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Lupus and ...
Dec 28, 2015
Hello All!
This board has seen me through some very difficult times over the past couple of years (Special thanks to Veej and Ladybud!). I was diagnosed with Graveís disease in 2008 later developing more into Hashiís and in 2013 I was diagnosed with Lupus. At the time of my Lupus diagnosis I had a positive anti-dsdna, thrombocytopenia, anemia, joint pain, sun sensitivity, hair loss and all kinds of other goodies. I still battle with low platelets, hair loss, joint pain and anemia even on plaquenil. I have had 3 really bad flares this year due to stress which I am trying to manage the best I can. I am currently taking synthroid, plaquenil and my Rheum gave me prednisone to have on hand to lessen the effects of a flare if I feel one coming on. I have had chronic vaginal dryness and itching that has persisted for years. My OB/GYN ordered a vaginal biopsy which I am having done tomorrow. Intercourse has been extremely painful and this issue does resolve with steroid creams or lubricants. I am wondering if I am dealing with another autoimmune disease along with everything else. I know they love to run in packs...maybe a possible Sjogrens? I have always had dry eyes and a dry cough that doctors have attributed to thyroid and allergies. Has anyone else experienced anything similar? Iím not sure what a vaginal biopsy will show or if there is anything more specific I should be asking. I appreciate any insight you may have.
Re: Lupus and ...
Dec 29, 2015
[QUOTE=fourbirds;5397147]Hello All!
This board has seen me through some very difficult times over the past couple of years (Special thanks to Veej and Ladybud!). I was diagnosed with Graveís disease in 2008 later developing more into Hashiís and in 2013 I was diagnosed with Lupus. At the time of my Lupus diagnosis I had a positive anti-dsdna, thrombocytopenia, anemia, joint pain, sun sensitivity, hair loss and all kinds of other goodies. I still battle with low platelets, hair loss, joint pain and anemia even on plaquenil. I have had 3 really bad flares this year due to stress which I am trying to manage the best I can. I am currently taking synthroid, plaquenil and my Rheum gave me prednisone to have on hand to lessen the effects of a flare if I feel one coming on. I have had chronic vaginal dryness and itching that has persisted for years. My OB/GYN ordered a vaginal biopsy which I am having done tomorrow. Intercourse has been extremely painful and this issue does resolve with steroid creams or lubricants. I am wondering if I am dealing with another autoimmune disease along with everything else. I know they love to run in packs...maybe a possible Sjogrens? I have always had dry eyes and a dry cough that doctors have attributed to thyroid and allergies. Has anyone else experienced anything similar? Iím not sure what a vaginal biopsy will show or if there is anything more specific I should be asking. I appreciate any insight you may have.[/QUOTE]

Sjogrens does cause vaginal dryness in some, so that is certainly a good idea to pursue. The biopsy may even help with the diagnosis of it. If you are over 35, I would consider perimenopause
as women with lupus often have early menopause.





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