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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. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


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Is cryptococcal meningitis a virus? Please advise! Also, how is it treated?

Is cryptococcal meningitis a virus? Please advise! Also, how is it treated?

No, it is a yeast: Cryptococcal meningitis is caused by a yeast named cryptococcus neoformans. It is treated with a combination of oral or intravenous meds along with some injected into the spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Can cryptococcal meningitis be detected with a brain MRI without contrast?

Can cryptococcal meningitis be detected with a brain MRI without contrast?

Surveillance: is an important tool in the identification of cryptococcal infections in high risk populations. Guidelines can be found here: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789241502979_eng.pdf In the general population symptoms and physical findings would result in a diagnostic spinal tap to make a diagnosis. MRI is indicated when the immune status of the infected individual precludes an inflammatory of antibody response. In that situation an MRI WITH contrast is necessary to identify the presence of infection. ...Read more

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Please help all of my doctors are stumped . What can cause systemic lupus like symptoms and chronic bouts of aseptic meningitis ?

Please help all of my doctors are stumped . What can cause systemic lupus like symptoms and chronic bouts of aseptic meningitis ?

Complex: And needs thorough history, physical examination and probably blood /imaging studies, your best bet would be a tertiary care center, start with rheumatology who would ask other specialists to come aboard as needed. Talk to your primary doctor about referral, good luck ...Read more

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I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination i received 2 days ago?

I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination i received 2 days ago?

Unlikely: There are few things that produce a rash on the palms and soles, including syphilis and tick borne illnesses like rocky mountain spotted fever. This sounds like you should go to a doctor and be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is the glass test indicative of meningitis rash? My 5 year old has a facial rash that I can still see when I do the glass test. Thank you

Is the glass test indicative of meningitis rash?  My 5 year old has a facial rash that I can still see when I do the glass test.  Thank you

Have it examined: I would not take chances, all tests can have false positives, but you should respect this and have it looked at and treated immediaely if necessary ...Read more

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What does the rash look like for meningitis ?

What does the rash look like for meningitis ?

Bacterial meningitis: The bacterial meningitis rash looks like a bunch of tiny pin pricks initially, that develops into areas of skin looking almost like purple colored bruising, if you press the purple colored rash it won't turn white. If you see such a rash, plus stiff neck, fever headache or other symptoms of meningitis visit a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Will macterial meningitis cause itching and a rash?

Will macterial meningitis cause itching and a rash?

Meningitis: These are possible depending upon the causative organism. ...Read more

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I think I have a meningitis rash its a purplish on my inner thigh im scared what should I do ?

I think I have a meningitis rash its a purplish on my inner thigh im scared what should I do ?

Seek help now: If you think you have meningitis, particularly with associated rash, in the sky with the emergency room as soon as possible. I have seen this entity be fatal. ...Read more

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I had a pink rash on my lower back i had a glass on and put a lot of pressure on it and it fades. I am so worried if its meningitis.

I had a pink rash on my lower back i had a glass on and put a lot of pressure on it and it fades. I am so worried if its meningitis.

Unlikely: Based on the pink rash alone, it is very unlikely. Meningitis typically starts with neurological symptoms. Have you had all your vaccinations? There are two types of meningitis - 1. Bacterial 2. Viral. Viral meningitis is the most common. ...Read more

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I had a pink rash on my lower back. I had a glass on and put pressure on it and it fade. i am so worried if its a sign of meningitis.

I had a pink rash on my lower back. I had a glass on and put pressure on it and it fade. i am so worried if its a sign of meningitis.

Other signs/symptoms: Do you have a fever? Back pain? Neck pain or stiffness? Thinking problems? When did the rash appear? Has it spread? If you are worried about meningitis, you should be evaluated immediately at your doctor's or in an Emergency Department. ...Read more

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How to tell a meningitis rash Son has unexplained rash on inside of arm, does not change when touched Has cold symptoms too?

How to tell a meningitis rash Son has unexplained rash on inside of arm, does not change when touched Has cold symptoms too?

Meningitis: The only way to diagnose Meningitis is to examine spinal fluid. If this diagnosis is a concern your child requires collection of Cerebral spinal fluid to determine meningitis. A non specific rash does not help the diagnosis. Some types of meningitis have a rash called a petechial rash which looks like tiny bruises that do not blanche. These can get bigger. See your doctor or ER now for meningitis. ...Read more

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Does a meningitis rash feel like its burns. I don't mean to the touch. I have a pin prick rash on my hands that feels like its burning.

Does a meningitis rash feel like its burns. I don't mean to the touch. I have a pin prick rash on my hands that feels like its burning.

Meningitis: It is a far cry from a skin eruption on your hands to a diagnosis of meningitis. The usual symptoms of meningitis include severe headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, alterations in level of consciousness or sensorium, photo and phonophobia, and so on. Go and see a doctor and have them examine your rash in order to be correctly diagnosed. Good luck and have a great baby. ...Read more

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When into meningitis would the rash apear I've had every symptom for a few days?

May not: There is no specific rash associated with any particular type of bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis, I.e., enteroviral, is more likely to be associated. ...Read more

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Doe's a meningitis rash feel likes its burning and swelled ?

Doe's a meningitis rash feel likes its burning and swelled ?

The rash of meningo-: vocal meningitis looks like tiny pink, red or purple pinpricks, but can be blotchy. At your age, you need the vaccine. See http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/clinical-info.html. See your GP for diagnosis & treatment of your painful rash. ...Read more

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Hey I feel I have a meningitis rash but idk if I'm being paranoid ?

Hey I feel I have a meningitis rash but idk if I'm being paranoid ?

Paranoid: If you are alert enough to send in the question, you are unlikely to be in the early stages of an illness that could kill you in 12 hrs. If you're trolling the net to self diagnose, you get what you pay fore. If you are really concerned, go to urgent care.I cannot in good conscience tell you that what you have is not serious, just unlikely. ...Read more

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Skin Rash (Definition)

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