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How Does Lupus Affect The 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
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
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
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
After a dr sewed my c-section into my bladder and w/out knowing leaked urine in my system for 7 yrs could this be a cause for me to get lupus?
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I am having extream pain in my lower right back and side. When I take deep breaths it worsens. I have lupus and I feel a bladder infection so takn azo?
Get evaluated: You need to see your MD to get evaluated. If you have a bladder infection, you need antibiotics. ...Read more
In 1986 I had a hysterictomy and later ovaries removed. I have lupus & mg & had a few months last year of off/on light bleeding. Had a full work up of bladder & kidneys. Now 2 days heavy bleed/w clots?
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
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
Abd pain, nausea for months. Med history includes lupus. MD wants to look at gall bladder, etc Ordered NM PET scan. Is that the same thing as HIDA scan?
Almost: Used to assess function and structure of hepatobiliary tract (including gallbladder), wish you all the best ...Read more
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
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
28yr F ALT 192 mod-severe RUQ pain prev dx as IBS. Normal U/S. No hep or lupus. Yellow diarrhea/ dark yellow urine full bladder. -19lbs 5 wks. Help! ?
Ok, I have several doctors no body can give answers just throw me from doctor to doctor. I keep getting bladder infections over and over, take a macrodantin* daily. I have gastroparisis, fibro/lupus, benign essential tremors with a DBS and several other h
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Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab). Urinalysis no bladder inf.?
Drug side effect: You may only be constipated. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). Abdominal pain is a common side-effect of this drug. Bowel obstruction and perforation have been reported much less frequently but can be much more serious. Persistent abdominal pain is a symptom you should report to the physician who prescribed rituxan. ...Read more
Continue seeing M.D.: If you have lupus it needs to be treated and the treatment depends on the extent of the disease. Your doctor will either treat you or send you to a specialist for further tests and treatment. Please don't get discouraged as there are very good treatments available. ...Read more
This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... I'm 27 I want to feel normal. But I don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?
See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...Read more
I have lupus and POTs. When one is doing going, I struggle with the other. It's hard to keep up with friends. How to explain? I can't make every event
I would be candid.: I would explain how much these people mean to you but advise them that your health some times limits what you can do with them and the time that you spend together. ...Read more
Recently diagnosis with lupus diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms? My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms
Sort this out ASAP: Lupus is one of the diseases that may mimic MS, and very critical to pin down correct diagnosis. I do not have sufficient information to guide this, but if you are encountering uncertainty, get a second opinion ASAP. A rheumatologist could be very helpful regarding the lupus question. Might also, consider anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome in addition. ...Read more
Lupus is an autoimmu: Lupus is an autoimmune disease where you make immune responses against yourself (Hence autoimmune) You need to ask your physician to have you see rheuamtologist. Rheumatologists have the expertice to diagnose and treat systemic lupus erythematosus and can explain your to you, if you have it. ...Read more
If someone doesn't have Lupus in his past life. Why is it suddenly comes on at age 36? Is it a switch in the body turn on coincidently? Is it environment
Perhaps: Autoimmune diseases such as lupus are considered conditions from impairment in immune regulation (which tends to worsen as we age). Sun exposure has been known to trigger a lupus exacerbation but is not a cause. Perhaps environmental factors may have something to do with it but we have little knowledge of that. Increased abdominal fat many add to the inflammation. Female hormone may play a role. ...Read more
See details: I suggest leaving her alone. People have the right to make their own decisions after their health. Brow beating her will only stiffen her resistance. ...Read more
I have an ANA that goes from 1.1 or below up to 1.3. Does a fluctuating result like this mean I don't really have lupus?
Not follow ANA: We do not use ANA titers to follow lupus. Also the ANA alone can not diagnose lupus. The are other tests and other examinations that are done to diagnose lupus and to follow the course of lupus. Lab studies are part of a biologic system and can fluctuate but we do not use them alone for diagnosis or to follow a course of lupus. ...Read more
I hv sle lupus & I want to return to my career which is a 40+ hrs a week. What can I do to get there quicker! Don't want a relapse!
Follow closely: Your surveillance and treatment schedules and contact your treating physician with any sudden changes. No guarantees, but you will likely be able to resume much of your regular activities. ...Read more
Had intermit fmla x 1yr for lupus/sjrog as I struggled w/ bad flares. Now under better control but get unexpected bad days. I don't plan to use but don't want to get fired if I get sick. Renew fmla?
Rheumatologist: Go see a rheumatologist and get your disease under control. If you are seeing a rheumatologist already, get a second opinion. ...Read more
My doctor explained to me that he thinks I have lupus but it hasn't fully manifested yet. Is that normal?
Immune regulation: One's immune system requires a control center (regulatory lymphocytes etc) to keep it in balance. When the regulation is impaired, immune disorders such as allergic and autoimmune disorders develop. There is also a strong genetic and hormonal influences. Females or people with family history of autoimmune or allergic disorders are at a higher risk to develop these diseases. ...Read more
Varied therapies: It depends on what manifestations of disease you have. Treatments may include anti inflammatory medications, steroids and many other treatments. These really depend on your symptoms with severe nervous system or kidney disease powerful drugs lime Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) may also be needed. ...Read more
Complicated: If you have lupus, you should see a doctor specializing in careof that disease. The specialist here would be a rheumatologist. You may have a pcp who is very competent in caring for you, however. You may need to be followed by a dermatologist, nephrologist (kidney doctor) and neurologist. Can't give you the whole enchilada in 400 character space. (google a reputable web site). ...Read more
Estimate: Numbers are difficult to obtain but the estimate for the United States is between 500, 000 and 1.5 million have lupus. Women greatly outnumber men with this disease. Black skinned individuals have the highest incidence. The peak ages are between 15 and 40. ...Read more
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