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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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I have lupus and when I'm really tired it's like my arms and legs "wear out" faster than normal. Or I can't lift things as well. Why?

I have lupus and when I'm really tired it's like my arms and legs "wear out" faster than normal. Or I can't lift things as well. Why?

Fatigue and Muscles: With lupus, fatigue is one of the major symptoms that affects quality of life. If you have overexerted, then those muscles requiring power can feel even more tired. In some patients, muscles themselves can be affected in the lupus disease spectrum. ...Read more

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Ana test was positive took lupus test it was a 5, but still having pains, numbness, tingling in hands, feet arms, and legs told fibromyalgia ?

Ana test was positive took lupus test it was a 5, but still having pains, numbness, tingling in hands, feet arms, and legs told fibromyalgia ?

Sounds like FM: ANA is often "positive" but not clinically useful until it gets to positivity at 1:320 or 1::640 level. Diagnosis of lupus would have to have a compatible clinical syndrome first and supporting labs tests second. Your symptoms sound more typical of fm than sle. ...Read more

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Sudden severe pain, starting in neck, then back, then arms and legs. Flu-like fatigue, no sinus symptoms, history of Crohn's and new med is Flagyl ?

Sudden severe pain, starting in neck,  then back, then arms and legs. Flu-like fatigue,  no sinus symptoms, history of Crohn's and new med is Flagyl ?

Could be related to: Flagyl. Continue taking this medicine one more day and see how your symptoms fare. Drink plenty of water and take 2000mg of Vitamin C. Anti Inflamatory medicine helps with symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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Since diagnosed with lupus which is currently under control, i get bothersome random shooting pains in legs/arms.Tests/labs are normal. No known cause

Since diagnosed with lupus which is currently under control, i get bothersome random shooting pains in legs/arms.Tests/labs are normal. No known cause

Pain Disorder: I feel your concern. Since tests and lab are normal it is likely that stresses in your life are inducing shooting pains in arms and legs. Please see a psychiatrist for diagnosis od your medical psychiatric condition and treatment including pain management. ...Read more

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My back chest & arm is in severe pain. My shoulderblade is swollen chest is tender to touch and I have lupus just found out no meds do I go to the er?

Probably Should: Lupus can cause cardiac complications which might possible explain some of your chest pain. Will probably need an ekg and chest x-ray with some other blood tests. ...Read more

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Have lupus. Getting very itchy raised red pores (far apart) on arm, legs, torso. Getting lots of bruising around them. Not sure if from itchy.Cause?

Have lupus. Getting very itchy raised red pores (far apart) on arm, legs, torso. Getting lots of bruising around them. Not sure if from itchy.Cause?

Possible: If you have SLE ( systemic lupus erythematosus) then you must know that SLE can affect many different organs and very feequently the skin. The rash of SLE is photosensitive and typically describe as "butterfly rash" on your face, but SLE is known for many other dermatologic manifestations. You should ask your rheumatologist and if in doubt dermatologis can help sometimes with a skin biopsy. ...Read more

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