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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. Neigatha Graney
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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Definition)

Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more


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Despite drinking plenty of fluids, head feels foggy & lightheaded for days after being in the sun. I'm being treated for almost lupus. Why does the sun affect my head?

Despite drinking plenty of fluids,  head feels foggy & lightheaded for days after being in the sun. I'm being treated for almost lupus. Why does the sun affect my head?

Sun can flare SLE: Although we don't have all of your data, there are people with lupus who are sunshine sensitive. The sunshine can activate systemic lupus erythematosus. The mechanism is not completely clear but disruption to skin, free dna from the cells, that can stimulate the lupus response. Sun protection is an important part to your therapy. ...Read more

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How to reduce dizziness during a lupus flare?

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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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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Is low bp and lightheaded spells a common thing in people with lupus? I never had this issue before I had lupus?

Is low bp and lightheaded spells a common thing in people with lupus? I never had this issue before I had lupus?

Side effects: this could be side effects from medications we use for lupus rather than direct effects from lupus itself. stay well hydrated, use suncreen, and follow up with your doctors as recommended. best wishes ...Read more

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I've had a severe headache coupled with occasional dizziness and nausea for 17 days. Also symptoms elsewhere...Chances of lupus?

Not: Typical initial symptoms of lupus. Is you headache on one side and pounding ? Does light or sound make it worse? You may be in a bad cycle of migraines. Relax. Does not sound anything like lupus! ...Read more

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I have well-controlled lupus & also have POTS syndrome.If I sleep poorly(mostly due to nocturia)I am lightheaded most of the next day.Due to POTS?

I have well-controlled lupus & also have POTS syndrome.If I sleep poorly(mostly due to nocturia)I am lightheaded most of the next day.Due to POTS?

Monitor.: You need to be monitored to determine if the lightheadedness is related to tachycardia. If it is there is a new medicine that is available for inappropriate sinus tachycardia. It is not yet FDA approved for same except in CHF patients but could be used if clinically indicated. Why do you have nocturia? ...Read more

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Autoimmune related autonomic deficiency (also have lupus)causing dizziness. What are best tx options for dizziness? Predisone resolves it

Autoimmune related autonomic deficiency (also have lupus)causing dizziness. What are  best tx options for dizziness? Predisone resolves it

Prednisone not alway: Automomic problems can be due to neurological dysfunction and lupus inflammation can damage this control but if Prednisone works consider whether their is adrenal kinsufficiency rather than dysautomomia - or both. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is light-headedness, feeling like you might faint, being unsteady, loss of balance, or vertigo (a feeling that you or the room ...Read more