?: Lupus can involve brain directly and cause either low grade cognitive problems or even more severe delirium. Prednisone is both an immune modulator and anti-inflammatory, and subdues these sxs. However, there could also be underlying metabolic or chemical imbalances secondary to your regular meds or even the lupus, and that too might respond. ...Read more

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On prednisone 4 lupus.Helps resolve lightheadedness/black outs.Started on 40mg.Stuck at12.5 mg despite being on methotrexate.Sx return at10mg.Normal?

On prednisone 4 lupus.Helps resolve lightheadedness/black outs.Started on 40mg.Stuck at12.5 mg despite being on methotrexate.Sx return at10mg.Normal?

May be not: Prednisone for long duration is not good. If Methotrexate does not control you symptoms, then its prudent to discuss the options with your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have connect tissue disease(likely lupus). Why might I be having awful episodes of head fogginess, lightheadedness (neg mri).Prednisone resolves it.?

I have connect tissue disease(likely lupus). Why might I be having awful episodes of head fogginess, lightheadedness (neg mri).Prednisone resolves it.?

Brain inflammation: In diseases like lupus, the brain itself can become inflamed causing the symptoms you describe. It is very important that you partner with your doctor regarding these spells. Prednisone is usually effective. ...Read more

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Have stable lupus but now struggling with low blood pressures, lightheadedness, and polyuria nocturia. Could these 2 be related?

Have stable lupus but now struggling with low blood pressures, lightheadedness, and polyuria nocturia.  Could these 2 be related?

Lupus affects kidney: Lupus is an auto-immune disease that may have effects on almost all the body systems. It is well-known to affect the kidneys, which could then lead to changes in blood pressure (which would cause the dizziness), and the changes in urination. Even if your previous lupus symptoms have been stable, it's best to go get checked out. Don't wait, because of the dizziness and low BP. ...Read more

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Wouldn't brain inflamm.Show on brainmri? My MRI normal.I get frequent debilitating lightheadedness&headaches. Prednisone 10mg/day resolves it. Have lupus.Neg neuro exam

Not necessarily.: Headaches are generally not a component of lupus unless they are secondary to high blood pressure. A normal MRI makes brain involvement in lupus less likely but does not completely rule it out. Evaluation of the spinal fluid is a better test if your rheumatologist thinks it is necessary. ...Read more

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Can brain inflammation be present (lupus) even if brain MRI is neg? I get bad brain fogginess, confusion, and lightheadedness. 10 mg prednisone helps.

Can brain inflammation be present (lupus) even if brain MRI is neg?  I get bad brain fogginess, confusion, and lightheadedness. 10 mg prednisone helps.

Vasculitis?: Vasculitis in the brain is a serious condition. Sle is a possible cause, but there are other causes. Mri is useful for structural defects but may not be useful in conditions like this. A negative MRI does not rule out vasculitis and does not rule out serious disease. ...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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Have lupus.Chest X-ray showed hyperinflated lungs the past few years but otherwise normal.Never smoked. Exercise.No sob but do get lightheaded.Cause?

Have lupus.Chest X-ray showed hyperinflated lungs the past few years but otherwise normal.Never smoked. Exercise.No sob but do get lightheaded.Cause?

See your rheumatolog: There are several sle related possibilities and numerous other causes for your sob. I would normally recommend a high resolution ct of the chest to look for interstitial lung disease and an echocardiogram to look for pulmonary artery hypertension. If you have leg swelling or anticardiolipin antibodies you should also be checked for a blood clot. If these are negative there are next steps. ...Read more