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Lupus Symptoms Chapped Lips
Lupus currently inactive- I get mouth, nose and genital sores (all same time) now and then. I read those are symptoms, but how common, all 3?
I have some tracts of lupus and another autoimmune disease. I've been feeling stiff neck and jaw, and my head ache. Is that symptoms of the disease?
How can I tell the difference between canker sore and a mouth ulcer? Being worked up for Lupus can this be a symptom?
Hard to tell:
Hard to tell by just looking at lesions. But mouth sores (also referred to as oral lesions or ulcers) occur in approximately 40-50% of lupus patients and are one of the most common symptoms of lupus. Http://www. Mollysfund. Org/2015/04/mouth-sores-lupus/
Moot point. Treat symptomatically with OTC meds and await work up. ...Read more
Have lupus. Struggling w/ prednisone taper below 5mg (head fog, pleuritic chest pain, body aches).MD said it's withdrawal symptoms & best to push thru sx. True?
37 year-old woman with 2 years of variations in numbness, pain, weakness, and spasticity in her left hand and fingers, now also has left shoulde.....?
Cervical radiculopathy: Sounds like it could be related to a cervical radiculoapathy. Radiculopathy symptoms can wax and wane over the years causing a variety symptoms including numbness, pain, and weakness. Consider MRI of cervical spine and electrodiagnostic studies of the upper extremities. While a cervical radiculopathy can caused muscle spasms, you typically don't see 'spasticity'. Radiculopathy would be a lower motor neuron condition as opposed to upper motor neuron. Does the patient have increased reflexes and positive Hoffman's test? If so, consider MRI of the brain to rule out a lesion that may be causing these symptoms. ...Read more
A proven skin punch biopsy diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy, and you possess one of the many causes of such an entity. Could be pre-diabetes, but with the ANA issues, might look further into collagen vascular categories. Other considerations, include Celiac disease, Sjogren's, HIV, paraproteinemias, B-12, etc.
Would check anti-GM-1 with IgG, IgM, as you might have an autoimmune sensory neuropathy, and might respond to a course of IVIG. Can you visit a neuromuscular specialist? ...Read more
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Ask Dr or dentist:
I'll provide 2 links w/ good info - but do have a pro look to be sure it's not something else. Both websites have suggestions for overall care too. I hope they help.
http://www. Lupus. Org/resources/15-questions-oral-issues-with-lupus
best wishes! ...Read more
I have a venous lake on my lower lip. I also have Lupus and was told lasers are not an option. What are your thoughts on that, and other options?
Have SLE lately I've been able to taste perfume. It makes my tongue and lips tingle. I get very nauseous and migraine. Is lupus possible cause?
Recommend: You have blood test to determine disease activity and neurological work up to make sure lupus not affecting the brain! ...Read more
I suffer from lupus and a few other auto immune disorders. Would this explain why every so often my upper lip gets a little swollen and sore?
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I am a19 year old female, recovering from kidney problem (lupus nephritis) caused by sle. I am under medication and improving, but my face, skin and lips are pale and anemic. Why could it be?
See below: Could be from sle- your rheumatologist should be able to help. ...Read more
Where do lupus sores typically occur? I have had numerous sores in my mouth on my gums, one on my lip, and one in my nose. Not at same time ANA 1:640
Lupus sores: Ulcerations (sores) can occur on any mucus membrane which is the entire GI tract as well as vaginal tract. The ANA is high would seek medical attention from rheumatologist because may be flare and only proper lupus treatment will resolve the ulcers. Check for concommitant herpes I infection (treat w/ acyclovir), check TSH, Gargling/swishing with salt water 2-3x/day may limit added infection ...Read more
Severe joint/muscle pain 9 mth now have sores in nose and lips with slight rash on nose. Rheum won't diagnose lupus due to only pos ANA. I'm suffering?
There: Are established needed criteria for SLE. Must exclude other causes like thyroid, fit. D deficit or FM. ...Read more
2 months ago had sex w lady w lupus. Used condom. No oral sex but, she'd also bite my lip. Vag fluid on hands. Might have touched my eye. I've been feeling achy last 2 days. Is this likely from being run-down or HIV? I've been out last 4 nights.
Lupus not contagious: If you haven't had your 8 hours of sleep the last 4 nights, you have good reason to be tired! Also, if your partner was HIV positive, spread is unlikely via saliva with lip injury and or transfer from hands to the conjuncitiva of your eye. Also, AIDS symptoms are delayed months or years from date of contracting the virus. ...Read more
Why do u think my md still suspects sjogrens vs lupus (ana 1:640, negative lip biopsy, raynauds, fatigue, photosens, rashes, jt/muscle pain, sicca?
Undifferentiated CTD: Clinical presenation can be classified as an undifferentiated connective tissue disease (uctd). Likely not primary sjogren's since lip biopsy (usually gold standard for diagnosis of sjogren's) was negative. Would recommend additional evaluation including specific antibodies such as dsdna and ena. Also would recommend rheumatology consult. ...Read more
Would lymphoma cause like just one or 2 palpable nodes or like many through out neck and head? Or if all over would it be more like lupus?
Dx = biopsy or...: You cannot determine to cause of lymph nodes without a clinical context (eg, they resolve on own or are enlarged from infection) or a lymph node biopsy. The differential diagnosis spans a-to-z -- http://www. Mayoclinicproceedings. Org/article/s0025-6196 (11)64620-x/fulltext. ...Read more
Okay sudden break out of sores on the back of my head, with having lupus could it be just a flare or change of seasons cause these flare ups?
Not seasons: Probably related to the lupus, but infection can do this also. ...Read more
My son-in-law has lupus and he gets extreme discomfort in the neck and head. It feels like fluid. Is there any way to relieve that pain?
Who feels fluid?: Do you mean you feel his head and neck and you feel something like fluid and swelling, or he feels like there is fluid inside his head? Lupus can cause a lot of funny symptoms--his doctor can suggest something to help. If he has actual swelling, he needs to be checked. ...Read more
My head feels numb alot I have a long history of headaches I have indented in my head I don't know if this has anything to do with my lupus?
No: Lupus does not cause indentation on the skull. Have you considered seeing a neurologist re. Your chronic headaches? ...Read more
22 y/o f w/ lupus. What could cause a bad headache and series of uncontrolled head jerking episodes? I was in class and didn't know what to do.
I have lupus and scleroderma and now I'm being tested for osteonucrosis but it doesn't explain the pain I have everyday in my head, neck and back.
See ortho: I presume you are already under the care of a rheumatologist. If you cannot get an answer from him, either get a 2nd opinion or consult an orthopedist. Having autoimmune disorders does not preclude you from getting the usually bone issues. ...Read more
I just found out I have lupus, I've been a smoker now im quitting I've had sharp pains in my head that come and go. No high BP tho. Casoconstriction?
Doctor can evaluate: Lupus patients may get infections (because their immune systems are not working properly), and they can get vasculitis (their immune systems cause damage to their blood vessels). That means symptoms such as worrisome headaches need to be evaluated by a doctor, to see if there is something being caused or worsened by the lupus. ...Read more
I've suffered w/ ophthalmic migraines for years since diagnosed w/ lupus. I had 1 a week ago & I still feel pressure on my head for a week now, why?
Chronic/Acute?: An oft neglected challenge of chronic conditions is the tendency to ignore a new, acute symptom or change. Whenever a change in your expected pattern of chronic symptoms appears, always inform your doctor - even if only for the record. And, it's the way to 'nip in the bud' any new, hopefully transient, thing. ...Read more