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Could I have Lupus?
Sep 11, 2009
I am 41 years old. My symptoms began after giving birth to my daughter 11 years ago, and they have gradually gotten worse to the point now where I am starting to become concerned.

Here are some of my symptoms:

I will get red dots on my feet, ankles and calves if I am standing too long, or sitting on a hard bar stool. It's worse if I've been drinking alcohol. Both legs will swell up, get itchy, and the rash appears. It can be painful. It will last for about a week before it fades. I was told by a vascular doctor that I do NOT have varicous veins.

I am tired ALL THE TIME.

I have a red rash that looks like a sunburn on my chest that doesn't go away. If I get hot, it gets brighter.

My joints ache. Especially my neck, shoulders, lower back and fingers.

I get painful gout in my feet if I eat certain foods.

Most days, I have a mild headache (could be due to the neck pain).

I have trouble remembering things and concentrating.

I have a dark circular spot on my cheek (which is probably due to sun damage)

My eyes are always dry, and I have lots of "floaters"

My skin is extremely dry and itchy--especially in the winter months.

About two yeas ago, I went to my family doctor. He did an ANA (sp?) test and it was high. I went to a Rheumatologist, and he did further testing. He mentioned sjogrens (sp?) I was to go in for a mouth biopsy but never did. I got scared and cancelled the appointment. Plus, it was getting expensive trying to pinpoint what was going on.

Now I am thinking about going back to the doc.

Any advice would be helpful. Thx!
Hi TLI, welcome to the group, I'm just new on here too but would like to add something to questions & advice posed by others here in response to your post....I had the dry itchy skin, memory issues & concentrating problem, constant nagging headache, dry eyes, nose, mouth & vaginal dryness, joint pain too,swelling of ankles & feet....5 years ago I was DX with SLE (lupus), a year ago I was DX with Hypothyroid, a few months ago they added Sjogren's Syndrome to all of ANA is off the charts....WBC is constantly low at 3.9.....hormone testing revealed that my estrogen levels were low....that all said, your age & the symptoms you mention should indicate that further testing is required to rule out a thyroid condition or other hormonal imbalance....also, the information that you provided about how that rash gets worse when you drink alcohol is a red flag that you could be allergic to it....I get rashes like that if I drink white wine....also a reeeeaaally bad headache even if it is just one glass of wine....I am allergic to the sulphites in some wines....not sure but maybe you could see an allergy specialist? do I get scared? yup, specially waiting for results of some of these tests, the waiting raises my anxiety levels reeeeaaaally high....but that does my health no good at I try to keep distracted with hobbies & such.....Hang in there....the people on here are very supportive & have great suggestions for reading material!!!

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