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Most Common Lupus Symptoms
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
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
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?
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
Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. The diagnosis is best made by a rheumatologist who sees a lot of lupus patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible answer: Systemic symptoms are common. Fatigue, fever, and weight loss are typically present at some time during the course of the disease, occurring in 50 to 100 percent. Sometimes weight gain can occur from treatment w/prednisone, or kidney damage and salt retention. Lupus can affect a lot of organs such as the joints, mucus membranes, GI, lungs, heart, nerves, eyes, blood cells. ...Read more
See below: The symptoms of lupus are multiple and can't all be listed here. The more common problems include skin rashes, with the classic butterfly appearance of rash on the face, photosensitivity, joint pain and swelling, fevers, fatigue, mouth and nose sores, problems associated with the heart and lungs that can lead to chest pain and shortness of breath. Kidney problems that can be severe and many others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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