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Lupus Cause Heliotrope Eyelids
Can sjogrens cause sun induced aches, fatigue, rash? My rheumatologist says yes & that many connect tissue diseases can have photosensitivity.
Yes: A common symptom of sle is arthritis or joint pain and swelling which can involve just one hand. Usually there will be other symptoms as well such malar rash (red rash over the cheeks), increased sensitivity to sun, possibly hair loss and rash on the body, hands or knuckles or scalp. ...Read more
High+anax10yrs, other antibodies neg.Recurring flares: joint pain, lethargy, sicca, chest pain, rashes.All sun induced.Responds to 10mg prednis. Best dx?
Guessing: Too difficult to answer. Rheumatologic disease is often recognized by subtle characteristics of disease and progression over time. Can't be seen or well appreciated on line. Symptoms are often vague and overlap. Labs are helpful but not diagnostic. Best "test" is consistent follow up with rheumatologist and best diagnosis is what they give you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible to have systemic manifestations of ra- problems with eyes, vasculitis, rashes before problems with joints? Ana 1:160, anti ccp igg: 63
My lupus flares are Skin manifestation only(malar rash)plus fatigue.But ESR n CRP keeps coming Normal including ANA.on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Was dx not correct?
Maybe, maybe not...: You may have a type of lupus called subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus(SCLE)which can often be a milder form of systemic lupus(SLE) and can be seen with normal inflammatory markers (ESR).Can also be Sjogren's. However,half of people with SCLE also meet criteria for full blown SLE. SCLE patients can have more serious organ involvement than just skin that should be checked for.See rheumatologist ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not commonly: Unlike many meds used to treat autoimmune diseases (immune modulators that suppress the immune system) Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has an antiinflammatory effect on autoimmune dss. So the risk of infections (seen with immune suppression) is uncommon. Major concern with this drug is effect on vision. Regular eye exams are recommended. ...Read more
Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?
Lupus: Lupus comes in 4 major types: systemic, discoid (skin only), neonatal, and drug-induced. Some people who have an abnormality in their immune system and fail to make a body defense protein called complement are also at risk for developing lupus. It has been estimated that 1.5 million people in the US have one of these lupus forms. Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop this disease than men. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ana 1:640 only +lab. Dx: undifferconnective tissue disease(sx: immense fatigue, jt pain, sicca, photosensitivity). Can vague diagnosis cause such havoc on life?
Yes: Symptons can be very disruptive. An elevated ANA by itself does not a diagnosis of autoimmune disease make, but in conjunction with your symptoms, especially if they are persistent, the findings are very suspicious for this. Some individuals without autoimmune disease have elevated ANA levels. Some medications can cause this. Further evaluation is necessary, including a complete lab workup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Methotrexate :The most common adverse effects include: hepatotoxicity (liver damage),but could this be seen in low dose
for Lupus affecting skin ?
ANA 1:640, malar rash in sun, periodic leukopenia,pleuritic chest pain,photosens rashes,mouth sores,raynauds,muscle & joint pain;sed rate,C3,C4 normal?
Other than lupus and RA which autoimmune diseases are known to cause lymphopenia and neutropenia? Thanks.
Many others!: Sjogren's and mctd will do this commonly! ...Read more
Are palmar erythema and telangiectasia related conditions? What can cause them? Immune system dysfunction?
Joint pain, muscle pain, facial rashes, tremors, itchy rashes after sun exposure, fatigue. Saw rheumatologist, all lupus tests negative+ blood normal?
See details: I am not sure what you are asking. You need to discuss the situation with your rheumatologist. There are patients with lupus who do not have positive blood tests. There are also other explanations for your symptoms. Lupus remains an uncommon diagnosis in males so you may want to look for another explanation. ...Read more
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