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Doctor insights on: How Does Lupus Affect The Bladder

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What can lupus do to bladder?

Lupus and bladder: Lupus is a systemic autoimmune illness with relapses and remissions. It can involve joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood, or brain. When it affects the kidneys, it causes inflammation and makes them unable to remove waste from your body. The bladder lining can become inflamed also, causing lupus cystitis -- with frequent urination, abdominal discomfort, bloody urine, etc. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Do you think I should have my gall bladder remove if I have lupus?

Do you think I should have my gall bladder remove if I have lupus?

Uncertain: What your question is. If you need to have gallbladder surgery due to gallstones that are causing abdominal discomforts, then yes, surgery may be indicated if your doctors are in agreement. Depends on your overall health, medications & surgical risks. If you are asking about gallbladder surgery to prevent a potential future illness due to lupus, then no, surgery is not indicated. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause glomerulations (seen w/ cystoscopy) in bladder & pelvic pain? I am being treated for lupus d/t other symptoms & test results but I have this too.

Can lupus cause glomerulations (seen w/ cystoscopy) in bladder & pelvic pain? I am being treated for lupus d/t other symptoms & test results but I have this too.

Hunner's?: Both lupus and hunner's intersyitial cystitis are miserable diseases and unfortunately both are common. If you have taken Cyclophosphamide for your lupus, this might also be a consideration -- check with your urologist and ask if i'm right. I wish you the very best luck in getting effective treatment. ...Read more

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No + lupus labs. Have all symptoms. What else could it be. No emotional dr's say. Talking w/all my ologists dr's. No bladder UTI but gross hematuri?

Cannot diagnose: Without seeing you and having your records, history and exam it is impossible to comment. Suggest that the best course of action would be to find a good general internist and let them monitor your evaluation. Have no idea what symptoms you may be referring to. Gross hematuria suggests acute infection, tuberculosis or malignancy. Go and get seen, good luck. ...Read more

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Fat malabsorption- what are the possible causes- we know I do not have gastro disease (crohns, divert, celiec, pancreatitus, or gall bladder prob, no surgery/ new diagnosed lupus. And I have pots?

Fat malabsorption- what are the possible causes- we know I do not have gastro disease (crohns, divert, celiec, pancreatitus, or gall bladder prob, no surgery/ new diagnosed lupus. And I have pots?

Steatorrhea : Many causes: pancreatic (exocrine insufficiency); celiac disease; sbbo/sibo; bowel resection/short bowel syndrome; bile acid malabsorption; certain medications; history of chemo/xrrt; systemic disease such as scleroderma & pbc have also been associated with fat malabsorption. Because each of these conditions can have specific and different treatments, determining the exact etiology is important. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pelvic cramping and shooting nerve pain near bladder, vagina, &rectum? I have IBS too. I get these odd symptoms during my flares. Cause?

Can lupus cause pelvic cramping and shooting nerve pain near bladder, vagina, &rectum? I have IBS too. I get these odd symptoms during my flares. Cause?

Yes: Sle, through a variety of mechanisms can result in almost any symptoms, although this set would be unusual. Irritable bowel syndrome is unlikely to do this, but if you have inflammatory bowel disease in the form of chrohn's particularly, these symptoms may definitely occur. You should be evaluated for these by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pelvic cramping and shooting nerve pain near bladder, vagina, &rectum? I have IBS too. I get these odd symptoms during my flares. What could be the cause?

Can lupus cause pelvic cramping and shooting nerve pain near bladder, vagina, &rectum?  I have IBS too.  I get these odd symptoms during my flares. What could be the cause?

Many reasons: There are many possible reasons for your headaches. Anxiety/ tension headache, allergy histamine headaches, bulging or herniated cervical discs, post traumatic head injury, post concussion syndrome, migraines, menstrual induced migraines, brain rumors, cerebral aneurysm, sinusitis, vision difficulties, poorly controlled hypertension, hyperthyroidism, brain abscess, pituitary rumors, levtemperature. ...Read more

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