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Doctor insights on: Why Do I Feel Sick Every Day With Lupus

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I'm dealing with lupus/sjogrens overlap.I have fmla but feel bad every time I have to call in sick to work & embarrassed when i return.I "look" fine.?

I'm dealing with lupus/sjogrens overlap.I have fmla but feel bad every time I have to call in sick to work & embarrassed when i return.I "look" fine.?

Brain fog: Most patients with sle and sgogren's have some "brainfog." depression frequently coexists. Vascular inflammation may be present, making you feel like you have a cold. Although most patients do not feel as you describe, it does occur. Remember, no one can feel what you feel. Talk to your rheumatogy specialist. ...Read more

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How 2 cope w/job (i'm an rn) during terrible mental fog during lupus flare. Should i up my prednisone every time (it helps)or just call in sick &rest?

How 2 cope w/job (i'm an rn) during terrible mental fog during lupus flare. Should i up my prednisone every time (it helps)or just call in sick &rest?

Control the disease: If the flares and the cognitive issues are occurring fairly frequently, you need to achieve better control of the lupus rather than relying solely on prednisone. Speak with your rheumatologist and see if more aggressive therapy of the underlying disease is warranted. ...Read more

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I have lupus &always get sick (start of flare)for atleast a day(sat) if i don't get enough sleep during work week. Then sleep all day sat. Common?

I have lupus &always get sick (start of flare)for atleast a day(sat) if i don't get enough sleep during work week. Then sleep all day sat. Common?

Lupus Therapy: Antimalarial drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine are excellent alternatives for people with lupus who do not respond well to Ibuprofen or Aspirin (bayer aspirin, bufferin, ecotrin).Many people on antimalarial drugs experience significant relief of their symptoms, especially rashes, fatigue, and joint and muscle pains. ...Read more

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Dealing w/lupus/sjogrens overlap& can't make it 2 work about 1 day every few months.Md trying 2 find right med combo. I'm embarrassed/ashamed.How2cope?

Dealing w/lupus/sjogrens overlap& can't make it 2 work about 1 day every few months.Md trying 2 find right med combo. I'm embarrassed/ashamed.How2cope?

Difficult!: I don't know if I have answered your question in a different form (check and see on my thread in the past few days), but no one knows how you feel. Get your doctor to fill out an fmla paper for you, so your absence is known to be legit and part of a health issue. You may have secondary depression, since you feel that way. Talk to your doc! ...Read more

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If ones lupus currently shows normal labs(other than high ana)does that mean they shouldn't have any bad lupus days or lupus symptoms & feel fine every day?

No: Lab tests are only one indicator of sle activity. You and your doctor are the best ones to judge how active your disease is and whether your symptoms are related to sle or another cause. ...Read more

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Severe Gerd even on 40mg Protoninx Daily. what's next? GERD all day every day worse with food. Oatmeal even made it bad, I have lupus & dysautonomia

Severe Gerd even on 40mg Protoninx Daily. what's next? GERD all day every day worse with food. Oatmeal even made it bad, I have lupus & dysautonomia

Try PPI 2x/day: (1) the Protonix (pantoprazole) needs be taken 30-60 mins before your first meal. (2) you may need a second dose before dinner. (3)No food/drink 3 hrs before bedtime (4)Normalized weight. Consult a GI doctor since there are new device or procedure which may greatly improve your GERD. ...Read more