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Swollen lymph nodes
Jul 27, 2004
Does anyone ever get swollen lymph nodes in the armpit area when in a flare? Is it common for this to happen with lupus? Does it happen with other autoimmune diseases?

I posted a few times here and haven't been diagnosed. But since last night, I've been having pain from what I believe to be a swollen lymph node. I've had this in the past on and off when I was in high school. I've also been feeling pretty worn out, lots of muscle aches and pains, and irritable. Could just be this horrible hot weather. :confused:
From what I understand, it is common for lymph nodes to enlarge or swell during lupus flare. I don't even know for sure if I have lupus or not but I believe I do and I have had this off and on for several months. During the winter time before I put any of my other symptoms together, the lymph nodes in my armpits would get really sore and swollen and I'd think, oh I must be coming down with something.....but I never did get sick like I thought I would. I recently went off a high dose of Prednisone and along with a serious bout of mouth/nose/vaginal sores I also had lymph swelling however I think I may have a cold so it could be due to that. Anyway, hope that helps and hope you get the help you need in finding a diagnosis!
Have a happy day!
Greetings ryanenrose (hope I got that right, sorry if I didn't)---
I just want to say I feel your pain!!!!!! and definetely share your frustration. I've been in denial I believe a good two years. I was just a new mom and then I was just pregnant and then it was that I work nights but finally things just got worse and worse and worse no matter what I did to get better. And of course that little voice in the back of my head that said, hey wake up something is wrong here just wouldn't go away. Finally, it's all kind of coming together. My GP diagnosed me with lupus but won't treat me--when I went back and begged for help though he prescribed Prednisone 40 mg then 80 mg when my chest pain and shortness of breath weren't improving. I got an appt w/ a rheumatologist who will treat me until he retires in Sept. since I've been in icky flare land for three months and he told me to get off the prednisone, go home get sicker and come back (I started crying in his office). So that's what I'm doing now, getting sicker. I started out having joint pain and muscle aches when I had my period and when I had IBS flare ups. Now I have daily joint, muscle pain, etc... I hurt all the time and have to take darvocet almost nightly in order to sleep. I even started looking into other diseases like Valley Fever and other autoimmunes and while I have a lot of those symptoms, lupus still fits all my symptoms better than the others. I'm still open to the possibility of it not being lupus however. My ANA was positive, sed rate low (wasn't in flare when that blood was drawn however) and when I had all the other labs done I had been on 80 mg of Prednisone for two weeks so it's hard to say what is accurate, probably nothing. My lymphocytes were low though and white blood count high. But dsdna and all the other "specific to lupus" stuff just wasn't there so I'll go back again when I'm yucky sick sick sick with a rash and joint swelling again and we'll start over I guess. In the meantime, I'm going to be buying some life insurance because right now I honestly don't know what I have so I will feel okay about applying for insurance as we have none (and two little boys). I'm sorry if I'm all over the place, feeling a bit scatterbrained tonight. I wish you the very best and hope that your limboland finds a landing place soon. I'll be thinking of you until then as you remind me of me.
big hugs and prayers too

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