... of patients with SLE have intermittent arthritis. The most common presentation is a symmetrical polyarthritis, affecting hands, wrists and knees. The degree of swelling is less prominent than seen in rheumatoid arthritis. Tenosynovitis is a relatively common musculoskeletal manifestation. ... (1 replies)
... stupid's" as I call the episodes of confusion, started effecting my job, I mentioned it to my family doctor who started the tests in motion and diagnosed me with Lupus due to the results of my ANA. He sent me to a rheumatologist who did more blood work on me. ... (5 replies)
... There are a couple of ways this might be related. First, lupus patients are more prone to infections in general, including strept. It usually starts in the throat and can spread from there. ... (1 replies)
... you're not breaking any rules that I know of. We're here to help!
Blood tests are only taken in context of symptoms. She *could* be psychologically working herself up... However, she also could begin to exhibit symptoms. Why???
the anti dsdna is a complicated test, the rheum who said dont use quest use labcorp(or vice versa) doesnt mean one is bad and one is good - if... (15 replies)
... Your GP has it backwards... titers of 1:40 and below are negative, and then as it goes up 1:80, 1:160, doubling each time. Each doubling represents a dilution of the blood, the actual end titer is the last visible stage of the ANA by the lab tech.
A low titer is not very significant because something like %40 of the healthy population has ANA of 1:40... However, above... (73 replies)
... wing blood test results are not positive for Lupus. That is contradictory to everything I have read. This all started with 2 skin biopsies on my face that showed lupus erythematosus as a differential diagnosis along with lichenoid perifolliculitis as the primary diagnosis in both of the 2 biopsies. ... (2 replies)
... About six months ago, the knuckles on my hands started swelling enough to where it was difficult to do basic things, so I went to see my GP, who knew my history of joint pain and she did some blood work. ... (9 replies)
... my doctors are now at the point where they wont order any further testing and they have completely ruled out lupus as a diagnosis. ... (12 replies)
... I have lupus with possible ra. It's been a tough year. I lost my job and all my great doctors. I had to start the "doctor search" all over. It's been awful!!! ... (0 replies)
... reactive protien, high sed rate. He diagnosed Lupus SLE and I was treated with 10mg prednisone and plaquenil. I didn't feel any better after months and was still in what I would say bad shape. ... (4 replies)
... have many of your sympotoms except the occasional pleurisy. I have joint pain and swelling. Headaches, fatigue, thyroid problems, some rashes but not the typical Lupus rash, and very high fevers that came on like clock work every two weeks. ... (5 replies)
... He said we were on a watch and wait. I am now experiencing low grade temps for almost two weeks and more joint pain and swelling and headaches ranging in severity daily. I am going back to see him Wednesday. ... (2 replies)
... Later, people can get other symptoms like swelling, fluid in the lungs or abdomen, anemia, low calcium, etc. but that is usually after years of kidney problems. Lupus patients do get kidney pain sometimes from infection or kidney stones, so I would certainly get in to see your Dr. right away to check for that. ... (1 replies)
... This type of inflammation is common in lupus, particularly the periungual redness and swelling (below and around the base of nail). It would be good to see a rheumatologist and take these pictures with you. The heat is from the inflammation, and being seen during one of these episodes would be the best time to get evaluated. (2 replies)
... D I believe lupus and the other AI's tend to cause SYMMETRICAL pain, swelling, etc. ... (2 replies)
... octor to start with, as I'm not sure what is going on with me. Was hoping maybe someone could give me some input on whether this looks like it could be a sign of lupus or not. For the past 7 years, three fingers in my right hand swell up randomly. It happens only a few times a year and I don't know what triggers it. ... (2 replies)
... Argh the pressure is back. Really severe & only when I lie down. It feels like swelling. It definitely is not the Plaquenil. I have a call in to the rheumatologist. (6 replies)
... Thanks for your reply Vee! Sorry about your cold. :(
Strangely enough, the swollen feeling went away after about 12 hours. My head still feels a little funny, but it looks like it might have been the Plaquenil, which isn't good because it was helping me. I'm going to call my doctor this morning to see how to proceed.
For the benefit of others reading, I just wanted to... (6 replies)
... Hi. My Plaquenil Rx printout mentions drowsiness & ear ringing as possible side effects, but not anything that looks quite like the sensation of scalp swelling.
But I'll mention that I'm now battling the oddest head cold I've ever had. It's odd because it took really long---8 days---of puffy sinuses, ear ringing & a slight problem with balance plus that "pumpkin head"... (6 replies)
... Twelve years ago, I was tested for Lupus after symptoms of joint pain. My ANA test came back positive and no diagnosis was made because of no other symptoms. ... (1 replies)