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Doctor insights on: Sharp Head Pains With Lupus

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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Dx w/lupus almost 2 years ago. I have a painful sensation on left side of head that get chills on same spot. Any ideas?

Peripheral neuritis: Tori, this may or may not relate to the lupus. Lots of people have little sensitive places on the skin that can at times be painful and at times can tingle or feel like it's getting goosebumps or even go numb. Of course if the pain is very severe or there are other symptoms like visual problems or slurred speech or nausea you should discuss with your doctor. You can try rubbing the spot. ...Read more

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Despite drinking plenty of fluids, head feels foggy & lightheaded for days after being in the sun. I'm being treated for almost lupus. Why does the sun affect my head?

Despite drinking plenty of fluids,  head feels foggy & lightheaded for days after being in the sun. I'm being treated for almost lupus. Why does the sun affect my head?

Sun can flare SLE: Although we don't have all of your data, there are people with lupus who are sunshine sensitive. The sunshine can activate systemic lupus erythematosus. The mechanism is not completely clear but disruption to skin, free dna from the cells, that can stimulate the lupus response. Sun protection is an important part to your therapy. ...Read more

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Anything else i can do when lupus flare makes head feel swollen & i feel confused? Increasing prednisone helps but it is a struggle to work thru this!

Anything else i can do when lupus flare makes head feel swollen & i feel confused? Increasing prednisone helps but it is a struggle to work thru this!

Suspect ..: I suspect your issues have less to do with lupus vascular inflammation than other issues. Prednisone is an energy booster, but depression may be in the equation. The picture is more stress than active sle! ...Read more

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Does lupus cause pain in muscles and tightning feeling! also does it cause bad pain in head and numb feeling in face?

Does lupus cause pain in muscles and tightning feeling! also does it cause bad pain in head and numb feeling in face?

Lupus: Lupus can have many problems associated with it...Some are symptoms due to the inflammation the condition causes itself and some are specific problems, such as neuropathies, myopathies, and myelopathies. Also keep in mind medications can also cause similar problems -are both conditions and symptoms. ...Read more

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I have connect tissue disease(likely lupus). Why might I be having awful episodes of head fogginess, lightheadedness (neg mri).Prednisone resolves it.?

I have connect tissue disease(likely lupus). Why might I be having awful episodes of head fogginess, lightheadedness (neg mri).Prednisone resolves it.?

Brain inflammation: In diseases like lupus, the brain itself can become inflamed causing the symptoms you describe. It is very important that you partner with your doctor regarding these spells. Prednisone is usually effective. ...Read more

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Could UCTD with elements of lupus and sjogrens cause sporadic sweating resulting in hair plastered to my head (not hot flashes)?

Could UCTD  with elements of lupus and sjogrens cause sporadic sweating resulting in hair plastered to my head (not hot flashes)?

Doubtful unless...: Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disorders (UCTD) should not affect the propensity to sweat. If, however, you are using steroid therapy (such as prednisone) then you could very well experience sporadic sweating as a side effect of steroid Rx and not the UCTD itself. ...Read more

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Pressure headache back of head, head feels heavy, and now if i press right below ears it hurts.Allergies? Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawel? Or lupus? I have all 3

Pressure headache back of head, head feels heavy, and now if i press right below ears it hurts.Allergies? Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawel? Or lupus? I have all 3

Headache clinic at a: local hospital may be the best way to go, especially if you have seen your primary doc. Treating one thing at a time can solve the mystery. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have neck pain, stiffness , burning sensation on right side of neck and back of head. I have Lupus and I take immunosuppressant. Mom has shingles.

I have neck pain, stiffness , burning sensation on right side of neck and back of head. I have Lupus and I take immunosuppressant. Mom has shingles.

Doubt infection: I doubt this is an infection. Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus and if you've had chickenpox or had a chicken vaccination your risk of chickenpox is low. Shingles can occur at any age but especially is more common as we age. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Rheumatologist: Prednisone dose of 5 mgs or less is a low dose and since you're having pleuritic pain and other discomfort,your lupus may not be controlled. A rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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Can i perm my hair with skin lupus?

Can i perm my hair with skin lupus?

Yes: It should not be a problem if done with mild perm like "soft body" perm and you do not have scalp involvement. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause severe breakouts on the face ?

Can lupus cause severe breakouts on the face ?

Lupus is often: Associate with facial rash. The classical situation is a "butterfly" rash over the mid face -- usually red and dry. ...Read more

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I have lupus. What are some ways to alleviate dry skin?

I have lupus. What are some ways to alleviate dry skin?

Several.: Do not ober shower or wash. Use the equivalent of dove (or generic), when you use soap. The best non-greasy lotion is oil of olay, but the company took out the 3% zinc in out. However, a number of clones still exist for the original version. It has a spf 15 sunscreen, and is non-comodogenic! ...Read more

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I am loosing a lot of my hair due to lupus lesions. What can I do about it?

I am loosing a lot of my hair due to lupus lesions. What can I do about it?

What meds?: Coul;d be lupus, your meds, or something else. I recommend nutritional support using biotin 7500mcg, a b-50 complex, and folic acid. You did not decribe alopecia per se, but if you are sick, you are also catabolic, and hair falls out faster. Since you did not mention meds, i can't help you there. See your rheumatology practitioner to address the meds. Keep in mind, damaged follicles shed! ...Read more

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Why does my face feel flushed in the afternoons until I go to bed? Could the lupus be causing it?

Why does my face feel flushed in the afternoons until I go to bed? Could the lupus be causing it?

Very doubtful: Lupus presents in many ways, but the symptoms you describe are not representative of lupus. ...Read more