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Most Common Lupus Symptoms
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
My brother has lupus and I've noticed some of the common symptoms in myself. What are the chances that I have the same condition?
Every person differs: Although lupus is a diagnosis, it is not one set of symptoms each person with lupus is like a snowflake. Each person is different just like a snowflake and no two snowflakes are the same. Some people have similar problems like those which are highlighted in the american college of rheumatology classification criteria, ie, skin, joints, labs, etc. ...Read more
Having lupus,often get told i'm a mystery by MDs when workup comes back neg & i'm having new symptoms.Worried they'll think i'm crazy.Is this common?
No you are not: lupus is sometimes hard to diagnose, evasive, and shares the same symptoms and lab results with other diseases, but in the end we treat patients not lab results, so find a doctor whom you trust and have good rapport with, stick to her/his recommendations, and good luck ...Read more
On methotrexate for lupus. I tend to feel great when my WBC is below normal range (2000) & have symptoms when it's normal (8000).Why?Is that common
See below: When you lowering your white blood cell counts that low, you are reducing inflammation as inflammatory cells associated with your disease. However; to reduce your cell count to that level puts you at considerable risk for infection and other complications. Your rheumatologist can come up with other options for you that will hopefully not lower your white blood cells counts down that much. ...Read more
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?
With every lupus flare, along with all my other symptoms, i also get diarrhea & decreased appetite and nausea/vomiting. Is that common ?
No.: It may be your drugs ((plaquenyl causes stomach issues in some), or another unrelated problem.. Discuss this with your treating doctor(s). ...Read more
Have lupus & never colds, etc.Get initial symptoms (sore throat, sinus pain, etc)&they go away in days.It's like my body fights it off fast.Common?
May have: May have a mild viral illness or your immune system is overactive enough to fight off the infection. ...Read more
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