Pain Lupus Medication

Seeking relief from pain, and fever? How about a medicine that has two medicinal compounds working for you? Ultracet! An opioid analgesic, resembling a narcotic medication, Generic Ultracet comprises of Tramadol and Acetaminophen [popularly known as Paracetamol]. It helps people suffering from Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus when the body's immune system collapses causing severe pain and swelling, and also provides relief from moderate or acute pain post-surgery, such as that following a dental procedure.

Ultracet is an oral medicine, and the maximum dose should not exceed 8 tablets a day. This medicine can be taken with water, accompanied by food, but it has to be taken the same way each time. Generic Ultracet [Tramadol + Acetaminophen] should be taken at the onset of pain; if you let the pain worsen before taking this medicine, it may not work for you. The dose is individualized, according to the cause of the ailment and the medical condition of the patient, and must be taken as prescribed. Elderly people are generally prescribed a low dose, while it is not recommended for children below 16.

This drug is believed to block the signals of pain being sent by the neurotransmitters in the brain, thereby numbing the sensation of pain and giving relief to the sufferer. 37.5mg of the medicine is made up of Tramadol, while the complementary Acetaminophen consists of 325mg.

Tramadol is a popular pain-relieving medicine for it does not cause the gastrointestinal side effects that are brought about by NSAIDs; it is widely used for treating arthritic pain. The muscular pain and tenderness of Fibromyalgia can be a primary condition, but people who suffer from Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis [RA], Systemic Lupus Erythematosus [SLE], or Ankylosing Spondylitis are at risk for developing Fibromyalgia as a secondary condition.
Arthritis itself causes inflammation and severe pain of affected joints and muscles, manifesting itself as Osteoarthritis, or in its more dangerous, life-changing disease form of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Even children are not spared from life-threatening diseases like RA and SLE.

People who have had epilepsy, seizures, a head injury, any metabolic disorder, any kind of lung disease, asthma, respiratory problems, a history of drug dependence or an addiction to alcohol, should not take this medicine. It is contraindicated for people who are suffering from meningitis or encephalitis, as it can increase the risk of seizures in such patients.

Acetaminophen is present in hundreds of medications, many of which are sold over-the-counter, and an overdose could result in serious side effects. Prior to taking Ultracet tablets, give a complete list to your treating doctor of all the medicines-herbal products-nutritional supplements being taken by you, as well as everything you are allergic to, especially to Acetaminophen or Tramadol, so that your doctor can work out the correct dose regimen for you.

Pregnant or lactating women, or those planning to have a child must consult their doctor before taking this medicine. The geriatrics, as well as those who drive or perform tasks that require them to be alert, must remember that this medicine can cause drowsiness, and be careful as they go about their tasks while taking this medicine.

The medicine should be kept properly capped in its' container, at a temperature between 15oC-30oC. Keep it away from heat, light or moisture and, don't let your children or pets have access to it.

Ultracet interacts with various drugs including antidepressants such as MAOIs, SSRIs, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, anti-convulsants, anti-seizure medicines, other narcotic pain relievers, musculo-skeletal relaxants, medicines to treat chronic atrial heart fibrallation, anti-allergy medicines, sleeping aids, tranquilizers, blood-thinners, or "street" drugs.

Ultracet is a short-term therapy. If you still experience pain after finishing the course, contact your doctor, but don't double your dose - that will only increase the risk of side effects. Suddenly stopping the medicine also could lead to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, but in case the side effects are serious, immediately consult your doctor.

Common side effects associated with Ultracet include nausea, vomiting, urinary retention, dry mouth, drowsiness, stomachache, cold/clammy skin, constipation, or jaundice. Hives, rash, itching, and flushing are the usual allergic reactions of any medicine; in such a case, speak to your doctor at once.

Ultracet rarely causes serious side effects, but if unusual or serious side effects occur, stop taking the medicine and contact your doctor at once. These could include - slow/rapid heartbeats, confusion, delirium, raised intracranial pressure, changes in vision, muscular rigidity, diarrhea, urethral/biliary liver spasms, hypothermia, respiratory depression, and in extremely rare cases - a comatose condition.

As this medicine is considered to be unsafe for the unborn baby, pregnant women must take Ultracet tablets only if their doctor tells them to do so; while lactating mothers, or women planning to have a child, must consult their doctor before taking this therapy.

Alcohol should be avoided with this medicine, as Acetaminophen together with alcohol can damage the liver and cause jaundice. Individuals who require surgery while taking a course of Cheap Ultracet, should inform their surgeon/dentist about this. Older people, and those who drive or perform risky tasks, should be careful while taking this treatment, as the medicine may make them feel drowsy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    When using a pain medication such as Vikadin, if you get pulled over, are you illegally under the influence?
    When using a pain medication such as Vikadin, if you get pulled over, are you illegally under the influence?

    My mother is afraid of driving, because she has Lupus; and she is always on pain medication. Can anyone give me some information; thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      Only if it impairs your driving ability.

  2. QUESTION:
    For those of you with Lupus, what are some ways to deal with the pain, other than medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Do not drink or eat diet products that contain Aspartame as this can be a trigger for some of the pain. Also get rid of all of your regular household cleaners and laundry products as most are registered pesiticides. Switch to all natural products and take the old stuff to your local hazardous waste recycling place. Once you switch have someone come in and clean everything as well as shampoo your carpets and furniture to get rid of all traces of the old chemicals. Be sure to take a good mulitvitamin daily that is well absorbed by your body and use a good antioxidant supplement. Consider using a ginger supplement as that is a natural anti-inlammatory. Good Luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    My wife suffers chronic pain from lupus. Joint pain, headaches,muscle pain, bone pain, sharp back pain and is?
    taking Demerol, lortab, trammadol for the pain; and is taking xanax for anxiety. She says the pain medication doesn't help. What would explain this

    • ANSWER:
      The pain associated with lupus is usually a result of inflammation. The inflammation is the result of an immune system that has gone mad. If the inflammation is not treated the pain will return as soon as the drugs wear off.

      Lupus patients on pain management (which I think is a good idea in this case) often change meds periodically because patients can build up a tolerance to the pain medications, rendering them less effective.

      The pain causes anxiety (fear, depression, etc) which in turn aggravate the lupus and create more inflammation and pain. When you feel like your life and your body are out of control, of course you will be anxious. And telling someone to "just think positive" only causes more aggravation when you are in pain and afraid.

      You wife might considering seeing a pain management specialist for the pain and a good mental health counselor to deal with the emotional issues that come along with a chronic and incurable illness like lupus. Psychologists who work with oncology (cancer) patients are likely to understand the issues.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long does your lupus flares typically last?
    I know there is no definate answer I just want to compare mine to others. I have been dealing with lupus for 7 years but was just recently diagnosed about 2 and 1/2 months ago. I am going through another flare and would like to hear how long other people suffer through it and possibly if any one has any relief. Some encouragement would be great right now. Also, is there anything I can do for pain? Medication or anything?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't have Lupus, but I'm seeing a rheumatologist and I have some sort of autoimmune condition. So I'll answer the best I can.. I hope you'll get answers from people who've been diagnosed with Lupus though.

      My flares can last a day or they can last for months and anywhere in between. It varies from person to person. I've found Prednisone amazing! If you're really unwell, speak to your doctor about a short course of Prednisone.

      There are many support groups online for people with Lupus. You'll find more support from people who can answer all your questions.

      http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Lupus/support-group
      http://www.thelupussite.com/forum/
      http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=9&sid=ac6385440f7cd38a71dc587ed99d57eb
      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=81

      I hope you have a good rheumatologist!

      ....

  5. QUESTION:
    Does any know anything about central nervous system Lupus?
    I have an 18 year old daughter was diagnosed with Lupus 2 1/2 years ago. Her family doctor has been treating the pain with medication. She recently had an episode where she passed out for nearly an hour. Her neurologist said something about central nervous system lupus. How serious is this type apart from the muscular-skeletal lupus? She hides her pain really well. She has been homebound from school because of her pain for the past 2 semesters. What kind of treatment is available for my baby?

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus can indeed affect the central nervous system. It is also important to make sure her passing out was a nervous system issue and not one of the lupus clotting disorders (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome).

      If she is not under the care of a rheumatologist, please consider that. Most family doctors are not trained in the nuances and dangers of lupus. The neurologist, rheumatologist and family doctor need to be on the same page. That is not likely to happen unless you or your daughter take charge and make sure that ALL of her doctors have ALL of the information.

      Some lupus patients also suffer from neuropathy. It sounds like your daughter might benefit by a thorough work up with a few specialists.

      Best wishes.

  6. QUESTION:
    What could be causing this pain in my abdomen?
    For the past few weeks I have been having pain in my stomach, it gets worse when I have a empty stomach and seems to go away right after I eat. I have also been having a sharp stabbing pain below my right ribs. It is made worse by movement. its not my appendix cuz that was removed, i am 23, not very active (lupus) I drink a lot of water. I am on steroids and pain medication.
    oh it can not be from a kidney because i do not have a right kidney, and the pain gets so bad under my ribs that it has stopped me in my tracks and i could not stand up straight.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it could be an ulcer :(
      Your stomach is located on the left side of your abdominal cavity but internal pain can radiate to odd locations.
      This can be caused by many things. Some steroids are known to cause Peptic ulcers and so can pain medications. Heavy drinking and irregular diet can also be the cause.
      Also, pain tends to subside after eating but can return if the ulcer is severe. Ulcers can also occur in your small intestine typically near the stomach.

      I recommend going to a doctor if pain persists or becomes worse.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any Doctors in the Los angeles area that is willing to prescribe pain medication?
    I have recently been diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I have had Chronic pain for 2 + years now and my pain had gone from bad to worse, and intolerable in the last 6 months. I am currently going through some connective tissue damage, and can't walk at times. I am looking for a doctor that is not afraid to prescribe pain meds that will work for me. I am small, but I seem to metabolize all medication very quickly. Even when I have gone under for surgery it takes double the amount of vercet to get me to feel anything. Which is max amount for my body weight. Needless to say, when it comes to pain medication, vicodin just doesn't cut it, and low grade percocet doesn't either (5mg is the strongest percocet i've had). If anyone has any good recommendations for a doctor in the LA and surrounding area who understands patients pain, and is compassionate about it. Please share. I think it's ridiculous for people out there with a disease like me and so many others who can't get a doctor to prescribe anything to you because famous people OD on them all the time. -personal note.
    Please help! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly pain drugs for Fibromyalgia do not work as it is a different type of pain. Secondly Lupus needs to be monitored by a Rheumatologist, due to its serious nature. Therefore you need to see a Rheumatologist who will prescribe accordingly. Never know a Rheumatologist yet not to prescribe drugs to people with Lupus and Fibro.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is my mom addicted to pain medication?
    My mom has fibro mialga, I don't know if that's how you spell it but oh well. So she has that and she had lupus but that's dormant currently and she has a blood desease or something and she takes a lot of pain medication. Well, we're in a money jam right now (who isn't?) and she's been asking different people for money. My brother just got his first job in march and he's starting to save up and she's been asking him for money to get her Ambien CR that's 30 dollars. She got mad because he wouldn't give it to her because she had alreadyy borrowed 350 dollars so we could go to the beach on vacation. I was reading her text messages and she has a friend from work called Nicky. Well, nicky had some text message's saying "meet here" and talking about how they "ran out" of stuff and how much money they have and stuff and my mom found out I was reading them and she told Nicky and Nicky said that my mom should just tell me it's for something else. I asked her what Nicky said when she sent her a text message and my mom lied to me. The text said, "Do you know where to get what I want?" and my mom replied saying "no". I don't understnad this and I'm worried. I'm only 14 and i don't want my mom to get introuble. I know she needs some pain medication because of her problems but it's really worrying me because I don't want her to get introuble because of this nicky person. It's going to be my birthday soon and I don't know how i'm going to be nice and happy and stuff around my mom when I'm worried about her. She's also started to smoke after she got the job where Nicky works at, too. Please help me.
    Everytime I try to talk to her about her pills, or her smoking, she says she can do what she wants or she needs them because of her deseases. I know, their bad and I can't imagine the pain. I feel for her. But i'm worried her and the girl are selling them and stuff and it just worries me.

    • ANSWER:
      Ambien is a sleeping pill. Get her pill bottle to find out her doctor's name, look in the phone book to call his/her office and tell her doctor your concerns. The doctor CANNOT legally tell you anything but you can definitely tell them that you will make certain that if anything happens to your mom that the authorities will be notified of the prescriptions that have been written. Also call the pharmacies and tell the pharmacist to be on the look-out for multiple prescriptions.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is taking 2 Lortab 10's per day considered a lot of pain medication?
    Just wondering....I have lupus...and many aches and pains. I try not to take more than I have to. Just trying to keep it in perspective. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you're taking the medication as rx. I would suggest going to see a pain management dr. I have Fibromyalgia and was taking Lortab but I was only taking 2 a day. I can't stress enough to see a pain management dr (they have you "sign" a contract so that they can better monitor your pain medications so that you don't become addicted") Addiction also depends on your personality. I've been on pain management now for several years and I'm not addicted to anything. As long as you stress to your dr that you don't want to be addicted they'll work with you!!! Also it wouldn't hurt to have a pain/medication log to keep track of what's going on...Input your pain levels and what med you took for the pain. Good luck!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    I take two Lortab 10's per day. Is that considered a lot of pain medication?
    I have lupus and have herniated disks in my back. I also have had both my knees replaced, and am overweight. (for now) I'm working on getting the weight off.

    Anyway, I worry about taking too many pain meds. Some days I get by with taking only one.

    I feel like I would be more active if I were in less pain. But I am so afraid of addiction and building a tolerance.

    Am I unnecessarily worried, or is two Lortabs a day too much?

    • ANSWER:
      No, as the other person said they are usually rxed 1 pill every 4-6 hours. The 10mg is a relativly low dosage for chronic pain.

      I understand you are afraid of addiction, but is being in pain any better? I mean, the nature of taking meds long term is that you ARE going to build a tolerence over time. Worrying about and trying to live through the pain getting by on only one pill a day is not going to change that. In fact, it may help it right along. The longer you go without your medication, the more you try to "get by" without taking more your pain gets worse and worse. Its very easy for your pain to get completly out of control that way.

      Obviously, if you arent in pain dont take it. But I would be less concerned and do what you need to do in order to live each day without excruciating pain.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can a person with Lupus get over Shingles?
    My brother is 75 years old and has had Lupus for years. He's on medication for the Lupus. Two months ago he came down with Shingles and is wondering if his immune system has been destroyed from the Lupus and won't be able to fight the Shingles. He's in "Hell on earth" Is there anything he can take to build up his immune system? The Dr. has only prescribed pain pills. Please help him, He's going out of his mind.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I know many people who have gotten over shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. It can be dormant in your system for years and the reappear as shingles. Shingles follows a nerve pathway and that is why it is so painful.

      He should talk to his doctor AGAIN if necessary to get some relief. Some people get a nerve block and that seems to help.

      Do NOT try to 'build up" his immune system. Lupus medications are designed to calm down the immune system. In lupus, the immune system is overactive and confused. His immune system is not destroyed, it's more like the immune system on Red Bull.

      Please read about lupus at the link provided.

  12. QUESTION:
    When to go to the doctor for pain the the stomach?
    I have lupus so i am on medication for that, i have been on it for 2 weeks and something for a kidney infection for almost a week. Today all day i have been getting sharp pain in my stomach almost like you would with the runs but no runs. I have had the runs since i started my antibiotic for my kidney infection, it said that was normal tho. I do not know if i should go to the doctor or wait and see if the pain goes away.

    • ANSWER:
      I say go to the doctor. However, antibiotics can cause an imbalance in the intestines, so the pain can be "griping". Call the doctors office and talk to the nurse. Who knows if it is serious.

  13. QUESTION:
    Anyone living with lupus?
    I was diagnosed about 6 months ago. My doctor wants me to avoid taking the standard lupus medications until I HAVE to. There are days when I can barely walk, and it seems as though continuosly I am having new symptoms. I know it effects everyone differently, but I just wanted to ask for those who may be living with lupus, like myself:
    1) What medication do you take for pain management (preferably other than the standard lupus medications)?
    2) What sort of pain and symptoms do you experience?
    3) How has lupus effected your life?
    Thank you for your time!
    I have Lupus SLE. Wow, all those responding are a wealth of information, thank you so much! I just moved from California to Mass (Bolton area), so if you know any Doctors you would reccomend in this area, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Carey

      Here are a few ideas to help correct your health.

      Cause
      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures. I suggest several at-home hyperthermia treatments.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Lupus: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Cell Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Guided Imagery, Homeopathy, Juice Therapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Qigong, Rolfing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  14. QUESTION:
    SLE Lupus- Answer from Personal Experience only please.?
    I have SLE Lupus and have pain all the time - the skin problems- chronic fatigue- the painful joints. The skin problem has given me an ulcerated leison on my leg that will not heal- the chronic fatigue keeps me doing much or going places. Anyone that has Lupus knows what I am talking about with all the systoms that this disease can cause. My Question is has anyone found a way to combat the effects of the systoms and led a better existence. I am on pain medication but that does not make life better or help with the chronic fatigue. From personal experience has anyone found that they were in the severe SLE stage and found something that made them feel better or even go into remission? The SLE Lupus is the worst one to have, there are several types of Lupus. Again, only people that have the SLE Lupus to answer, I have read everything from the Web so I do not need that type of answer.

    • ANSWER:
      I have all the same problems, over the past couple of years since diagnosis I have began to eat really healthy and take all these vitamins, go to a homeopathic doctor, try to do everything right in hopes that it would make my disease go into remission or even disappear, because maybe it really was just food allergies, or a bodily reaction to pesticides.
      Alas, my symptoms always came back in full force. I have found that the only way to combat the symptoms fully is hardcore medicines chock full of side effects prescribed by your rheumatologist.
      Of course pain medications will not combat your fatigue, it is doing absolutly nothing to combat the disease, it only numbs your nerves.
      For me cellcept really helped my SLE symptoms, unfortunatly though I experienced side effects that caused me to stop taking it. Methotrexate works well for some people. If your symptoms are mild plaqunil could work. They even have a new treatment out that is two injections that effect your immune system and are supposed to help symptoms...can't remember the name. Anyway, there are a lot of options out there, none of them great....but there is no magic pill. Just see your rheumatologist and make them give you a prescription.

  15. QUESTION:
    Are women more likely to have allergic reactions to medications than men? Does Lupus play a role?
    I am continually developing allergic reactions to medications and it is really getting bad. Tonight, I took aspirin and broke out in hives and my eyes swelled together. That leaves only Tylenol for me to take when I have pain. What happens when I develop an allergy to it? I have yo-yo ANA, speckled. C-3 and C-4 is yo-yo as well, so I have not been diagnosed with Lupus.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't seen any studies that has shown that women are more likely to be allergic to medications but it makes sense because of the fact that women's bodies don't process the medicines the same way a man's body does. They are trying to do more research in to gender specific medical treatment to make it easier to treat women.

      I have met a number of people (a lot of them women) that are allergic to dyes in the medications.

      Yes, it is possible that for some if Lupus is an issue it could make it harder to take medications. This would be an interesting question for a rheumatologist as well.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any vitamins to take for a weak immune system and weak bones?
    My sister has lupus and rhumetoid arthritis. Her joints are starting to turn and she is in pain everyday. Does anyone also know of an over the counter pain medication for people with arthritis that works? Also supplements to take for a weak immune system and weak bones? Any one have lupus and take a prescription medication that is really effective?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't take anything without Dr. permission but ,Calcium,Magnesium,Zinc,(can find all in one capsule),Condroiton and Glucosemin works on the joints effectively.As does shark cartilage.High doses of Vitamin C preferably "Ester C" could help a lot.As far as pain,I don't know.
      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    Anyone with SLE Lupus having severe pain in their lower back?
    I was diagnosed with SLE (Lupus) a couple of years ago and I have been close to being in remission a few times. However, I am wondering if anyone else that has SLE has really bad pain in their lower back. Feels like someone has lit me on fire. But it is only inside my lower back. I have had some mild kidney and heart involement. I have been on several medications and nothing seems to be working. Although the plaquenil and predisone seem to be working well as far as some of my labs go. This last visit to my specialist was somewhat scary because one of my blood test came back elevated. That lab had something to do with the amount of damage that has occurred??? I am not exactly familiar with all of the labs and medical "talk". I did find some relief for the neorophathy when I had been taking Neorontin (sp???)
    I am just frustrated and trying to find someone who might have had the same problem and may have some advice.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had lupus for 10 years now, and the things that have caused pain in the lower back for me have been osteoartiritis in the spine, kidney stones and vasculitis and nerve damage. There are a lot of things that can cause pain in that area. If your lupus numbers are elevated, then it could be the beginning of a flare. I have a web page that has a lot of info that may help you learn your meds and what they do if you want to check it out.

      http://www.heatherslupus.com/index.html

  18. QUESTION:
    Lupus flare and rash from sun on neck and chest pain?
    I am 15 years old (female), and without a doubt have Lupus. My doctor is slow in diagnosing, which is understandable, but he keeps telling me things are wrong with me other than Lupus, that really aren't, he keeps giving medicine to treat my "illnesses," and they don't work because he's obviously wrong. I have been on all kinds of medications for various things, except for Lupus! He is holding off on lab. tests (which is pissing me off!) and is starting to have attitude with me...I think he thinks its all in my head even though I have all symptoms, genetic history of Lupus, and even his resident is trying to speed things up because she knows I should be tested and diagnosed (I am sick and do not want to live like this any longer). I told him I am missing school because the teachers are sending me home for being too sickly to be in school, and I'm in college level courses, and the school is demanding I get a tutor. I am not going to go over all my symptoms, I do want to know 2 things...
    How can I get my doctor to speed things up and to make him understand I am seriously sick and need immediate attention?

    And more importantly...I was just outside in the sun (it's about 75º in New York) for only 8 or more minutes trying to get my puppy's to come inside...When I came in, as usual during a flare, I got a rash over my chest and part of my neck. A little while later I got severe chest pain, which makes it hard to take deep breaths, and strikes pain when moving (bending)...I get this chest pain randomly, but is there a connection with this pain and the sun and/or the sun rash? If so, what and what does it mean!?

    • ANSWER:
      First let me tell you I'm sorry you're having so much trouble. It took 4 years for me to get the correct diagnosis because of the exact thing you are going through, doc's don't listen. I have had Lupus for 7 years. My advice is to first find another doctor, at a teaching or university hospital if possible. Second, yes it sounds like lupus. The chest pain is probably from something called costochondritis, which is a swelling or inflammation of the cartilage that connects the breastbone ( sternum) to the ribs. It is very common in lupus. Sometimes it can even seem like a heart attack it hurts so bad. The best treatment is to haet a wet wash cloth in the mircowave for 30 sec and then lay it on the breast bone. Repeat as needed. That and Tylenol often help it. For more info on Lupus contact the Lupus Society there in New York. Good Luck

  19. QUESTION:
    I have lupus and my ankles swell?
    My lupus (SLE) is getting worse by the days and years, I have lots of weakness in my muscles and its getting worse and worse, to the point that it hurts to walk, take care of my 3 yr old and my 5yr old, I also started to notice that my left lower leg gets very, very swollen on the left outer part of the left leg and I have tried to bring this to my docters attention because I now have small dark spots appearing on my lower legs with tiny red vessels I am very scared now that I had not seen a rhematologists since 2004, but all he gave was pain medication, I over looked my illness for years before I started to see another doctor the one that I am currently seeing he has taken me off from work because of the severe swelling and now it is starting to affect my kidneys I was told on feb,16,2007 that I have protein in my urine. I hurt all over like a great big sore, its just not open I stay very very tired I hardly have an appetite, I am very scared that I might get ulcers on my legs .

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Nae

      Here is the best remedy/cure you can use. It's called hydrotherapy. Using hot and cold water to generate blood circulation where the body needs it most. THis process has been used for thousands of years and proved to be one of the most productive. Hot water brings blood to the surface and cold water surpresses it downward, in turn generating new blood cells into the diseased part of the body. Ideally, you also want to use pressure (like strong showerheads) to penetrate the body's depths for quicker results. Also intaking cayenne pepper is the internal king circulator. Moves blood like no other.

      I would start by getting a bucket of hot water (hot as you can take it) and an ice filled bucket of water. Just go back and forth with each bucket about a minute each. Do this 10 times or so. Do this 2-3 times a day for as long as it takes to heal.
      You could use the shower for this method with the hot and cold water. A lot more beneficial.

      Here is more information about Hydrotherapy and some testimonials for curing big diseases.

      How you can use hydrotherapy at home to SPEED - UP any cure.

      The best and cheapest thing any human can do to cure their disease is use water therapy.

      You need to do two basic things :

      1) Apply hot and cold water, as hot as possible and as cold as you can get it, to a diseased area.

      2) Take hot and cold showers, or a hot shower, then jump in a bathtub of ice-cold water, or water with 20 - 40 pounds of ice in it.

      The purpose of these two techniques is not torture. It is to BLAST blood into sick areas that are not getting enough blood. Until you do that, expect to stay sick.

      There was one man who tired the programs for skin cancer, and they did not work. But he omitted one thing: the hot and cold showers. As soon as he did them, his skin cancer went away.

      Simple Rules : For those who are frail, use common sense and start slowly. For instance, on babies, use warm water and cool water. Obviously, be gentle.

      To get the most results, work yourself up to using as hot as you can stand it - without burning your skin - and as cold as you can stand it. When I do it at home, I don’t just use cold water. I found it works much better with bags of ice.

      You do this at least twice a day. Once is a hot and cold shower, perhaps three of them if you are real sick. You do seven repetitions of hot and cold. If your shower doesn’t get real cold, use ice cubes in a bathtub. If you don’t have a bathtub, perhaps rub yourself with a wet, icy towel. Do your best.

      Then, always use hot and cold directly on the sick or injured area - not just all over. This is essential.

      For the cayenne oil, here is a simple formula.

      A Formula for a cayenne heating oil.

      Here is a formula anyone can make.

      In a glass jar with a tight leakproof lid, place...

      5 tablespoons of the HOTTEST cayenne powder you can find (over 250,000 heat units is suggested.) 20 ounces of Jojoba, Olive or Almond oil.

      Make it on the New Moon and let it sit until the Full Moon, making sure to shake it every day. On the Full Moon, press or strain off the liquid.

      Caution, this can be extremely hot. Start with a little and work your way up in amount.

      Common mistakes made by readers who try hydrotherapy.

      Due to timidity, readers under use this treatment. They don’t do it often enough, and they don’t do it strong enough. They don’t like to shiver, or they find it uncomfortable. Forget that. To me, continued sickness is more uncomfortable.

      For example, when you are really ill, people should do hot and cold showers as much as 30 minutes a day, three times a day, 2 minutes cold and 5 minutes hot.

      For people less ill, try 15 minutes once a day, 7 repetitions each of hot and cold.

      Use your imagination. One reader saved his wife from a colon operation by using extremely hot and cold wet towels, back and forth, over her intestinal area.

      For people with heart problems.

      You can put really hot water, in the shower, or with hot towels, right on the chest, and then alternate with ice cold water or ice, and then go back and forth for seven times.

      Start mild, depending on the person’s strength and vitality. Do not overshock them when they are weak. Use good judgement in everything. You can add hydrotherapy to the herbal compresses for serious heart disorders.

      Hydrotherapy cured GANGRENE.

      Several months ago, a man in the South had gangrene developing. He is an older man, a diabetic. His doctor said if it wasn’t better in days, his right foot was coming off.

      He took 6-8 teaspoons a day of extra-extra hot cayenne pepper, in divided doses day and night. He took them in a cold beverage, or it is too hot to get down. The powder form of cayenne is what he used, never capsules. Forget capsules.

      Then, he filled two large buckets, one with hot water and one with ice water. He did this and went back and forth. Then he applied a cayenne heating oil to the sick area when he was done. His leg healed, all signs of gangrene are gone.

      What he could have done, if he needed to, was to add herbs to the treatment. Here is what can be done, for those who need to know.

      Fill a large tub with hot water, add 4 ounces of cayenne pepper powder, 4 ounces of Ginger root powder, and 4 ounces of mustard seed powder. Put these herbs in a dish towel, tie it closed, and put it in the bath like a big tea bag. You will see the water turn orange.

      Then, fill a large bucket with cold water plus 10 pounds or more of ice in it. Plastic garbage bins and wash baskets work well for this. Put the leg, or whatever, into the very hot bath for 5 to 10 minutes and then immediately into the cold for at least 2 minutes, but 5 to 8 minutes is much better. Do at least 5 repetitions of this.

      A Final word

      One of the things that helps out a lot of you reading these old documents and realizing that even if you go to the extreme, you won’t be reaching what was done a hundred years ago.

      As far out as it appears you are not even approaching the intensity of what the old healers knew they had to do.

      These old people had no choice. It didn’t seem to extreme because, to them, it was much more extreme to die. So nothing they did seemed extreme.

      Again, it is more powerful than herbs - because it is the therapy that gets the herbs through the blood to the sick area.

      Also, doing this and a colon and liver cleanse will help rid of the toxins internally. Great program on herbdoc.com called the incurables program. Doing Hydrotherapy and an internal cleanse you can heal anything if you believe it will.

      Best of health to you

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I be relieved of chronic pain due to trigger points in neck and back? Or, do I have a brain tumor?
    Any Doctors or Rheumotologists out there to help please?
    I have lupus which makes my osteoarthritis in my neck and back worse. My Doctor told me I have malignant knots, and I was given trigger point injections in neck and back. He accidently stuck the needle in my lung, and I ended up in the hospital. (No law suit). - I have also been in physical therapy, message therapy, do yoga, and lift weights, I have been on medication to reduce inflammation and relaxe muscles. Nothing has worked. I have had this pain for 3 years straight. - I developed this problem after my husband died of cancer. Also, my aunt of 48 died after being diagnosed with 19 brain tumors. I am the same age, and I pay Kaiser 0.00 a month out of my own pocket to keep my health benefits. My Dr. visits and med's also cost alot of money. I am going broke and my pain is a 12 on a scale of 1 - 10. - Is there a specific test I shoud ask for, or can I get rid of this problem and live a normal life. I get dizzy and see stars!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are really worried about a brain tumor ask for a CT scan or an MRI. I am sure though that if the doctor suspected a brain tumor he would have tested you already.

      I am so sorry about your pain. Why don't you see if you can go to a pain specialist in order to have the pain better controlled? While working with the pain specialist, you can still pursue other avenues of treatment, but your pain will be under control and you will be able to be more proactive in your care.

      Good luck to you.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have a friend she has lupus, she is having itchy rashes, lower back pain, swellen of the joints trouble?
    sleeping. She is on about 14 medications daily. She was very sick last year and I am just scared she runs back and forth to this and that doctor to no avail. They are constantly perscribing meds, and she is taken pain meds on a daily and now she is even on a sleeping medication. and of course they have perscribe an anti-depressant.

    Yesterday she went to the ER and she was admitted? Please help serious responses please she is in her late 30's??

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry your friend is going through so much. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder. She needs to look for a doctor who specializes in that field. One of the best books on the subject is "Living Well With Autoimmune Disease" by Mary Shomon. There's also a web site that goes with the book and has great information. Take a look at http://www.autoimmunebook.com/. Best wishes to you and your friend. It's great that you're looking out for her!

  22. QUESTION:
    I have to take narcotic pain meds & am sick of being treated like a criminal : How do I stop this attitude?
    I have systemic lupus with a plethora of related health issues, resulting in unbearable chronic pain with breathrough pain attacks from hell. 5 yrs. ago I came to a point where I had no choice but to go on Narcotic Pain meds or commit suicide. Fortunately, my Dr. referred me to a Pain Management Specialist who is caring, compassionate and totally understanding of the living hell my life had become. Every time a new problem with new/additional pain has presented itself, she has been there for me and has never let me suffer further if a change in or an additional medication could help. She is extremely knowledgable in her field of medicine. What really gets me steamed is the huge number of Dr.'s out there who don't know squat about this kind of Pain Therapy and how well it works for some people. For me, it literally gave me back my life. Yet, every time I've had to go to the ER or a hospital stay I've been treated like a drug addict or criminal by Dr's. and Staff. Solutions?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Chrones and my trips to the ER were trated the same way. Im sorry to say. However the best way around it is to be a firm as you can be right before they even say anything. You set the tone. Thats how I do it. F' Them i have pain help me.

  23. QUESTION:
    A question about Lupus?
    I've been dealing with severe joint pain in my legs for the last several months,so I decided to see a doctor.
    Evidently the problems I've been having are classis Lupus symptoms. She took just about half my blood for a bunch of tests, and gave me some pain medication and steroids to take while I'm waiting.
    I started taking the meds and I'm feeling a lot better already, so I'm guessing that's a sign it's either Lupus or some other auto-immune disease. I've done a lot of reading already, and the more I read, the more it seems like this really is what I've got.
    So, what should I expect? This may sound silly, but my major concern is taking steriods for extended periods. My mother, my uncle and cousin all have Crohn's disease & took steroids for long periods, and they've never been able to lose the weight. I'm just curious about what to expect as far as steroids and weight gain goes. Any insight in general?
    I've already been to tons of websites, I'm looking more for personal info

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Im Chris, I have had lupus a long time, and have been on steroids off and on for a good 12 years. at this point, I wont take them, at this point not so much for weight but other side effects. I was on them once for I think 2 years straight. I did gain about 100 pounds. I hated it. But they did take me off, for me they just didnt work, and they eventually changed my medications, to Imuran and then methotrexate. Once off the medications I lost all the weight within 8 months, it melted of like water. Today I wont take them, because they make me an insulan dependant diabetic, give me migranes and a host of other things. Like you Autoimmunes tend to run high in my family. My mother has somthing called polymalgia rhuematica, a cousin has Crorhn's, and another autoimune thyroid disease.. Those I know little about. But lupus I sure can help you with.
      If your just now noticing signs of it which it sounds like, with the joint pain, you may also begin to notice that you may start having some skin issues, like photosensitivity (you cant go in the sun, or be in ultraviolet lighting, most stores use that, and being in it a long time is like sunlight), you may get a butterfly rash which bridges across your nose and your cheecks. you may get different types of rashes anywhere else on your body, sun exposed or not, you may get low grade fevers, muscle pain, fatigue, sometimes you may experience mild to moderate cognitive problems, like what is called brain fog, ability to think clearly, sometimes, get your words into sentances the way you would like, you may find your self stumbling when you walk a bit, etc. Those were a lot of my early problems. Also, I noticed my hands, feet and ankles would swell and go down, usually when hot outside, then I would be ok, after putting them up, drinking a lot of water or the next day. you may have some months where you may show that your a bit anemic, or your blood counts show some kind of non-specific infection, which they will give you antibiotics for. Some Lupus paitents have major organ involvment, some do not.. it stays contained mainly to the symptoms and issues I mentioned above. In my case I am considered to have mainly Liver involvment and central nervous system involvment (my brain at times can be very bad, to where I need chemo to get swelling down), others have heart, lung, kidney (lupus nerphritis) involvment. Lupus dosnt discriminate, it can go after any body organ, or part. for the most part ( I co own a lupus support group) I have noticed most seem to dodge major organ involvment, but a lot become anemic, have minor to severe (Im the most severe that I know of with central nervous system issues), some occasionally may get like kidney stone which clear up, or tend towards brhoncitis, and minor things that can be taken care of.

      From all my years of doing research moderating and owning online message boards/support groups, its the ones that keep the most poitive attitudes that tend to keep the most normal lives, no matter how ill they are. They tend to look on the bright side, and not see the what if's. They are well informed, have better support, either from family, friends, support groups in their community or online, or all. They listen to their bodies and know when to rest. They dont worry about every little ache and pain, they comply with doctors orders, they know how to continue laughing (that my dear is a must). We still live our lives though we have some glitches. Lupus isnt a life sentance, we just have to modify a bit.

      Also, since I wont do the prednison train, I must add there are all kinds of classes of medications to help those with Lupus. Once confirmed the first thing they will put you on is Plaquinil, it is an antimalarial, and for somereason, it helps to slow down a lupus paitents overactive immune systems a bit, and protect our skin, reason unkown. there are other classes of medicaton, mainly immunosuppresent and immunosupressent/chemotherapy agents. but your a long way from that my friend. You said youve been doing some research, but I will leave you with several links. Ill also leave you with the support group link, we have many vetren diagnosed like me, we constantly do reserach, we have newly diagnosed, and some waiting to be diagnosed.
      My best
      Chris
      Oh here are the 11 lupus critera you need 4 to have lupus.
      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases.

      A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be diagnosed with lupus; 3 symptoms suggest that lupus is probably present, and 2 raise the possibility of lupus. Symptoms may be present all at once or appear in succession over a period of time. 1

      Butterfly (malar) rash on cheeks
      Rash on face, arms, neck, torso (discoid rash)
      Skin rashes that result from exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (photosensitivity)
      Mouth or nasal ulcers, usually painless
      Joint swelling, stiffness, pain involving two or more joints (arthritis)
      Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs (pleuritis) or heart (pericarditis). This inflammation is called serositis.
      Abnormalities in urine, such as increased protein or clumps of red blood cells or kidney cells, called cell casts, in the urine
      Nervous system problems, such as seizures or psychosis, without known cause
      Problems with the blood, such as reduced numbers of red blood cells (anemia), platelets, or white blood cells
      Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
      Signs of increased autoimmunity (antibodies against normal tissue), as shown by laboratory tests
      References

  24. QUESTION:
    Do anyone know of a health care plan that would accept someone that is already diagnosed with lupus?
    I have lupus, the rhemutoid arthritis kind and I have no health insurance anymore. I ran out of the medication that I was on and are having problems. I had a seizure and are having chest and sharp body pains. Also,does anyone have lupus and take a medication prescribed by their doctor that helps and prevents from seizures and keeps the joints from turning?

    • ANSWER:
      I understand that all over Europe, people have demanded of their government, since way back, the dignity that comes with universal heatlh coverage. In Europe, you'd have coverage. In Europe, we wouldn't be worried about our using the insurance making us inelligible for future insurance.

      Our best bet is to constantly harass congress and the white house until we get universal health care.

      I've been disgusted since I dropped all my cash this weekend into a jar in a little country store - they were collecting for cancer surgery for their boss!!! I was happy to give, but disgusted at the system we've allowed to be foisted on us in this country.

      BTW, my cousin had lupus and I know you have a terribly illness. Can social security or medicaid be of help to you?

      I'll call congress again on monday. You do it, too. Everyone reading here. We know we have the billions, we've been wasting 2 or 3 a week in Iraq.

  25. QUESTION:
    rheumatoid arthiritis/lupus/spondylolysis?
    Ok so i went to the doctors yesterday with constance back pain since being kicked in the back by a horse 7 years ago

    a year ago they diagnosed it with long standing spondylolysis but now the doctor wants tests to look for rheumatoid arthiritis and lupus as well as checking the spondylolysis.

    They want to do blood test but i have a severe phobia which I am currently under referal to CBT with

    Ive tried looking up information and it seems the only thing i can do is pain medication and physiotherapy which all lead to surgery and spinal bolts in the next ten years. I'm completely petrified right about now. Im having my x-ray on tuesday but I didn't know if anyone had experience with any of the diseases etc.. or even the spinal bolt surgery itself

    thank you
    please can i have actual answers, not sales reps.. i dont want to know what medication i can be on.. just how people cope etc.. oh im only 19

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you're going through this.

      The blood tests aren't that bad, I know you have a phobia, but take some deep breaths and don't look. I have to have blood tests every month at the moment and I use to be scared of them. I just had to put it out of my mind. I have deep veins too and it usually takes them multiple attempts, but I know if it's going to make me feel better, then it's worth it.

      There is definitely medication. I'm not familiar with spondyloysis, but I know someone who had it and they have not had surgery.

      It sounds like you need to see a rheumatologist and discuss your options.

      Good luck

      ....

  26. QUESTION:
    I think I may have lupus, need prayer and/or advice...?
    I've done tons of research on all types of Lupus and on other immunity disorders for a few years now. The decline in my health started when I had a lot of gastro problems. They were severe for 4 months and bad for a year but b/c I didn't have insurance I just tried elimination diets thinking it may have been a food allergy. Much later I found out that I had the pylori infection that causes ulcers and my doctor thought I was bleeding internally because my iron was very low. I was put on antibiotics for the pylori ( which I know is not considered serious ) and was given iron pills. My doctor also thought a lot of it was in my head (in fact I had to insist that he give me the pylori test) turns out the instincts about my body were correct. He had prescribed me anti-depressants before the blood work came back positive because he thought it might be depression but the anti-d's caused my gastro problems to be worse (yeah, I seem to be really sensitive to meds whether OTC or prescription. Anyway, at the time, ( a little over a year in a half ago ) this same doctor who tested me for h pylori (sp?) said in a follow up visit that because of a long list of varying symptoms (mostly related to the intestines) that I typed out on a sheet for him (and which I had been experiencing for over a year at the time) that I should see a specialist and get my insides examined to be on the safe side.

    I had just lost my job and knew I couldn't afford to go to a specialist (G.I.) b/c I didn't have insurance and wasn't eligible for medicaid. (I had already spent about ,700 at my family doctor's.)

    Since then, I moved to another state and have free health care because I am so low income and I go to a local clinic. I try to get blood work every few months or so. Last time I was checked for pylori, it was gone (which was about 9-10 months ago). Two months ago, standard blood work was done and everything came out fine. My stomach/intestinal problems have gotten better but are still present. I feel achy a lot but the worst symptoms of all is being very fatigued. I get tired over the smallest thing whether it is a mental or physical task. This isn't some temporary situation. It's been bad for years now. I just keep waiting to get some big improvement so I'm back to my old self but haven't had such an improvement. I've told my doctor this several times but he acts like I'm a hypochondriac and never gives me referrals to a specialist. All he does is prescribe me more pain medication each time...that's NOT going to solve my problem! (Not yelling, just putting emphasis on the not). He doesn't prescribe narcotics but I know pain relievers can be habit forming and even the gentler ones are not good for you, have side effects and get to where they are not as effective once you start taking them for a while.

    I almost feel like I need to fake some big attack for someone to take me seriously. I cannot work full time and the smallest thing that doesn't go right can really stress me out because my body and mind already feels naturally stressed all the time. I feel like no one understands and the worst part is, I'm right when it is concerning those that are closest to me because my parents seem to not have a clue about what I'm going through and can't seem to understand or accept the fact that I cannot work full time. I'm sure they are stressed about finances because they are struggling in that area but I can't handle extra stress right now or any stress for that matter. After all, it doesn't cost anything to be a little sympathetic and that free gift would mean a lot to me.

    I am not depressed, I mean, maybe I am but it's all situational and didn't happen until I started feeling bad all the time, physically. I used to have a good job, a good salary and a nice apartment but left my job because of these health problems. I was just way too stressed. I'm only unhappy because of the way I physically feel but like a downward spiral, feeling bad physically has stressed me mentally and that has caused emotional problems in my life so it is an endless cycle of physical, mental and spiritual stress.

    I try to eat healthy but have no money and am not eligible for food stamps because I live with my parents and they make too much money, (yeah, the government doesn't take into consideration all the expenses my parents have like food, gas, car, insurance, health insurance for the two of them, doctor visits, rent, bills, and the 9 medications my dad is on). They can barely afford to buy basic things for themselves, let alone me. So pretty much I'm stuck with whatever they buy and only ask for frozen mixed vegetables because they aren't very expensive. I don't drink alcohol or soda and have very little sweets/junk food. I'm about 25 pounds overweight at most which isn't much considering I have the fat gene. In the last couple of years I've lost about 10 pounds and have gained a little bit of muscle because I try to stay somewhat active and walk a fe
    (Sorry ran out of room, continued at last word I left off with) ...,few times a week. The only time I've been able to be really skinny is when I literally did 4 hrs of hard core exercise a day when I used to be on a traveling/competitive dance team in high school. (All of the people in my family are over 300 pounds and are considered morbidly obese except for me and my both of my parents are the most overweight child in their family). I do my best to make the most out of every situation, to go out and try to have fun doing active things etc... but nothing can hide the fact that my whole being especially my physical body is so much different than it used to be. I am only 26 years old and am a female. I feel old because of my fatigue and achiness. I've also had a lot of situational things that have not gone well in the past couple of years but it seemed that things started not going well after I started feeling really bad, I mean, when you start to get sick what do you typically do?
    Usually you just tough it out and still do your job to the best of your ability and try to still be fun with your friends and you try to be as normal as possible but what happens when the days turn to weeks, the weeks to months and the months to years. Eventually, forcing yourself to function normally socially, mentally and physically is going to take a big toll on you when you are sick all the time and constantly feel run down.

    From all the research I've done on so many things right here on yahoo answers from previous questions and answers along with research I've done on a lot of other websites, I know that with Lupus your ANA count can be fine in one test but can later be off so it is very difficult to get diagnosed with Lupus. I don't know what to do...My life has been put on hold for soooo long because of the lack of proper medical care. Perhaps I should go to an emergency room? I can't switch doctors and he doesn't seem to take me seriously.
    I'm so tired of waiting for an answer and having no results. My bad health is not shaking off through time. Moving back in with my parents, and with not being able to work full time among other things (most of the time I haven't even worked part time consistently), it makes me realize that something needs to change. I have been searching and praying for a change for so long now. If I was given a diagnosis, at least it would give me some peace of mind. I feel people do not understand how much I struggle just day to day to do easy, normal and even (what should be) un-stressful activities. Is there any help out there?

    I apologize for such detailed paragraphs but I've wanted to include all of these details for months now and have put it off. I put so many details to avoid unnecessary answers and/or questions. Thank you so much for your patience to all of you that read this whole thing. God Bless You!
    Category

    • ANSWER:
      I will pray that God makes the resources available for you to find the answers to your doubts and worries. I hope you open your heart to him and receive his forgiveness and salvation. With his love and peace in your heart your worries will subside. He will guide you and give you answers. He will provide a path. Why not give him a try. He works when the world fails you. He is there when the world abandons you. He is your friend when no friend can be found. He listens and cares and wants to help you. Jesus grant him this. Amen.

      † Equitable Prayer Warrior †

  27. QUESTION:
    About a year ago my girlfriend just started hurting all over her body and we cant stop the pain. Fibromyalgia?
    About a year ago, we took a trip to florida. Two days after we returned my girlfriend started having sharp pains all over her body. Today the pain is constant daily and increasing. She has been tested for rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus, both coming up negative. We have been to numerous doctors and no one can help, all they do is prescribe pain medication that doesn't work for her. Could this be fibromyalgia? Please any help would be greatly appreciated. She is in constant pain everyday and losing hope.

    • ANSWER:
      Many fibromyalgia problems stem from parasites and this is what it sounds like to me. The waste products of parasites can inflame and irritate the muscles. In Chinese Medicine, the liver controls the muscles and she could have a toxic liver or even liver flukes that are producing lots of waste.

      Many parasitic infections are not found with typical lab tests and doctors are not good at this type of problem. One typical way of picking up parasites is to go swimming in a lake or pond. Another typical way is to go barefoot in sandy areas and Florida has both of these conditions throughout the state.

      Drugs will only give your girlfriend "make believe health." You can find out for sure by having her see a practitioner that is a Certified Nutritional Therapist who understands and knows how to perform QRA testing. It's important to know what herb or combination of herbs she may need to solve this problem if it is a parasite and to know how much of the herbs she needs to take. You can guess on the type and quantity like doctors do, or you can use the QRA testing to find out exactly.

      I viral infection can also cause this problem and it can become chronic. Typically it starts afer an illness like the flu or a traumatic event. A poor diet, like the SAD diet (standard American diet) can contribute to this problem by giving a person a toxic intestines, toxic liver / gallbladder, etc. Eating highly refined foods and highly cooked foods will contribute to this issue. A high stomach pH will allow nanobacteria to pass through the digestive system and be allowed to take residence in the body in various organs, etc.

      It's important to stop all foods like soft drinks, processed foods, hydrogenated oils and fats, and any foods or drinks with excitotoxins like MSG or "natural flavors" on the label that are excitotoxins disguised as something natural that are just not natural at all. (thank you FDA for that lovely labeling). Also, avoid ALL artificial sweeteners.

      Don't lose hope, just because doctors are trained to treat symptoms and NOT "root causes" of diseases etc., doesn't mean there is not an answer.

      good luck to you

  28. QUESTION:
    what is a possible cause for my aunt's mysterious headaches and itchiness? I'm thinking it could be lupus?
    So my aunt's had these severe headaches pretty much everday which started a couple years ago. They aren't all the same and varied from being mild to very severe. She says some of her headaches can be aleviated with massage, other times the massage worsens it. Sometimes pain medication helps and sometimes it doesn't do a thing. Also her headaches can worsen with heat, loud noise, moisture, light, reading small words from a book, a sleeping position, caffine, spicy foods, and soda I think. She also gets severe dermatitis in her face and hands and arms, which flares up and goes away. No one knows the cause so far. This sounds like an auto-immune disease to me and I'm thinking of lupus. Or could it be related to severe anxiety/stress?

    • ANSWER:
      Her age?
      Have she recently check her eye ball pressure?
      Does she had history with migraines?

      "This sounds like an auto-immune disease to me and I'm thinking of lupus"
      I don't know, auto immune like lupus should be wide-attack area, not severe on the head and on the skin. She could experience symptoms with her kidney, lungs, intestine, joints, etc. But since it seems only at above region, I can't tell..

      "Or could it be related to severe anxiety/stress?"
      Yes it could

  29. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what herbs or foods are good for someone who has lupus? Or even known home treatment.?
    My mom was recently diagnosed with lupus and had pains on her joints, muscles, and back. After taking her to many clinics and hospitals, she finally found some medication that wasn't too strong but was good enough to calm her pain. I just wanted to know if anybody has had experience or just knows if there is any foods or treatments that are good for helping with lupus. I want to be able to reduce the chances of seeing her bedridden again like she was before.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I have Lupus, am an owner of an online support group and one of the groups main researchers. If your looking to reduce her pain through diets and a couple of healthy non organ supplements I will post an almost finished article im working on for the group.
      To start, foods that are high in flavonoids are proven to be powerful anti-inflammatory foods. There are other foods, but we will start with this class. The reason they help pain, is that they help repair collagen structures. These enzymes are secreted in our white blood cells during inflammation. They also prevent free-radical damage with their antioxidant action.

      FRUITS
      Apples
      Apricots
      Blueberries
      Cherries
      Cranberries
      Currants-Black
      Grapefruit Juice (may have drug interactions so check with pharmacists)
      Grapefruits (may have drug interactions as well)
      Grapes (red)
      Hawthorn Berries
      Orange Juice
      Oranges (specifically Valencia)
      Peaches
      Pears
      Pineapples
      Plums (Blue, Yellow)
      Raspberries (Red, Black)
      Strawberries

      VEGETABLES
      Cabbage (Red)
      Onions
      Parsley (fresh if possible)
      Rhubarb

      MISCELLANEOUS
      Beans (Dry)
      Chocolate (Dark, Semisweet)
      Sage (Fresh if possible)
      Tea
      Wine (Red)

      OTHER FOODS, SPICES, HERBS
      Asparagus
      Celery
      Cucumbers
      Fennel (bulbs, stalks, leaves, seeds)
      Mustard Greens
      Swiss Chard
      Papaya
      Watermelon
      also included if you can handle spicy food, are cyanne pepper (red pepper), any chili peppers, Curris (found in Indian food)

      also anything in supplement containing omega 3 or 6 derived from fish oil or flax oil.

      the best non medication treatment, is also water exersice. the arthrise (sp) foundation can provide a listing of pools in your area that hold classes.

      hope this help. you can always email me. I have a ton of reasearch information on lupus. and articles written by me on research done, and articles pulled written by dr's
      chris

  30. QUESTION:
    Medications for Lupus Erythematosus and Fibromyalgia?
    I have a neice who has Fibromyalgia and Lupus and has been living with it for quite sometime. The medications she takes is Medrol, Imuran, Plaquenil, Boniva and Tylenol #4 (For Pain). She fights with depression and often states that she is in pain ALL THE TIME. While, I do not doubt what she says because she has the physical symptoms. Twisted fingers (such as in Rheumatoid Arthritis), constant swelling, etc. However, here lately, her specialist has prescribed her "muscle relaxers" such as Soma, Neurontin and even Xanax, all of which, she states she has taken 1 or 2 times. When I ask her why doesn't she take them, she states that she doesn't like to feel "down"! She states that when taking them she feels drowsy and she feels like she is in another world. And, the next day upon awakening, she doesn't feel like herself. My question to the yahoo community is, does anyone know of any other medication or any other way to treat this horrible, horrible disease. More recently, she has been talking about not taking her medication at all, NONE OF IT! She states that she is tired of taking all medication and she can't remember her life without pain! She takes the tylenol #4 3x's per day (physician ordered) and that does seem to help her somewhat. However, she is seeking a physician in the Michigan area she says that will really, really treat her and not just want to throw more pills @ her. As stated, does anyone in the yahoo community have anymore answers? Maybe there are herbal remedies? Maybe there is another medication that can be suggested? My more urgent concern is that she seems to be sinking deeper and deeper into depression. And from a few of my friends here in the area, I am told that some people with chronic illnesses tend to fight with depression? It never hurts to ask and would greatly appreciate any answers!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry about this double diagnosis your niece has. I can only imagine her pain, since I only have one of these and that's bad enough.

      t seems that everyone I know with Lupus take Prednisone and something for pain. I think the Medrol is her prednisone, but I can check that out. While I can't speak from my experience about Lupus, I can speak from experience about Fibromyalgia.

      I have been diagnosed with it since 1993, rediagnosed by various specialists and then new doctors when I moved. The most effective meds are a combination of Lyrica for pain and Cymbalta for depression and pain. Lyrica is recommended for the widespread muscle pain in Fibro. It is not a pain pill, per se, and it has to be in your system for about a week before it starts to work, but then it does. It totally eliminated my pain for years. The Cymbalta as an antidepressant also works on the pain in Fibromyalgia, again not a pain med, an upper or downer, but after 2 weeks in the body, it really works. The combination is a good 1-2 punch for Fibromyalgia, pain, depression and a host of other Fibro symptoms.

      Originally I was prescribed pain medication, soma and xanax to deal with the symptoms. Doctors who don't know what else to do just try to treat the symptoms. Xanax is for anxiety and it's also used as a sleep aid, soma is a smooth muscle relaxer and neurontin works on the nerves to relieve pain. It's the only one of the three that isn't addictive, and it could help her similarly to Lyrica if she took it for a while. There are no generics for either Cymbalta or Lyrica, so while I am pleased with the results, my insurance company is not. Out of pocket, they would be 0/mo.

      I hope your niece finds her answer in a new doctor soon. She should ask to be reevaluated, as many people are improperly diagnosed with Fibro. At least a second opinion would be good.

  31. QUESTION:
    if you have lupus or know someone who does please read?
    My mother has had lupus for about 20 years now...she's going through a flare up and I just want to know what suggestion/advice any one has as far as treating lupus in other ways. She's already on medication but I want to know if maybe she should be doing more aquatics...massage therapy, etc. What can help an achy body? what has worked for any one? i just hate seeing her in pain and the doctors are just increasing medication and i want to see what altneratives there are.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Look up the information on this site. I have a form of lupus, and the remedies they suggest do help.

      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/bookshelf/Books/19/146.cfm

  32. QUESTION:
    Do you have Lupus? What kind? What medications do you take and are they working for you?
    Just curious to see who has Lupus and what meds they are taking. My doc gave me Naprosyn (it works for inflammation), Phenergren (for nausea and sleep, it works), Tramdol/Ultram for pain (it sucks) and Percocet for pain (starting to lose it's touch). Also, my hands, fingers, legs and shoulders ache. Is it possible I might have Rheumatoid Arthritis? I am so tired and my body hurts. Some days good, others bad. If you have Lupus or RA, what treatments seem to work for you??? Any suggestions???

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Im Chris, I have Lupus, and a few other autoimmune diseases. When it comes to medications for Lupus, Its very hard to say what will work for one individual or another. i do know this. When it comes to narcartics, you can take one for only so long before it starts to loose its potency, soon the body becomes resistant to its ability to aid in pain managment. I have been on them all. From Vicoden to oxycontin and morphine. Right now, even with pain, I am on Vicoden. I keep it to 2 a day so I do not oversaturate my body, and build a resistance. It seems to be working. Naprosyn taken over long periods, can eat away at your stomache having long term affects, I dont take it or anything for joint pain speciffically. I have had Lupus diagnosed for over 12 yrs, undiagnosed since my teens. When it comes to your hands, fingers, legs and shoulders, it may be possible you are experiencing Fibrthe brain, giving fibromyalgia on top of it, and would need a different class of medication entirely.

      In my case I am on Plaquinil, Ive benn off/on Cellcept (I have somthing called cebritis which affects my brain, causing migranes and seizures) and it can make them worse, while making other symptoms better. I was on IV Cytoxin for it a Chemotherapy/immunosuppresent last year. But over the years, I have been on prednison, Methotrexate, Imuran, As well as amptrityline, and other antideppresent. which were not perscribed for the depression, but for muscle pain. If you have nerve pain, they perscribe things like nuerotin and other medications that work on your nervous system.

      Lupus, changes it face all the time and is called the great pretender, and medications usually have to be changed often, or altered. You really need to go back to your rhemotologist, have a good talk with him/her, and be reevaluated. It seems your symptoms are changing, and that it may be time that new medications may be needed. I do not think you have RA, but they can test your blood to be sure, it sounds more like you may have fibromyalgia. which I will give you some links for, and require very different meds than what your on now.

      I do co-own a Lupus/autoimmune support group, we address these issues, as well as general life issues. you are welcome there, to make friends, chat, and gain access to the files and links. But you need to get to a Dr. and get re evaluated. I will provide some Fibromyalgia links, RA links, Lupus links as well. Good Luck,
      Chris

  33. QUESTION:
    Am I going to die from Lupus?
    I am 16 years old, and at 14 I was diagnosed with Lupus. My main symptoms are chronic fevers, chest pains when I breathe, extreme fatigue, hair loss (in clumps), and sensitivity to light and weather. My family doesn't have money for medication and I've been going untreated this whole time. I feel like I'm getting worse every day and can't even remember how it feels to be healthy. Whats the likelihood that I am going to die. All answers are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Sweetheart, my mom was dianosed with lupus in her twenties, which is still very young. She was told she was going to die quick. That was 30 years ago. She's still alive, and going all the time. Has it been hard? Yes. Find what makes you feel good and do that. For she and I it's hot baths. They take our joint pain down enough to sleep. Get lots of rest. Be peaceful and praying helps. Sometimes just talking it out can really make a difference. Tell your doctor you can't afford the medicine and maybe they can give you samples or get the drug company to help out. They do that in a lot of cases. God bless you!!

  34. QUESTION:
    Can a formula fed baby be just as healthy as a breastfed baby?
    I won't be breastfeeding because I have Lupus and my medication regimen won't be healthy for my baby. I am really suffering with pain because I am pregnant and cannot take a lot of my medication. People are making me feel just awful because I won't be breastfeeding. Will my baby be fine? I just don't understand, lot's of people formula feed for whatever reason, why is it sooo bad?

    • ANSWER:
      There are VERY VERY few benefits that breastmilk gives above formula. I know that's really unpopular to say, but most of the health benefits are correlations, connections to other things. For instance, you have Lupus. You are less likely to breastfeed. Your baby is likely to inherit some things (no offense intended) and that's not going to be improved by breastfeeding or made worse by formula feeding. In large studies, it's been found that formula and breastfed babies (where other factors such as family health and economic status are compared) both have low infection rates, at least where the babies are breastfed for the first 4 months.

      Medscape does require a free membership, but the first link is to the study about how formula and breastfed babies are both quite healthy. The second link is talking about hormones during pregnancy causing most of the health differences that are seen (hormones affect ability to breastfeed, so inability to breastfeed or formula feeding is a symptom, not the actual problem.) And the third link is an interesting blog I found when searching this.

      Having said that, there are a lot of behaviors that are connected to breastfeeding that may be connected to some of the benefits of breastfeeding. For instance, infants put to bed with a bottle are more likely to have teeth and ear problems, breastfeeding doesn't allow you that option, so if you emulate a breastfeeding position every time then your baby will get that benefit. Another for instance, babies breastfed are often snuggled, talked to, kissed, etc, whereas formula fed babies are more likely to be put down and allowed to hold their own bottle. Contact like that is connected strongly to IQ and intelligence as well as health and other benefits. So snuggle-formula feed (which is what I do), cuddling and snuggling them while bottle feeding them, so that they have as much contact as a breastfed baby. Just things like that.

      Your baby will be healthy though. Formula is not poison. :)

  35. QUESTION:
    What medications are you taking for Lupus (SLE)?
    I currently take Plaquenal for the Lupus symptoms (inflamed joints) and Dilaudid for pain control.

    • ANSWER:
      Plaquenal is kind of an old school medication for the treatment of SLE. Cellcept is a much better alternative to keeping the immune system in check. It was initially developed as a immune suppressor for organ transplants but has quickly become very popular to treat SLE. Currently there is a time release form of Cellcept called Myfortic. This can help if you have stomach problems with Cellcept. Another tried and true method for treating SLE is prednisone. There are nasty side effects but nothing seems to help with inflammation as well as this steroid. As far as pain goes, I saw earlier that someone mentioned oxycontin. You need to be careful with pain meds as most of them use Tylenol along with the opiate. If you have kidney issues from your SLE then you should take something like Norco, which is Vicodin with a very small amount of Tylenol. Many doctors are getting away from prophalxis antibiotics such as Bactrim. While it is true that Prednisone and Cellcept will make you more prone to illness, long term use of a broad spectrum antibiotic doesn't seem to really prevent these occurences because bacteria become resistant to the drug. I hope this has helped.

  36. QUESTION:
    Need explanation for chronic joint pain.?
    I have chronic joint pain. The pain is present in nearly all joints - ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers. The worst pain occurs in my knees. I have taken a myriad of pain killers and NSAIDs. Currently, I am on Vicodin, Meloxicam, Cymbalta, and Gabapentin. With these drugs, the pain is held constant at a 7. Without any medication, the pain is unbearable. I have seen several specialists, and none have been able to provide an explanation. Bone scan was clean, MRI was clean, X-rays are clean, Echo was clean. Blood tests all came back good - liver, kidney, cbc. Lyme disease was negative. Uric Acid level normal. Not auto immune, lupus.

    I need help finding out why I have the pain. What is causing it, and what is the solution?

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    When does Plaquenil (for Lupus) kick in?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus a little over a month ago. I started taking Plaquenil a month ago (in April) and I don't feel any different. I still have joint pain in my legs and knees. I still have the butterfly rash on my face and I still have "Lupus" hair. Anybody have experiences with this medication? When does my hair stop falling out?????

    • ANSWER:
      I started noticing a difference about 3 months after starting it. I have had no side effects and to me its worked great. I only take one 200 tablet a day. My hair never fell out because of my lupus though, Im sorry you are going through this. Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    Medical Question - Type of Lupus that causes blood clots?
    I have a friend who has a blood clot in each leg due to a form of Lupus. Now she has lots of clots in her toes and foot. She is seeing a team of doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital, but they have never seen a case like hers. Has anyone had anything similar or know anything about this type of lupus. She is in a lot of pain and needs help/relief. She is on a blood thinner, but that isn't helping either. They have tried tons of medications, none are working.

    • ANSWER:
      Patricia,
      there is no medical cure for lupus or for any auto immune disease whatsoever. They will try drugs, immune suppressants and even go so far as administering chemotherapy even if it means shutting the kidneys down, and there are 9 ways to pass away on dialysis.

      Message me if they are looking for complimentary holistic care to support her cellular health. I work with PH D's and M D's who are familiar with restoring cellular health and not stuck in the medical only box.

      Results with quality of life with auto immune i.e. lupus have been very good with their track record.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get an appointment with pain management without needing a direct referral from...?
    anyone other than a rheumatologist?

    I've got signs of an autoimmune disorder that has been causing me pain nearly everyday of the past year.. My doctor's office keeps passing me around and I'm just as frustrated as they are trying to see what is wrong with me. My insurance gave me numbers to three pain management (anestesia / nerve block / or medicine giving docs) to help with what my family practitioner (whom has actually just been my childrens' doctors mainly for the past year after he helped with the baby stuff) wanted to just call "fibromyalgia" because I've tried everything from lyrica, tramadal, cymbalta, etc... I even the past 3 weeks have been trying to handle my daily pain with no medication and have progressively gotten worse, I wake up with my legs cramped, back contortioned into the letter "c" and my feet throwing up gang signs... I have apparently not been able to handle this and over the phone they prescribed a sleeping pill and muscle relaxer as I was getting NO sleep due to this progressive pain. Then I get a call that the blood tests they took show signs of RA or Lupus. high sed rate, crp, etc. SO... I do not want to go back to my regular doctor who had done nothing but try to throw me under the fibromyalgia rug (which i DO believe exists ~ my sis and mother and 2 very dear friends have) because they don't know how to make me stop hurting. (I'm also very vit. D deficient I've been on a prescription dose 11 weeks in a row daily and re-draw showed that there was NO change in my vit. d levels at all, no increase, something is eating my vitamin D, lol) Whatever this blood test showed most recently got my rheumatology apt. moved three weeks closer than it was (hard appt to get into, I guess) and now I get to see them on the 7th and I technically have no one to give the results to... ?

    Now, the insurance company gave me numbers of diff types of pain mgmt companies and I'm wondering if I can just forward the Rhm. reports to them? or do I have to pay some other person in the middle? is a pain management doctor even a doctor that helps with diagnosis and ongoing treatment that would be other than a specialist?

    i'm so lost.

    • ANSWER:
      Call the numbers and find out. Most places require a referral from your primary care doctor. The pain management doctor is able to diagnose your condition and advise the type of treatments that could help you. No need to go to another doctor unless they recommend surgery.

  40. QUESTION:
    systemic lupus?
    my mother has systemic lupus she was diagnosed about 8 years ago she is in constant pain can hardly ever move and barley gets any sleep i was wondering if anyone knows any ideas tips or anything else that i could do to help her or that might ease her pain she is on medication and it helps but does not even come close to solving the problem anything helps thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      You and your mother have our prayers. Our 29 year old daughter was diagnosed 11 years ago and her story sounds like your mother's.

      First, ensure she is seen by a rheumatologist who will coordinate her care. Too few physicians, and almost no nurses, understand lupus. An internist is a distant second choice to a rheumatologist.

      Second, find a knowledgeable pharmacist. Pharmacists are the most overlooked resource in medicine - they are scientists, they keep up on the latest drugs, drug interactions, drug tests. A good pharmacist is likely to be as knowledgeable as the average surgeon or other specialist physician. The pharmacist may be able to direct your mother to current drug trials in which she could participate.

      Third, go to www.lupus.org. This is probably the best source of information anywhere for the general publoic.

      Fourth, be on the lookout for depression. A huge percentage of the population that suffers with lupus winds up depressed. This form of depression is best treated with a combination of psychopharmacololgy and "talk therapy."

      Fifth, join a lupus support group. They exist in most major cities; if one does not exist, try to start one. My wife and I attended a lupus support group for years.

      Sixth, develop a thick skin. Many people know "a neighbor who has lupus and she's perfectly OK, so don't worry about your mother." Hogwash. Lupus is one of the few diseases that is unique in every individual. Just because "a neighbor" is OK doesn't mean anything about the course and severity of the disease in your mother. You might try developing a snappy comeback; I'm so fed up I just remind people that practicing medicine without a license is a felony.

      Seventh, try to get your mother involved in some kind of activities that won't require her to use small muscles in the hands (arthritis is part of the source of the pain) or require her to exert much physical effort.

      My priofile allows e-mailing me, write if you wish, and best of luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    Best recovery method and medication for Lyme Disease?
    I just wanted to get some feedback for others who have dealt with Lyme Disease. What medication worked for you? How long since you "recovered", and what are your lingering symptoms? I was on doxycylin, seemed to help but now the symptoms are back. I've had Lyme Disease for about 2 years, I was originally diagnosed with Lupus until 2 months ago, when my blood work came back positive for Lyme. I want to hear there is hope, becuase the pain and fatigue is overwhelming.

    • ANSWER:
      Most surely, ehat you have had, and the symptoms, have nothing to do with Lymes disease, which is nowadays, very curable (erytthema migrans and all) together with articular pain, soreness of mucosal areas, etc
      More likely, during the last two years, your symptoms were provoked or caused by systemic lupus erithematosus (the generalized form of antibodies against the nucleus of innocent cells in your body)
      Fatigue, rash, skin probles, in sun exposed areas, are common in the early and middle stages of lupus in young to middle age females.
      Measure your anti borrelia burgdorferii antibodies, and if within normal limits,. your efforts should be directed towardsthe medicalcontro of the lupus....

  42. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there with incredible pain in joints & depression after prednisone use?
    I have muscle weakness, pain in most all of my joints& depression ever since I was misdianosed with lupus. I started out with 17 mg of prednisone & went all the way up to 500mg over a period of 6 months.
    The doctors were trying to convince my husband to institutionalize me cause they said the lupus had probably entered my brain & there was no coming back for me . My husband told the doctor's he wouldn't consider that cause he felt the reason I was hallucinating was caused by the bad reactions I was having to the 15 medications they were prescribing me. He insisted on further tests.
    I had to go through a MRI, brain scans, spinal tap & numerous other tests, all of which came back negative. The final dianosis has been Fibromalgia. That was a year ago & I have been off of all medication since. I just hope there is some way to reverse the damage that I feel was caused by all the poisons prescribed to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Prednisone has caused me (and hundreds of others) so many problems that I have to avoid all synthetic steroids. I was given Prednisone often between the ages of about seven and fifteen and it caused severe depression and suicidal thoughts every time, and it also kick-started my OCD and narcolepsy. Others have also experienced major joint problems caused by Prednisone. Please accept my deepest sympathies for everything negative you experienced. You may find help from different doctors with more experience and knowledge about the damaging effects of the medicines you were prescribed. I wish you the best of luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    Question about Lupus?!?
    My girlfriends mom has a disease called lupus. Her mom is extremely skinny, cant barely eat, is always in pain etc. My friend says her mom's lupus is very severe. Her mom also is very poor, and they live in a trailer and cant afford "decent" medication at all for the lupus.

    My question is what is the likely hood of my friend having it, she says almost all the females on her moms side have/had it, like 80% of them probably. Also if she does get it,if she can afford really good medication, could she keep the lupus under control at all even if its severe? When i say under control i mean her not getting skinny, in extreme pain etc. How long would she probably live with sever lupus, if she had the best medications, exercise, stayed out of the sun etc.

    In 10 years will their will be a cure, or atleast full-proof medication for this disease?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    I have lupus and something is still not right? What could be wrong?
    hey. so i have lupus, and im on certain medications for it. Lately i've been getting these really bad pains underneath my ribs and even what feels like my ribs hurt. about 2 weeks ago i had severely bad pains there and when i got up to take something, i got extremely dizzy and i passed out. i felt better after that, but about an hour later they got worst and then i ended up spending the day in the emergency room. the doctors said that i had lost a lot of weight and thought i was like annorexic (which im not) and they said it was like indigestion. i wasn't convinced and neither was my mom. so i stopped taking the medication they gave me for heart burn and it seems i haven't received that pain again. except for the pain around my kidney area, which isn't constant. i get dizzy sometimes, and the doctors said i had some white blood cells in my urine, which is blood when they took a test. But they checked my kidneys very briefly and said they were fine. Could this possibly mean i have kidney problems? i know lupus can cause kidney damage, but is that what it is? Should i be concerned? help!!!
    I've been having pain around my ribs where it kind of feels like they hurt but it's sort of beyond them. I'm tired a lot as well. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course you should be concerned.

      Immunosuppressive medications used by rheumatologists for autoimmune diseases are fraught with danger. That is the reason these drugs are used only by rheumatologists and not by internists, family physicians, or other medical specialists. Rheumatology is a medical specialty developed to prescribe and monitor the side effects of these high-risk medications.

      Doctors know the dangers of these drugs, and patients are supposed to be informed about them. Patients choose conventional medical care because they wrongly assume there is no other approach. The rationale for doctors is that we can’t have a person suffering with pain while their joints and internal organs are being destroyed by autoimmune illnesses. Patients and their doctors evidently believe the increased likelihood of cancer [400%] and a premature death from immuno-suppressive drugs is worth the risk. Unfortunately, patients are not informed of the nutritional options.

      .........................................................
      [testimonial]
      After hearing about Dr. Fuhrman, I took the train to New Jersey to meet him. He convinced me to take steps to regain my health. I decided to adopt a healthier diet and to do some fasting. Soon I felt like a teenager again. My face was cool and white for the first time in years, my joints felt great, and I had lots of energy. I lost a little weight and looked great. I went back to see my rheumatologist, who was on staff at a teaching hospital. I thought he’d be interested in my recovery. But when I started to tell him about my experience and my newfound health, he practically walked out of the room. He was not the least bit interested in hearing the details of my recovery, and he simply wrote “spontaneous recovery”on my chart. Nine years later, I remain symptom-free,and lupus is no longer part of my life. I play tennis and compete on a local team. No one who knows me today would ever guess that I used to be in such pain I couldn’t even shake someone’s hand.
      .....................................................
      The above is a partial quote from one of Dr. Fuhrman's newletters, available to subscribers only.

      I suggest reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman's books which of course are available everywhere. Or visit his website.

  45. QUESTION:
    Questions about Lupus?
    My girlfriends mom has a disease called lupus. Her mom is extremely skinny, cant barely eat, is always in pain etc. My friend says her mom's lupus is very severe. Her mom also is very poor, and they live in a trailer and cant afford "decent" medication at all for the lupus.

    My question is what is the likely hood of my friend having it, she says almost all the females on her moms side have/had it, like 80% of them probably. Also if she does get it,if she can afford really good medication, could she keep the lupus under control at all even if its severe? When i say under control i mean her not getting skinny, in extreme pain etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Does she have any brothers? Men can get it too.

      Thumbs down if you like, but Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the Opposition in the UK in the 1960s, and a MAN, died of this.

  46. QUESTION:
    Questions about Lupus Disease?
    My girlfriends mom has a disease called lupus. Her mom is extremely skinny, cant barely eat, is always in pain etc. My friend says her mom's lupus is very severe. Her mom also is very poor, and they live in a trailer and cant afford "decent" medication at all for the lupus.

    My question is what is the likely hood of my friend having it, she says almost all the females on her moms side have/had it, like 80% of them probably. Also if she does get it,if she can afford really good medication, could she keep the lupus under control at all even if its severe? When i say under control i mean her not getting skinny, in extreme pain etc.

    • ANSWER:
      lupus is a systemic and devastating disease. the newest therapies can greatly reduce the symptoms, but not reverse the process that is going on (the body makes antibodies against itself). it is also genetic and more common in women. so yes and no.

  47. QUESTION:
    Questions about lupus!?
    My girlfriends mom has a disease called lupus. Her mom is extremely skinny, cant barely eat, is always in pain etc. My friend says her mom's lupus is very severe. Her mom also is very poor, and they live in a trailer and cant afford "decent" medication at all for the lupus.

    My question is what is the likely hood of my friend having it, she says almost all the females on her moms side have/had it, like 80% of them probably. Also if she does get it,if she can afford really good medication, could she keep the lupus under control at all even if its severe? When i say under control i mean her not getting skinny, in extreme pain etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors don't know what causes autoimmune diseases, such as lupus. It's likely that lupus results from a combination of your genetics and your environment. Doctors believe that you may inherit a predisposition to lupus, but not lupus itself. Instead, people with an inherited predisposition for lupus may only develop the disease when they come into contact with something in the environment that can trigger lupus, such as a medication or a virus.

  48. QUESTION:
    Questions about Lupus Diesease "Please Answer"?
    My girlfriends mom has a disease called lupus. Her mom is extremely skinny, cant barely eat, is always in pain etc. My friend says her mom's lupus is very severe. Her mom also is very poor, and they live in a trailer and cant afford "decent" medication at all for the lupus.

    My question is what is the likely hood of my friend having it, she says almost all the females on her moms side have/had it, like 80% of them probably. Also if she does get it,if she can afford really good medication, could she keep the lupus under control at all even if its severe? When i say under control i mean her not getting skinny, in extreme pain etc.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    I caused my Lupus?
    A woman I know that had Lupus ten years ago said she mentally made her white blood cells fight her Lupus and that's how she went into remission. She had Lupus for just over two years. Now she gets an occasional mouth sore and achy joints.

    This woman said I caused my Lupus and that all Lupus is the same just in different degrees of how it affects you. I have Lupus nephritis (of the kidneys) and when not on medication I have antibodies detected via blood tests (Complement 3 and 4) that are attacking my kidneys. Without medication I would die. I have the typical really bad joint pain to the point of not being able to walk at night or move my hands. I have sharp kidney pains that stab me once in a while and really scare me. I am doing all right though.

    Did I cause my Lupus? Did I make this happen? This woman says I did. She is crazy?

    • ANSWER:
      Dude, she's crazy. I wouldn't even talk to her, unless you do so to be amused. No need for that kind of hysterical negativity in your life.

  50. QUESTION:
    What to expect with Lupus?
    I have a friend’s whose adult daughter has been diagnosed with Lupus. She would like to know what to expect. We know that it is something that isn’t very predictable or typical but I am looking for what is “most” typical from most patients and what usually happens over the next 20 years or so. Right now only her joints are affected and she is able to work just fine. She isn’t in much pain but more of what she would describe as “disfomfort occasionally.” They just put her on medication (immunosuppressive) that didn’t work and have added a more powerful med (Imuran) that may make her sick. She was diagnosed with: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

    • ANSWER:
      Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a chronic, potentially debilitating or fatal autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage. SLE can affect any part of the body, but often harms the heart, joints (rheumatological), skin, lungs, blood vessels and brain/nervous system. Lupus is treatable, mainly with immunosuppression, though there is currently no cure for it.

      The standard treatment has been a limited group of drugs (primarily corticosteroids, anti-malarials, and chemotherapy drugs). Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine sulfate) is currently the only FDA approved anti-malarial for treating SLE. In 2005, CellCept became accepted for treatment of lupus kidney disease.

      Treatment:
      SLE is a chronic disease with no cure. There are, however, some medications, such as corticosteroids and immunosuppressants which can control the disease and prevent flares. Flares are typically treated with steroids, with DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs) to suppress the disease process, reduce steroid needs and prevent flares. DMARDs commonly in use are the antimalarials (e.g. hydroxychloroquine or methotrexate) and azathioprine. Hydroxychloroquine is used for constitutional, cutaneous, and articular manifestations. Cyclophosphamide is used for severe glomerulonephritis or other organ-damaging complications. Renal disease produces the most significant morbidity.

      Patients who require steroids frequently may develop obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis. Hence, steroids are avoided where possible.

      Measures such as avoiding sunlight (to prevent problems due to photosensitivity) may also have some effect.


Lupus Definition Medical

Light therapy consists of exposing a strong light (of 10 000 lux) for about half an hour.
This treatement is done with the help of special light therapy lamps.

In autumn or winter a large number of people feel tired, have no energy, their morale is low and they eat more than usual.  For certain people, this state could send them into depression.

These symptoms are due to our metabolisms difficult adaptation to the autumn winter season, with shorter darker and depressive days.

At its peak this phenomenon is called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  It can also show itself in a lighter form called “Winter Blues”.

These phenomenons are between the months of September and March.

Almost 20% of the population suffers from winter blues.  5% of the population becomes victims of deep depression: Loss of sense of humour, a desire to be alone, weight gain and a loss of interest for usual activities.

Light therapy is a simple, effective and medically recognised way to beat these symptoms.

Find all the information you need on light therapy at Solvital. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does the medical term erythematosus mean?
    Trying to find a definition of the medical word/term "erythematosus" by itself, not combined with other words. This word is normal used in combination with other medical words/terms describing a disease. Its is most often used and found in my internet searches with the medical term "systemic lupus erythematosus". Since latin is used a lot in medicine, my guess is it is of latin origin.

    • ANSWER:
      Erythmatous means "erythema characteristic" or "red inflammation". The word part erythr- means "red". Lupus interestingly enough means "wolf" and alludes to the skin looking as if a wolf had gnawed on it.

  2. QUESTION:
    Could I be misdiagnosed with sjogren's syndrome?
    I am 20 years old. Hair loss, joint pain, easy bruising, weight loss, positive ANA, had been anemic(resolved), had thyroid problems(resolved), swollen lymph nodes, very very tired, and I overall feel bad. Two more nodes have swollen on the side of my neck; they don't hurt just feel swollen. I have also had pain in the back of my sides a little below my ribs, but I did not discuss it with the new doctor. My primary physician took tests and after a while she diagnosed me with Lupus. She said I needed a Rheumatologist for treatment. I decided to move shortly after and never went to the referral appointment. So, I found a Primary physcian to refer me to a rheumatologist in my new state. The new doctor does not have my medical records or results from previous tests. He ran some tests and consulted the rheumatologist, then told me I have sjogrens syndrome. He said that I do not fit the classical definition of Sjogren's, but i have it. I have no dryness, which I understand to be a hallmark of the disease. I would like someone's opinion who has experience with this disease. I'm not sure what I have, and yet this new doctor has prescribed prednisone and plaquenil for treatment. Should I get a second opinion? Which doctor seems to be on the right track, my previous dr. or the new one? These diseases seem to be very tricky so, not all doctors are experienced with the diagnosis. Please, I am looking for honest opinions and a little bit of help. I will appreciate your helpful advice and comments. I would to like to know exactly what I have and how to best care for it. Your input will hopefully help me find the right answers. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

    • ANSWER:
      I can feel your pain, I have gone through all of those test and to this day my primary doctor has no answer for me. So I started reading all kind of books regarding autoimmune syndrome and found out that I am a carrier of Lupus, however, I do not have lupus. So I avoid my nightshade fruits and vegetables:
      None of the following foods do I consume:
      1. eggplant
      2. potatoes (except for yams)
      3. tomatoes
      4. all peppers (green, yellow, orange or jalapeno)

      All of the above list I love to eat so I try not to eat them due to the pain and aches my body put me through.

      Yes, I would suggest you obtain another opinion. I hope this is helpful to you. Best of luck. Try going to some support meeting for Lupus/Fibromyalgia groups they are in every state.


Lupus Cures Treatments

Only grown women get yeast infections. A little child cannot get a yeast infection, that’s silly. Sure, a infant can get thrush or yeast infection of the mouth, but not anywhere else. Any parent has heard any one of these misconceptions at some point in the development of their child. Unfortunately, these are misconceptions. Children, like any other human, are susceptible to the overgrowth of Candida and this is not just limited to the mouth area. Infant yeast infections may occur anywhere there is a warm and wet environment.

Train Your Kid To Face The Situation:

Candida just loves warm and wet areas and where is that more available than in the diaper of your now-starting-to-toilet-train toddler. All of those adorable little folds in your child’s body are perfect breeding grounds for Candida, especially those covered by her heat-trapping diaper. The manifestation is not different that found in thrush. It still has that white lumpy look and smells a bit like rising bread. To help stop toddler mushroom infections be sure to keep your toddler clean and dry as possible, particularly during the hot summer months.

While it is true that women and girls are more susceptible to yeast infections that is only because the genital area of females has more folds for Candida to thrive in. Little boys are also susceptible to toddler yeast infections, because they also wear the same heat trapping diapers. Consider: the same environment that is ripe for diaper rash is also perfect for Candida overgrowth, so take the same preventative measures for your son that you would your little girl.

Curing Steps for Infant Yeast Infection:

Keeping your child clean and dry as possible prevents natural occurrences of Candida overgrowth; however, there are additional causes of infant yeast infections to be aware of. One of the most common reasons that a child develops such infections is an antibiotic regimen. Antibiotics kill the natural bacterial flora in the body that keep Candida in check, so avoid any unnecessary antibiotics to keep your child’s body as regular as possible.

Also, if your thrush has recently been a problem for your son or daughter, it is possible for this infant yeast infection to spread to other areas, like the genital region. This occurs as candida passes through the digestive tract and accumulates at the site of excretion. Finally, an untreated diaper rash can lead to an overgrowth of candida, so do not let it sit hoping it will go away untreated. Always treat the rash so that this irritation is not exacerbated by the burning and itching of a infant yeast infection.

Any little boy or girl still toilet training can have a infant yeast infection. Such occurrences are not limited to women or thrush. Therefore, when you are cleaning your infant and discover the telltale signs, do not hesitate to seek the advice of your child’s physician, because he can provide medication to alleviate the problem before it becomes worse.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven't decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You do realize what lupus is right?

      Listen, I know you're scared. Anybody would be with that diagnosis. But the drugs are safe. The side-effects are minimal. Not taking the drugs and pretending that there is a natural cure is dangerous. You need to understand that the drug was prescribed because it was proven effective in the treatment of lupus. There are side-effects with any drug, even natural ones. What you need to do is weigh the potential benefits of taking the drug versus the potential consequences of side effects and of not taking the drug. Lupus is a highly treatable disease but there is no cure for it. The treatments are proven to be effective and safe as long as you follow the doctors orders.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there a dependable treatment/cure for Lupus?
    I'm interested in alternative medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      Look up Low Dose Naltrexone I have an autoimmune disease like Lupus and I tell you this is the best medicine which has almost no side effects that is available. All of the traditional medicines that I took caused my lung to collapse, my blood pressure to go sky high, my eyes to hurt like no tomorrow and I was spending hundreds of dollars a month for unnecessary medicines to counter act the medicine I took to supposedly control the RA. LDN (low dose naltrexone) is affordable and you won't need medicines to counter any of the side effects as there are only constipation and maybe some insomnia when you first take it. They disappear after a few weeks.

  3. QUESTION:
    Holistic therapy or others alternatives for lupus!?
    I want to know if anyone has try any holistic therapy or any other alternatives treatment for lupus. Im not necessarily looking for a cure just something that would help with the symptoms. Does anyone have a successful story? Please share it with me! My sister is in her last stages and im desperately looking for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a type of self-allergy, whereby the patient's immune system creates antibodies which instead of protecting the body from bacteria & viruses attack the person's own body tissues. This causes symptoms of extreme fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, anaemia, general malaise, & can result in the destruction of vital organs. It is a disease with many manifestations, & each person's profile or list of symptoms is different. Lupus can mimic other diseases, such as multiple sclerosis & rheumatoid arthritis, making it difficult to diagnose.

      Currently there is no single test that can definitely say whether a person has lupus or not. Only by comprehensive examination and consideration of symptoms and their history can a diagnosis be achieved.

      The following is a list of some of the most common homeopathic remedies which will (God willing) be most effective in relieving the symptoms being experienced by the patient.

      A pronunciation guide can be found in brackets next to each of the remedy names.

      Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

      I suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

      If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

      Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from good major pharmacies, and also specialist homeopathic pharmacies in UK.

      Aconite (Ackonite): Symptoms are sudden, violent, brief. Anxiety, fear, restlessness, grief, high temperature with great thirst, insomnia.

      Apis Mel (Ape-iss mel): Insect stings , burning, stinging pains, cystitis, swelling of lower eyelids, absence of thirst.

      Argent Nit (Aah-gent nit): Colic, headache, dizziness.

      Arnica (Aah-nicker): Use after injury, bruises, sprains, physical exhaustion, insomnia due to over-tiredness, muscle aches all over.

      Arsen Alb (Aah-sen alb): Restlessness, anxiety and fear, throat dry and burning, cramps in calves, food poisoning, psoriasis.

      Belladonna (Bella-donna): Brightly flushed face, swollen joints, insomnia, vertigo, facial neuralgia, severe throbbing earache, dry hacking cough, acne.

      Bryonia (Bry-owneeyuh): Irritability, chestiness, dryness, dry painful cough, dry lips, thirst, especially for cold drinks.

      Calc Carb (Calc carb): Cracked skin in the winter, period pains, itching skin, premenstrual tension, toothache, vertigo, insomnia.

      Calc Fluor (Calc Fl-erh): Head colds with thick greenish-yellow discharge), catarrh, croup, piles, varicose veins, toothache, arthritis.

      Carbo Veg (Carbo vedge): Indigestion with excessive flatulence, mild food poisoning after eating fish, hoarseness, loss of voice, tinnitus with nausea and vertigo.

      Euphrasia (Yoo-frazier): Cold with watery eyes and streaming nose, conjunctivitis, hayfever.

      Gelsemium (Jel-semi-um): Influenza, sneezing, sore throat, symptoms of flushing, aching, trembling, weary with heavy aching muscles, runny nose, vertigo.

      Graphites (Graff-fight-ease): Unhealthy skin, eczema, cracked finger tips, constipation, tinnitus, earache, sinus trouble, dandruff.

      Hepar Sulph (Hee-par sulph): Skin highly sensitive, eczema, acne, croup, earache, tonsilitis.

      Hypericum (High-perrycome): Painful cuts and wounds, lacerated wounds involving nerve endings, abscesses, headache with a floating sensation as a result of a fall.

      Ignatia (Ig-nay-sha): Fright, prolonged grief, piles, sore throat, croup, piercing headache, insomnia.

      Ipecac (Ipper-cack): Any illness where there is nausea and sickness, travel sickness, bronchitis.

      Kali Bich (Cally bick): Complaints brought on by a change to hot weather, catarhh with stringy discharge, sinus troubles, migraine, hard cough.
      Kali Phos (Cally foss): Mental tiredness from over-work, nervous exhaustion, nervous indigestion, loss of voice, hoarseness, giddiness from exhaustion and weakness.

      Lycopodium (Lie-co-podium): Irritability, fear of failure, cystitis, period pain, premenstrual tension, gout, hiccough with acidity.

      Merc Sol (Murk sol): Feverish head cold, sore throat with excessive saliva, mouth ulcers, thrush (mouth), thirst, toothache, earache.

      Nat Mur (Nat murr): sneezy cold, nose runs like a tap, eczema, thrush (mouth), vertigo, premenstrual tension, housemaid's knee.

      Nux Vom (Nux vom): For over-indulgence in food and alcohol, itching piles, stuffy colds, raw throat, vertigo, constipation.

      Pulsatilla (Pulse-a-tiller): Catarrh, styes, change of life, premenstrual tension, cystitis, acne, tinnitus.

      Rhus Tox (Russ tox): Rheumatic aches and pains, over-exertion, pain in ligaments, shingles, tickling cough.

      Ruta Grav (Rooter grarve): Injuries to bones, fractures, dislocations, sprains of wrists and ankles, eye strain, synovitis, urticaria.

      Sepia (Seep-yuh): Premenstrual tension, periods suppressed or delayed, change of life, hot sweats, dandruff, wash-day hands.

      Silicea (Silly-ce-a): Boils, abscesses, acne, bunions, hayfever, chronic headaches beginning at the front, sinus troubles.

      Sulphur (Sulf-er): Unhealthy looking skin, tendency to skin disease, itching skin, acne, burning and itching piles, insomnia, tinnitus, lack of energy.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for Lupus? Or is there a treatment for Lupus that does not consist of prescription drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      No cure as such. Reducing stress can help, though. Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, and such disciplines that may increase your general well-being and boost your immune system could help.

  5. QUESTION:
    does anyone have or know about lupus?
    my girlfriend has lupus which she started off with just the anti-bodies but she now has 'full lupus'. everyday she is in tears through the pain and the doc's dont seem to be doing enough for her. all he is interested in is that she smokes..lol.. but i am really begining to doubt her consultant. she has an appoitment later today and i need some info on cures, treatments ect so i can give a good argument as i have never really said alot in these appointments but i feel the time has come for me to step up and challange the doc.lol. she has had different types of medication all to which have done nothing for her. all i want is for her pain and swelling to be under control and to see her happier and be able to do more for herself.. give her the independance back... she struggles with the more easy things like turning a tap, picking up the kettle all things she needs to do when im at work including caring for our 3 year old... someone please HELP!!!! thank you
    her doc is a specialist in this field i forgot to add that so surely he could make her more at ease with it
    she is only 25 and has had it for 2 years i know there is no cure but if there are any suggestions of good pain relief

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    I need help editing my research paper. I'm really bad at papers.....please help!?
    Well, its on lupus. I have the intro and two body paragraphs, and I still need to do the conclusion. So, I was wondering what I should change on my paper, and what I need to add..? I also have to do a powerpoint based on the paper, that should last a minimum of 5 minutes up to 15.

    The reason why I chose this topic was because my dad has lupus, and I wanted to know more about the topic. He was diagnosed with lupus when he was about fourteen years old. He still receives treatment for it by going in for blood tests and taking medication He has the most common form of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), in which causes the antibodies to react against his own normal tissue. He has arthritis and joint problems, but nothings wrong with his internal organs. To support my dad and other lupus survivors, my family and I all go to the lupus walk in honor of remembering the people who had lupus that died. The things the audience can expect to read in this paper are the different types of lupus, the symptoms, the treatment and cures.
    Lupus is the result of an unbalanced immune system that can be destructive to any organ in the body. It can be categorized into three groups: discoid lupus Erythematosus, systemic lupus Erythematosus, and drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus. DLE is always limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, and scalp. It can evolve into the systemic form, which can affect any organ or system of the body. Systemic lupus Erythematosus is more severe than discoid lupus and can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body. No two people with SLE will have identical symptoms. Drug-induced systemic Lupus Erythematosus occurs after the use of certain prescribed drugs. It is more common in men, because the drugs are given to them more often.
    Lupus is hard to diagnose because it has a wide range of symptoms involving various parts of the body; and symptoms differ from each person. Most people develop painful joints and a rash, but lupus may also cause fatigue, depressions, and kidney problems. The treatment of lupus varies from person to person because each person has different symptoms. Most people with SLE require a regular blood test to check for lupus flares. Medication is the primary medical treatment for lupus. Presently, there are no other methods available to treat lupus because there is nothing else that can have the necessary impact on the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with early diagnosis and proper medical treatment it can significantly help control the disease.

    thanks. it would be much appreciated!!!!

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    DISCOID LUPUS ---------what is it and can i cure it?
    i have had discoid lupus for a number of year and am taking plaquinil

    what is discoid lupus
    -what can i do
    - what happens with it

    -know any good treatments e.t.c.

    • ANSWER:
      Discoid lupus is the kind of lupus that affects the skin. There are many different ways it can affect the skin, and which way will determine what treatment.

      When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet A or B light, it alters the DNA in the cells of the surface of your skin. Your immune system makes antibodies against this DNA. The antinbodies signal white cells to come and surround it. The white cells emit an enzyme to dissolve the DNA. The enzyme causes inflammation which causes the skin rashes.

      Stay out of the sun. Period.

      The debris from this process is supposed to be cleared in the spleen but with lupus, the garbage may get dumped elsewhere causing organ damage and inflammation in other parts of the body.

  8. QUESTION:
    A question about the disease Lupus?
    I got a packet in the mail from a foundation that is trying to find a cure for Lupus. From the vague information on the information card that I got, it sounds like its a life-threatening disease. Do people with Lupus have a shorter lifespan? Or with proper treatment can you actually live long just like a person without lupus? Is this a common disease? If you've been tested positive for auto-immune antibodies and ANA does that mean you have Lupus?

    Sorry for all the questions...it just sounds serious and I would like to donate money to help find a cure for this...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Knowing,
      I have lupus with organ involvement and it did nearly kill me.
      Lupus can range from mild to life threatening to fatal.
      With regular medical monitoring most lupus patients can expect to live a relatively normal life span.

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease. The exact cause is not known. Researchers believe that a genetic predisposition coupled with a trigger or triggers causes lupus to develop.

      For me, it affected heart, lungs, bone marrow, and kidneys. It was pretty nasty. I will be on toxic medications for life just to try and control it.

      A positive ANA does not mean you have lupus but most lupus patients have a positive ANA. Many other conditions can cause a positive ANA.

      Lupus is more common than you might think. There are a reported 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis, 70,000 people with sickle cell and 30,000 with cystic fibrosis. If you add ALL three together and multiply that number by 3 or 4 you get the number of people with lupus. 1.5 to 2 million. That is 1 in every 170 Americans

      Lupus most often develops in women between the ages of 14 and 45. A mild to moderate case of lupus costs 3,000 to 6,000 a year to control. Most of us cannot hold a full time job and some cannot work at all. Lupus strikes women 9 times more often than men. It strikes women of color 3-4 times more often than Caucasians.

      Half of us have lupus kidney disease. Some of us have types that are untreatable. Some have clotting disorders, called antiphospholipid antibody syndrome that causes heart attacks, strokes and miscarriages. Most of us have premature hardening of the arteries.

      Yes it is a very serious disease. There have been no new medications for lupus since Eisenhower was president. Please do help us. AND click on the take action link at the site provided to encourage your federal legislators to co-sponsor the Lupus REACH amendment.

      Thank you for your help!

  9. QUESTION:
    Is their a cure for Lupus......?
    Why so much pain??? Is it in the blood or in the muscles??? Why the burning feeling in my veins ???
    What is the best treatment and not deadly ?? Most medicines are highly dangerous....like methrothaxes...

    • ANSWER:
      There is no known cure for lupus

  10. QUESTION:
    To sufferers of immune disorders: How can I treat myself for possible lupus/rheumatoid arthritis? (detailed)?
    Allergic to dust/grass as a child, but allergy-free from age 13 until recently (I'm now in my late 20's).

    Hep C

    Early 20's: diagnosed with Hep C (untraced source). I was suddenly cured after 1 mo. My doctor said my own body got rid of it, which is rare for hep C patients.

    Several months later I noticed when I'd lay on my left side, there's a tingly, tender sensation. There's no pain and I got used to it so I'm just living with it.

    Arthritis?

    8 mos ago: sudden onset of stiffness/jammed feeling on both wrists (overnight). Always had weak/inflamed knees since 4 yrs back, would disappear with regular exercise.

    Got Sick

    Late last year I had flue more than a month. I was diagnosed with bronchitis, was on antibiotics and was cured right away.

    I started lightly working out again and just a month later I WAS SICK AGAIN! I was down for only 3 days though compared to the last time. Coughed 1 month. I was on stronger antibiotics and cured. I also saw an allergy doctor and was diagnosed with sinusitis and now on corticosteroids.

    Results

    My ANA blood test turned out POSITIVE. My doctor ordered a 2nd test for next month. She said it's an indication of possible lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

    Extra info:

    Never been overweight my whole life.
    Ethnicity: Asian.
    My other "illnesses" recently diagnosed: costochondritis.
    Always had: severe dandruff, on and off but worse now; dandruff-related facial rash, only shows up on the same spots - left cheek near nose, between eyebrows.
    Falling hair is worse now.

    I'm a copywriter for more than 3 yrs. I admit my posture is VERY bad, often sitting or lying on my stomach on the bed (probably caused the costochondritis). Was diagnosed 4 yrs ago with borderline anemia (mother is anemic). Prescribed iron supplements but I stopped cos of side effects which is diarrhea.

    THIS IS MY DILEMMA: I was thinking of eating healthier and exercising again. But wouldn't raising the immune system make things even worse? I just hate the idea of being on immune-suppressing drugs, considering my now sensitive liver. I would be more open to "natural" treatments. How do I go about this?

    • ANSWER:
      When you have autoimmune disease you have to be an active PART of the treatment plan. Your doctor is the other active part.

      You have classic lupus symptoms. If lupus is not properly treated, you can end up with permanent organ damage or worse. It is not natural for your immune system to turn against you.

      You can eat healthier and exercise and that will certainly help. Words are often used incorrectly when it comes to the immune system. Healthy eating and exercise BALANCE the immune system. This is desirable.

      Everyday you are exposed to thousands of toxins...in your food...in your personal hygiene products...in the air...in the water...in your food...coming from your clothes...coming from your furniture and flooring...and much more. You can't eliminate all of them. Therefore, a totally "natural" approach to autoimmunity is impossible.

      Next, factor in stress. Stress is the single biggest factor in making lupus flares worse. What do you to do manage/reduce stress?

      You are Asian which means you have a siginficantly higher chance of developing lupus. You are 20 which increases your chances even more. You are a woman. 9 out of 10 lupus patients are women. Lupus develops most often in women between the ages of 14 and 45.

      There are 23,5 Americans with autoimmune disease and 2 million with lupus. 40% of us develop lupus nephritis. If left untreated, it can kill you.

      The doctors will monitor your liver function frequently. You may only need the weaker immunosuppressive medications. If you do go on the heavier ones, it is not ususally for an extended period of time, but just long enough to bring the flare under control.

      Everything we do is a matter of risk versus benefit. It is more so when you develop a chronic illness and are looking at treatment options. Do your homework, talk to your rheumatologist and then make an informed decision.

      I have systemic lupus with major organ inovlvement (heart, lungs, joints, brain, bone marrow, blood, and kidneys). In 2003, I was not expected to live. I take my meds, have a very healthy diet, exercise daily and practice meditation and yoga. After 4 years on disability, I returned to work 4.5 years ago. I am 59. Without the medication, I would most likely be on dialysis right now.

  11. QUESTION:
    Cure for HIV and AIDs?
    I had a theory. radiation and other effects on the immune system, possibly treatment for autoimmune disease should be able to cure HIV.

    if HIV infects and reproduces using the T-Cells, then filtering out these cells for a duration of time while keeping them in a sterile environment should also filter out the HIV and kill it off by depriving it.

    Afterwards, the immune systems can be restored by whatever means they use post lupus treatment.

    is any of this feasible?

    • ANSWER:
      there is no cure just accept it
      your not going to become famous so SHUT UP!!!

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between Lupus, MS, and Fibromyalgia?
    I've been seeing the doctor lately to try to get a diagnosis finally for problems I've been having for over five years...everything from muscle tensing and spasming to shooting pain and sensitive skin.

    I had a blood test today that will determine if it might be Lupus, and I have an MRI coming up soon that will determine if it might be MS. The doctor says that fibromyalgia is a 'rule-it-out' diagnosis, that if nothing else fits, it's fibro.

    What are the differences between these three disorders in symptoms, effects on daily life (I already know that whatever I have it effects me a LOT, making it difficult for me to do anything on some days but take some Vicodin and lay in bed), and treatment plans...also, what are the long-term prognosises for these disorders? Do any of them have a cure, or a management plan that relieves all symptoms?

    I am happy that I am finally getting all the testing done to get a diagnosis finally so we can begin treating the problems, but I am concerned...I have heard a lot about fibro (my sister-in-law has fibro, and my father had fibro), and a little about MS...neither seems good at all, and I don't think either have a cure or total management of symptoms? I don't know anything about Lupus, however.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - the three conditions are quite different in their underlying disease processes, but do produce some overlapping symptoms.

      Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune disease of the central nervous system (CNS). In Multiple Sclerosis, inflammation of nervous tissue causes the loss of myelin, a fatty material which acts as a sort of protective insulation for the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. There are 5 basic types of MS and some of the more common symptoms include: fatigue, heat sensitivity, pain, spasticity (muscle cramps and spasms), cognitive problems, depression, balance and coordination problems and bowel & bladder symptoms. Symptoms will vary depending on the course of the illness, and according to the type of MS the individual has.

      Like MS, Lupus is also considered to be an autoimmune disease. For reasons that are not yet clear, in autoimmune diseases the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances (antigens) and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against the "self." These antibodies, called "auto-antibodies," react with the "self" antigens to form immune complexes. The immune complexes build up in the tissues and can cause inflammation, injury to tissues, and pain. In contrast to some other autoimmune diseases, lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems. For some people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems.

      Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS; FM) is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. Current thinking is that FMS probably begins with a genetic predisposition, and is triggered by exposure to a number of possible stressors - including physical injury or emotional trauma, childbirth, medical operations, viruses, bacteria such as mycoplasma, chronic allergies or chemical toxins. Pain is the most common Fibromyalgia symptom and is necessary for an official diagnosis. According to the American College of Rheumatology diagnostic guidelines, Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain of three months duration or more and pain in 11 of 18 “tender points”. A tender point is a pressure point that, when pressed, feels sore. There are 18 defined tender, or pressure, points on various parts of the body, from the elbows down to the knees.

      As your doctor has explained, there are lab tests for MS and Lupus, but not for FMS. But a tender point exam with a doctor who is knowledgeable about FMS, along with your medical history of fatigue and pain, could quickly determine if FMS is what you are experiencing.

      Treatments for the 3 conditions are very different. The gold-standard treatments for MS are the 3 interferon meds, Copaxone and now a new med called Tysabri. Lupus has had fewer treatment innovations it seems - and Prednisone (a steroid), Plaquenil (an anti-malarial med), and some chemotherapy meds are the ones most commonly prescribed. FMS now has a couple of FDA approved meds - Cymbalta (Duloxetine), and antidepressant which helps with pain and fatigue, and Lyrica (Pregabalin), an anticonvulsant which helps with both symptoms too.

      Good luck in the diagnostic process - this can be so frustrating!

  13. QUESTION:
    Fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments?
    I havent been diagnosed with fibromylagia yet, and am half afraid to tell my doctor thats what I think I have. Shell probably tell me im nuts, plus I read that theres no real test to say...Yes you have it. But after accidentally stumbling across an ad for Lyrica, and it listed some symptoms of fibromyalgia, I thought to do some research on the subject. Ive been back and fourth to the doctor...goodness like 15 times in the last 2 years! Initially just complaining about extreme fatigue, troubles falling asleep, and not being able to stay asleep once I fell asleep. Then it stemmed into joint pain complaints. I did find out I had lyme disease, so my doctor thought thats what the problem was. Well I took the meds, got re tested and the lyme is cured. This is over a year ago now...but my symptoms are worse. Been back again a few times since then, and she just said theres nothing wrong with me, im just depressed. She tried giving me sleeping pills, which just made me more groggy so I stopped taking them. Then she gave me some off brand stress management med... not quite a depression med, which didnt help. After doing reaserch on fibromyalgia, im SURE thats what I have. Besides the extreme tiredness, and lack of ability to stay asleep, I have horrible muscle and joint aches. I wake up and feel like ive excersised for hours the day before! Im stiff and find it painful to move. What really got me though, is I have pain in all the places ive read online that affect people with fibromyalgia the most. The neck, hips, shoulders, and knees. Thats where most of my pain is. I have frequent headaches, and the other thing that really sold me was the IBS thats linnked with fibromylagia. Ive always had bad cramps and gas like I have to go to the bathroom realllly bad even when I dont have to go, and my bowel movements have always been strange, going alot some days, not going for a day or two at other times. Ive always wondered why until I read about IBS. I know fibromyalgia can mimic lupus and other conditions, but my doctor did test me for lupus and a few others and they were all negative. I also read that fibromyalgia can come about after very traumatic times, and it seems like mine started about 2 1/2 years ago. And ALOT has happened to me in that time. My sister was murdered 3 years ago, my mom died 2 years ago, my brother had a cancer scare shortly after our mom died. So thats another reason I suspect fibromyalgia. So does it really sound like I have fibromyalgia? And what can I do to help it? I cant live with this tiredness anymore! I dont even care about the pain as much as I do about constantly being tired and fatigued!

    • ANSWER:
      its possible you have fms

      but its also possible you have a post lymes syndroome
      lymes can cause permanant symtpoms if not treated early enough

      it could also justbe the lack of sleep

      a better sleep med is trazadone--its an antidepressant, but only taken at night.in a smaller dose

      .much safer than traditional sleeping pills

      most docs dont know what fms is and use it as a general label for pain

      they will say the pain of lymes is fms..that is not true..fms is its own specific neuro condition

  14. QUESTION:
    is this a good research project please be honest?
    Cortlin Harrison Science 10-12
    Mrs. Cooney/ Mrs. Barends ELA 21-23
    May 19, 2009
    Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. This disorder is non-infectious which means that this disorder can’t be passed from person to person by contact. Pregnant women are more prone to get this disorder than anyone else, and African Americans, and Hispanics but like other disorders anyone can get Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    The symptoms and characteristics of this disorder are not hard to spot. Some symptoms of the disorder are veins or arteries of the arms or legs may cause pain, numbness, tingling in the feet. Arteries of the heart may cause chest pain or heart attack, the individual with this disorder may have heart murmur. In pregnant women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, miscarriage can occur prior to 20 week of gestation, while pre-eclampsia is reported to occur after that time. Blood vessels of the skin - may cause painful bruises (purpura) or a condition called livedo reticularis. Blood vessels of the brain - if a clot cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain, this causes a stroke. An individual with APS may also experience migraine headaches or seizures.

    There is no cure and there is no way to avoid getting this disorder. There are many treatments for this disorder. But the most successful treatment is anticoagulant therapy. This is usually successful in preventing further blood clots. This disorder can severely damage the body in many different ways because good cells attack other good cells and that causes chaos through the body. And when a weak or strong pathogen enters the body it can be deadly.

    Some other information about Antiphospholipid Syndrome is, 1-5% of the world population is known to have this disorder, and 40-50% of patients with lupus also have APS. One third of strokes occurring in younger people (under the age of 50) are due to Antiphospholipid Syndrome. One third of patients with Antiphospholipid Syndrome are said to have lupus, and or Raynaud disease. APS is more common in young to middle-aged adults; however, it also manifests in children and elderly people. Disease onset has been reported in children as young as 8 months.

    This disorder is very rare and not very deadly but this disorder can still affect your way of life, the way you think, and can make you dizzy and other things. My mom has this disorder and sometimes it’s hard to get around and such, but you can still fight back by eating a healthy diet and seeing a special doctor called a Rheumatologist, this doctor specializes in these types of rare disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      very cool research project!
      Especially when someone yu kno very well has it...

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you think your medical system should be so focused on what not to cover you for?
    Reasons you'll not be insured in the US:

    Had cover through company plan, were covered for an illness, moved to another company with moratorium underwriting, illness no longer covered.

    As above, the girl had cancer. Adding to that, Diabetes, Lupus and a host of other diseases automatically preclude someone ever getting insurance cover even for accidents.

    Company not paying it's bills.

    Plan does not cover what ails you.

    Reported claim incorrectly.

    No money.

    Forgot to / were not informed of renewal date and missed it. Pre-existing conditions likely reinstated.

    Treatment does not reach your deductible level.

    And so on. Many reasons that have nothing to do with laziness.

    Reasons you'll not be covered in Canada:

    No cure/treatment invented

    Not a Canadian

    Shouldn't your system be trying to find ways to cure you instead of loopholes to exclude you from treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem is your premise. Health Insurance is not Health Care. Insurance is a financial tool to protect your financial assets. It all got seriously skewed by Government intervention. The answer is to end all the stupid government regulations and allow insurance companies to provide whatever level of coverage their customers find appropriate. Costs are out of control because we are forcing insurance on people at levels that are inappropriate. For instance, a policy that covers doctors visits, prescription drugs and regular screening is expensive and totally unnecessary for people in good health under 40 years old. But even an 18 year old in his first job gets this level of coverage when what he really needs is a simple catastrophic care plan that only covers hospitalization for serious disease or injury. He does not need coverage he will not use.

      BTW-you forgot to include two more reasons you not be covered in Canada: treatment is exists but is too expensive, you may die waiting for treatment.

      *

  16. QUESTION:
    what is latest treatment in sle?
    mmf my cept tabletes is given to cure systemetic lupus

    • ANSWER:
      Diagnosing and treating lupus is often a team effort between the patient and several types of health care professionals. A person with lupus can go to his or her family doctor or internist, or can visit a rheumatologist. A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in rheumatic diseases (arthritis and other diseases of the joints, bones, and muscles). Clinical immunologists (doctors specializing in immune system disorders) may also treat people with lupus. As treatment progresses, other professionals often help. These may include nurses, psychologists, social workers, and specialists such as nephrologists (doctors who treat kidney disease), hematologists (doctors specializing in blood disorders), dermatologists (doctors who treat skin disease), and neurologists (doctors specializing in disorders of the nervous system).

      The range and effectiveness of treatments for lupus have increased dramatically, giving doctors more choices in how to treat the disease. It is important for the patient to work closely with the doctor and take an active role in treatment. Once lupus has been diagnosed, the doctor will develop a treatment plan based on the patient’s age, sex, health, symptoms, and lifestyle. Treatment plans are tailored to the individual’s needs and may change over time. In developing a treatment plan, the doctor has several goals: to prevent flares, to treat them when they do occur, and to minimize organ damage and complications. The doctor and patient should reevaluate the plan regularly to ensure that it is as effective as possible.

      Several types of drugs are used to treat lupus. The treatment the doctor chooses is based on the patient’s individual lupus symptoms and needs. For people with joint or chest pain or fever, drugs that decrease inflammation, referred to as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are often used. While some NSAIDs are available over the counter, a doctor’s prescription is necessary for others. NSAIDs may be used alone or in combination with other types of drugs to control pain, swelling, and fever. Even though some NSAIDs may be purchased without a prescription, it is important that they be taken under a doctor’s direction. Common side effects of NSAIDs, including those available over the counter, can include stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhea, and fluid retention. Some patients with lupus also develop liver and kidney inflammation while taking NSAIDs, making it especially important to stay in close contact with the doctor while taking these medications.

      A new class of anti-inflammatory drugs called COX-2 inhibitors (celecoxib [Celebrex]; rofecoxib [Vioxx]; mobic [Meloxicam]) have all of the same effects as NSAIDs on pain and inflammation but have a much lower risk of significant gastrointestinal side effects. These agents have not been extensively studied in patients with lupus and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use specifically in lupus. However, they might provide benefits similar to NSAIDs.

      Antimalarials are another type of drug commonly used to treat lupus. These drugs were originally used to treat malaria, but doctors have found that they also are useful for lupus. Exactly how antimalarials work in lupus is unclear, but scientists think that they may work by suppressing parts of the immune response. A common antimalarial used to treat lupus is hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil). It may be used alone or in combination with other drugs and generally is used to treat fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and inflammation of the lungs.

      Clinical studies have found that continuous treatment with antimalarials may prevent flares from recurring. Side effects of antimalarials can include stomach upset and, extremely rarely, damage to the retina of the eye.

      The mainstay of lupus treatment involves the use of corticosteroid hormones, such as prednisone (Deltasone), hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), and dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol). Corticosteroids are related to cortisol, which is a natural anti-inflammatory hormone. They work by rapidly suppressing inflammation. Corticosteroids can be given by mouth, in creams applied to the skin, or by injection. Because they are potent drugs, the doctor will seek the lowest dose with the greatest benefit. Short-term side effects of corticosteroids include swelling, increased appetite, weight gain, and emotional ups and downs. These side effects generally stop when the drug is stopped. It can be dangerous to stop taking corticosteroids suddenly, so it is very important that the doctor and patient work together in changing the corticosteroid dose. Sometimes doctors give very large amounts of corticosteroid by vein over a brief period of time (days) ("bolus" or "pulse" therapy). With this treatment, the typical side effects are less likely and slow withdrawal is unnecessary.

      Long-term side effects of corticosteroids can include stretch marks on the skin, excessive hair growth, weakened or damaged bones (osteoporosis and osteonecrosis), high blood pressure, damage to the arteries, high blood sugar, infections, and cataracts. Typically, the higher the dose of prolonged corticosteroids, the more severe the side effects. Also, the longer they are taken, the greater the risk of side effects. Researchers are working to develop alternative strategies to limit or offset the use of corticosteroids. For example, corticosteroids may be used in combination with other, less potent drugs, or the doctor may try to slowly decrease the dose once the disease is under control. People with lupus who are using corticosteroids should talk to their doctors about taking supplemental calcium and vitamin D or other drugs to reduce the risk of osteoporosis (weakened, fragile bones).

      In special circumstances, patients may require stronger drugs to combat lupus symptoms. In some patients, methotrexate (Folex, Mexate, Rheumatrex) may be used to help control the disease. Patients who have many body systems affected by the disease may receive intravenous gamma globulin (Gammagard S/D), a blood protein that increases immunity and helps fight infection. Gamma globulin also may be used to control acute bleeding in patients with thrombocytopenia or to prepare a person with lupus for surgery.

      For patients whose kidneys or central nervous systems are affected by lupus, a type of drug called an immunosuppressive may be used. Immunosuppressives, such as azathioprine (Imuran) and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), restrain the overactive immune system by blocking the production of some immune cells and curbing the action of others. These drugs may be given by mouth or by infusion (dripping the drug into the vein through a small tube). Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss, bladder problems, decreased fertility, and increased risk of cancer and infection. The risk for side effects increases with the length of treatment. As with other treatments for lupus, there is a risk of relapse after the immunosuppressives have been stopped.

      Working closely with the doctor helps ensure that treatments for lupus are as successful as possible. Because some treatments may cause harmful side effects, it is important to report any new lupus symptoms to the doctor promptly. It is also important not to stop or change treatments without talking to the doctor first.

      Because of the nature and cost of the medications used to treat lupus, their potentially serious side effects, and the lack of a cure, many patients seek other ways of treating the disease. Some alternative approaches that have been suggested include special diets, nutritional supplements, fish oils, ointments and creams, chiropractic treatment, and homeopathy. Although these methods may not be harmful in and of themselves, and they may be associated with symptomatic or psychosocial benefit, no research to date shows that they affect the disease process or prevent organ damage. Some alternative or complementary approaches may help the patient cope or reduce some of the stress associated with living with a chronic illness. If the doctor feels the approach has value and will not be harmful, it can be incorporated into the patient’s treatment plan. However, it is important not to neglect regular health care or treatment of serious symptoms of lupus. An open dialogue between the patient and the physician about the relative values of complementary and alternative and more traditional therapy is essential in permitting the patient to make an informed choice about treatment options.

      Do consult a doctor!!
      For more details-
      http://www.healthnewsflash.com/conditions/systemic_lupus_erythematosus.php

  17. QUESTION:
    Does any one else have Crohn's Disease?
    I'm 13 years old and I have Crohn's Disease along with R.S.D. and also Juvenile Arthritis. I could possibly have lupus. I've finally figured out how to control most of the Crohn's Disease flare-ups with natural remedies but my other problems are full fledged still! RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, will literally make my legs turn blue, cause me to lose any feeling in my legs and arms and I cannot use my legs sometimes when the flare-ups are really bad! Juvenile Arthritis is something else I could possibly have. No doctor has confirmed it, yet and I've had to travel out of town to see rheumotoligists before because the ones in my town didn't know what to do with my conditions!!!

    When I was 6, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Now keep in mind that this was after coming to the hospital about twice a week for about 4 years because my Crohn's flare-ups were so bad! My mom is a redhead, I like to call her hothead!, and thankfully she won't take no for an answer!! She was extremely persistent in trying to find the cause in my horrible stomach pain even though almost every time we went to the doctor, they would tell her I was just fine! This was all before I was diagnosed. Eventually, she found a doctor that somewhat understood what we were going through (mainly her at the time, because I was very young) and tried all the possible treatments that could help ease the disease. Even today, there is no cure for Crohn's Disease!! At 6, the doctor that helped us diagnosed me with Crohn's Disease and put me through a series of medications including some that children aren't allowed to take. I took Methotrexate for a long period of time and cannot think of the other medications right now. I now have to wear glasses because of the medicines I took and my family and I are pretty sure that the medications I took caused my other conditions. We're pretty much certain that the medicines cause my RSD.

    Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is an illness that causes the lower and upper extremities to turn a bluish color and causes the extremities to become numb. When I first had a flare-up, it was when I was 11 and my parents thought it was a blood clot. So did the doctors. We went through a series of tests that day because I had to go to the hospital. I was admitted for a week and during that time, I had to get an epidural!!! Yes, that thing pregnant women get! I had to get it because my legs were hurting so bad they had to numb them! We're still not sure if what I have is RSD, but it's all we got for now!

    I know this is long and sorry but I only gave you two of my illnesses! lol If any one else has any thing I have, please give me tips on how to control it! Anything will help!!Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there. I don't have Crohne's Disease, but I'm 25 and I've had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (the correct name for RSD) since I was 14. It started in my right knee following a minor operation, but it now affects almost my whole body and ahs put me in a wheelchair because of some of its secondary effects that no amount of physio or medication has been able to counteract. I've never heard of medications causing CRPS/RSD - it's almost always initiated by some sort of injury or other trauma.

      I wish that I could tell you how to control it - I've been through pretty much every recognised treatment with no real success. I guess that my only advice for what it's worth is to take each day as it comes and to recognise that you are going to have bad days. Don't give up by any means, but know your limits and boundaries, and know when it is time to say 'okay' I've had enough and when it is okay to push yourself that little bit harder.

      If I can help in any way, please feel free to email me.

  18. QUESTION:
    About thrush being in my mouth,and my thoat and my stomach?
    I am very worried about this case of thrush mouth. i am ate up with it. I also have a rapid production of yeast growing that i can;t get rid of. I have used three rounds of treatment to try and cure the yeast,but so far, I have had no luck. Now te thrush is in my throat,and may be in my stomach. My stomach is also swollen to twice it's norml size.What could be going on. can't control this. Everyone says that i need to go to the hospital,and be admitted, I am worried tat hte doctors won'tbe all that concerned,about it, and will send me home,only to fight a loosing battle. I also have Lupus so i am very oncerned

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you cope knowing someone you love is dying?
    i just found horrible news today. A girl i know named tatjana, someone i've fallen for, was diagnosed with lupus with Transverse Myelitis when she was 11. she told me she's had several times where she's had to be hospitalied in the icu and almost died, and that the average lifespan after being diagnosed is around 10 to 11 years putting her at 22 and she is now 19 nearly 20.

    she is getting treatment for it, but the only thing its for is to slow the progression since there is no cure.

    This was so heartbreaking to hear. i still cannot stop crying. how can you really prepare for something as horrible as this?

    • ANSWER:
      Im so sorry about your news, the reason im responding here is because I actually have been told by doctors in the past that my life would be cut short! I have lupus amongst other conditions...
      I have lived past the 5 years i was given and im still here...and im sure many others out there...lupus is really very unpredictable.

      What I can tell you is that LOVE is very if not the MOST powerful drug there is in the world. Having that person to love and support you and not give up can make a huge difference.

      I think if you can find a way to see past this challenging time and treasure the love you both share, you will find not only you will help her heal but heal yourself...you probably dont realise but you are stronger than you think.

      Life has its ups and downs and there are always valuable lessons we learn along the way...i know even thou i dont wish to have lupus, i also know I would've been as strong as I am today and wouldnt've valued the little things people take for granted everyday.

      Many blessings, love and hope to you in this challenging time...

  20. QUESTION:
    Iritis, Uveitis, and Hodgkin's Lymphoma?
    When i was pregnant with my daughter (who just turned 3) I got a small case of Iritis. I got it taken care of fairly fast and didn't have any more problems with it until after I had my son (who will be 2 in Dec). It got to the point to where I almost lost my vision completely. I was on a steroid eye drop, a dilator eye drop and a steroid pill. Then at the end of last year I had these random bumps appear on my right calf. I went to some family doctors in my area and they all just tested for Lupus and every time it came back negative, so finally I went to a rheumatologist and she wanted to get some lymph nods in my neck biopsied and even to try to get the bumps in my legs biopsied. They surgeon said he didn't think it was cancer and he couldn't do anything about my bumps on my leg or at least biopsied but he did do the ones in neck and just 4 days after my surgery he told me that it was cancer. So since March I have been under going chemotherapy for Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and I only have 1 more treatment left. My eyes still aren't any better and I think that my cancer is gone but who really know until a doctor tells you that u are cured.
    I was wondering if anyone could help me with any of this or if anyone has gone through any of what I am going through.

    • ANSWER:
      no i dont think so but wow doesnt sound very nice i wish you the fastest recovery and good luck with the research

  21. QUESTION:
    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven't decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I was perscribed Plaquenil when I was first diagnosed with
      Lupus, I wasnt on it long however as I had an allergic reaction to it.. In the early days, I used to read up on all the meds, prior to taking them, and I was scared out of my mind, at the long list of side-effects. so I truly understand how your feeling

      I resisted taking medication and only got sicker. but I have since been on Methotrexate for 4 years and am now on Azthioprine for 18 months. and the benefits far out way the fear of the side effects. as without them I wouldnt be able to walk, or look after myself, or the Lupus could take hold, and damage my internal organs etc.

      So I take my daily dose of Prednisolone, Azathioprine, Lansoprazole etc etc , and Health Supplements , Selenium ( good for the toxins in body) , Dha ( recommended for people with Lupus) and Wheat Grass.

      There is NO natural Cure for SLE/ Lupus, though there are loads of literature spouting crap about "New Cures" Their are however advances in medicine made all the time. I try to eat a very healthy diet, cut out diary, processed foods, fried stuff etc. It all helps,

      Please read this link, it gives abit of information that you might find helpful, regarding Lupus organizations, help/support/advice forums, and Lupus Books etc

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmuxwwKBiNS8z3yhz5VKvHEhBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20080209003440AAJzS8K&show=7#profile-info-te5TAkJaaa

      I know that the side effects are scary, and can completely put you off taking the medicines. but Lupus is a complex condition, that needs supervision and medication to keep it under control, side effects can depend on lots of things, and are rare, you are constantly monitored by the bloodtests etc. In the end you have to weigh up the pros and the cons. Speak to other Lupus sufferers, as well as your Rheumatologist get their advice/opinions. links are above,

      Good Luck and Take Care x


Lupus Cures And Symptoms

One of the major concerns with a possible asthma cure is that the exact cause of the condition is not presently known. There is ongoing research that is trying to determine the exact cause of this respiratory condition and attempt to find the cure. Right now, all the medicine can offer is management strategies and emergency relief when asthma attacks occur.

What is known about any possible asthma cure is that it will have to involve several different elements including environmental exposures, pre- and neo-natal health issues, as well as genetic factors. Some of the issues that have been strongly linked to increased asthma problems in both children and adults include:

Children that have not been breastfed and do not have strong immunities that are developed through breastfeeding.

Infants that are exposed to second-hand smoke or those whose mothers either smoked or were exposed to second-hand smoke during the pregnancy.

Children that live in highly polluted environmental conditions.

Children that have no exposure to viruses and bacteria during their childhood and do not develop strong immune systems often develop asthma as adults.

Families that have a history of asthma, eczema and other respiratory problems are more likely to have children that have asthma.

Children or adults that begin to have severe or even moderate allergic reactions to previously non-problematic triggers.

Children that spend most of their time indoors in areas where there is poor air circulation and lots of carpeted or furnished areas. This is because mites and other spore-forming molds tend to flourish in these areas.

Researchers expect that any future asthma cure will have to incorporate both the genetic contributors to asthma as well as the environmental factors. If the precursors, or red flags, to asthma could be identified early in both children and adults, preventative therapies and other treatment options could be used. Some researchers believe mothers need to be aware of the short and long term effects that smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke can have on the infant both before and after it is born. Many campaigns continue to focus on moms and children staying away from inhaling cigarette or tobacco smoke in any form during the pregnancy and after the baby is born.

Many researchers also believe that a potential adult asthma cure may relate to having better strategies for promoting deep breathing and relaxation. With increased relaxation strategies, most adults report fewer and less severe asthma attacks in all environments, not just at work or at home.

While no asthma cure is yet with us, researchers continue to strive to find the cure for this condition that affects adults and children alike. Increased attention to the condition by the various national and international asthma associations continues to keep the public focused on finding that elusive cure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ppl who have lupus, or have had it, do you think chelation therapy can cure you?
    I have lupus and Ive been researching for ONLY natural, drug-free medecines to reverse all symptoms of lupus. If anyone has been cured by chelation thereapy or any other way, please let me know!!! im dying...........

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any idea how toxic chelation therapy can be? There are hundreds of different side effects ranging from cardiac arrhythmias to kidney failure as side effects associated with chelating agents. Certain chelating agnets like penicillamine, a copper chelating agent, actually causes lupus like symptoms in an otherwise normal individual. You want to try to look for natural drug-free medications to rever symptoms of lupus? Your search for this natural curing chelating agent will probably kill you before your ignorance realizes that actual medications are 100x safer.

  2. QUESTION:
    I need help editing my research paper. I'm really bad at papers.....please help!?
    Well, its on lupus. I have the intro and two body paragraphs, and I still need to do the conclusion. So, I was wondering what I should change on my paper, and what I need to add..? I also have to do a powerpoint based on the paper, that should last a minimum of 5 minutes up to 15.

    The reason why I chose this topic was because my dad has lupus, and I wanted to know more about the topic. He was diagnosed with lupus when he was about fourteen years old. He still receives treatment for it by going in for blood tests and taking medication He has the most common form of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), in which causes the antibodies to react against his own normal tissue. He has arthritis and joint problems, but nothings wrong with his internal organs. To support my dad and other lupus survivors, my family and I all go to the lupus walk in honor of remembering the people who had lupus that died. The things the audience can expect to read in this paper are the different types of lupus, the symptoms, the treatment and cures.
    Lupus is the result of an unbalanced immune system that can be destructive to any organ in the body. It can be categorized into three groups: discoid lupus Erythematosus, systemic lupus Erythematosus, and drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus. DLE is always limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, and scalp. It can evolve into the systemic form, which can affect any organ or system of the body. Systemic lupus Erythematosus is more severe than discoid lupus and can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body. No two people with SLE will have identical symptoms. Drug-induced systemic Lupus Erythematosus occurs after the use of certain prescribed drugs. It is more common in men, because the drugs are given to them more often.
    Lupus is hard to diagnose because it has a wide range of symptoms involving various parts of the body; and symptoms differ from each person. Most people develop painful joints and a rash, but lupus may also cause fatigue, depressions, and kidney problems. The treatment of lupus varies from person to person because each person has different symptoms. Most people with SLE require a regular blood test to check for lupus flares. Medication is the primary medical treatment for lupus. Presently, there are no other methods available to treat lupus because there is nothing else that can have the necessary impact on the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with early diagnosis and proper medical treatment it can significantly help control the disease.

    thanks. it would be much appreciated!!!!

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  3. QUESTION:
    Holistic therapy or others alternatives for lupus!?
    I want to know if anyone has try any holistic therapy or any other alternatives treatment for lupus. Im not necessarily looking for a cure just something that would help with the symptoms. Does anyone have a successful story? Please share it with me! My sister is in her last stages and im desperately looking for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a type of self-allergy, whereby the patient's immune system creates antibodies which instead of protecting the body from bacteria & viruses attack the person's own body tissues. This causes symptoms of extreme fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, anaemia, general malaise, & can result in the destruction of vital organs. It is a disease with many manifestations, & each person's profile or list of symptoms is different. Lupus can mimic other diseases, such as multiple sclerosis & rheumatoid arthritis, making it difficult to diagnose.

      Currently there is no single test that can definitely say whether a person has lupus or not. Only by comprehensive examination and consideration of symptoms and their history can a diagnosis be achieved.

      The following is a list of some of the most common homeopathic remedies which will (God willing) be most effective in relieving the symptoms being experienced by the patient.

      A pronunciation guide can be found in brackets next to each of the remedy names.

      Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

      I suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

      If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

      Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from good major pharmacies, and also specialist homeopathic pharmacies in UK.

      Aconite (Ackonite): Symptoms are sudden, violent, brief. Anxiety, fear, restlessness, grief, high temperature with great thirst, insomnia.

      Apis Mel (Ape-iss mel): Insect stings , burning, stinging pains, cystitis, swelling of lower eyelids, absence of thirst.

      Argent Nit (Aah-gent nit): Colic, headache, dizziness.

      Arnica (Aah-nicker): Use after injury, bruises, sprains, physical exhaustion, insomnia due to over-tiredness, muscle aches all over.

      Arsen Alb (Aah-sen alb): Restlessness, anxiety and fear, throat dry and burning, cramps in calves, food poisoning, psoriasis.

      Belladonna (Bella-donna): Brightly flushed face, swollen joints, insomnia, vertigo, facial neuralgia, severe throbbing earache, dry hacking cough, acne.

      Bryonia (Bry-owneeyuh): Irritability, chestiness, dryness, dry painful cough, dry lips, thirst, especially for cold drinks.

      Calc Carb (Calc carb): Cracked skin in the winter, period pains, itching skin, premenstrual tension, toothache, vertigo, insomnia.

      Calc Fluor (Calc Fl-erh): Head colds with thick greenish-yellow discharge), catarrh, croup, piles, varicose veins, toothache, arthritis.

      Carbo Veg (Carbo vedge): Indigestion with excessive flatulence, mild food poisoning after eating fish, hoarseness, loss of voice, tinnitus with nausea and vertigo.

      Euphrasia (Yoo-frazier): Cold with watery eyes and streaming nose, conjunctivitis, hayfever.

      Gelsemium (Jel-semi-um): Influenza, sneezing, sore throat, symptoms of flushing, aching, trembling, weary with heavy aching muscles, runny nose, vertigo.

      Graphites (Graff-fight-ease): Unhealthy skin, eczema, cracked finger tips, constipation, tinnitus, earache, sinus trouble, dandruff.

      Hepar Sulph (Hee-par sulph): Skin highly sensitive, eczema, acne, croup, earache, tonsilitis.

      Hypericum (High-perrycome): Painful cuts and wounds, lacerated wounds involving nerve endings, abscesses, headache with a floating sensation as a result of a fall.

      Ignatia (Ig-nay-sha): Fright, prolonged grief, piles, sore throat, croup, piercing headache, insomnia.

      Ipecac (Ipper-cack): Any illness where there is nausea and sickness, travel sickness, bronchitis.

      Kali Bich (Cally bick): Complaints brought on by a change to hot weather, catarhh with stringy discharge, sinus troubles, migraine, hard cough.
      Kali Phos (Cally foss): Mental tiredness from over-work, nervous exhaustion, nervous indigestion, loss of voice, hoarseness, giddiness from exhaustion and weakness.

      Lycopodium (Lie-co-podium): Irritability, fear of failure, cystitis, period pain, premenstrual tension, gout, hiccough with acidity.

      Merc Sol (Murk sol): Feverish head cold, sore throat with excessive saliva, mouth ulcers, thrush (mouth), thirst, toothache, earache.

      Nat Mur (Nat murr): sneezy cold, nose runs like a tap, eczema, thrush (mouth), vertigo, premenstrual tension, housemaid's knee.

      Nux Vom (Nux vom): For over-indulgence in food and alcohol, itching piles, stuffy colds, raw throat, vertigo, constipation.

      Pulsatilla (Pulse-a-tiller): Catarrh, styes, change of life, premenstrual tension, cystitis, acne, tinnitus.

      Rhus Tox (Russ tox): Rheumatic aches and pains, over-exertion, pain in ligaments, shingles, tickling cough.

      Ruta Grav (Rooter grarve): Injuries to bones, fractures, dislocations, sprains of wrists and ankles, eye strain, synovitis, urticaria.

      Sepia (Seep-yuh): Premenstrual tension, periods suppressed or delayed, change of life, hot sweats, dandruff, wash-day hands.

      Silicea (Silly-ce-a): Boils, abscesses, acne, bunions, hayfever, chronic headaches beginning at the front, sinus troubles.

      Sulphur (Sulf-er): Unhealthy looking skin, tendency to skin disease, itching skin, acne, burning and itching piles, insomnia, tinnitus, lack of energy.

  4. QUESTION:
    Some question on lupus...?
    What is the symptoms of lupus in male? If let say we have few symptoms like rashes, joint pain and muscle aches and etc. Should those symptoms exist at the same time or it might appear at different time frame. (E.g- A person with Vitiligo and alopecia, had sun rashes, but it is cured, at different time frame he had UTI, It is cured and suddenly his having muscle and joint pain, which is most likely due to side effects of bactrim, and even he is recovering from it. What do you think?Please be honest friends.
    Please answer honestly.

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  5. QUESTION:
    Do I really need a final diagnosis for lupus?
    Im so sick of going to a 1000 different dr's. Is a diagnosis really that important, or can i just continue to take all the freekin meds they have me on... I think the stress of all if this is makin me feel more crapy. Since there is no cure and nothin they can really do about it can't I just Ignore it and deal with the symptoms when they come. Oh why all the meds? doesn't that make it harder on my kidneys and liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes Michelle unfortunately you do. The reason being is the treatment for lupus is so specific to that disorder. Autoimmune disorders are often hard to diagnose because the symptoms tend to mimic each other. All the meds are to keep your immune system from seeing your organs as the "enemy" . Hopefully in time you will go into remission and be able to taper of the meds. Good luck .

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between Lupus, MS, and Fibromyalgia?
    I've been seeing the doctor lately to try to get a diagnosis finally for problems I've been having for over five years...everything from muscle tensing and spasming to shooting pain and sensitive skin.

    I had a blood test today that will determine if it might be Lupus, and I have an MRI coming up soon that will determine if it might be MS. The doctor says that fibromyalgia is a 'rule-it-out' diagnosis, that if nothing else fits, it's fibro.

    What are the differences between these three disorders in symptoms, effects on daily life (I already know that whatever I have it effects me a LOT, making it difficult for me to do anything on some days but take some Vicodin and lay in bed), and treatment plans...also, what are the long-term prognosises for these disorders? Do any of them have a cure, or a management plan that relieves all symptoms?

    I am happy that I am finally getting all the testing done to get a diagnosis finally so we can begin treating the problems, but I am concerned...I have heard a lot about fibro (my sister-in-law has fibro, and my father had fibro), and a little about MS...neither seems good at all, and I don't think either have a cure or total management of symptoms? I don't know anything about Lupus, however.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - the three conditions are quite different in their underlying disease processes, but do produce some overlapping symptoms.

      Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune disease of the central nervous system (CNS). In Multiple Sclerosis, inflammation of nervous tissue causes the loss of myelin, a fatty material which acts as a sort of protective insulation for the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. There are 5 basic types of MS and some of the more common symptoms include: fatigue, heat sensitivity, pain, spasticity (muscle cramps and spasms), cognitive problems, depression, balance and coordination problems and bowel & bladder symptoms. Symptoms will vary depending on the course of the illness, and according to the type of MS the individual has.

      Like MS, Lupus is also considered to be an autoimmune disease. For reasons that are not yet clear, in autoimmune diseases the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances (antigens) and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against the "self." These antibodies, called "auto-antibodies," react with the "self" antigens to form immune complexes. The immune complexes build up in the tissues and can cause inflammation, injury to tissues, and pain. In contrast to some other autoimmune diseases, lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems. For some people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems.

      Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS; FM) is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. Current thinking is that FMS probably begins with a genetic predisposition, and is triggered by exposure to a number of possible stressors - including physical injury or emotional trauma, childbirth, medical operations, viruses, bacteria such as mycoplasma, chronic allergies or chemical toxins. Pain is the most common Fibromyalgia symptom and is necessary for an official diagnosis. According to the American College of Rheumatology diagnostic guidelines, Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain of three months duration or more and pain in 11 of 18 “tender points”. A tender point is a pressure point that, when pressed, feels sore. There are 18 defined tender, or pressure, points on various parts of the body, from the elbows down to the knees.

      As your doctor has explained, there are lab tests for MS and Lupus, but not for FMS. But a tender point exam with a doctor who is knowledgeable about FMS, along with your medical history of fatigue and pain, could quickly determine if FMS is what you are experiencing.

      Treatments for the 3 conditions are very different. The gold-standard treatments for MS are the 3 interferon meds, Copaxone and now a new med called Tysabri. Lupus has had fewer treatment innovations it seems - and Prednisone (a steroid), Plaquenil (an anti-malarial med), and some chemotherapy meds are the ones most commonly prescribed. FMS now has a couple of FDA approved meds - Cymbalta (Duloxetine), and antidepressant which helps with pain and fatigue, and Lyrica (Pregabalin), an anticonvulsant which helps with both symptoms too.

      Good luck in the diagnostic process - this can be so frustrating!

  7. QUESTION:
    Can I have Lupus?(people who know)?
    I went to the doctor, and did urine test and blood test, and he told me i had blood in the urine. Then he did more studies, and he said i might have Lupus. I have none of symptoms ie, rash,lost of hair,pain,ankle swelling. He told me i had something high, i'm not sure what is was, but it was 1.6. So now he is going to do kidney biopsy to see what is happening. You think i have lupus? Oh yeah, he said I have no protein in my urine, so that is a good sign he said. If i do lupus, can t be cured if it's low?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Im Chris, I have had Lupus for 20+ years, own a Lupus support group and do research on lupus. having blood in your urine can mean your passing protien from your kidneys, or have a severe Urinary tract infection.

      The test he is talking about where the titer was 1.6 is called the ANA or Anti Nuclear Antibody test. and while 95% of people who have Lupus have a positive ANA healthy people can alos have a positive ANA, for any number of reasons. It can run in familes, high estrogen levels, just having had a baby, infection, and more.

      Also even if you have a positive ANA and say a kidney infection, that alone does not qualify you for having Lupus. You must meet 4 of 11 diagnostic critera. Which I will post.
      I suspect he may want to do a kidney biopsy to rule out
      Lupus nerphritis. A type of lupus that attacks the kidneys, and is mainly contained to the kidneys, but usually will also involve your skin, joints, possibly hair loss, and other issues as well. I think he may be jumping the gun a bit, but from my expreiences I have delt with Lupus paitents diagnosed and undiagnosed for 10 years, your lucky you have one that is concearned enough to take extra steps to look into this further. Some who clearly meet all the critera can wait 5 years to get diagnosed, and even when diagnosed still have problems getting proper treatment. all because their dr's are just egomaniacs, or dont realy know what they are doing. so be grateful this dr is trying to rule it out.

      About Lupus being cured. There is no cure. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. In an autoimmune disease our own bodies belive they are under attack from an outside forigen invader. so our own cells start to attack our own cells and organs. The only thing dr's can to is try to hold symptoms at bay, and hopefully put us into remmissons from what are called flare ups during very active times of the disease.
      many of the drugs used are prednisone (which is a streroid, but not a performance enhancing one), antimalarial drugs, and immunosuppresents (many which started as chemotherapy drugs, that did little to kill cancer, but work well in suppressing Lupus and other autoimmune over active immunesystems). Some people have very mild cases of Lupus. Others moderate, still others very serious to life threatening. Personally mine is severaly moderate to serious, and have had to be treated with the strongest of the immunosuppresents. But I have had a few remmissons in the 20 or so years. I also know several that are still able to work. Below is the diagnostic critera. and I will include the link to the group I own with a couple others.
      Good luck

      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases.

      A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be diagnosed with lupus; 3 symptoms suggest that lupus is probably present, and 2 raise the possibility of lupus. Symptoms may be present all at once or appear in succession over a period of time. 1

      Butterfly (malar) rash on cheeks
      Rash on face, arms, neck, torso (discoid rash)
      Skin rashes that result from exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (photosensitivity)
      Mouth or nasal ulcers, usually painless
      Joint swelling, stiffness, pain involving two or more joints (arthritis)
      Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs (pleuritis) or heart (pericarditis). This inflammation is called serositis.
      Abnormalities in urine, such as increased protein or clumps of red blood cells or kidney cells, called cell casts, in the urine
      Nervous system problems, such as seizures or psychosis, without known cause
      Problems with the blood, such as reduced numbers of red blood cells (anemia), platelets, or white blood cells
      Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
      Signs of increased autoimmunity (antibodies against normal tissue), as shown by laboratory tests
      References

  8. QUESTION:
    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven't decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You do realize what lupus is right?

      Listen, I know you're scared. Anybody would be with that diagnosis. But the drugs are safe. The side-effects are minimal. Not taking the drugs and pretending that there is a natural cure is dangerous. You need to understand that the drug was prescribed because it was proven effective in the treatment of lupus. There are side-effects with any drug, even natural ones. What you need to do is weigh the potential benefits of taking the drug versus the potential consequences of side effects and of not taking the drug. Lupus is a highly treatable disease but there is no cure for it. The treatments are proven to be effective and safe as long as you follow the doctors orders.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have lupus?
    Hi, I've had lupus for almost five years now. It's been in remission for four years, but the past few days it's been flaring up again and I'm scared and I'm stressed and I'm nervous. I blame myself. For a month there I convinced myself, partially that I didn't need meds, that I was cured. I even considered that I was mis-diagnosed and it wasn't lupus, cause I hadn't had any symptoms for so long.

    It was nice to feel normal. To not have to take handfuls of pills every day. It was nice to have extra money, my health insurance doesn't really help with anything anymore.

    I just want it all to go away, I want to be normal. I don't want to have to worry about this shit.

    I'm scared that I won't be able to have kids. I'm scared to even think about trying. Cause even if I am able to have kids, my children could be born with lupus or could be born in pain as a symptom of neo-natal lupus. I'm scared to pass this on.

    Anyways, I've never met anyone else with lupus or anything similar. I don't like talking about this stuff with anyone I know because I don't want to worry them or make them feel bad for me. So I was just wondering if anything knows what I'm going through, and can relate-at all. I'm having a hard time right now.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, I'm sure you know, but let me spell it out - there is (currently) NO cure for lupus. Lupus is with you for life, it can and will, wax and wane (come and go), often stress can trigger it into activity again. The more you worry the more lupus can become active so that isn't helping. With the vast improvements in treatments and medications lupus can now be controlled.

      The medication that you have been taking is to dampen down you immune system and that's most likely why you felt well. There is a lot you can do to help yourself and some people, like myself, don't have to take any medication, but I do other things such as watch my diet and exercise and also positive thinking is a great help (as most doctors will confirm).

      Please visit our website www.lupus.org.uk there is a ton of information on there including a brand new documentary that covers all aspects of lupus including childbirth/pregnancy and it is actual patients talking about their experiences and how they cope, which you might find useful.

      'Passing on' lupus to your children is very unlikely, there is only a very small chance that that will happen. It hasn't helped that people like Lady Gaga are saying it's genetic when it isn't necessarily, so I wouldn't worry about that. We have a lupus pregnancy clinic here and the success rate in lupus pregnancies is the same as the other regular pregnancy clinics in the hospital.

      We have a free lupus nurseonline service where you can e-mail our nurse and she can reassure you with any questions you might have, she has over 20 years experience of lupus and infact her own daughter is a lupus patient so there isn't any aspect of lupus she doesn't know about. http://www.lupus.org.uk/onlinenurse.htm

      You have to accept you have lupus, you may have to take medication for it and you should absolutely, definitely be seen at least once a year by a rheumatologist who should check that your lupus is still under control. You should NOT take yourself off any medication without first consulting your specialist as lupus can sometimes become serious if left unchecked.

      I have had lupus for about 17 years and I consider myself very 'normal' I don't allow it to stop me doing anything I want. Learn as much about it as you can and learn how to cope with it and you'll feel much better.

      Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    Found out my cousin has Lupus?? What happens now?
    Found out my cousin has Lupus.. Is there a cure for Lupus? what exactly happens with people who have Lupus? I saw her blood results and her level is at a 1.23 .. what do those numbers mean? it also said non-reactive.. Will she be ok?? she's losing hair.. is that a symptom.

    • ANSWER:
      What Is Lupus?
      The immune system is designed to attack foreign substances in the body. If you have lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system and it attacks healthy cells and tissues. This can damage many parts of the body such as the:

      •Joints
      •Skin
      •Kidneys
      •Heart
      •Lungs
      •Blood vessels
      •Brain.

      There are many kinds of lupus. The most common type, systemic lupus erythematosus, affects many parts of the body. Other types of lupus are:

      •Discoid lupus erythematosus—causes a skin rash that doesn't go away
      •Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus—causes skin sores on parts of the body exposed to sun
      •Drug-induced lupus—can be caused by medications
      •Neonatal lupus—a rare type of lupus that affects newborns.

      What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?
      Symptoms of lupus vary, but some of the most common symptoms of lupus are:

      •Pain or swelling in joints
      •Muscle pain
      •Fever with no known cause
      •Red rashes, most often on the face
      •Chest pain when taking a deep breath
      •Hair loss
      •Pale or purple fingers or toes
      •Sensitivity to the sun
      •Swelling in legs or around eyes
      •Mouth ulcers
      •Swollen glands
      •Feeling very tired.
      Less common symptoms include:

      •Anemia (a decrease in red blood cells)
      •Headaches
      •Dizzy spells
      •Feeling sad
      •Confusion
      •Seizures.
      Symptoms may come and go. The times when a person is having symptoms are called flares, which can range from mild to severe. New symptoms may appear at any time. there is no cure for lupus hunny sorry

  11. QUESTION:
    What could it mean if I've had swollen lymph nodes for over 3 years?
    I am a 26 year old female. I have had a swollen node in my armpit for over 3 years, one in my groin that has been swollen for over 5 years, and nodes in my neck that have been swollen for about 3 years.

    In 2006, I was diagnosed with mono. Months after it had supposedly gone away, the node in the right side of my neck was over 3cm long & still growing, so I saw a surgeon & he was concerned about cancer and removed it immediately...it was examined by pathology and was benign. 4 months later, I was still not entirely healthy and had my tonsils removed.

    Over the last few years, I am still tired quite a bit, sweat a lot and still have the swollen nodes. The one in my groin hurts even when I do not touch it, and the one in my armpit is very tender to the touch, but the ones in my neck to do not bother me.

    I've had spleen & liver scans that came back fine, blood tests that came back fine, but this is still concerning me. Over the last couple years I still have days where I run a low grade fever for about a day. My doctor always puts me on antibiotics (which don't ever take down the size of the nodes or cure the other symptoms). He has also done a chest xray to check for sarcoidosis and that came back clean.

    My aunt has lupus & a host of other auto-immune diseases and my great grandmother died very young of rheumatoid arthritis.

    I have been to a ridiculous number of doctors who keep telling me that there is absolutely 100% nothing wrong with me. I've also noticed an increasing number of tiny red pin-point spots on my chest, stomach & thighs. I've always had one on my chest for years, but the others are new.

    I need a real answer, I need help. I am so tired of making doctor appointments that lead me nowhere.
    I have had the one in my groin and armpit checked, my gyno said the one in my armpit could be due to the hormones in my birth control, so I stopped taking it and the size and tenderness of the node never changed. The one in my groin has been checked by my primary care and a surgeon. The surgeon said nothing to worry about, it's not a hernia or something else, just a permanently swollen node. My concern is that over the last couple months it is becoming increasingly painful...
    Also, I am 5'6". My normal weight is around 118-120...over the last couple months I have dropped to about 113 without trying. I don't know if I should be concerned about that as well or not. I have not had any appetite loss and eat full meals regularly...?

    • ANSWER:
      Please ; get your thyroid gland check ;; I know a man who is just 35 and like you had swollen lymph for years and like you he was diagnostic for mono and like you saw a myriad of doctors ; for finally in last oct to be said ; that his thyroid gland was full of cancer [ Doctors never check this gland ; especially when you are young ] so you have to ask ; OH maybe its not your thyroid ; but at least you will know for sure about the thyroid ; its just a simple blood test

  12. QUESTION:
    Fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments?
    I havent been diagnosed with fibromylagia yet, and am half afraid to tell my doctor thats what I think I have. Shell probably tell me im nuts, plus I read that theres no real test to say...Yes you have it. But after accidentally stumbling across an ad for Lyrica, and it listed some symptoms of fibromyalgia, I thought to do some research on the subject. Ive been back and fourth to the doctor...goodness like 15 times in the last 2 years! Initially just complaining about extreme fatigue, troubles falling asleep, and not being able to stay asleep once I fell asleep. Then it stemmed into joint pain complaints. I did find out I had lyme disease, so my doctor thought thats what the problem was. Well I took the meds, got re tested and the lyme is cured. This is over a year ago now...but my symptoms are worse. Been back again a few times since then, and she just said theres nothing wrong with me, im just depressed. She tried giving me sleeping pills, which just made me more groggy so I stopped taking them. Then she gave me some off brand stress management med... not quite a depression med, which didnt help. After doing reaserch on fibromyalgia, im SURE thats what I have. Besides the extreme tiredness, and lack of ability to stay asleep, I have horrible muscle and joint aches. I wake up and feel like ive excersised for hours the day before! Im stiff and find it painful to move. What really got me though, is I have pain in all the places ive read online that affect people with fibromyalgia the most. The neck, hips, shoulders, and knees. Thats where most of my pain is. I have frequent headaches, and the other thing that really sold me was the IBS thats linnked with fibromylagia. Ive always had bad cramps and gas like I have to go to the bathroom realllly bad even when I dont have to go, and my bowel movements have always been strange, going alot some days, not going for a day or two at other times. Ive always wondered why until I read about IBS. I know fibromyalgia can mimic lupus and other conditions, but my doctor did test me for lupus and a few others and they were all negative. I also read that fibromyalgia can come about after very traumatic times, and it seems like mine started about 2 1/2 years ago. And ALOT has happened to me in that time. My sister was murdered 3 years ago, my mom died 2 years ago, my brother had a cancer scare shortly after our mom died. So thats another reason I suspect fibromyalgia. So does it really sound like I have fibromyalgia? And what can I do to help it? I cant live with this tiredness anymore! I dont even care about the pain as much as I do about constantly being tired and fatigued!

    • ANSWER:
      its possible you have fms

      but its also possible you have a post lymes syndroome
      lymes can cause permanant symtpoms if not treated early enough

      it could also justbe the lack of sleep

      a better sleep med is trazadone--its an antidepressant, but only taken at night.in a smaller dose

      .much safer than traditional sleeping pills

      most docs dont know what fms is and use it as a general label for pain

      they will say the pain of lymes is fms..that is not true..fms is its own specific neuro condition

  13. QUESTION:
    Does AIDS "Cure" Autoimmune Diseases?
    I use the word "cure" loosely. Since AIDS destroys the immune system there would be no immune system to attack, so would that mean the autoimmune disease would go away. For example if someone has lupus, an example of an autoimmune disorder and then gets AIDS(fullblown AIDS) would the symptoms of lupus go away since there would not be an immune system left to attack the body. (Of course this "cure" would be worse than the disease)

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  14. QUESTION:
    I have a painful, incurable disease (Lupus) and I lost the will to go on with my life, what should I do?
    I am trying to reverse/cure this disease through diet now, and even if there are good results, still, some symptoms will probably never disappear, and I lost such big parts of my life already, I have a bad job, almost no proper education, constant sorrows about money, difficulties with my husband (who is of course tired of me being so weak and sick all the time, even if he tries to support me).

    There is no real cure for my disease, there is a maybe cure through diet (http://www.lupusrecoverydiet.com/ ), I started this, and there are already nice results, but still, this diet is harsh/difficult to maintain for somebody unused to such food choices (no desserts, no cake, no potato chips!), I have this constant Lupus headache and nausea and I feel so weak and tired most of the time... So much I HAVE to do, and no bright future? Only people complaining about my pains and "laziness" (I need horrible amounts of sleep), and demanding, demanding, demanding...

    Any (spiritual) help? Please...
    Thank you for so many kind answers in such a short time. I am crying right now.
    My husband kindly cares for me, but he is a human, and he is working hard every day, he cannot be always around and cheer me up.

    • ANSWER:
      Please don't give up. I will keep you in my prayers. I believe in a God that heals even when the doctors say that a disease is incurable. A friend of mine was told that she had ovarian cancer and that she would never have children.....we and many other Christians prayed that Jesus would heal her, and she became pregnant just a few years ago! There is a God who heals out there, His name is Jesus Christ and all you have to do is invite Him into your heart and life and ask Him to heal you. You can pray this prayer sincerely: Lord Jesus, please come into my life and be my Savior and Lord. Please forgive my sins, and give me the gift of eternal life.
      You need the faith and faith comes by the word of God(the bible) meditate on healing scriptures from the Holy Bible and the Lord will heal you if you believe and ask Him to heal you. His will is for you to be healed.
      The Lord healed my grandmother of Lukemia, and he healed my little girl I almost lost her. Don't worry just put your trust in Jesus and be patient, He will heal you.

  15. QUESTION:
    Could I have mild lupus?
    I'm fifteen years old. I'm an insomniac half the time, and the other half, I fall asleep immediately and am unable to wake up for at least ten hours. Even after that, I'm absolutely exhausted. I have trouble focusing; I often forget where my train of thought is heading. I get headaches all the time, which are only cured by two Advils, and sometimes not even that works.
    My friends often comment on how fragile I am. My best friend is afraid to even hug me sometimes (especially when I'm sitting down) because she once tackle-hugged me while I was sitting indian-style and my hip was suddenly on fire. I also am getting a C in gym because I had to skip some of the yoga poses we were doing. They irritated my right hip (which is sometimes overcome with unexplained pain.) I can't be poked or even really touched in the ribs because they'll bruise so easily.
    I am easily knocked off-balance by the slightest touches. My limbs always feel so weak and fragile, and they ache something terrible. I can hardly go up/down stairs without using the railing to steady/support myself. I used to pass it off as growing pains, but I haven't grown in a couple of years. I'm 15, and 5'5, and I'm pretty sure I'm not growing anymore.
    Sometimes, after I eat -- especially after eating lunch at school, for some reason -- I experience extreme abdominal pain. It's just this resounding ache in my stomach. It has no reason to be there, but it IS.
    Also, often I experience severe chest pain upon breathing in.
    I always thought this was normal. I don't know if I've always been this way, or if it started some time ago. But if, once upon a time, I actually had ENERGY, I can't remember it.
    Now, mind you, this is all even with the fact that my school consists of seven different academic buildings which I walk back-and-forth between all day. And gym class. And my 20 to 30 minute uphill walk home. So I'm not out of shape. I'm perfectly in shape. I get plenty of hearty excercise every day. So why am I so weak? Why do my shoulders creak whenever I move them?
    Anyway, I never really thought much of it until, one day, my cat's whisker tickled me in the lower-thigh area, and I reached down to brush/scratch the area, only to gasp in pain. I had actually hurt myself by scratching. I hadn't even done it hard, but I had to hold my breath for a couple of seconds and could hardly move for at least half a minute. This kind of thing had happened before -- where I accidently hurt myself doing something completely normal -- but never so extreme.
    I forgot about the incident. One day, I was reading a book, and in it one of the characters was talking about their illness. They had lupus. They experienced extreme fatigue, muscle/joint pain, an inability to focus, physical weakness despite excercise...etc.
    I had a bit of an epiphany. Maybe, just maybe, everything I was experiencing WASN'T normal. After all, I'm a 15-year-old girl who excercises daily (if not by choice), follows a rather healthy vegetarian lifestyle, drinks gallons upon gallons of tea by month...why am I not brimming with energy?
    So, I researched it. I researched it so well that, just the other day, my little sister was watching Mystery Diagnosis and the doctors just didn't know what this lady had. And I shouted out, "It's lupus, you idiots!" Five minutes later, they revealed that it was lupus. I know this disease like the back of my hand, and I don't know if I have it, but I don't know if I DON'T have it.
    All I know is that, I suffer from quite a bit of the symptoms:

    -My skin (especially on my fingers and legs) turned purple in the cold. My friends and I used to joke about it, actually. Whenever I went out in the cold, I would exclaim mournfully, "I'm turning purple!"
    -I suffer from terrible headaches.
    -I'm always exhausted.
    -My limbs hurt for no reason.
    -My joints are extremely weak; they're always creaking.
    -I can't sit in one position for too long because I get so stiff and sore. As a result, sleeping is very difficult, because I (for some reason) don't move at all while I sleep, so I have to wake up to move into a new position.
    -I have issues focusing on things that require logical thought. For this reason, I cannot easily understand very wordy things. I often loose my train of thought.
    -My eyes sometimes sting for no reason, or become very watery and noticeably red. Granted, this didn't start until after I started wearing contacts. But I haven't worn my contacts in a little under two months and it still happens.

    There's more, but honestly, there's just too many to name. I basically just hurt all over, and for no reason, and I'm tired, and I'm looking for answers.

    So, to lupus sufferers, to people who know lupus sufferers, to doctors, to anyone who has any knowledge about this -- do you think I could have lupus?
    Also, symptoms I've just remembered that I considered important:

    -I very often wake up in the middle of the night due to severe leg pain -- usually in my left leg, but in my right it is not unheard of -- that literally keeps me from moving for at least a minute, at most five.

    -My right wrist cracks. I mean, it REALLY cracks. It's like pi. If I could keep cracking it without my arm getting tired, it would never stop. I don't know if this is a form of arthritis (as it doesn't really hurt, it just gets kind of sore sometimes), but I've always used it to freak people out and thought it was cool. Until I saw that arthritis-like symptoms, especially in the hands and feet, are a symptom of lupus.

    -A year or two ago (I don't really remember), I was sick and my mother took me to the doctor, who speculated -- upon learning of my exhaustion and such -- that I was probably anemic. We never heard from her, so I assume I'm not. But I know lupus is often mistaken for anemia.

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  16. QUESTION:
    I have read that vegan (partially raw) food is good to more or less heal Lupus. Has anybody heard about it?
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!
    SOLVED: http://www.lupusrecoverydiet.com :-) !!!!

    The book I was searching actually exists! And I even found some more, 2 of them even written by real doctors:
    http://www.healing-lupus.com/
    http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default... (they say that "Eat to Live" also deals with Lupus)
    http://www.nealbarnard.org/books.htm
    (here is even a book on reversing diabetes through diet!)

    I ordered already 3 books, I will test anything which may help and is more or less scientifically backed! This does not look like a fraud to me!

    Thank you for the support! You brought me back on track! I hope this will be helpful for others too, I am so tired and worn out right now, I can only go forward or die. I will not give up trying my best!

    • ANSWER:
      I have 3 friends that have this disorder and never have heard or found what you write of. If it was out there - I think that I would have run over it by now....

      But on the chance that someone actually knows something about this and it really is able to be verified - I am going to star and watch your question as it does indeed have much importance to people that I care about.

      Nothing but well wishes and peace sent your way.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have all the symptoms of a systemic candida infection but my IgG IgM came back clean. What can it be?
    i am very sick and have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia
    My symptoms are as follows:
    pain and swelling in my arms and joints of my arms and legs
    migraines
    head "pain" in the left temporal part of my head
    pressure in my head and neck
    changes in vision (mild)
    IBS - chronic diarrhea for the past 5 years
    intestinal cramps
    bloating
    gas
    acid reflux (reduced but not cured by 2 Rx meds)
    mental fogginess which gets worse at times
    geographic tongue
    sleep that is not restful ( waking frequently, and sleeping every chance I get with no improvement in tiredness)
    frequent and urgent urination
    allergic reactions to foods with a rash on my face and neck with no clear source on an elimination diet
    weight gain
    depression
    anxiety
    lack of energy
    craving for carbs and sweets

    I have been tested for:
    rheumatoid arthritis
    diverticulitis
    gluten allergy
    food and environmental allergies
    lupus

    Current medications:
    cymbalta 30 mg 2 pills qd
    lyrica 75 mg 2 pills qd
    ativan prn
    tylenol 3 prn for pain
    zypan 2 tabs with meals
    vit d 50,000 iu daily
    vit c 2000 iu twice daily
    vit b complex
    spirulina 3 tabs twice a day
    omega 3
    probiotics

    • ANSWER:
      It's funny that you mention some of those symptoms... http://www.drugs.com/cons/lyrica.html says to "tell your doctor if you have hives or skin rash, redness, or blisters while you are using this medicine" and lists a few of the possible side effects as "diarrhea; dizziness... itching; joint or muscle pain; puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue... unusual tiredness or weakness... confusion... headache... increased appetite... painful or difficult urination; problems with memory; rapid weight gain... bloated or full feeling... depression... loss of strength or energy... passing gas... trouble sleeping"

      I think that covers the bulk of your symptoms from just the one drug, but http://www.drugs.com/cymbalta.html also lists some side effects including "painful or difficult urination... headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, confusion, hallucinations... gas; sleep problems (insomnia); joint or muscle pain; weight changes"

      http://www.drugs.com/ativan.html also lists some of those symptoms (depression, hallucinations, etc). I'd take a look at those three pages if you're concerned... they are the same information sheets that your pharmacist should give you when you get the prescription.

      So it sounds like the bulk of your symptoms are caused by the drugs. You may want to talk to your doctor about getting off of those.
      If you wanted to try natural options that don't have the major side effects of the drugs, you could try D-Ribose, Magnesium, a good B Complex (B-50 is usually adequate), Malic Acid, Methionine, and/or TMG (Trimethylglycine). Each of those help with different aspects of Fibromyalgia symptoms (energy, muscle issues, etc) and I know a few people personally (and have heard from many more) who have gotten relief from any combination of these ingredients.
      As a side note, 50,000 IU of Vitamin D is a bit excessive unless it's only for short term (after being diagnosed as being Vitamin D deficient)... Vitamin D is typically recommended for maintenance doses of 1-2,000 IU daily (but those who are deficient commonly need higher doses like that for short periods). Good luck and I hope I helped!

      [edit]: I'm always amazed at how Dave twists people's words... I never told her to stop taking them, I said she may want to talk to her doctor about stopping them (as did Dave).
      Also, he doesn't know anything about me (nor has he tried to find out) so I don't know why he insists on using logical fallacies to attack my character. Besides that, the links I listed are for information from the drug manufacturers, not me.

  18. QUESTION:
    This is a lot to ask, I know. But if someone could review my APA paper I would GREATLY appreciate it. ?
    I think my greatest problem is with grammer errors and my in-text citations. Also, all of those citations that repeat themselves look funny to me. They can't be right? Can they? I'm also confused with secondary citations. I think they're a no no but I can't get a clear answer on what they are. Here's the paper. Please kindly review if you'd like. I'd love yah for it.

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page not included)

    Introduction
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that permits the affected body to build antibodies to attack its own cells as if they were foreign. There are three main types of lupus. They are discoid, drug induced, and Systemic lupus erythematosus (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Doctors must be careful in diagnosing lupus since it can easily be confused with other diseases (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Lupus is capable of attacking any part of the body but for the most part it mainly affects the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The cause of Lupus is currently unknown. Lupus truly is a sickness of mystery since the cause and cure have currently been unidentified. However, there are known genetic (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) and environmental (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008) aspects that have been known to trigger this illness. On an inspiring note, there is presently a study being conducted with mice in search for the cure of lupus.

    Discussion
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is known to be a chronic (continuous or reoccurring) inflammatory illness that has the ability to attack any region of the body (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The symptoms of the disease are painful or swollen joints and muscle pain, unexplained fever, red rashes, chest pain when breathing deeply, loss of hair, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (also known as Raynaud's phenomenon), sensitivity to the sun swelling in legs or around eyes, mouth ulcers, swollen glands and extreme fatigue (WebMD, 2008). Those that suffer from lupus may never have the same symptoms as another person with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). However, the most common areas of the body affected are the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).. Also in most cases in order for a doctor to diagnose lupus the patient must illustrate at least four (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) of the listed symptoms.
    The actual cause of the disease is unknown. However, there are genetic and environmental characteristics that could trigger lupus to develop. Many patients that suffer from lupus have a genetic association with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Lupus could be the result of mutated genes of interferon and the genes that play vital roles in regulating the immune response (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). If a patient has a genetic link to lupus there are also environmental aspects that could trigger lupus. They are infection, ultraviolet light, certain drugs like; procainamide, hydralazine, and quinidine (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008), and extreme stress (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Factors that potentially contribute to the progression of lupus are interleukins and interferons (immune molecules). Interleukins and interferons have been shown to control the autoantibody release in response to certain bodily stimuli (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).
    Lupus commonly affects women, African Americans, and Asians more than any other group (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Since 90% of all patients with lupus are female, women between the ages of 15-50 should be tested for lupus if they portray at least one of the symptoms (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Also, there is an increased risk of lupus in people who already have the Epstein-Barr virus. (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008)
    The healthy immune system’s mission is to protect the body from infections and foreign objects within the body. When the immune system is working properly it will recognize the foreign bacteria, virus, or objects as non-self. Upon recognition that something does not belong, it will build antibodies against the unwanted agent, attack and destroy it (Marieb, 2009, p. 408 & 410). However, the activities of the immune system are much different when the body is affected with lupus. Instead of the body producing antibodies against foreign bacterial that do not belong, the immune system will produce an autoantibody that attacks the body’s own cells and tissues. The reason for this is because they can not recognize their own cells or tissue as self. When an autoantibody attack occurs, the autoantibodies will attach themselves to various tissues and cells (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). When this happens the body’s inflammatory response occurs. The same thing happens when we have been hurt and the tissue has truly been damaged.
    There are a few different ways Lupus can affect the body, for example in nearly all individuals that suffer from lup

    • ANSWER:
      It's a pretty good paper but in the beginning you made an error. There are four types of Lupus. Neo Natal (babies), Drug Induced, Discoid and Systemic. Then after that you should state that your paper is talking about Systemic Lupus because they symptoms you go on to describe are those of Systemic Lupus. Your citings follow the APA guidelines. I couldn't see the entire paper as it got cut off. Also couldn't see your works cited page. You don't show any quotation marks so I'm assuming that you didn't plagerize any of the information directly from the material.

  19. QUESTION:
    SOMEONE please help, ive been to 6 different doctors, and no one knows the problemm?
    ok, please help me, has any one had these symptoms before? because im so tired of suffering. I have the symptoms of a fever sometimes. I get hot flashe, and sometimes im cold, in the morning my face swells to the point where it hurts, and my lip as well, its aweful. i get major migranes for hours at a time, to the poin where i cry. my nose is constantly stuffed, and i get to caughing where as my throught feels like someone is scaraping it with a razor. im constantly suffering from loss of breath. I hvae been to 6 different doctors, each taking blood samples, but in the end no one knows the problem! i swear if i have another needle in me ill die. one doctor suspects Lupus (if thats how you spell it). It copies other symptoms of viruses. But no one knows for sure. If you have suffered through this, and know the cure and the cause, PLEASE SHARE IT WITH ME...my friend thinks it was cause through and infection traveling through the air, which i cought through my eyes...?? can this happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Cheese Lover

      THis situation I hear all the time. Ignore or surpress one issue and it turns into another issue in the future. Here are the 5 vital things that cause illness and disease. Blockage causes all health issues and here they are.

      1. stress = most of it self induced. Even thinking and actually talking about negative means you attact negative energy. Visualize and "Feel" a healthy beautiful body (end result) and you'll have it before you know it.

      2. Lack of water. I could write a book about that (actually will write one this year). Must have a gallon of distilled water (room temperture) with lemon every day to flush out the toxins and poisons in the body. This also helps with weight by creating more bile for the liver, which helps flush more waste.

      3. Nutrition = this helps heal the body and will gives it energy to work on the internal issues. Mainly organic fruit and vegetables. If you only ate those for 7-10 days and drank water you would see a change in your energy and be on your way to better health. Letting the body rest from digesting meats, dairy, and processed foods will do wonders for you.

      4. clogged colon = Not eliminating the processed food and chemicals we eat every day will give anyone an illness and/or disease. If doctors we're actually taught this, our society would be much improved. DO a colon cleanse First, then do a liver cleanse to improve your organs functions to help fix the issues. Good program on herbdoc.com

      5. Blockage of energy = Our body has a flow of certain energy and it can get blocked from negative thoughts, words, and actions. This is where a Pranic or Reiki healer can make a difference in releasing or freeing these energy blocks.

      Go ahead now and take the action steps you know you need to do! Make decisions and take control of your health. Who else will? Leave it to drugs and you'll be another statistic. The body is a wonderful temple and will heal itself if you give it some assistance.

      Best of health to you

  20. QUESTION:
    is this a good research project please be honest?
    Cortlin Harrison Science 10-12
    Mrs. Cooney/ Mrs. Barends ELA 21-23
    May 19, 2009
    Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. This disorder is non-infectious which means that this disorder can’t be passed from person to person by contact. Pregnant women are more prone to get this disorder than anyone else, and African Americans, and Hispanics but like other disorders anyone can get Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    The symptoms and characteristics of this disorder are not hard to spot. Some symptoms of the disorder are veins or arteries of the arms or legs may cause pain, numbness, tingling in the feet. Arteries of the heart may cause chest pain or heart attack, the individual with this disorder may have heart murmur. In pregnant women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, miscarriage can occur prior to 20 week of gestation, while pre-eclampsia is reported to occur after that time. Blood vessels of the skin - may cause painful bruises (purpura) or a condition called livedo reticularis. Blood vessels of the brain - if a clot cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain, this causes a stroke. An individual with APS may also experience migraine headaches or seizures.

    There is no cure and there is no way to avoid getting this disorder. There are many treatments for this disorder. But the most successful treatment is anticoagulant therapy. This is usually successful in preventing further blood clots. This disorder can severely damage the body in many different ways because good cells attack other good cells and that causes chaos through the body. And when a weak or strong pathogen enters the body it can be deadly.

    Some other information about Antiphospholipid Syndrome is, 1-5% of the world population is known to have this disorder, and 40-50% of patients with lupus also have APS. One third of strokes occurring in younger people (under the age of 50) are due to Antiphospholipid Syndrome. One third of patients with Antiphospholipid Syndrome are said to have lupus, and or Raynaud disease. APS is more common in young to middle-aged adults; however, it also manifests in children and elderly people. Disease onset has been reported in children as young as 8 months.

    This disorder is very rare and not very deadly but this disorder can still affect your way of life, the way you think, and can make you dizzy and other things. My mom has this disorder and sometimes it’s hard to get around and such, but you can still fight back by eating a healthy diet and seeing a special doctor called a Rheumatologist, this doctor specializes in these types of rare disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      very cool research project!
      Especially when someone yu kno very well has it...

  21. QUESTION:
    critique my personal statement please ! ?
    Constant joint pains, purple hands, and on going fatigue plagued my junior year. I thought I was just tired from being up late at night studying and waking up early in the morning to make it to Leadership. Not to mention work on weekends. After multiple blood tests, I found out I was wrong, that my symptoms were not normal. The doctor said it was Lupus. There was no cure just a medication that made me sick to my stomach. My mom told me not to stress out about school or work. But the truth is nothing will make my illness go away. Where did it all begin? Where do I go from here?

    It all began with my parents’ separation. My parents have had an on and off long distance relationship, while my dad is in Italy and my mother and I are in California. The language barrier between my father and I kept us further apart than the ocean between us. Fed up with our separation my father’s phone calls became less frequent, and eventually I lost contact with him. I felt angry and abandoned. Suddenly, not long after my father’s disappearance my mother announced her move to a new house with her new boyfriend. My mother expected me to live with a stranger. Confusion and disappointment filled my angry heart and I tried my best to avoid her. To her I was a rebellious, stubborn daughter so she sent me to my grandmother’s house. A living situation that was supposed to last a few weeks slowly turned into a few years. I was an inconvenience to my mother and felt like a burden to my grandmother. I felt so alone and insignificant. However, instead of immersing myself in negativity, I found fulfillment in school and work. Yearning for acceptance, I was hoping that I would make them proud but as time went by, I realized I got so much more.

    So I took advantage of every opportunity that came my way, and when I began high school I knew it was a start for me to do something big. I ran for class president during my freshmen year and won! I felt a boost of self confidence and I no longer felt insignificant. Doors were beginning to open, and as I looked back at my hardships I knew that my decisions in high school would determine my future’s stability. Something I was not accustomed to yet desire the most. So with this new feeling of confidence sparked ambition, and I believed that I could do something, I could be someone. I felt invincible. I felt like Superwoman.

    Later feeling a greater sense of maturity I decided to move in with my mother and her boyfriend my junior year. I truly believed that my accomplishments would bring us closer together. I had so much to offer and I just wanted her to be proud. On the contrary, moving in with them was not what I expected. My hard work was overshadowed by her long hours at work and piling bills. Life with my mother remained difficult. The stress of my mother and her boyfriend’s constant bickering created a bitter environment that I tried to avoid by burying myself in school and work.

    However, I unknowingly put too much weight on my shoulders. I was so involved with everything that everyone needed me in some way or another, and with my Superwomen mentality it was hard for me to say no. There was just so much that needed to get done and all I wanted to do was save the day.

    Now in my senior year and I am faced with life long obstacle. Looks like Superwomen has found her kryptonite. However, I refuse to give up. I understand that I have to make many changes in my life, and I am learning to slow down but that does not mean I’m going to leave all of my hard work behind. My new situation has only given me greater hunger for success. It has inspired me to work harder than ever to prove to the world that despite my illness I am somebody. I will be successful. I will make my family proud. I will remain Superman.

    • ANSWER:
      whats the prompt? and in the end you mean, you will remain superwoman. if its for UC, remember that its two essays are 1000 words, not each. and good luck, it was an awesome essay.

      make sure you follow prompt, you can have henry thoreau write it, but if it does not follow prompt its useless

  22. QUESTION:
    wagners disease.. ? please can someone help me understand it better?
    ok so when i was 9 i was diagnosed with the wagners disease.. am 17 now turning 18 soon and i yet dont really understand my disease doctors say its cronic but i might be able to cure myself as my body finishes developing.. does anybody else have this? and if so how do you live with it ? i know its a rare disease but if someone out there who knows what it is please help me..

    p.s the symptoms go hand in hand with lupus but its not as severe

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, diseases in medicine can have so many different names. I suspect you are referring to Wegener's Granulomatosis, which has many different names: http://www.whonamedit.com/synd.cfm/2823.html

      Wegener's is an autoimmune disease, mainly affecting the blood vessels in the lungs and in the kidneys. Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a DIFFERENT autoimmune disease, which also affect blood vessels in the lungs and kidneys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systemic_lupus_erythematosus

      However, Wegener's and lupus are quite different in that lupus can affect just about every organ in the body, while Wegener's is usually limited to the lungs, kidneys, and upper airway (nose, throat, etc).

      Wegener's is a chronic condition in that it affects someone for many years. (The opposite of chronic is acute. For example, a cold is an acute infection -- its effects usually only last a few days.)

      Being an autoimmune condition, the problem with Wegener's is with your immune system. Your body produces some antibodies that, instead of attacking bacteria and viruses, they attack the blood vessels in your lungs, kidneys and upper airway. This causes the blood vessels to become abnormal, leading to things like nose bleed, coughing up blood, and kidneys shutting down. If left untreated, a person can have life-threatening bleeding in the lungs, and/or kidney failure.

      To treat this, doctors probably put you on immunosuppressant medications to calm down your immune system. Typically, things like prednisone (a steroid medication) and cyclophosphamide are used. More recently, doctors started using other immunosuppresant medications like cyclosporin and CellCept. Because of your young age, your doctors may have used something else still, like azathioprine (Imuran).

      All of these medications have side effects, but like I mentioned, the consequences of not going on these medications are much worse.

      The treatment of Wegener's is a very complicated thing, and often specialists like respirologists (lung specialists), nephrologists (kidney specialists) or rheumatologists (autoimmune specialists) are involved.

      Since this is such a broad topic, I can go on for hours. If you have specific concerns, feel free to ask them in a separate question.

      Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Curing Canine Ringworm?
    My Collie looks like he has ringworm. Still waiting for the biopsy to come back. But he is now biting the fronts of his legs (all four) in addition to all his paws. We've been treating him for lupus and meds worked on all other symptoms but vet is stumped and took biopsy. More research on my end and i think he has ringworm on his feet since meds didn't work on those problems. Anything in my home I can use on his feet sores to try to see if he has ringworm? I read Apple Cider Vinegar applied to infected areas 2x per day will stop it. Any advice would help. He started biting his legs as soon as we returned from the vet. Until then he only concentrated on his feet. Please help because I don't know if I can wait 10 for the biopsy to come back. I'd like to get a jump on it, if indeed this is what the vet will tell me he has. Also, Collies are very delicate where meds are concerned. Q). can you give a collie cortizone shots to control itchy skin or is that dangerous? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Below is a link to Apple Cider Vinegar remedies for ringworm, hope it helps and your dog feels better!!

  24. QUESTION:
    Ok heres one for you to diagnose.?
    Let me preface this with IM very big. IN college I played Lacrosse, weighed 240 and could run a 6 minute mile. A couple years ago I started feeling weak. I would carry my laptop bag thru the airport, and would have to stop every 100 yards or so to rest. My arms would be tired. I developed about 8 lipomas all over my torso. I had some swollen lymph nodes that never went down and a constant fever 100 to 103. I also had headaches and then a bout with atrial fibrillation. The doctors tested me for everything under the sun. All came back negative. One doctor was so sure I had advanced lyme disease, despite being tested 4 times for it, all negative, he put me on the antibiotics to cure it. Then I started having very mild seizures and trouble remembering things. About 1 day of the week ID drive right past my house on the way home. They removed a lymph node for a biopsy. It was negative. They gave me a ct scan and an MRI, all negative. They gave me a brain wave function test. It was negative. Also a colonoscopy and put the camera down my throat into the beginning of my small intestine. I forget what that is called. All that was negative. I was told along the way ( I was seeing 9 separate specialists) that I probably had RA, MS, Lupus, aids, syphilis, and several other diseases. All were tested for and come back negative. Today,. after about 3 years, I dont have the seizures, and most of my symptoms have gone. I still have foggy thinking , sore joints and muscles and some chest pain from costochondritus. I still have a constant fever of about 100 degrees, but I can at least function now. One of my doctors says she thinks I have fibromyalgia but she says I just have a high tolerance for pain. Isnt fibro from having a low (different) tolerance for pain? Even so it cant explain All my symptoms. Does anyone thinks this could be aspartame poisoning? I used to drink a couple diet big gulps a day. THanks.
    Ive been tested for thyroid, MS, RA.... everything you can think of. Even some stuff called STARR. I actually went to the LSU hospital head resident for 8 years, one of the leading experts on infectious diseases. N one has any guess. Do either of you think it could be aspartame poisoning? Ive read that causes lipomas and fibro like symptoms. I worked for the state for 6 years and drank the 32 oz diet cokes several times a day for 6 years. Im talking 3 maybe 4. I was living in las vegas working outdoors.
    The doctor that treated me for lyme disease put me on amoxacillin and Doxycycline for 45 days. I dont remember the dosages, but it seemed like alot to me. BUt after being tested for lyme disease at least 7 times, all negative, the doctors werent ready to get crazier than that. Heres another fact I forgot. all this happened right after I moved into a fixer upper home. The previous resident had dogs and there were hundreds of fleas in the house. I got bitten probably 50 - 100 times till I killed them all

    • ANSWER:
      there is o true relationbewteen fms and toleranc eto pain-

      fms is about increased pain--not a lower tolerance to it--

      i was actaully in a research study --part of teh study was a tolerance test--i ahve a very high tolerance to pain--yet i have fms

  25. QUESTION:
    I have pain... and no end in sight.?
    OK, so I've got pains I can't explain... the problem is that I've been to countless doctors and have been unable to get a satisfactory diagnosis.

    The pain seems to be everywhere... when I am seated in certain positions... I feel it in my hips and in my mid back. When I walk or stand for any length of time... the pain is lower now... like my lumbar area... and in my neck... I also have numbness and heat in my hands (like arthritis)... tingling in my chest... numbness, tingling and heat in my legs. I have pains in my chest too... though I think that might just be panic and fear over these pains.... I don't know.

    I've been given pain meds and muscle relaxants which work... but then I run out and I've been unable to find a doctor who is willing to give me an ongoing prescription.

    I've gone to acupuncturists, chiropractors, pain management centers, walk in clinics.... I've spent THOUSANDS, all to no avail.

    I have also invested in a Temper-pedic mattress, weekly massage, a hot tub... and still I am plagued by pain.

    Further, as this is impacting both my mood and my ability to think clearly, I've spiraled into a deep depression where I feel absolutely certain I am going to die... and soon. The fear of this and worry over my family is keeping me up at night... I find myself looking up my symptoms and finding the causes ranging from anything from a weakened immune system to lung cancer to leukemia. So naturally I'm terrified.

    The other thing is that I'm uninsured and insurable (due to my weight... I'm 315lbs, and the fact that I'm self employed)... and because I'm unable to really exercise.... so it's getting worse... not better.

    I had a seated MRI in January... I think some of my problems are only clear when I'm standing since that's when I'm in pain.

    According to the MRI (we didn't do the lumbar), I have I have at least three blown discs... T-10 to T11, T-11 to T-12 and T-12 to L-1.... that plus macular degeneration of the discs is causing inflammation and osteoarthritis symptoms.... I'm only 38... yet apparently I have the spine of a 70 year old.

    I recently paid 00 OOP for facet injections... a mixture of steroids and Novocaine... and I've gotten some minor relief.... but I'm still in alot of pain and it's not getting better. My hands are on fire most of the time.

    To be honest, I'm not convinced the pain I'm in is all in my back.... I feel chest pains and hip pains too... I've been told it's all related... but part of me says fibromyalgia, part of me says it's depression or a midlife crisis... and another part of me thinks it might be cancer, lupus, a heart condition, or even AIDS.... because all sometimes present as inflammation of the joints... and referring pain.

    To make matters worse, I now can't find a doctor to give me something to help the pain anymore... I've been to dozens of clinics.... the prevailing thought is that if it can't be cured with 30 days worth of flexoril and vicoden... I should be made to suffer.

    The last doctor I went to suggested I lose the weight.... as if that hadn't been discussed... or as if I could stand up long enough to exercise meaningfully.

    So guys.... what do I do?
    I am dieting... and I'm taking Alli... a great diet pill... it's working.

    I also do not have any history selling pills or avoiding treatment.

    The pain management clinics in my area are against giving out pain medication for some reason... they all promote alternative remedies... which don't work.

    How do I find a pain management clinic who is willing to prescribe drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay. I'm stunned that with three blown discs and osteoarthritis symptoms, even pain management centers have been unwilling to help you with your pain. I'm also amazed that no one seems to have taken seriously the possibility that in addition to your back problems, you may have fibromyalgia or lupus. Fibromyalgia is a tricky beast to diagnose, but for heaven's sake, lupus can be ruled out with a simple test! I have to be honest with you: this sounds like blatant size discrimination to me, pure and simple.

      I promise you this: no thin person with your list of symptoms would be simply advised to "exercise" without any serious diagnostic work done to find the cause of your multiple pain issues. I also promise you that a thin person with three blown discs, osteoarthritis symptoms, and joint pain would *never* be refused pain relief at a pain management clinic unless he or she had a bad history of resisting treatment or illegally selling the drugs. This simply would not happen.

      Unfortunately, I'm not altogether sure how to advise you. First stop would probably be this list:
      http://www.cat-and-dragon.com/stef/fat/ffp.html

      It is a list of doctors known to be "fat friendly," or at least not "fat bigoted." Unfortunately, you may not live in one of the cities that has any doctors listed. If so, then I think you'll have to find a decent doctor on your own. The same site listed above also has some advice as to what questions to ask in a phone interview, to make sure that the doctor you're about to see is not blatantly discriminatory.

      The second thing I'd recommend is that you see a doctor about your depression issues. I'm NOT saying that you're crazy, or that your pain is "all in your head." I am, however, positive that you're depressed. It's hardly surprising: most people who deal with chronic pain become depressed sooner or later, even the ones who *are* getting decent care, and you are not getting the health care you deserve. Between that, the pain, and your financial situation, it's completely unsurprising that you're feeling very depressed. However, doing something about the depression now will give you the strength and energy that you're going to need to seek out the medical attention that you require. And, as an added bonus, some antidepressants can also help reduce pain. I'd make an appointment to see a psychiatrist or a counselor as soon as possible. I don't know where you live, but most cities have low-cost clinics that will help you for a low fee. If you don't live in a rural area, then you might want to look into that.

      Finally, you may want to tell your story to a national advocacy group. I don't know if they can help you, but it's certainly worth a shot, and if nothing else, it will get your story out there. Because really, it is absolutely outrageous that you have been blown off by pain management, given your medical issues.

      NAAFA's website is below:

      ETA: Adam, that's great that Alli is working for you. Just to make it clear, I didn't mean to imply that you were a drug seeker! Just that I'm totally appalled at the idea of a pain management specialist refusing drugs to someone with your sort of problems except in that one particular instance.

      To find pain management clinics, try Googling the name of your city and state, plus "Pain Management." If you live in a rural area, use the name of the nearest city. Then you can check the websites of all the clinics that come up and see if you can deduce what their drug policy is from their sites. If not, or if they don't have websites, then try calling them and asking about their approach to pain management.

      You might also look for an online support forum for people with chronic pain. It's possible that someone there might be able to steer you to a better clinic or doctor in your area.

      Finally, if nothing else works, take pamzstew's advice for now and go to the ER. They will have to help you, and maybe you'll have more luck getting to a doc who will take you seriously through them.

      Good luck. I really hope you can find a solution soon. You sound like you're really suffering, and it's not fair.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the correct dosage of prednisone for an allergic Labrador Retriever?
    I have a very allergic chocolate Labrador Retriever. When he was 6 months old, he started with the allergy symptoms. He was losing his hair, scratching his paws and the base of his tail ext. It was later discovered that he is allergic to food. I put him in a hypoallergenic diet and he was cured (about 99 %) He is now 2 years old and he gets allergies from time to time. I was told that he maybe allergic to something else in the environment. The thing is, around two weeks ago, he started with severe allergy symptoms. I haven't change his food and he is living in the same environment. The veterinarian prescribed him a tablet of 20mg of prednisone (steroid) every 12 hours for two weeks. That is 40mg of prednisone for a 87 pound dog. My father is a Rheumatologist and he deals every day with steroids that he prescribes to patients with Lupus. I told him about the dosage and he said that that was a huge dosage and that he doesn't even prescribe half of that dosage for a full grown human being. My question is the following... Are dogs different to people when it comes to the amount given of medicine dosages? Is the dosage given to me by the veterinarian the correct one? And if not, what is the correct dosage if anyone knows? Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      My GSD has been on as much as 80 mg of pred a day. That I would consider a very high dosage. She is 75 pounds. I would consider 40 mg a day of prednisone an average dose and anything above that as somewhat high. Be on the watch for side effects though. At that dose, dogs frequently drink excessively, with resultant excessive peeing. Your dog will need access to go outdoors much more frequently. Pred can also cause personality changes such as aggression, and counter surfing for strange food items that is out of character. My GSD started eating gravel for petes sake! I had to put a box muzzle on her.

      I have at least two friends whose dogs became allergic to the preservatives in kibble. One now raw feeds, the other home cooks. For more information on these two feeding methods, join either K9Kitchen or RawFeeding Yahoo groups. Several other dogs stopped all allergic reactions on being switched to a raw meat diet. Something to think about.

      Benedryl can also be given to dogs. It stops the histamine response (as well as having a calming effect). At your dogs weight, he would be able to take 4 pills of Benedryl twice a day. This you can confirm by calling your vet.

      Finally, there are some holistic applications to stop itching. You may want to consider joining one of the holistic dog groups on Yahoo and researching their files. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/NaturalHealthCareForDogs/ This is a very good group run by two holistic vets.

      Ro

  27. QUESTION:
    What autoimmune disorder do I have?
    When I was 11, I presented with Autoimmune hemolytic anemia. About 5 years later, I developed ITP (which I self-diagnosed before going to the doctor). Both were extreme cases (Less than 10% HTC, and 2,000 platelet count.) Both were also cured with prednisone, though the latter took a gram or more per dose (It was only a temporary fix at first. Then it just sort of disappeared on its own.) IVIg had no effect at all on my thrombocytopenia.

    The results for SLE testing changed. Certain tests were positive, then later negative, and vise versa. Ultimately it was deemed inconclusive, and considered negative when my symptoms cleared up.

    I know online opinions aren't a replacement for an actual diagnosis, but I don't want to waste my time if it's nothing more than a cured case of Evans Syndrome. I did have a few bouts of anemia between the two events, but they were diagnosed as dietary deficiencies.

    No history of lupus or any rheumatological disease in my family. Drug-free, aside from OTC meds, and occasional amoxiclav for my recurring infections (common ear infections, long-term undiagnosed sinus infection, and occasional URIs.) Post ITP, I'm an occasional marijuana and Excedrin user for my migraines, which have gotten slowly worse since I turned 14.

    The AIHA was spontaneous, but the ITP occurred while I was getting less than two hours of sleep per night, and self-medicating with diphenhydramine to get those few hours. I was extremely depressed for months, and shortly after my depression cleared up, the disease hit. (I was in a really bad relationship, but then I met someone who actually made me happy.)

    I'm 17 now, and I've been completely healthy for a year, come this May. It's a lot of reading, I know. I'm sorry, but information is important, I think. I'm studying to become a doctor, and science has always interested me, so please don't dumb down your answers. Either, I'll understand, or I'll learn something new. :)

    Thanks for your time.
    @sunnny: The prednisone wasn't given until well after the testing was completed, so the tests weren't influenced by it. The sinus infection seems to have stemmed from my ear infections, which are bacterial. Both were treated well with antibiotics, but keep recurring, even when I take every last pill. My doctors have never much trusted me with information, which disappoints me, because I'd much prefer knowing what's happening. I had rheumatologists, nephrologists, hematologists, dieticians, oncologists, and peds all working my case, but I left with the original diagnosis I proposed. My primary physician is a pediatrician, because she has yet to direct me to a GP (doesn't want to lose business, I guess).
    Does that help at all?
    @Linda R: I don't see why anyone without medical knowledge would click on a question titled "What is my autoimmune disorder?"
    I'm not asking for a diagnosis, only for ideas. I wouldn't hold an answerer responsible for a misdiagnosis. Especially since I wouldn't accept any diagnosis before researching it.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    ChronicFatigueSyndrome?Obesity?Depression?Candida?please help!?
    i've known *something* hasn't been right with me since I went to college aged 16. My grandad died and I was quite self conscious about my being chubby but nothing else happened really. Anyways... I've put it down to everything from Candida to Lupus to a million other things (thanks to an alternative health clinic charging me 200 a month to cure me of "Candida"!!)
    I'm starting to think... now that I am in my last yr of uni and wanted to start enjoying life... maybe this is depression/anxiety? I'm quite overweight at the moment but I've lost a stone which is good so far.

    Every day for all 7 years I have felt lethargic to DEATH. I have skipped school/college/uni for no good reason, which I hate but I seem to just have no motivation. When I wake up in the morning I feel so exhausted and so annoyed about waking up that my brain just begs me to go back to sleep!! However, when I'm going on holiday or something I'm always up before my partner!!

    I'm just so lethargic.. it takes me hours to shower.. then i get distracted... then I force myself to brush my hair... then i get distrated and before i know it the day is gone, not to mention uni work...

    From things I have read, my symptoms sound like m.e. a bit, but I AM physically able to do some things, for instance, I have begun doing hour long body combat classes which are quite full on. I just felt a bit lethargic during the end of the class. I read that m.e. makes you exhausted.
    I just feel so spaced out and headachey all the time..my blood tests are normal... mr DR just says its because of my weight but I'm not sure whether to trust him or not. I have a borderline underactive thyroid but I'm being treated for that with thyroxine. Does this sound like depression to you or something medical? I'm so sick of it! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You may find having a personal relationship with God helpful. God is our Creator, all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, holy, love. God loves us and sent us His Son, Jesus Christ, so we can go to heaven if we know and follow Him. Forever means without end -- time on and on without death. Forever is what happens after we die. Either we go to heaven and be with God forever, or we go to hell which is very bad and painful forever. The good people who are saved believers in Jesus Christ go to heaven. The bad people go to hell. We need to know and follow God in this world to get to heaven in the next world. Jesus Christ, God's Son, is our bridge to God. Jesus died on the cross to cancel our sins. We need to accept Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior forever to receive God's blessing and forgiveness plus go to heaven to be with God forever after we die. This is about being a born-again Christian. Faith in God is a gift from God. You can pray for faith in God. Just speak out and ask God for the faith to believe in Him and to follow Him. Some people find faith in God when they realize the beauty in the world is made by God. Evolution can't explain the world's natural beauty, for example, the parks in the world, animals, flowers, peacocks, sunsets, butterflies, rainbows, etc. After you have your faith on, you can pray a sinner's prayer to be a born-again Christian. This prayer is very important and should be said with a sincere heart and faith in God. This is the prayer: "Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and that Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for our sins. I have done the following sins (state these out) and I pray to discontinue these sins. I pray to receive Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior forever. In Jesus' name, amen." You could find a Christian church and try it out. I'm Lutheran and I like the Baptist churches too. Some churches do a weekly Bible study group and these can be a fun way to make friends and learn about God's will for your life. God bless.

  29. QUESTION:
    ChronicFatigueSyndrome?Obesity?Candida?Depression?? Plz help?
    i've known *something* hasn't been right with me since I went to college aged 16. My grandad died and I was quite self conscious about my being chubby but nothing else happened really. Anyways... I've put it down to everything from Candida to Lupus to a million other things (thanks to an alternative health clinic charging me 200 a month to cure me of "Candida"!!)
    I'm starting to think... now that I am in my last yr of uni and wanted to start enjoying life... maybe this is depression/anxiety? I'm quite overweight at the moment but I've lost a stone which is good so far.

    Every day for all 7 years I have felt lethargic to DEATH. I have skipped school/college/uni for no good reason, which I hate but I seem to just have no motivation. When I wake up in the morning I feel so exhausted and so annoyed about waking up that my brain just begs me to go back to sleep!! However, when I'm going on holiday or something I'm always up before my partner!!

    I'm just so lethargic.. it takes me hours to shower.. then i get distracted... then I force myself to brush my hair... then i get distrated and before i know it the day is gone, not to mention uni work...

    From things I have read, my symptoms sound like m.e. a bit, but I AM physically able to do some things, for instance, I have begun doing hour long body combat classes which are quite full on. I just felt a bit lethargic during the end of the class. I read that m.e. makes you exhausted.
    I just feel so spaced out and headachey all the time..my blood tests are normal... mr DR just says its because of my weight but I'm not sure whether to trust him or not. I have a borderline underactive thyroid but I'm being treated for that with thyroxine. Does this sound like depression to you or something medical? I'm so sick of it! Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      You forget to mention "fibromyalgia", the latest trashcan diagnosis that is in fashion.

      Personally, I believe that what you (and many other women have) is a physical manifestation of obesity and depression.

      I have a friend who had all sorts of problems and diagnoses, and was about 150 pounds overweight. She had gastric bypass surgery, lost the weight, and now feels terrific. She has energy, doesn't have all the debilitating pain she used to have, and is a new person.

      I am trying to lose weight, and know how hard it is to do so. Consider finding a weight management specialist who can help you with nutrition and starting an exercise program (both vital for weight loss). Another thing to try is vitamin D supplements. Most of us are deficient in it, and getting the levels up closer to normal can make a big difference. (I just started taking it, so no results yet). If you want to start it, try about 1000 IU of D3 (not D2).

      Exercise also helps. It's soooo hard to get to the gym, but once I get there, I'm good and I feel better after working out for a bit.

  30. QUESTION:
    scabies , seen gen. practioner, dermotologist. no testing prescribedlotion& antiodics no cure, never tested?
    self diagnosis. never tested or even examined closely. with each new symptom, reg Dr.refers specialiast but stopped going cuz they dont believe me. Larva infestation in eyes, hair, mouth, vagina, feces,nose, ears & actual bugs in hair and under skin. its as if i were a parasitic breeding ground and dr turns blind eye. As if lupus and scabies result in separation of skin & tissue. Vacuum skin now,Blk caviar 1 substance comes out from just under skin. entirebody is like this from facial to pubic, to soles of feet. Before vacuuming skin wud become so full it was extremely painful feeling as if it would burst and looking like it too. caviar substance very lite, fills vacuum hose to overflowing becuase doesn't go down hose like it should. have to hold aways from skin to allow it to go down into canaister.its as if there is a static electricity charge to them. i have had this for a little over a year. dr's seem to not believe me, family doesn't because dr dont.onl

    • ANSWER:
      there is a cream you need to find a better doctor(s)I think it starts with a P. I had it once from working as a cashier someone gave it to me and I gave it to my kid dr prescribed the cream and it only took a few days to clear up. If it's that nad you need to get help immediately go to the E.R. if you have to if you get that cream you will feel so much better I can't believe you could deal with that so long...the itching is horrible.

  31. QUESTION:
    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven't decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I was perscribed Plaquenil when I was first diagnosed with
      Lupus, I wasnt on it long however as I had an allergic reaction to it.. In the early days, I used to read up on all the meds, prior to taking them, and I was scared out of my mind, at the long list of side-effects. so I truly understand how your feeling

      I resisted taking medication and only got sicker. but I have since been on Methotrexate for 4 years and am now on Azthioprine for 18 months. and the benefits far out way the fear of the side effects. as without them I wouldnt be able to walk, or look after myself, or the Lupus could take hold, and damage my internal organs etc.

      So I take my daily dose of Prednisolone, Azathioprine, Lansoprazole etc etc , and Health Supplements , Selenium ( good for the toxins in body) , Dha ( recommended for people with Lupus) and Wheat Grass.

      There is NO natural Cure for SLE/ Lupus, though there are loads of literature spouting crap about "New Cures" Their are however advances in medicine made all the time. I try to eat a very healthy diet, cut out diary, processed foods, fried stuff etc. It all helps,

      Please read this link, it gives abit of information that you might find helpful, regarding Lupus organizations, help/support/advice forums, and Lupus Books etc

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmuxwwKBiNS8z3yhz5VKvHEhBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20080209003440AAJzS8K&show=7#profile-info-te5TAkJaaa

      I know that the side effects are scary, and can completely put you off taking the medicines. but Lupus is a complex condition, that needs supervision and medication to keep it under control, side effects can depend on lots of things, and are rare, you are constantly monitored by the bloodtests etc. In the end you have to weigh up the pros and the cons. Speak to other Lupus sufferers, as well as your Rheumatologist get their advice/opinions. links are above,

      Good Luck and Take Care x

  32. QUESTION:
    I have a painful, incurable disease (Lupus) and I lost the will to go on with my life, what should I do?
    I am trying to reverse/cure this disease through diet now, and even if there are good results, still, some symptoms will probably never disappear, and I lost such big parts of my life already, I have a bad job, almost no proper education, constant sorrows about money, difficulties with my husband (who is of course tired of me being so weak and sick all the time, even if he tries to support me).

    There is no real cure for my disease, there is a maybe cure through diet (http://www.lupusrecoverydiet.com/ ), I started this, and there are already nice results, but still, this diet is harsh/difficult to maintain for somebody unused to such food choices (no desserts, no cake, no potato chips!), I have this constant Lupus headache and nausea and I feel so weak and tired most of the time... So much I HAVE to do, and no bright future? Only people complaining about my pains and "laziness" (I need horrible amounts of sleep), and demanding, demanding, demanding...

    Any (spiritual) help? Please...

    • ANSWER:
      With God all things are possible, humans tend to try to separate the body from the soul and spirit, but this only causes disease. search your heart for unforgiveness even to yourself, go to where you can learn to heal, good teachers are Maryanne Williamsons Books one is "back to love" it will help you alot, she has a website too. another teacher is Wayne Dyer, also more teachers are on thesecret.tv learn to heal naturally, there are herbs that help and stop most diseases, a good herbal teach is Penny C. Royal do your homework and find natural remedies. While your doing that get in touch with your spiritual life and heal in all areas, you can change your life by changing your mind, I KNOW this I have stopped two deadly diseases from coming into my body by changing my heart to accept love and peace and fixing my life from the dis-ease I was causing myself by being the victim, you are a whole person, I have seen too many miracles to think this cant be dealt with or healed, it starts with you. Start filling your brain with hope and knowledge of healing, spirit, soul, body-play tapes while you sleep, keep good things in your mind and dont let yourself get down, there is hope here, go look up some of the success stories of people who have beaten it and start focusing on the solutions not the problems. What you give your attention to grows...it really works, and I am living proof. So again, have hope...start today to learn how to heal...there is an old saying, your biograpy becomes your biology...anything you can believe and concieve you can achive....and again, With God all things are possible. Blessings, and you can email me if you need encouragment, give yourself the chance to live and be kind to yourself...

  33. QUESTION:
    I have read that vegan (partially raw) food is good to more or less heal Lupus. Has anybody heard about it?
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!

    SOLVED: www.lupusrecoverydiet.com :-) !!!!
    Sorry, I did not know Yahoo will add the entire text twice. But the book I was searching actually exists! And I even found some more, 2 of them even written by real doctors:
    http://www.healing-lupus.com/
    http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default.aspx (they say "Eat to Live" also deals with Lupus)
    http://www.nealbarnard.org/books.htm
    (here is even a book on reversing diabetes through diet!)

    I ordered already 3 books, I will test anything which may help and is more or less scientifically backed! This does not look like a fraud to me!

    Thank you for the support! You brought me back on track!

    • ANSWER:
      Is this what you read? Or something else?
      http://www.vegsource.com/articles/mcdougall_report3.htm

      mentions book:

      McDougall's Medicine – a Challenging Second Opinion

  34. QUESTION:
    I have all the symptoms of a systemic candida infection but my IgG IgM came back clean. What can it be?
    i am very sick and have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia
    My symptoms are as follows:
    pain and swelling in my arms and joints of my arms and legs
    migraines
    head "pain" in the left temporal part of my head
    pressure in my head and neck
    changes in vision (mild)
    IBS - chronic diarrhea for the past 5 years
    intestinal cramps
    bloating
    gas
    acid reflux (reduced but not cured by 2 Rx meds)
    mental fogginess which gets worse at times
    geographic tongue
    sleep that is not restful ( waking frequently, and sleeping every chance I get with no improvement in tiredness)
    frequent and urgent urination
    allergic reactions to foods with a rash on my face and neck with no clear source on an elimination diet
    weight gain
    depression
    anxiety
    lack of energy
    craving for carbs and sweets

    I have been tested for:
    rheumatoid arthritis
    diverticulitis
    gluten allergy
    food and environmental allergies
    lupus

    Current medications:
    cymbalta 30 mg 2 pills qd
    lyrica 75 mg 2 pills qd
    ativan prn
    tylenol 3 prn for pain
    zypan 2 tabs with meals
    vit d 50,000 iu daily
    vit c 2000 iu twice daily
    vit b complex
    spirulina 3 tabs twice a day
    omega 3
    probiotics

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry your other question was attacked by the skeptics... they run rampant in the Alternative Medicine section. Considering all you listed (especially the swelling as the others have mentioned... it's a side effect of two of the drugs, but not Fibromyalgia or Candida), my answer still stays the same.

      It's funny that you mention some of those symptoms... http://www.drugs.com/cons/lyrica.html says to "tell your doctor if you have hives or skin rash, redness, or blisters while you are using this medicine" and lists a few of the possible side effects as "diarrhea; dizziness... itching; joint or muscle pain; puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue... unusual tiredness or weakness... confusion... headache... increased appetite... painful or difficult urination; problems with memory; rapid weight gain... bloated or full feeling... depression... loss of strength or energy... passing gas... trouble sleeping"

      I think that covers the bulk of your symptoms from just the one drug, but http://www.drugs.com/cymbalta.html also lists some side effects including "painful or difficult urination... headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, confusion, hallucinations... gas; sleep problems (insomnia); joint or muscle pain; weight changes"

      http://www.drugs.com/ativan.html also lists some of those symptoms (depression, hallucinations, etc). I'd take a look at those three pages if you're concerned... they are the same information sheets that your pharmacist should give you when you get the prescription.

      So it sounds like the bulk of your symptoms are caused by the drugs. You may want to talk to your doctor about getting off of those.
      If you wanted to try natural options that don't have the major side effects of the drugs, you could try D-Ribose, Magnesium, a good B Complex (B-50 is usually adequate), Malic Acid, Methionine, and/or TMG (Trimethylglycine). Each of those help with different aspects of Fibromyalgia symptoms (energy, muscle issues, etc) and I know a few people personally (and have heard from many more) who have gotten relief from any combination of these ingredients.

      As a side note, 50,000 IU of Vitamin D is a bit excessive unless it's only for short term (after being diagnosed as being Vitamin D deficient)... Vitamin D is typically recommended for maintenance doses of 1-2,000 IU daily (but those who are deficient commonly need higher doses like that for short periods). Good luck and I hope I helped!

  35. QUESTION:
    This is a lot to ask, I know. But if someone could review my APA paper I would GREATLY appreciate it. ?
    I think my greatest problem is with grammer errors and my in-text citations. Also, all of those citations that repeat themselves look funny to me. They can't be right? Can they? I'm also confused with secondary citations. I think they're a no no but I can't get a clear answer on what they are. Here's the paper. Please kindly review if you'd like. I'd love yah for it.

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page & reference page not included)

    Introduction
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that permits the affected body to build antibodies to attack its own cells as if they were foreign. There are three main types of lupus. They are discoid, drug induced, and Systemic lupus erythematosus (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Doctors must be careful in diagnosing lupus since it can easily be confused with other diseases (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Lupus is capable of attacking any part of the body but for the most part it mainly affects the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The cause of Lupus is currently unknown. Lupus truly is a sickness of mystery since the cause and cure have currently been unidentified. However, there are known genetic (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) and environmental (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008) aspects that have been known to trigger this illness. On an inspiring note, there is presently a study being conducted with mice in search for the cure of lupus.

    Discussion
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is known to be a chronic (continuous or reoccurring) inflammatory illness that has the ability to attack any region of the body (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The symptoms of the disease are painful or swollen joints and muscle pain, unexplained fever, red rashes, chest pain when breathing deeply, loss of hair, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (also known as Raynaud's phenomenon), sensitivity to the sun swelling in legs or around eyes, mouth ulcers, swollen glands and extreme fatigue (WebMD, 2008). Those that suffer from lupus may never have the same symptoms as another person with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). However, the most common areas of the body affected are the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).. Also in most cases in order for a doctor to diagnose lupus the patient must illustrate at least four (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) of the listed symptoms.
    The actual cause of the disease is unknown. However, there are genetic and environmental characteristics that could trigger lupus to develop. Many patients that suffer from lupus have a genetic association with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Lupus could be the result of mutated genes of interferon and the genes that play vital roles in regulating the immune response (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). If a patient has a genetic link to lupus there are also environmental aspects that could trigger lupus. They are infection, ultraviolet light, certain drugs like; procainamide, hydralazine, and quinidine (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008), and extreme stress (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Factors that potentially contribute to the progression of lupus are interleukins and interferons (immune molecules). Interleukins and interferons have been shown to control the autoantibody release in response to certain bodily stimuli (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).
    Lupus commonly affects women, African Americans, and Asians more than any other group (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Since 90% of all patients with lupus are female, women between the ages of 15-50 should be tested for lupus if they portray at least one of the symptoms (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Also, there is an increased risk of lupus in people who already have the Epstein-Barr virus. (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008)
    The healthy immune system’s mission is to protect the body from infections and foreign objects within the body. When the immune system is working properly it will recognize the foreign bacteria, virus, or objects as non-self. Upon recognition that something does not belong, it will build antibodies against the unwanted agent, attack and destroy it (Marieb, 2009, p. 408 & 410). However, the activities of the immune system are much different when the body is affected with lupus. Instead of the body producing antibodies against foreign bacterial that do not belong, the immune system will produce an autoantibody that attacks the body’s own cells and tissues. The reason for this is because they can not recognize their own cells or tissue as self. When an autoantibody attack occurs, the autoantibodies will attach themselves to various tissues and cells (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). When this happens the body’s inflammatory response occurs. The same thing happens when we have been hurt and the tissue has truly been damaged.
    There are a few different ways Lupus can affect the body, for example in nearly all individuals tha

    • ANSWER:
      Get rid of all the citations that are repeating themselves,that a big no no.Use each citation only once ok.I think alround its great and you should get a good grade.Hope it helps


Lupus Cures Alternative

Plantar fasciitis foot pain or heel pain is most efficiently addressed by medical home remedies so far as fully eradicating it and just not merely masking its symptoms is concerned.

The condition characterizes inflammation of the plantar fascia. As with time it goes continual, it typically turns structurally damaged; when the condition is called plantar fasciosis.

Plantar fascia is a connective tissue that is having the form of a thick fibrous band. The tissue has its base beneath calcaneus or the heel bone from the place it proceeds to the front along the foot-sole right up to the toes.

The irritation and the resulting ache on the sole of the heel are typically the results of over-straining the tissue along excessively long durations of weight bearing or different athletic activities like dash-race, or else a high body mass index. It also turns an athlete prone to growing knee pain in the near future.

So far as therapy is concerned, the mainstream medicine attempts many options comprising relaxation, therapeutic massage, stretching, weight reduction, night splints, motion control running shoes, physical therapy, cold therapy, orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, and corticosteroids injections; before resorting to surgery as its last resort especially in refractory cases, though it carries serious risk factors comprising nerve injury, infection, rupture of the plantar fascia, and failure to improve the pain. Ultrasound-guided needle fasciotomy is the least invasive form of surgery in which a needle inserted into the plantar fascia moves backwards and forwards with the intention to break the fibrous tissue. Coblation surgery aka Topaz process uses radiofrequency ablation. Plantar fascia release as the final surgical resort mainly permits decompression of the afflicted FDB muscle belly, though it does not repair the very fundamental underlying trouble; and may even lead to problems comprising flattening of the arch and pain owing to cuboid bone compression.

Right here is Gregory Hunter; a licensed private health coach, an exercise rehab specialist and a plantar fasciitis survivor himself; who suffered from its foot pain and heel pain for 5 lengthy years during which he spent around $600 on docs, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, braces, anti-inflammatory drugs and expensive orthotics footwear together with inserts however none of these methods ever did any good in the actual sense of it.

Failing with all of the mainstream management strategies except just of the dangerous surgery which he would avoid at all cost, he in the end took it on himself to treat his personal problem by his personal methods that he knew as a health coach himself basing his analysis more on medical home remedies than on anything else. And in the end he came out successful along with his methodology, relieving his tortuous state with excruciating plantar fasciitis foot pain and heel pain completely together with his newly researched medical home remedies.

Now he has written down every single detail of his methodology in his e book named "Plantar Fasciitis Secrets Revealed" which encases his total program to completely relieve your excruciating foot pain and heel pain with his medical home remedies employing 5 sweat-less therapy techniques that merely take 5 minutes every alternate day to work with, beginning displaying outcomes as early as in less than 72 hours and curing it completely within thirty days guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is ther a cure for Lupus. Even alternative medicine.?
    She is young girl, spanish origen, 15 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to say, at the present time there is no cure for LUPUS. I say this with a sad heart for I have Lupus. I have had Lupus for over 15 years. I am a 62 year old white male, you will not find much information on Lupus for men.
      Do not give up on yourself. They have medications to treat the rash and the pain. Make sure you keep in close contact with your Doctor. This is very important for your over all general health. You may have to stay out of the sun as much as you can or use a strong sun block.
      I have been in and out of remission, over the years. Lupus can lead to other things, that is why it is important to stay in close contact with your Doctor. Groups like the National Lupus Foundation are good places to get information, also they will keep you informed on all the research that is taking place each and every day.
      Try as hard as you can not too let Lupus get you down, fight the depression, eat a well balanced meal each and every day. Take the medication that your Doctor wants you to take. Think well, be well and most of all DON'T give up. Good Luck.

      Mike K.

  2. QUESTION:
    Holistic therapy or others alternatives for lupus!?
    I want to know if anyone has try any holistic therapy or any other alternatives treatment for lupus. Im not necessarily looking for a cure just something that would help with the symptoms. Does anyone have a successful story? Please share it with me! My sister is in her last stages and im desperately looking for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a type of self-allergy, whereby the patient's immune system creates antibodies which instead of protecting the body from bacteria & viruses attack the person's own body tissues. This causes symptoms of extreme fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, anaemia, general malaise, & can result in the destruction of vital organs. It is a disease with many manifestations, & each person's profile or list of symptoms is different. Lupus can mimic other diseases, such as multiple sclerosis & rheumatoid arthritis, making it difficult to diagnose.

      Currently there is no single test that can definitely say whether a person has lupus or not. Only by comprehensive examination and consideration of symptoms and their history can a diagnosis be achieved.

      The following is a list of some of the most common homeopathic remedies which will (God willing) be most effective in relieving the symptoms being experienced by the patient.

      A pronunciation guide can be found in brackets next to each of the remedy names.

      Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

      I suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

      If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

      Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from good major pharmacies, and also specialist homeopathic pharmacies in UK.

      Aconite (Ackonite): Symptoms are sudden, violent, brief. Anxiety, fear, restlessness, grief, high temperature with great thirst, insomnia.

      Apis Mel (Ape-iss mel): Insect stings , burning, stinging pains, cystitis, swelling of lower eyelids, absence of thirst.

      Argent Nit (Aah-gent nit): Colic, headache, dizziness.

      Arnica (Aah-nicker): Use after injury, bruises, sprains, physical exhaustion, insomnia due to over-tiredness, muscle aches all over.

      Arsen Alb (Aah-sen alb): Restlessness, anxiety and fear, throat dry and burning, cramps in calves, food poisoning, psoriasis.

      Belladonna (Bella-donna): Brightly flushed face, swollen joints, insomnia, vertigo, facial neuralgia, severe throbbing earache, dry hacking cough, acne.

      Bryonia (Bry-owneeyuh): Irritability, chestiness, dryness, dry painful cough, dry lips, thirst, especially for cold drinks.

      Calc Carb (Calc carb): Cracked skin in the winter, period pains, itching skin, premenstrual tension, toothache, vertigo, insomnia.

      Calc Fluor (Calc Fl-erh): Head colds with thick greenish-yellow discharge), catarrh, croup, piles, varicose veins, toothache, arthritis.

      Carbo Veg (Carbo vedge): Indigestion with excessive flatulence, mild food poisoning after eating fish, hoarseness, loss of voice, tinnitus with nausea and vertigo.

      Euphrasia (Yoo-frazier): Cold with watery eyes and streaming nose, conjunctivitis, hayfever.

      Gelsemium (Jel-semi-um): Influenza, sneezing, sore throat, symptoms of flushing, aching, trembling, weary with heavy aching muscles, runny nose, vertigo.

      Graphites (Graff-fight-ease): Unhealthy skin, eczema, cracked finger tips, constipation, tinnitus, earache, sinus trouble, dandruff.

      Hepar Sulph (Hee-par sulph): Skin highly sensitive, eczema, acne, croup, earache, tonsilitis.

      Hypericum (High-perrycome): Painful cuts and wounds, lacerated wounds involving nerve endings, abscesses, headache with a floating sensation as a result of a fall.

      Ignatia (Ig-nay-sha): Fright, prolonged grief, piles, sore throat, croup, piercing headache, insomnia.

      Ipecac (Ipper-cack): Any illness where there is nausea and sickness, travel sickness, bronchitis.

      Kali Bich (Cally bick): Complaints brought on by a change to hot weather, catarhh with stringy discharge, sinus troubles, migraine, hard cough.
      Kali Phos (Cally foss): Mental tiredness from over-work, nervous exhaustion, nervous indigestion, loss of voice, hoarseness, giddiness from exhaustion and weakness.

      Lycopodium (Lie-co-podium): Irritability, fear of failure, cystitis, period pain, premenstrual tension, gout, hiccough with acidity.

      Merc Sol (Murk sol): Feverish head cold, sore throat with excessive saliva, mouth ulcers, thrush (mouth), thirst, toothache, earache.

      Nat Mur (Nat murr): sneezy cold, nose runs like a tap, eczema, thrush (mouth), vertigo, premenstrual tension, housemaid's knee.

      Nux Vom (Nux vom): For over-indulgence in food and alcohol, itching piles, stuffy colds, raw throat, vertigo, constipation.

      Pulsatilla (Pulse-a-tiller): Catarrh, styes, change of life, premenstrual tension, cystitis, acne, tinnitus.

      Rhus Tox (Russ tox): Rheumatic aches and pains, over-exertion, pain in ligaments, shingles, tickling cough.

      Ruta Grav (Rooter grarve): Injuries to bones, fractures, dislocations, sprains of wrists and ankles, eye strain, synovitis, urticaria.

      Sepia (Seep-yuh): Premenstrual tension, periods suppressed or delayed, change of life, hot sweats, dandruff, wash-day hands.

      Silicea (Silly-ce-a): Boils, abscesses, acne, bunions, hayfever, chronic headaches beginning at the front, sinus troubles.

      Sulphur (Sulf-er): Unhealthy looking skin, tendency to skin disease, itching skin, acne, burning and itching piles, insomnia, tinnitus, lack of energy.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a dependable treatment/cure for Lupus?
    I'm interested in alternative medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      Look up Low Dose Naltrexone I have an autoimmune disease like Lupus and I tell you this is the best medicine which has almost no side effects that is available. All of the traditional medicines that I took caused my lung to collapse, my blood pressure to go sky high, my eyes to hurt like no tomorrow and I was spending hundreds of dollars a month for unnecessary medicines to counter act the medicine I took to supposedly control the RA. LDN (low dose naltrexone) is affordable and you won't need medicines to counter any of the side effects as there are only constipation and maybe some insomnia when you first take it. They disappear after a few weeks.

  4. QUESTION:
    does this sound like depression?
    i've known *something* hasn't been right with me since I went to college aged 16. My grandad died and I was quite self conscious about my being chubby but nothing else happened really. Anyways... I've put it down to everything from Candida to Lupus to a million other things (thanks to an alternative health clinic charging me 200 a month to cure me of "Candida"!!)
    I'm starting to think... now that I am in my last yr of uni and wanted to start enjoying life... maybe this is depression/anxiety? I'm quite overweight at the moment but I've lost a stone on a diet which is good, just can't face exercise at the moment..

    Every day for all 7 years I have felt lethargic to DEATH. I have skipped school/college/uni for no good reason, which I hate but I seem to just have no motivation. When I wake up in the morning I feel so exhausted and so annoyed about waking up that my brain just begs me to go back to sleep!! However, when I'm going on holiday or something I'm always up before my partner!!

    I'm just so lethargic.. it takes me hours to shower.. then i get distracted... then I force myself to brush my hair... then i get distrated and before i know it the day is gone, not to mention uni work...

    I just feel so spaced out and headachey all the time..my blood tests are normal.. help! :(

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    ChronicFatigueSyndrome?Obesity?Depression?Candida?please help!?
    i've known *something* hasn't been right with me since I went to college aged 16. My grandad died and I was quite self conscious about my being chubby but nothing else happened really. Anyways... I've put it down to everything from Candida to Lupus to a million other things (thanks to an alternative health clinic charging me 200 a month to cure me of "Candida"!!)
    I'm starting to think... now that I am in my last yr of uni and wanted to start enjoying life... maybe this is depression/anxiety? I'm quite overweight at the moment but I've lost a stone which is good so far.

    Every day for all 7 years I have felt lethargic to DEATH. I have skipped school/college/uni for no good reason, which I hate but I seem to just have no motivation. When I wake up in the morning I feel so exhausted and so annoyed about waking up that my brain just begs me to go back to sleep!! However, when I'm going on holiday or something I'm always up before my partner!!

    I'm just so lethargic.. it takes me hours to shower.. then i get distracted... then I force myself to brush my hair... then i get distrated and before i know it the day is gone, not to mention uni work...

    From things I have read, my symptoms sound like m.e. a bit, but I AM physically able to do some things, for instance, I have begun doing hour long body combat classes which are quite full on. I just felt a bit lethargic during the end of the class. I read that m.e. makes you exhausted.
    I just feel so spaced out and headachey all the time..my blood tests are normal... mr DR just says its because of my weight but I'm not sure whether to trust him or not. I have a borderline underactive thyroid but I'm being treated for that with thyroxine. Does this sound like depression to you or something medical? I'm so sick of it! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You may find having a personal relationship with God helpful. God is our Creator, all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, holy, love. God loves us and sent us His Son, Jesus Christ, so we can go to heaven if we know and follow Him. Forever means without end -- time on and on without death. Forever is what happens after we die. Either we go to heaven and be with God forever, or we go to hell which is very bad and painful forever. The good people who are saved believers in Jesus Christ go to heaven. The bad people go to hell. We need to know and follow God in this world to get to heaven in the next world. Jesus Christ, God's Son, is our bridge to God. Jesus died on the cross to cancel our sins. We need to accept Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior forever to receive God's blessing and forgiveness plus go to heaven to be with God forever after we die. This is about being a born-again Christian. Faith in God is a gift from God. You can pray for faith in God. Just speak out and ask God for the faith to believe in Him and to follow Him. Some people find faith in God when they realize the beauty in the world is made by God. Evolution can't explain the world's natural beauty, for example, the parks in the world, animals, flowers, peacocks, sunsets, butterflies, rainbows, etc. After you have your faith on, you can pray a sinner's prayer to be a born-again Christian. This prayer is very important and should be said with a sincere heart and faith in God. This is the prayer: "Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and that Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for our sins. I have done the following sins (state these out) and I pray to discontinue these sins. I pray to receive Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior forever. In Jesus' name, amen." You could find a Christian church and try it out. I'm Lutheran and I like the Baptist churches too. Some churches do a weekly Bible study group and these can be a fun way to make friends and learn about God's will for your life. God bless.

  6. QUESTION:
    ChronicFatigueSyndrome?Obesity?Candida?Depression?? Plz help?
    i've known *something* hasn't been right with me since I went to college aged 16. My grandad died and I was quite self conscious about my being chubby but nothing else happened really. Anyways... I've put it down to everything from Candida to Lupus to a million other things (thanks to an alternative health clinic charging me 200 a month to cure me of "Candida"!!)
    I'm starting to think... now that I am in my last yr of uni and wanted to start enjoying life... maybe this is depression/anxiety? I'm quite overweight at the moment but I've lost a stone which is good so far.

    Every day for all 7 years I have felt lethargic to DEATH. I have skipped school/college/uni for no good reason, which I hate but I seem to just have no motivation. When I wake up in the morning I feel so exhausted and so annoyed about waking up that my brain just begs me to go back to sleep!! However, when I'm going on holiday or something I'm always up before my partner!!

    I'm just so lethargic.. it takes me hours to shower.. then i get distracted... then I force myself to brush my hair... then i get distrated and before i know it the day is gone, not to mention uni work...

    From things I have read, my symptoms sound like m.e. a bit, but I AM physically able to do some things, for instance, I have begun doing hour long body combat classes which are quite full on. I just felt a bit lethargic during the end of the class. I read that m.e. makes you exhausted.
    I just feel so spaced out and headachey all the time..my blood tests are normal... mr DR just says its because of my weight but I'm not sure whether to trust him or not. I have a borderline underactive thyroid but I'm being treated for that with thyroxine. Does this sound like depression to you or something medical? I'm so sick of it! Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      You forget to mention "fibromyalgia", the latest trashcan diagnosis that is in fashion.

      Personally, I believe that what you (and many other women have) is a physical manifestation of obesity and depression.

      I have a friend who had all sorts of problems and diagnoses, and was about 150 pounds overweight. She had gastric bypass surgery, lost the weight, and now feels terrific. She has energy, doesn't have all the debilitating pain she used to have, and is a new person.

      I am trying to lose weight, and know how hard it is to do so. Consider finding a weight management specialist who can help you with nutrition and starting an exercise program (both vital for weight loss). Another thing to try is vitamin D supplements. Most of us are deficient in it, and getting the levels up closer to normal can make a big difference. (I just started taking it, so no results yet). If you want to start it, try about 1000 IU of D3 (not D2).

      Exercise also helps. It's soooo hard to get to the gym, but once I get there, I'm good and I feel better after working out for a bit.


Lupus Cures 2010

Fibromyalgia is diagnosed when other diseases cannot explain symptoms. It becomes more likely to be the diagnosis as alternative sicknesses are ruled out. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia is most likely when a secondary illness or trauma is present alongside pressure point pain. Coming to a diagnosis of the disease can take years. Symptoms will be made worse by the stressful nature of the lengthy diagnostic process.

Fibromyalgia is considered to be a serious condition. Due to the chronic character of fibromyalgia, patients require ongoing treatment and therapy. If left untreated, fibromyalgia can cause other symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and swelling, vomiting, internal distress.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. Fibromyalgia is also characterized by restless sleep, awakening feeling tired, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function. Fibromyalgia is not progressive,it is not life-threatening, but it is as yet incurable.

As with the treatment for sleep disorders, it's important to be consistent with your nighttime routine, and limit daytime naps to one or two fifteen-minute naps. This may take a period of adjustment to get used to, but after a few days, it should help you sleep better at night and reduce your overall fatigue.

Unlike, arthritis though, a number of patients of fibromyalgia actually just experience a sensation of swelling rather than an actual swelling at the joints. Such sensations are common to most patients of fibromyalgia. One may also experience certain creepy crawly sensations on one?s body, which is a part of the discomfort that accompanies the condition.
All symptoms of fibromyalgia are caused by cellular oxygen deprivation. Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, painful tender points or trigger points, unrefreshing sleep, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, TMJ disorders, anxiety, depression, restless legs syndrome, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, poor concentration, painful menstrual periods, and heightened sensitivity to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.

FMS is a relatively new diagnosis. The very first diagnosis of "Fibromyalgia Syndrome" as such took place in the early 1980's. Many have claimed a fibromyalgia cure; still most remain in pain without knowing how to help themselves. However, the visibility of fibromyalgia is no doubt attracting more attention amongst medical professionals giving fibromyalgia sufferers hope for a fibromyalgia cure in the near future.

If you have ever known anyone who had fibromyalgia syndrome, you may have thought that it was "all in their head". For many years people who suffered from fibromyalgia syndrome had to deal with a relative lack of understanding by the medical community, friends and family, as if suffering from the fibromyalgia symptoms themselves weren't bad enough.

If you have muscle aches all over your body accompanied by fatigue and a general feeling of tiredness, it is an indication that you are suffering from a disorder known as fibromyalgia. Due to the effects of female hormones, women are at a greater risk than men of contracting this disease. Hormonal fluctuations in women are another factor that aggravate the symptoms of this disorder. The symptoms of this disorder develop over time and may not be noticed until several weeks from the onset of this disease.

The pain in the muscles is felt all over the body and the sufferer finds it difficult to perform daily activities at home or at work as the feeling of tiredness is felt early in the morning. A feeling of abdominal bloating is also sometimes experienced by those suffering from fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome which is non-contagious in nature. In USA, statistics prove that about 3% to 6% of the population is affected by this syndrome. People suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome often experience morning stiffness, headaches and numbness in hands or feet.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia are very similar to other diseases, including Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. In fact, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are so closely related they are often misdiagnosed or affect an individual simultaneously.

Swelling or damage in the joints is known as arthritis. Some patients affected by arthritis though, could also be suffering from fibromyalgia. The swelling caused because of fibromyalgia occurs mostly in the hands and the feet. This can be used as a distinguishing tool between patients of arthritis and those of fibromyalgia. While those suffering from fibromyalgia get swellings that resemble edema, those suffering from arthritis get swelling which are particularly located at the joints.

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As the diabetic waits the damage to the blood vessel affect the ability to be firm. Often the man will go soft during the act with the woman. The male may not be able to even finish as he goes soft. Time is not on the side of the diabetic. Each day more and more damage is done to the blood vessels and the ability to perform may be lost completely. Only an impotence natural diet can reverse this. Drugs can cause heart damage and should be avoided. There is a diet that has been bringing back firmness in 4 weeks without drugs. See it here CLICK HERE impotence diabetic natural cure

Studies show that when this illness is reversed early a man can achieve a normal health body. The problem is that many men continue to suffer and kept the problem a secret. As the diabetic waits deeper damage is done to the male. Often other problems such as walking and painful feet can develop. Never let the illnesses take the body; reverse it quickly.

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Arthritis is a term that groups together over 100 rheumatic diseases and other related conditions that cause stiffness, swelling and pain in the joints of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. Arthritis is a chronic disease that will be with you for a long time and possibly for the rest of your life. Arthritis is one of the most rapidly growing chronic conditions in North America. Arthritis is due to the wearing down of cartilage, which is the material that cushions the ends of the bones. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease. While rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic illness, meaning it can last for years, patients may experience long periods without symptoms. Typically, however, rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive illness that has the potential to cause joint destruction and functional disability.

Doctors don't know the exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis.
Causes include injury (leading to osteoarthritis), abnormal metabolism (such as gout and pseudogout), inheritance, infections, and unclear reasons (such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus). The causes of arthritis depend on the form of arthritis. Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment. When most people think of arthritis, they think of a condition that most often strikes the older population. No one knows exactly what causes juvenile arthritis.

Symptoms often include pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and heat in the joints. Symptoms, which include stiffness, swelling, pain and joint damage, are a result of the inflammation of the joints in the body. Symptoms usually do not last a lifetime and tend to disappear after several months or years. Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Symptoms can range from an annoyance to the complete inability to use affected joints. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis come and go but it is a lifelong condition.
Treatment can include patient education, self-management programs, and support groups that help people learn about:Treatments, How to exercise and relax ,How to talk with their doctor, Problem solving. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis may involve:Lifestyle changes,Medicine,Surgery,Regular doctor visits,Alternative therapies. Treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis with transdermal estrogen. Treatment of arthritis depends on the particular cause, which joints are affected, severity, and how the condition affects your daily activities. Treatment, therefore, aims at reducing your pain and discomfort and preventing further disability. Treatment for most forms of arthritis includes medications, exercise, and rest. Treatment of juvenile arthritis is designed to reduce swelling, maintain movement of affected joints and relieve pain, as well as identify, treat and prevent complications.

Patients with autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their blood that target their own body tissues, where they can be associated with inflammation. Patients with recent joint injuries or surgery, or patients receiving medications injected directly into a joint are also at a greater risk for developing septic arthritis. Patients with severe damage to bone or cartilage may need reconstructive surgery, but it cannot be performed until the infection is completely gone. Patients receiving corticosteroid injections into the joints for osteoarthritis may want to weigh this treatment method against the increased risk of septic arthritis.
Drugs can be used for pain relief, to reduce swelling, and to stop the disease from getting worse.

Some forms of arthritis may also affect other areas of the body, such as the skin, heart, or kidneys. Psoriatic arthritis usually starts out as psoriasis, a condition where areas of the skin become inflamed and covered with silvery grey scales. aAutoimmunitya is a condition whereby the immune system(which normally wards off foreign invaders of the body, such as infections)turns and attacks the body's own tissues, such as skin, joints, liver, lungs,etc. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause other problems in the body, such as vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels), osteoporosis (loss of bone density), lung disease, rheumatoid nodules (small bumps) under the skin, and blood disorders.

Arthritis Statistics: Arthritis is a widespread problem throughout the world, with many people experiencing some form of the disease. As the state's population continues to age, the number of people affected by arthritis is expected to continue to increase. An diagnosis of arthritis is based on the pattern of symptoms, medicalhistory, family history, physical examination, X-rays and lab tests.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the causes & Treatments of dropping hair, lymphatic cancer, Lupus, Ptimal Epilepsy?

    • ANSWER:
      I know nothing about dropping hair, lymphatic cancer, or ptimal epilipsy but I do have Lupus.
      Lupus is basically an overactive immune system that attacks health parts of the body. It is a serious disease but not always a deadly disease. People with Lupus can live a decent life that is not necessarily shortened due to the disease. Hope this helps :-)

  2. QUESTION:
    can treatment for lupus cause you to lose your memory?
    someone i knew said he had lupus and had to get a treatment that would cause him to lose 4-6 months of memory...is this possile and how.and will he remember stuff later on??

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  3. QUESTION:
    natural treatments for lupus?
    My brother was diagnosed for lupus after a blood clog and i was wondering if there was any treatment for this in a natural way
    Also i was wondering if high doses of blood thinners could have caused his lupus?
    One more question. Is there any specialist that treats lupus?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Im Chris, I have had Lupus since my teens, but not diagnosed until my 20's. I am sorry there is no miricle cure, just ways to manage it through proper medical care and supplements that his doctor must approve. He needs to get a reffreal to a rhuematologist. A rhemotologist is a doctor who handles arthritic conditions, and connective tissue diseases, which Lupus is, as well as being an autoimmune disease.
      An autoimmune disease happens when the body thinks it is being attacked by outside foreign invaders. Our cells go into overdrive and start attacking our own organs, skin, blood, nervous system, and anything else in our bodies it can get to.
      There are drugs to help us with the flares (periods of disease of activity). But he needs to be on them, Left untreated, he will not have any improvment, and can become more ill. go back to his primary care doctor and get a referrel to a rhuemotologist, it can take 1-2 months for a new paiten to get in to most, since in most parts of the country there is a shortage. Even here in Los Angeles, There can be a wait of 1-2 months, and we have many Rhuemotologists available to us. If you live in a hot/ sunny climate keep him out of the sun, that can make disease activity worse. From July-Sept, I do everything early in the morning or after dark, even swim in my pool. Sunsensitivity can make us very ill. Keep his diet as perservitive free as possible at least until seeing the specialist. Like I said I do take specialized supplements, but they are tailored for me, and approved by my doctor, the help, but do not cure. You will see advertisments for miricle cures. They may do more harm than good. Don't try them please, they may really hurt him, doing serious organ damage.

      If you need support or he does, I own a lupus/autoimmune support group on yahoo support groups, you can join to get access to our files, and get support, friendships, and knowledge and well some off topic fun. Ill also leave you several links, like some of the others did. Just don't try anything until you get to the right doctor, and get retested, because it may be another autoimmune.

      Good Luck

  4. QUESTION:
    lupus; its cause, symptoms and treatment options?
    the disease of lupus; its cause, symptoms and treatment options?

    • ANSWER:
      It is an autoimmune disease, and to explain it here would be silly when there are literally thousands of sites dedicated to lupus. There is a search engine on yahoo! ,please try using that.
      Suggestions:
      Lupus cdc
      Lupus foundations

  5. QUESTION:
    Have you been diagnosed with drug induced Lupus ?
    !0 years ago began having problem with elevated blood pressure. Was treated with the usually prescribed meds. Within the past ten years I have had a variety of unusual and often preplexing symptoms that the doctors couldn't find good answers for. Lots of guesses and lots of unsuccessful treatments and increased frustration and misery until recently. The diagnosis is drug induced Lupus and it is believed to be caused by my blood pressure meds. Bingo. The symptoms have developed over the same period I've been on the meds. My question is: Any known effective alternatives for Blood Pressure Control? Anyone else with Lupus have bizarre skin and hair folllicle issues? Any one know a reputable doctor in Kansas City Missouri to advise on alternative treatments? Any one know of a web site to purchase alternative B/P treatments that you or someone you know have had personal experience with? Are there suggestions for a great support website for Lupus?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi WIngsOfGrace

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also learning about detoxifying the blood by doing colon and liver cleanses will change your health forever.

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      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.

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      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy or hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I deal with lupus with out taking drugs?
    I have had lupus for three years, but I just started get treatment from a lupus specialist at Magee womens hospital. I take a small dose blood pressure medication. But my doctor wants me to take plaqunil and prednesone. But those drugs have so many side affects and I hear so many bad things about how they help one thing but then something else breaks down, Then you are on this cycle of adding on medicine after medicine. I want to live, but I don't want to lose my eyesight, have liver problems, or other complication caused by these medicines. I know their has to be a way of life change, or natural medicine that will help and have less or no side affects. I lived three years without medicine or help. But I do notice that I had more flares lately. I need to make a decision, I recieved my plaqunil in the mail a week ago, i need to decide if I am going to take or find something else that help to present to my doctor at my next appointment. I want to live but not taking alot of medicine

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      I've had lupus for sixteen years and the best thing I've found is Ambrotose. It's a glyco nutrient that promotes cell to cell communication while it builds your immune system. It's all natural and has no side effects. One of the things with lupus is it does take your hair out, but since I started taking Ambrotose my hair is thicker than ever; I actually had to cut it. I've been taking Ambrotose for almost seven years and I haven't had a flare up since, I can go out in the sun with no problems and for the first time in years my skin is clear. If you would like to check it out you can go to www.glycostory.com/teamval and for the more scientific aspect www.glycoscience.org, there you can look up the disease specific review. I hope you'll give it try it will help. Another thing you can do is eat more eggs, sardines, onions, garlic, alfalfa and yucca. If you would like to know more about the diet aspect you can e-mail me and I'll be more than happy to answer your questions.

  7. QUESTION:
    what is SLE(Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)?
    please explain to me SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) more, so i can fully understand the illness.
    i want to know about the possibility of death on teenagers who suffer SLE.
    are there teenagers who're aware of their illness and can already predict when they'll pass away?
    are there cases like this?
    who are the persons who're usually having SLE?
    what are the causes?symptoms?treatments?
    do they have medications?

    thanks!

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  8. QUESTION:
    Not MS, not Lupus, then what?
    I have been seeing a neurologist due to extreme muscle and joint pain, i stumble a lot, drop things, forgetfullness. I do have fibromyalgia and have for years. I also have peripheral neuropathy ( no diabetes) I have had tests to rule out Lupus and MS (which does run in the family) Lupus is neg, not enough points or evidence for MS, ( no lesions on the brain) but does not mean i do not have it. So now he wants to do more aggressive and specific testing. What I want are some suggestions of what it might be from those who experiene this, so that i can read up on it so that I can ask questions and not look like a dope when we discuss different possible causes and treatments.

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      My wife has Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic pain syndrome. She has all the symptoms you described. Fibromyalgia has the same symptoms as MS and lupus. That's why it's so hard to diagnose. There's also RSD- reflex sympathetic disorder that is similar as far as symptoms go. I know it's frustrating, she sees different Dr.s all the time and no one can really offer much help other than a Rheumatologist or a Pain Mgmt Dr. Good luck. Don't give up.

  9. QUESTION:
    How likely is someone to die from lupus?
    My dad has had lupus for 2-3 years now. So far, it has affected his muscles, joints, and caused him to be tired, sensitive to sunlight, and has affected his kidneys. Because it has affected one organ, would it most likely affect others?

    Does anyone know of statistics for the death rate of this disease?

    Also any general or treatment info would be great.

    Or if you have Lupus.. It would be great to read your story.

    Thanks,
    Ashley

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      Sever lupus can be life threatening.

      Healthy helpful steps to prevent lupus flares include:

      * maintain a healthy diet
      * get enough rest and quiet
      * pay attention to your body
      * moderately exercise when possible
      * limit the time you spend in the sun
      * develop coping skills to help limit stress
      * learn to recognize when a flare is coming
      * slow down or stop before you get too tired
      * learn to pace yourself by spreading out work and other activities

  10. QUESTION:
    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven't decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You do realize what lupus is right?

      Listen, I know you're scared. Anybody would be with that diagnosis. But the drugs are safe. The side-effects are minimal. Not taking the drugs and pretending that there is a natural cure is dangerous. You need to understand that the drug was prescribed because it was proven effective in the treatment of lupus. There are side-effects with any drug, even natural ones. What you need to do is weigh the potential benefits of taking the drug versus the potential consequences of side effects and of not taking the drug. Lupus is a highly treatable disease but there is no cure for it. The treatments are proven to be effective and safe as long as you follow the doctors orders.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have lupus and I need a new Bay Area rheumatologist stat!?
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    I need to find a good Bay Area rheumatologist is good!?

    I have Systemic Lupus and have been seeing a rheumatologist for quite a while without much improvement in my condition. All my doctor does is pump me full of pills. I have been doing my own research lately and have found that there are many other things that could both cause and treat lupus and my doctor hasn't checked me for any of them. For example, food allergies.
    I would really like to find a good doctor in the SF bay area, preferably the east bay who really works to make you feel better, one who will bring different treatments up to me rather than the other way around. Does anyone know where to find any of these good rheumatologists?

    • ANSWER:
      I have lupus since 2 years and I take 2 drugs to help me. Prednisone and Imuran...My condition has improved: I have no more rash on my body and my appetite is back...

  12. QUESTION:
    Yes I was Wondering If anyone Has Lupus And knows Any Info about it?
    I tested posstive for Lupus Twice was wondering about treatments and how it affects your way of life and the pain it causes

    • ANSWER:
      Well depending on how severe u have it it could be mild and able to live a normal life or severe and it could be very debilitating. Lupus is like a roller coaster. Some days will be good and some will be bad. Just strap in and hold on. It can cause different kinds of pain. The most common is joint pain. Again anywhere from mild to severe. Good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    ive been sick and i have my 3rd chemo treatment this wed?
    Okay so i have been sick with the flu, including everything from terrible sick stomach, lack of appetite, cough, stuffed nose, diarrea (sorry if TMI), i vomited once yesterday, and ive been sleeping 15-16 hours each day.
    Anyway i also couldnt take my medication (lupus) yesterday cause my stomach was so upset.
    And i ave my 3rd chemo treatment this wed.
    How will being sick affect the treatment?
    Also i can barely take my pills, i get a terrible sick stomach, what can i do to help with that?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't you have a helpline you could phone? You need to see your consultant/nurse practitioner as normal before your treatment and he/she will decide. Most of those symptoms could be chemo side-effects anyway.

  14. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any information about LUPUS?
    I was told this morning that I have lupus, that the form of Lupus i have is in my blood vessels and causing hives. I believe this one means that It is attacking my organs as well. Everyone keeps telling me how sorry they are but when you on meds doesnt it like make lupus dormant or something? can anyone tell me anything else about this? Is it curable? Does the treatment make it dormant, or just make life a little easier?

    • ANSWER:
      Dani,

      Lupus cannot be cured, but it can be successfully monitored and managed for most people. You will be followed by a rheumatologist or an internist depending upon which organs are affected.
      Most people are managed well and live fulfilling and happy lives.
      The article below was written for children with lupus, but it applies to adults as well and is a good general article.
      Very best wishes.

      http://www.lupus.org/education/topics/early.html

  15. QUESTION:
    Prednisolone controls Lupus... but side effects destroying her skin elasticity causing deep depression. SOS!?
    My friend has Arthritis + Lupus, LES. She takes Prednisolone, which causes side effects as moonface she already has.

    Now she developed heavy acne in her neck. To makes things worse, her legs, arms, shoulders and stomach are loosing their skin elasticity, since her collagen is altered. Common movements produce pain, and on top, her skin looks so thin and unflexible, that you think it will tear at any second.

    You can see superficial damage on her tommy as if she had given birth to 3 babies at once. Not exaggerating. Her legs and shoulders got scares and bruises. Her depression grows and we are so scared.

    Doctors are treating the Lupus, but dont see any importance on the described side effects, since thats the drugs effect. But I believe ANY woman needs to feel good about herself, and each time people stare wierdly at her, i feel like I' m being whipped.
    If this conditions had some medication or treatment, she'd be able to go back to normal life, work and friends. SOS!

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus is difficult to treat. As long as I've been studying it, it seems to evade answers. The reason is that it is a disease like AIDS, it destroys the body. Sometimes it attacks the brain, sometimes the kidneys, eyesight etc. The ONLY thing that can slow down this awful disease is Prednisone. Prednisone will immediately shock the system into stopping this self-destruction, depending on the dose. The adreanal glands produce approximately 7 mg of steroids that the body needs in order to help the hormones stay in balance. When the human body begins to take Prednisone, the Adrenal glands shut down, forever. There has never been a study that supports the theory that the Adrenal glands can re-start-up, once they have been shut down or driven to sleep. Therefore, the Prednisone MUST keep coming. The difficult balance is to keep the disease at bay, while keeping the body healty enough to fight the common cold. When the human body is suffering with an infection, too high a dose of Prednisone can mask the infection, making the patient believe that they feel wonderful while the truth is that their body is being invaded with infection. Your friend sounds like she has been taking Prednisone for a long time. Her doctor should be notified and he should try to adjust the amount of Prednisone as soon as possible. If your friend is "flaring," the only thing that will immediately bring the flare into control, is massive doses of Prednisone, after which it is usually brought down by 25mg a day until she is back on a usual dose. Good Luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    Was I misdiagnose? lupus or weak immune system?
    8 months ago while I was pregnant, I was diagnose with lupus. But the only symptoms that I am experiencing is joints pain and fatique some times. My doctor said that all of my organs are fine, I do not have a butterfly face neither skin problem. I wonder if the diagnosis was wrong.

    Does a weak immune system can cause thoses symptoms? I refuse to go on hormones treatments and trying to work on strenghtening my immune system first and hopefully reverse the condition.

    your experience and advise are welcome

    • ANSWER:
      lupus is many stages ,and there is discoid and systemic lupus ,the immune system isnt weak in lupus its reacting in a way damaging the body and causing problems and inflammations ,if your diagnosis wasnt correct or u doubt it ,get a second opinion from a rheumatologist ,diagnosing lupus isnt easy in early stages and once diagnosed many go through remissions and relapse ,

  17. QUESTION:
    what is lupus?
    •Cause
    •Signs and symptoms
    •Treatment
    •Tests used in diagnosis
    •Prognosis

    and medications used for lupus

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus attacks your organs. Usually a butterfly rash across the nose and cheeks is a common first sign. There are treatments for arthritic that help with inflammation, also chemotherapy in small doses (pill form) help slow it down. I don't believe there is a specific test to diagnose it. It is usually diagnosed on symptoms. Prognosis depends on the severity of it. A lot of people live a normal life with it.

  18. QUESTION:
    What if I have Lupus?
    I have posted a few questions lately. I'm just really scared. I'm a real mess. I feel sick, have chronic pain and just ache all over. Ihave been having trouble going to the bathroom now and I just feel so swollen everywhere. I feel like the goodyear blimp! But yet in a lot of pain! I want this to stop! I'm afraid the Doctor's have really screwed up and made things worse for me. A year ago I started having problems with pain, fatigue and headaches but all they wanted to do was prescribe migraine medicine. Now I'm so much worse and went through several course of treatments with nothing working. I am worried that I may have lupus and/or rheumatoid arthritis. Both run in my family. My cervical spine is falling a part and believed to be a cause for my neck and arm pain. I have all the signs of degenerative disc disease. Here's the rest...my hair falls out every day...barely growing any more..I have a rash (it comes and goes) on my cheeks. It kinda looks like wind burn.Uh oh

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sure your aware that your symptoms share more than a passing resemblence to lupus. The rash on the face, often caled butterfly rash is a symptom of lupus; as is the hair loss. Of course other auto-immune disorders can cause such symptoms. Lyme disease shares many similiar symptoms with lupus.

      But since you have a family history of lupus, it seems the logical assumption.

      I think you already know that this is quite likely.

  19. QUESTION:
    Lupus? Weak legs? Please respond respcetfully?
    My doctor thinks I may have lupus. Does anyone know people who have this? Is it hard to deal with? What are some treatments? My doctor said I may need therapy and leg braces cause my legs are too weak.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor thinks you have lupus--I would not worry about it until your doctor confirms you have this issue. There are many test which are taken to provide a doctor with the proper diagnoses--not just one blood test--many--you should be seeing a rhumatoligist--or a doctor who specializes in lupus and other auto-immune illnesses.
      I have had lupus since I was 13 y/o--and I'm now 52.

  20. QUESTION:
    I need help editing my research paper. I'm really bad at papers.....please help!?
    Well, its on lupus. I have the intro and two body paragraphs, and I still need to do the conclusion. So, I was wondering what I should change on my paper, and what I need to add..? I also have to do a powerpoint based on the paper, that should last a minimum of 5 minutes up to 15.

    The reason why I chose this topic was because my dad has lupus, and I wanted to know more about the topic. He was diagnosed with lupus when he was about fourteen years old. He still receives treatment for it by going in for blood tests and taking medication He has the most common form of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), in which causes the antibodies to react against his own normal tissue. He has arthritis and joint problems, but nothings wrong with his internal organs. To support my dad and other lupus survivors, my family and I all go to the lupus walk in honor of remembering the people who had lupus that died. The things the audience can expect to read in this paper are the different types of lupus, the symptoms, the treatment and cures.
    Lupus is the result of an unbalanced immune system that can be destructive to any organ in the body. It can be categorized into three groups: discoid lupus Erythematosus, systemic lupus Erythematosus, and drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus. DLE is always limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, and scalp. It can evolve into the systemic form, which can affect any organ or system of the body. Systemic lupus Erythematosus is more severe than discoid lupus and can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body. No two people with SLE will have identical symptoms. Drug-induced systemic Lupus Erythematosus occurs after the use of certain prescribed drugs. It is more common in men, because the drugs are given to them more often.
    Lupus is hard to diagnose because it has a wide range of symptoms involving various parts of the body; and symptoms differ from each person. Most people develop painful joints and a rash, but lupus may also cause fatigue, depressions, and kidney problems. The treatment of lupus varies from person to person because each person has different symptoms. Most people with SLE require a regular blood test to check for lupus flares. Medication is the primary medical treatment for lupus. Presently, there are no other methods available to treat lupus because there is nothing else that can have the necessary impact on the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with early diagnosis and proper medical treatment it can significantly help control the disease.

    thanks. it would be much appreciated!!!!

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  21. QUESTION:
    Should I continue taking karate if I have lupus?
    My doctors recently called me and said after looking at my blood tests, there is a 95% chance I have lupus. This explains everything that has been going on with me the past few years. I've been overweight for the majority of my life (I'm 16) but I have an extremely active lifestyle. In 2007-08, I started to experience knee pain, which I thought was arthritis (runs in the family). I have been having extremely painful migraines since late 2008. Now this past October, I have been having excruciating back pain, with no known cause.

    To go on with my question, I have been taking karate for 5-1/2 years and I don't want to stop. But the pain is too extreme to even go to school sometimes. If the doctors are right and I do have lupus, what are the chances of me continuing karate? Also, what are the treatments that doctors can provide for this medical condition?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Inflammation of the fatty layer under the skin of the skull?
    I have LUPUS SLE and BEHCET Syndrome. I get sudden lumps all around the skull and forehead which are very painful. To the extent that I cannot rest my head on a pillow. My Dr. said it is inflmmation of the fatty layer of skin and I would like to know what next? And what excatly causes it or how to treat it, if any treatment? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say anytime that happens - grab some Vodka and Orange juice, and have a few drinks or more.. Get drunk!
      The reason it does that is because its a bacterial infection in your system and thats where it shows itself... Alcohol kills bacteria. So, start drinking and you will be able to tame and maybe completely eliminate it from your system.

  23. QUESTION:
    To sufferers of immune disorders: How can I treat myself for possible lupus/rheumatoid arthritis? (detailed)?
    Allergic to dust/grass as a child, but allergy-free from age 13 until recently (I'm now in my late 20's).

    Hep C

    Early 20's: diagnosed with Hep C (untraced source). I was suddenly cured after 1 mo. My doctor said my own body got rid of it, which is rare for hep C patients.

    Several months later I noticed when I'd lay on my left side, there's a tingly, tender sensation. There's no pain and I got used to it so I'm just living with it.

    Arthritis?

    8 mos ago: sudden onset of stiffness/jammed feeling on both wrists (overnight). Always had weak/inflamed knees since 4 yrs back, would disappear with regular exercise.

    Got Sick

    Late last year I had flue more than a month. I was diagnosed with bronchitis, was on antibiotics and was cured right away.

    I started lightly working out again and just a month later I WAS SICK AGAIN! I was down for only 3 days though compared to the last time. Coughed 1 month. I was on stronger antibiotics and cured. I also saw an allergy doctor and was diagnosed with sinusitis and now on corticosteroids.

    Results

    My ANA blood test turned out POSITIVE. My doctor ordered a 2nd test for next month. She said it's an indication of possible lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

    Extra info:

    Never been overweight my whole life.
    Ethnicity: Asian.
    My other "illnesses" recently diagnosed: costochondritis.
    Always had: severe dandruff, on and off but worse now; dandruff-related facial rash, only shows up on the same spots - left cheek near nose, between eyebrows.
    Falling hair is worse now.

    I'm a copywriter for more than 3 yrs. I admit my posture is VERY bad, often sitting or lying on my stomach on the bed (probably caused the costochondritis). Was diagnosed 4 yrs ago with borderline anemia (mother is anemic). Prescribed iron supplements but I stopped cos of side effects which is diarrhea.

    THIS IS MY DILEMMA: I was thinking of eating healthier and exercising again. But wouldn't raising the immune system make things even worse? I just hate the idea of being on immune-suppressing drugs, considering my now sensitive liver. I would be more open to "natural" treatments. How do I go about this?

    • ANSWER:
      When you have autoimmune disease you have to be an active PART of the treatment plan. Your doctor is the other active part.

      You have classic lupus symptoms. If lupus is not properly treated, you can end up with permanent organ damage or worse. It is not natural for your immune system to turn against you.

      You can eat healthier and exercise and that will certainly help. Words are often used incorrectly when it comes to the immune system. Healthy eating and exercise BALANCE the immune system. This is desirable.

      Everyday you are exposed to thousands of toxins...in your food...in your personal hygiene products...in the air...in the water...in your food...coming from your clothes...coming from your furniture and flooring...and much more. You can't eliminate all of them. Therefore, a totally "natural" approach to autoimmunity is impossible.

      Next, factor in stress. Stress is the single biggest factor in making lupus flares worse. What do you to do manage/reduce stress?

      You are Asian which means you have a siginficantly higher chance of developing lupus. You are 20 which increases your chances even more. You are a woman. 9 out of 10 lupus patients are women. Lupus develops most often in women between the ages of 14 and 45.

      There are 23,5 Americans with autoimmune disease and 2 million with lupus. 40% of us develop lupus nephritis. If left untreated, it can kill you.

      The doctors will monitor your liver function frequently. You may only need the weaker immunosuppressive medications. If you do go on the heavier ones, it is not ususally for an extended period of time, but just long enough to bring the flare under control.

      Everything we do is a matter of risk versus benefit. It is more so when you develop a chronic illness and are looking at treatment options. Do your homework, talk to your rheumatologist and then make an informed decision.

      I have systemic lupus with major organ inovlvement (heart, lungs, joints, brain, bone marrow, blood, and kidneys). In 2003, I was not expected to live. I take my meds, have a very healthy diet, exercise daily and practice meditation and yoga. After 4 years on disability, I returned to work 4.5 years ago. I am 59. Without the medication, I would most likely be on dialysis right now.

  24. QUESTION:
    What causes a person to be sensitive to barometric joint pain?
    I am a 25 year old female and have had varying degrees of joint pain that coincides with barometric pressure changes---either from humidity and summer storms or when it gets extremely cold. I am wondering if this a normal reaction in a healthy young adult or if I could be showing symptoms of arthritis. I have always had joint pain, though when I have seen the doctor, it was always dismissed as growing pains. I feel it most in my knees and hips, but also in my tail bone. The pain varies from barely noticeable to a dull, throbbing, aching pain that is so uncomfortable I often cannot sleep. Again, no doctor has ever taken this seriously.

    I have a medical history of having several related autoimmune disorders though through some experimental medical treatments I have gone through, and they most likely will not come up again.

    I was on a heavy dosage of steroids for two years (100mg of prednisone) during my other treatment, and I noticed that the symptoms have increased since then. I have heard that long-term steroid use can affect bone and joint health, but not sure if that is true. I also had an ANA test while I was being treated for my other disorders that was slightly positive, but at the time, my condition was so critical that I did not ask if a weak ANA test could mean that I possibly have lupus or RA.

    I know that the internet isn't a way to get a medical diagnosis, but I am interested in hearing from people that who have barometric joint pain, are in the medical field, have joint pain from steroid use, or have RA or lupus. Also, any advice on alleviating the discomfort??

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  25. QUESTION:
    is this a good research project please be honest?
    Cortlin Harrison Science 10-12
    Mrs. Cooney/ Mrs. Barends ELA 21-23
    May 19, 2009
    Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. This disorder is non-infectious which means that this disorder can’t be passed from person to person by contact. Pregnant women are more prone to get this disorder than anyone else, and African Americans, and Hispanics but like other disorders anyone can get Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    The symptoms and characteristics of this disorder are not hard to spot. Some symptoms of the disorder are veins or arteries of the arms or legs may cause pain, numbness, tingling in the feet. Arteries of the heart may cause chest pain or heart attack, the individual with this disorder may have heart murmur. In pregnant women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, miscarriage can occur prior to 20 week of gestation, while pre-eclampsia is reported to occur after that time. Blood vessels of the skin - may cause painful bruises (purpura) or a condition called livedo reticularis. Blood vessels of the brain - if a clot cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain, this causes a stroke. An individual with APS may also experience migraine headaches or seizures.

    There is no cure and there is no way to avoid getting this disorder. There are many treatments for this disorder. But the most successful treatment is anticoagulant therapy. This is usually successful in preventing further blood clots. This disorder can severely damage the body in many different ways because good cells attack other good cells and that causes chaos through the body. And when a weak or strong pathogen enters the body it can be deadly.

    Some other information about Antiphospholipid Syndrome is, 1-5% of the world population is known to have this disorder, and 40-50% of patients with lupus also have APS. One third of strokes occurring in younger people (under the age of 50) are due to Antiphospholipid Syndrome. One third of patients with Antiphospholipid Syndrome are said to have lupus, and or Raynaud disease. APS is more common in young to middle-aged adults; however, it also manifests in children and elderly people. Disease onset has been reported in children as young as 8 months.

    This disorder is very rare and not very deadly but this disorder can still affect your way of life, the way you think, and can make you dizzy and other things. My mom has this disorder and sometimes it’s hard to get around and such, but you can still fight back by eating a healthy diet and seeing a special doctor called a Rheumatologist, this doctor specializes in these types of rare disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      very cool research project!
      Especially when someone yu kno very well has it...

  26. QUESTION:
    Any information regarding lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) treatments?
    I have been suffering from "tennis elbow" in my right elbow (I am right handed) for the past 14 months. I also have lupus and my rheumatologist has been treating me at my routine visits for the elbow as well. He gave me hand outs of exercises & stretches to do which I have done faithfully and prescribed Mobic for inflammation. He has also done cortisone injections on 3 different occasions. The first injection provided excellent relief for 6 months. The next injection lasted 4 1/2 months and this last one never did provide any relief at all. He didn't want to do anymore injections, referred me to physical therapy, and scheduled an appt. with an orthopaedic dr.

    I have been going to physical therapy 3 times a week for the past month. They are doing ultrasound for 10 mins, then stretches, tendon excercises, iontophoresis for 25 mins, then ice for 10 mins.

    After therapy the pain is about 50% better that day but by the next day it is back just as before.

    I have noticed progressive weakness in my right arm and hand over the past year from me not being able to use it like before. It is extremely painful, tender, and lifting only the slightest of weight sends the pain radiating down to my hand.

    I am a stay at home mom and do not participate in sports. Of course they say to stop doing the activity that is causing the injury. I don't do any repetitive type activites they I am aware of (other than normal housework, etc).

    My appt. with the ortho dr. is in 2 more weeks and I was just wondering what anyone with experience with this problem think my next step would be.

    The handouts that I have list: 1. Rest, 2. Ice, 3. Anti Inflammatories, 4. Physical Therapy, 5. Cortisone Injections, 6. As final resort: Surgery.

    I was hoping to avoid the surgery but I'm afraid we have already tried every other treatment without results.

    I didn't know how long the problem would need to persist before surgery would be considered.

    Also, for anyone that has had surgery : was it beneficial and provide relief and also how long of a recovery period is required, and how difficult was the recovery.

    Thank you in advance for any info.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a great question and I see a lot of this in my practice. People come in with extremity complaints and have no idea what's going on and they have "tried everything."
      Quickly let me explain the anatomy of the Nervous System. The nerves that go to you shoulder, arm, elbow, and hands come from your neck. Sometimes these get impinged where they exit the neck and this causes the feeling of nerve entrapment in the shoulder, elbow and hands. Similar to what you are experiencing. Most MDs and PTs will treat the area that has the pain, but not the area that is CAUSING the pain.
      So, when I get these patients, typically I simply adjust their neck and the pain starts to reside and the body is now allowed to heal ITSELF. No meds or surgery or gadgets involved. Try looking up your local Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractor (www.upper-cervical.com). Keep me updated! I hope this helps. You still have options!

  27. QUESTION:
    Is anyone here on Cytoxan for Lupus?
    Will this medicine definitely cause hair loss? Also what other side effects are you experiencing while undergoing this treatment? I have talked to the doctor about it, I just wanted to know from someone's personal point of view I guess. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have been taking Cytoxan now for about 6 months and have not lost any hair. Taking this drug scared me too but to date I personally have NOT experienced any noticeable side effects and I am currentlly coming off of it.
      Good luck to you!

  28. QUESTION:
    Has anyone gotten disability due to Lupus and did you have to get attny involved?
    I've been suffering for three years now. I had to quit my job in Spring of '08 because of it. Lupus has been systematically attacking my organs since. I was even bed ridden for the better part of this year. I do have doctor's and am getting some treatment(w/out ins. it's difficult).I applied to SSDisability and was just denied becuase I'm not dead . I can not get a job-tried I'm always too sick to funtion and have been in ER six times in 5 months already. Will getting atty help my cause?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes an attorney makes a big difference, the right attorney. Call around and see if there are some in your area who are experienced with lupus disability cases. The attorney should prove that you have lupus based on serology (lab tests) and the doctor's diagnosis. Then the attorney must demonstrate disability under the different rules for your body parts that are involved. That might mean disability because of joint/muscle problems and then proving it under another section for heart, or whatever.

      I have been in the system since September 2003. I got two denials on paper, one after an administrative law judge hearing, and then it took 3 years for them to decide whether or not to entertain my appeal. After that, I had to file a law suit in Federal court. Then last month the case was sent back to the administrative law judge for reconsideration. They lost the tape from the first hearing so I have to go through the whole thing all over again. I did have a lawyer from my long term disability insurance provider, but he did not do the things I just described.

      Almost everyone is rejected the first time. File the appeal immediately.

  29. QUESTION:
    Will non-cancerous thyroid nodules ever dissipate on their own?
    I have nodules that have grown on a very small thyroid that has been irradicated years ago. I have been on the same thyroid dosage for over twenty-five years and then my blood levels kept showing low tsh, for no change in taking meds or health. Then the blood levels would go back to normal after awhile. Then after a few years nodules began growing on ny thyroid gland. They are not cancerous; however, what could be causing these changes to occur? What kinds of tests or ideas do you have for these changes? Could it be from a problem in another Gland, or is my immune system running amuk again. One quick note: I have a Auto-immune disorder, called Lupus. Could Lupus be causing the problems within the thyroid? Can the immune system affect endocrine system? What kinds of tests or treatments do you recommend?

    Dr. Maggie

    • ANSWER:
      I have SLE also. I had a Pituitary tumor. Have you had your checked? A pituitary tumor can cause you thyroid to mess up. My tumor on my thyroid grew and when they did the ultrasound and biopsy, it came back questionable -if it was cancerous or not. They took mine out. I have had my brain tumor and my thyroid and thyroid tumor removed but my TSH levels are still HIGH.... I see an Endocrinologist for that and my Rhumitologist for the Lupus. If you dont have an Endocrinologist, I would go to one or have your doctor order a MRI of your brain to be sure you dont have something going on up there thats making the throid so what its doing...
      I guess you know how rotten it fells to feel bad all of the time!!! I get so tired of having something wrong with me. Along with the SLE, they said I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. The Lupus can cause any thing that is made up of connective tissue to have problems. I keep pluerisy of the lugs and my kidneys are also full of kidney stones. And Bot is it hard to keep the weight off!!!!
      I hope my info helps you....

  30. QUESTION:
    I was recently diagnosed with Lupus. Does any1 know what this is? Is it a death sentence?
    Hi this is Vinny. I am 19 I was hospitalized 3 weeks ago with a metallic taste in my mouth. The docs had me p'iss in a cup and found traces of blood. And then came the fever oh good old fever. I was rambling on about nothing and felt like I was freezing (ironic?). But after a few weeks of having things jammed in my rectum and even more things jammed in my rectum they determined i had something called SLE. I looked it up and I found out basically my body is allergic to itself. I'm very worried because I have a kind that attacks kidneys. I am very concerned because the treatment i'm given may not be able to stop the progression. Is this a death sentence? Because I feel okay now very sore though. I hear lots of stories of ppl dying from this disease. I'm worried that it will cause full out kidney failure. Which yes is very very fatal.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus is not a death sentence. It can be controlled. Overall, the outlook for people with systemic lupus is improving each decade with the development of more accurate monitoring tests and treatments. Check here.

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lupus.html
      http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/new_learnliving.aspx?articleid=2252&zoneid=527
      http://www.medicinenet.com/systemic_lupus/article.htm

  31. QUESTION:
    Does any one else have Crohn's Disease?
    I'm 13 years old and I have Crohn's Disease along with R.S.D. and also Juvenile Arthritis. I could possibly have lupus. I've finally figured out how to control most of the Crohn's Disease flare-ups with natural remedies but my other problems are full fledged still! RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, will literally make my legs turn blue, cause me to lose any feeling in my legs and arms and I cannot use my legs sometimes when the flare-ups are really bad! Juvenile Arthritis is something else I could possibly have. No doctor has confirmed it, yet and I've had to travel out of town to see rheumotoligists before because the ones in my town didn't know what to do with my conditions!!!

    When I was 6, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Now keep in mind that this was after coming to the hospital about twice a week for about 4 years because my Crohn's flare-ups were so bad! My mom is a redhead, I like to call her hothead!, and thankfully she won't take no for an answer!! She was extremely persistent in trying to find the cause in my horrible stomach pain even though almost every time we went to the doctor, they would tell her I was just fine! This was all before I was diagnosed. Eventually, she found a doctor that somewhat understood what we were going through (mainly her at the time, because I was very young) and tried all the possible treatments that could help ease the disease. Even today, there is no cure for Crohn's Disease!! At 6, the doctor that helped us diagnosed me with Crohn's Disease and put me through a series of medications including some that children aren't allowed to take. I took Methotrexate for a long period of time and cannot think of the other medications right now. I now have to wear glasses because of the medicines I took and my family and I are pretty sure that the medications I took caused my other conditions. We're pretty much certain that the medicines cause my RSD.

    Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is an illness that causes the lower and upper extremities to turn a bluish color and causes the extremities to become numb. When I first had a flare-up, it was when I was 11 and my parents thought it was a blood clot. So did the doctors. We went through a series of tests that day because I had to go to the hospital. I was admitted for a week and during that time, I had to get an epidural!!! Yes, that thing pregnant women get! I had to get it because my legs were hurting so bad they had to numb them! We're still not sure if what I have is RSD, but it's all we got for now!

    I know this is long and sorry but I only gave you two of my illnesses! lol If any one else has any thing I have, please give me tips on how to control it! Anything will help!!Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there. I don't have Crohne's Disease, but I'm 25 and I've had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (the correct name for RSD) since I was 14. It started in my right knee following a minor operation, but it now affects almost my whole body and ahs put me in a wheelchair because of some of its secondary effects that no amount of physio or medication has been able to counteract. I've never heard of medications causing CRPS/RSD - it's almost always initiated by some sort of injury or other trauma.

      I wish that I could tell you how to control it - I've been through pretty much every recognised treatment with no real success. I guess that my only advice for what it's worth is to take each day as it comes and to recognise that you are going to have bad days. Don't give up by any means, but know your limits and boundaries, and know when it is time to say 'okay' I've had enough and when it is okay to push yourself that little bit harder.

      If I can help in any way, please feel free to email me.

  32. QUESTION:
    progesterone? could i have too much?
    i have incessant, non stop periods and my gyno cant figure out why! i was doing some reading and thought maybe i could have a hormone imbalance involving too much progesterone. i am 23 and am way too young to be this sick of my life.
    my biggest concern besides the nonstop bleeding is the horrible fatigue! my every waking moment is unbearable sleepiness.
    yes, i have been tested, negatively, for everything from lupus, rh ara, thyroid, numerous clear ultrasounds, ect.
    i read that progesterone causes sedation, which would precisly describe how tired i am.
    could this be possible and could anyone tell me more, and about treatments that could end the bleeding pain and fatigue if it is too much progesterone
    by the way, i have never been anemic.
    where is doctor house when you need him.

    • ANSWER:
      Anything is possible. Hormonal imbalance can be difficult to accurately detect. The usual signs of too much progesterone is feeling down or letharged, weight gain/loss and sensitivity to the breasts (like when you get your period - more or less how you feel before).

      If you are on the pill have a look at the dosage between the estrogen and progesterone and that will tell you if one is higher. The estrogen is generally two weeks after your period and the progesterone is two weeks before.

      Otherwise, if you're not, I would suggest seeing a naturopath as there are some excellent estrogen based herbs to help, if this is the case. Either way they may pick up something the doctor can't.

  33. QUESTION:
    Will I ever be thin again?
    Okay, so I am 13 years old, and I have lupus of the brain, which also cause lesions to develop on my brain. I am on tons of medication, as well as I am being treated with chemotherapy once a month (jan will be my third treatment and im supposed to have either 5 or 7). Im puffy and overweight from all of the meds and chemo, but thankfully, I am weaning down on prednisone (corticosteroid) 10mg every four weeks or so, today I just cut back from 50mg to 40mg.
    I have been on pred since june 2010 at 30mg, then this past sepember i went shooting up to 60mg.
    Anyway, as I sid I am weaning off the pred, and hopefully I'll be done my chemo at 5 treatments rather than 7.
    But, I am a teenaged girl, and Im fat and ugly, so you can imagine my biggest concern is of my weight, and the way I look.
    At what dose of prednisone will I start to lose my puffiness, and lose the weight.
    Also I will never be fully off prednisone either.
    And will I be THIN for my Grade 8 Graduation (June 2011) ?
    Inspiring and motivational answers only please!
    to AngryBunny,
    if you had nothing inspiring or motivational to say, then why did you say anything at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear young lady,
      Your first order of business is to get yourself healthy. Of course you will be slim again. The side effects of many of those powerful medications may be unpleasant, but they will pass completely as you no longer need them and stop using them. There will be time for you to do all of that, but your health must come first.
      I know it sucks that you're dealing with this at your age, but it will pass. You'll have time to be beautiful on the outside as well as inside. Try to be patient with your self and your treatment.

  34. QUESTION:
    my 8yr-old sister has an autoimmune disease or maybe something else?
    im really worried about my sister. recently my mom noticed that she started to lose some of her hair, so we took her to the dermatologist and they think its some sort of autoimmune thing, and they us this stuff to put in her hair every night except the weekends and her hair is sort of starting to come back ( note that she hadnt lost all of her hair, but a noticable amount at the top near her hairline where the part is)

    im extremely worried. we are going to get blood work done on her to rule out other causes. my mom said that it could be lupus? i'm so scared, i don't want her to be sick ): and not have a normal life

    so basically im asking if anyone knows what else could be the problem or any information on autoimmune diseases or what the chances are of her having lupus and if she does then how does treatment work and how effective the treatment is

    please and thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Probably it's not lupus if she is just losing her hair. She is also too young for lupus (but it's not impossible).
      If losing hair is the only symptom, it can be fungal infection (specially if you have pets), anemia (does she eat enough meat?), hypovitaminosis (B vitamines group)or it's autoimmune. If it's autoimmue disease, that's just hair problem, that in some cases can be treated, sometimes can't. But the most important thing that, even if she loses hair, she won't be sick in any other meaning.
      Other causes that can result with hair losing in her age are some hematological problems (she should go to blood check), some systemic infection, or just caries and, also possible, it can be that she had some big stress in her life and if she is nervous, it can result with hair losing.

      And about lupus (but I don't think that's it) it can be treated very successful.

      Don't worry, everything will be just fine.

  35. QUESTION:
    Should I pursue legal action against this surgeon?
    In April of 2010, I had my right ovary and fallopian tube removed as well as endometrial growths on my left ovary and in the back of my uterus. In my post op visit, I was told that I had a severe case of endometriosis, that I still had growths (in other words, they were not all removed), and that my lupus would complicate my treatment. I was then recommended to take medications that are contraindicated to my condition and the medications I am currently on. Of course, I did not take those medications. I was then recommended to drink herbal teas. I was not even given pain medications.

    Months later, I was still having problems. I bled so badly at one time that I was in need of a transfusion. The surgeon refused to see me because I still had a balance from my previous surgery (a mere 0 that I was paying on and even had a written payment agreement). It was an emergency situation, so I sought a second opinion from another surgeon. It turns out I needed a hysterectomy. In the post op report after the hysterectomy, the new surgeon told me that I had extensive nerve damage and needed reconstruction and that I was by far one of the worst cases he has ever seen. He also said that this did not happen overnight and that the first surgeon should have taken care of of it. He called her negligent and a few other colorful names and actually forwarded her the pictures from the surgery. I'm also having complications recovering from my surgery because of my lupus, a condition the previous surgeon knew I had.

    Should I pursue legal action, or would I be wasting my time? I'm not lawsuit happy at all. I work in the medical profession, and I am well aware of what the consequences of malpractice suits are. However, I used up all of my vacation time during the first surgery, had to have a second surgery when it could have been taken care of the first time around and now have NO income for an entire month, and it also caused me a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering (visits to the ER, blood transfusions, lupus flare ups, missed wages, pain, etc).
    Also, I did sign a consent the first time around that I wanted a hysterectomy if there were overwhelming endometrial growths present, which there were. When I awoke from the anesthesia, I found she had not honored my wishes. I asked her why, and she told me she felt I was "too young for a hysterectomy".
    I sought my second opinion with a surgeon out of the area. I traveled two hours away because he was highly recommended.

    • ANSWER:
      You could if you can get the second doctor to agree to testify. Without that, even with medical reports, there would be little chance of success in that the hospital has lawyers on staff specifically to win lawsuits and protect the hospital and doctors. Most doctors will not be willing to testify against another doctor, especially locally, due to the doctor relationship with other medical professionals in the area. I would file a complaint with the Medical Review Board though.

  36. QUESTION:
    Constant Non-vertigo Dizziness?
    I am a 19 year old female. I have had 3 concussions within 6 months of each other two years ago. I had had constant migraines for a year after the last concussion. I have since then received a DHE infusion treatment for the migraines. I am now pain free for a year, but a constant non-vertigo dizziness with periods of debilitating light-headiness has decided to stick around. I have been given multiple sets of blood work including lupus, lyme, B-12 deficiency, CBC, and Thyroid. Blood work revealed an extremely low iron level, for which iron supplements were given and the levels are back to normal if not slightly higher. Still the dizziness persists. I have had multiple MRI scans to find out if the dizziness and pain was from the concussions and the only thing found was a small shadow in my left frontal lobe, which was determined to be normal and to have most likely been there for years. I have had a ECG and a halter monitor which showed nothing but my heart leaning a little farther to the left, but normal and non harmful. My blood pressure is normal as are my sugar levels. If anyone has any similar symptoms and has had success in finding out the cause or seeking a treatment please let me know. I am not a sophomore in college and am transferring closer to home because of doctors appointments. My next step is acupuncture, but I am not really hopeful at this point.

    Thanks
    I have seen an ENT specialist twice as well, all is well in that department. I have seen a vestibular therapist who has not been able to shed any light on this nor give me suggestions. I have been cleared of any anxiety and panic disorders by a psychologist, who was quite confused as to why I was there at first. I have been on a plane three times since the accidents and they have not seemed to make this dizziness worse during or after. Medications have not worked.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sloan,

      I am an acupuncturist.

      I have had a patient who experienced similar dizziness (not from an accident) and was found to be experiencing this somewhat rare disorder called, Mal de debarquement syndrome. It doesn't typically come on from an accident. However this patient had terrible migraines before the dizziness as well. It may be worth just looking into just to see if there are any similarities.

      I wish you well and hope the acupuncture is helpful.

  37. QUESTION:
    Non vertigo dizziness. Help!?
    I am a 19 year old female. I have had 3 concussions within 6 months of each other two years ago. I had had constant migraines for a year after the last concussion. I have since then received a DHE infusion treatment for the migraines. I am now pain free for a year, but a constant non-vertigo dizziness with periods of debilitating light-headiness has decided to stick around. I have been given multiple sets of blood work including lupus, lyme, B-12 deficiency, CBC, and Thyroid. Blood work revealed an extremely low iron level, for which iron supplements were given and the levels are back to normal if not slightly higher. Still the dizziness persists. I have had multiple MRI scans to find out if the dizziness and pain was from the concussions and the only thing found was a small shadow in my left frontal lobe, which was determined to be normal and to have most likely been there for years. I have had a ECG and a halter monitor which showed nothing but my heart leaning a little farther to the left, but normal and non harmful. My blood pressure is normal as are my sugar levels. If anyone has any similar symptoms and has had success in finding out the cause or seeking a treatment please let me know. I am not a sophomore in college and am transferring closer to home because of doctors appointments. My next step is acupuncture, but I am not really hopeful at this point.
    I have seen an ENT specialist twice as well, all is well in that department. I have seen a vestibular therapist who has not been able to shed any light on this nor give me suggestions. I have been cleared of any anxiety and panic disorders by a psychologist, who was quite confused as to why I was there at first. I have been on a plane three times since the accidents and they have not seemed to make this dizziness worse during or after. Medications have not worked.

    It is NOT motion sickness. TRUST ME. None of those drugs work.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Have you ever judged someone based on hearsay & rumour only to learn later?
    that the person's actions stemmed from an illness beyond his control?

    (CNN) -- Michael Jackson's single white glove was his trademark -- an iconic image for a performer whose career constantly set, then redefined, pop culture trends.But it also was an early effort to mask a skin condition that he would struggle with for the rest of his life, say some who were close to him.

    "The glove was to cover the vitiligo; that's how that glove came into being."

    Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnie Klein, told CNN that Jackson suffered from vitiligo, a disease that causes blotches of lightening skin, as well as a form of lupus that led to rashes and flaking of skin on his scalp.

    "His was bad because he began to get a speckled look over his body," Klein said. "All over his body -- on his face and hands, which is hard to treat."It's a report that rings true to others with the disease.

    "I have to wear sleeves and carry an umbrella," said Lee Thomas, who wrote a memoir called "Turning White," which discusses his physical and mental struggles as an African-American man whose skin changes because of vitiligo. "It totally makes sense to me." "I got [white spots] on one of my hands, so I used to wear a glove to hold a microphone," he said.

    Dr. James Norlund, a dermatologist, never treated Jackson, but said the singer's use of the gloves and lipstick was consistent with the patterns of vitiligo, since the spots frequently first appear on the hands and face, including the lips.

    Klein said he treated Jackson's vitiligo with a cream that eventually bleached Jackson's darker pigmentation to even out his skin color. He said it was that treatment -- not a once-rumored desire by Jackson to be white -- that lightened his skin over the years.

    "Michael was black," Klein said. "He was very proud of his black heritage."

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/07/09/michael.jackson.glove/index.html
    Edit: GeeCee, exactly! x

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Brian. Rumours and hearsay with a desire to hurt and dismantle someone is pernicious. And as you said once in another post, useless to defend yourself when a person's mindset is immovable.
      I can understand the Lupus rash for obvious reasons, although it was the one thing my daughter was never afflicted with severely, now and then she did have patches of dry skin that turned red and brown and were very painful and as a result she never wore dresses or skirts in the summertime so if Michael wore a glove to try and disguise his condition why does anyone have a problem with that?
      He's going to be judged no matter what facts come out to the contrary sadly

  39. QUESTION:
    Anyone know this type of arthritis?
    I was diagnosed with arthritis about a year and a half ago by a chiropractor, but he didn't tell me what type of arthritis I have. It is in my back and neck, specifically T 4-6 and I can't remember exactly where in my back. Because my husband has been out of work due to injury and he was carrying the health insurance, I have been without treatment (other than OTC meds) for the last 18 months. I'm trying to research homeopathic and natural treatments, but until I know what type of arthritis I have, I'm at a stand still. Does anyone else have arthritis in their back and neck and know what kind that is? I know I need to go to the rheumetologist as it is getting worse and worse, but I just can't right now, there's not stretch in my budget. I really need some relief! I was told it was caused by undiagnosed, untreated scoliosis and some because of hereditary issued (my maternal grandmother has Lupus and maternal great-grandmother had RA). I currently stretch when I can, my husband (trained paramedic) give me adjustments and I take BC Powder. I'm in my mid-20's and am sick of the pain and fatigue and the numerous ways it is affecting/complicating my life.....any suggestions would be great!
    I have had a set of comprehensive x-rays-done by the Chiropractor-It wasn't a guess, he actually showed me the arthritis shadowing on the x-rays

    • ANSWER:
      Since you're been researching homeopathic and natural treatments, I'll share a bit about homeopathy in the context of your health concern.

      Despite myriad manifestations of arthritis, important to a homeopath is the person who has arthritis, rather than the "diagnosis."

      While some health problems at appropriate for self-help care, you won't be able to find a remedy to help your problem long-term. Ideally, you need to be under the "constitutional" care of a homeopath. Emotional stress plays a big part in the appearance and healing of physical symptoms.

      Even if conventionally considered arthritis (which literally means inflammation of a joint), and despite what your x-rays reveal, I've seen homeopathy resolve the pain and inflammation and prevent similar problems from getting worse. I've also seen problems considered "irreversible" improve. The homeopath has many "symptoms" (that we don't think of as symptoms) available to find the homeopathic remedy that will stimulate your cure.

  40. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with me?????? HELP!?
    I'm a 20 year old female & I've been dealing with a chronic low grade fever for over a year now. It comes and goes, usually around 99.3-100, though in a great while it gets higher and I'm tired all the time.
    Last year I was dealing with (what I though to be) sinusitis. I was having burning headaches, low grade fever, fatigue, congestion, weird smells, & pain behind my left eye. Blood tests showed my white blood cell count was elevated. I was referred to an ENT who did a CT scan (turned out normal) and looked up my nose into my sinuses and said that everything looked normal. I was then told to get my eyes looked at, that trip reveled a slightly elevated eye pressure and blind spots.
    After a trip back to my nurse practitioner I was referred to a Neurologist. He told me he thought it was Paroxysmal Hemicrania and prescribed me with Indomethocin. That med helped for a little while but the the stabbing headaches came back so they upped my dose, which helped for about a week. I had a follow up with my NP who did more tests (west nile, lymphoma, lukemia, lupus, hiv, hep c, strep, among other infections I can't even remember.. way too many tests) but they all came back normal. She then referred me to a Cardiologist after discussion of a prior pin sided hole in my heart (from 2002), a GI (from history of IBS), as well as a Hematologist (after another blood test showed my white blood cell count had risen some more).
    In between all these dr visits I had my teeth checked and had to get a cap redone because it was decaying inside.

    I then went to Hematologist and Cardiologist, both ran tests, all came back normal. The GI said my stomach pain and tenderness was probably caused by the Indomethacin, which may have caused problems with my stomach acid and possibly an ulcer, for the headaches and suggested a lower dosage (which the Neurologist said was a bad idea).

    My NP told me to call her with all info after I had seen all the specialists, she then suggested I see a Infectious Disease Specialist... I have yet to go because at this point I was just totally fed up with getting no answers, going from dr to dr, and feeling completely miserable all the time. So I stopped going back to the dr and stopped taking all my meds, in hopes that I would possibly feel better. ( I thought that I was just making things worse by loading up up on medication). After about a week of stopping my meds my stabbing headaches were a lot less. I'm assuming this is because I got my tooth fixed and stopped taking that Indomethacin (I'm pretty sure that just made my headaches worse). Other then that everything is pretty much still the same.
    I'm having fevers almost every day, & after a few hours they break and I get really sweaty. I have occasional stabbing headaches (left side of forehead and behind my left eye. I still have the burning feeling in my forehead and nose when I breath, as well as BRIGHT GREEN BOOGERS! <

    Just a little more history: When I was a lot younger (from about 4-12) I had high fevers all the time (no apparent cause). I did end up at the hospital because my parents couldnt get them to go down but never had a real answer for why they kept happening. I had kidney stones in 2002 which went away and again in 2009, had 2 shock wave treatments and they went away. I was then put on Hydrocloathiazide because my Calcium levels were too high, and last blood test (in April) showed they still were high and my vitamin D levels were low, so my NP told me to start taking vitamins for that. I have also been dealing with IBS for about 2 years.

    Just looking for a little advice, or suggestions. ANYTHING really at this point.
    TIA

    (Also: I tried doing a little bit of my own research, and I checked my symptoms and it came back with Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Which kinda freaks me out... cause the symptoms are spot on
    Excessive sweating (night sweats) -When I have a fever.
    Fatigue - So much... ALL the time
    Low-grade fever
    Pressure under the lower left ribs from a swollen spleen - idk if it's my spleen but when the dr or I pushes on my stomach that's where I feel pressure.
    Rash - small pinpoint red marks on the skin (petechiae)- I've had them for a couple years.
    Weakness

    I have had a test for Leukemia, so idk if this has been ruled out.)
    I've been on about 5 different antibiotics since this has started, as well as 2 different z-packs. None of which helped.
    I have also been tested for HIV and it was negative.
    Thanks for some answers though!!!

    • ANSWER:
      All the symptoms you have mentioned are general and my first guesses were chronic infection due to dental caries and the more difficult to diagnose CML.
      I had a friend whose son developed some of these symptoms and when the dentist dealt with it and put him on an antiiotic regimen, it resolved very quickly.

  41. QUESTION:
    am i a bad mommy?.?
    i feel like a bad mother my 1 year old is with my sister in law in LA because my sister in law was my babysitter than she left to LA because she is getting treatment done for her lupus so i send her with her she has been gone for a week came back this weekend than left again for another week and when i saw her this weekend from not seeing her she hardly reconized me?. it broke my heart when i saw her and carried her than she strated to cry cause she wanted my sister in law. so am i a bad mom?.

    dont judge me please.
    the only reason i send her is because my sister in law wanted her to go. my sister lives over here with me its not like she lives in la. and its not that easy i dont trust anyone but her and im the oldest in my family and my mom works. my sister offerd.

    and to you yea i might be pregnant again.
    okay so dont talk so rude.

    • ANSWER:
      despite what anyone in here says you are not a bad mother, they must not have kids and does not know how hard it can get !!! some people only come in here hiding behind the damn computer judgeing people when their probly no good therselves. we dont know what your situation is you could be depressed or etc. in time she will start to recognize you as her mom again!!!!!

  42. QUESTION:
    Hey my friend needs help for her hair, any products or anything seen on t.v. plz help her out...?
    My friend needs help for her hair. She has this thing called Lupus and i think thats the thing causing her hair to fall. Ya'll know of anything that might help her out. some kind of treatment or somethig seen on t.v.
    I'd be very gratefull to ya'll.

    • ANSWER:
      I bet she has really thick hair. Tell her to change hair products. I use redken and it works great. dont use anything you see on the tv cuz half the time they dont work

  43. QUESTION:
    Did Marijuana help your medical condition?
    I have chronic medical issues, including degenerative changes in my spine which can sometimes cause extreme pain. The doctors think I have Lupus (my dad has it, as do a few of my aunts.) Besides the chronic pain, I suffer from bouts of severe nausea, this can cause me to lose ten pounds in just a week or two. I always put the weight back on, but I get so sick and weak during those periods of time.

    I would like to make it clear that I am not looking for an excuse to smoke marijuana. I actually never have. A few people I know with similiar medical conditions of mine have taken it upon themselves to self medicate and have had amazing results, including a decrease in pain, and nausea. The only way I would ever consider using Marijuana woudl be if it was either legalized, or prescribed medically.

    The main point of this question is to see if anyone has had any positive or negative experience with Marijuana as a medical treatment. (It interests me as a biology student as well.) I would assume that smoking marijuana would be ill advised in someone with inflammation issues of the lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I suffer from horrible migraines from time to time and also have a terrible muscle spasm in my back, both of which have been alleviated by the use of marijuana.

  44. QUESTION:
    My dad's dog- a very emotional question about euthanasia?
    My dad's dog is 13. She has been very sick with serious digestive problems. Her medicine is very expensive and isn't completely effective as the dog still has many episodes of bloody diarhea. The vet has tried everything and my dad has gotten a 2nd opinion with the same recommendations for treatment.

    The dog also has arthritis, which is hard to treat because the medicines complicate the situation with her digestion. She limps and is in obvious pain, even whining frequently.

    My dad hasn't chosed to put her to sleep because he thinks she is still happy, wagging her tail and playing with her toys and occasionally chasing a rabbit or two (even then these playful episodes cause her pain levels to increase).

    I have lupus, so I know about living with pain and I wouldn't want someone to kill me just because I have pain that doesn't go away.

    But what about this situation? what would you do and why?
    Terrier Lady- Oh my! Now I am crying how sad and sweet! I have a dear little bichon-poo and can't even stand to think of that day.

    • ANSWER:
      Since it is your father's dog, I'd just wait for him to come to the conclusion that the dog's quality of life is not so good, and take it upon himself to have her euthanized. Arthritis comes and goes with the weather, some what, and as the weather gets warmer and dryer she may feel a lot better from that. As for the digestive problems, if he's willing to deal with them, so be it. He sounds intelligent enough to deal with the whole business. He will know when the time is right.

  45. QUESTION:
    Question About Chronic Anaemia.?
    Does anyone have any ideas of what might cause chronic anemia? I have hypothyroidism and am on hormone replacement therapy. I have been under treatment sporadically for anemia since I was about 7, and I'm 35 now. It seems like I become anemic every time I stop taking iron supplements. It's as if my body lacks the ability to store iron. Could my history of anemia be related to my current situation? My doctor is sending me for an ultra sound to see if the cause could be fibroids, but I'm doubtful because I've had this since before I began menstruating. I also doubt it is dietary, because I eat red meat 7 days a week. I've been tested for just about everything from lupus to pernicious anemia, and nothing has turned up. I've tried researching articles, but there isn't anything on childhood anemia that doesn't eventually clear up. The only time I'm not anemic is when I've taken high doses of iron supplements, but this only helps for a month or two, then I'm anemic again.

    • ANSWER:
      www.healingwell.com ............you can talk 2 people with the same problem good site

  46. QUESTION:
    For those of you who are opposed to nationalized healthcare?
    Some of the comments sound like people think that anyone without healthcare coverage simply is not willing to pay for it.

    However, what about families who cannot find full time jobs and have to work 2-3 part time jobs to support their families in high unemployment areas

    What about employees who work for temp agencies and cannot get health insurance, or the coverage available will pay out no more than what you pay in premiums (or even less).

    What about those families who must remain at home to care for family members requiring around the clock care.

    What about low income families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet they are still barely above the federal poverty guidelines?

    What about those who are unemployed and cannot afford the COBRA premiums (even with the stimulus plan), or worse yet, cannot qualify for COBRA.

    What about those people who have health conditions that prevent them from working full time.

    What about those people who require medications in order to function on a job (issues such as chronic depression, bipolar disorder, diabetes, lupus, MS) or cannot handle any type of a full time job due to medical or mental issues?

    Do you sincerely feel that all of these people should just continue to go without treatment. Do you also realize that unpaid medical expenses are causing problems for medical practitioners in maintaining practices.

    Do I understand that you don't care?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunatley yes - look at their pathetic responses - these are ignorant people who care nothing about anyone other than themselves and their money.

  47. QUESTION:
    Cystic Acne treatment?
    I have only recently begun to have terrible acne, and the doc did say that there is some cystic acne. I cant see a dermatologist as there are none available at all in my area, and my GP told me he wont prescribe anything till fall because of the reactions of these meds to the sun. He did recommend an over the counter product, but after one month it began to irritate my skin to the point it was burning. So--the acne is worsening and it HURTS. Isnt there something I can do or use? I have really, really sensitive skin.

    I am SO sick of this. I also have Lupus, but I am pretty sure that has nothing to do with it other than causing a severe reaction to a combination of sun and medications....Please help if you can....but please don't say proactive solution.....thanks.
    I really appreciate everyones help!
    Please remember I cant go to a dermatologist; there just ISN'T one around here, trust me I have been trying for ever:(

    The OTC product I was using was PanOxyl.

    I also cannot any drugs that can cause reactions with the sun, as I already have Lupus which causes me to get hives and sunburn even before any meds:(
    Well, found something that works very well for me, immediately! I am using Dove Sensitive Essentials face wash with Dove Day Lotion SPF, then at night I wash with Dove, then put on Aloe Gel, then use Garnier "A" spot treatment or crest toothpaste, and I cannot believe how well its working!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some REALLY good, and very inexpensive ways to treat most acne at home. Try each method (unless you’re allergic to the ingredients) until you find one that works best for you. Good luck =) BTW, I know some of these may sound bizarre but try them…what have you got to lose other than the acne!!

      1. Put toothpaste on your acne before going to bed. (Make sure it is paste not gel). It should reduce the swelling of acne noticeably.

      2. Dab egg whites on your acne and leave on for 20 minutes or overnight. It’s supposed to pull the infection out of the blemish.

      3. Wash acne infected areas twice a day with warm salt water. This reduces oils in the skin and helps to dry the acne up without further agitation.

      4. Use ice on acne before going to bed. This works best on pimples that have not yet formed a head. It reduces swelling and helps to prevent scarring.

      5. Wash and dab acne with cotton balls that have been soaked in vinegar. Let dry; do not wash off immediately.

      6. Place strawberries leaves over your acne and the alkalinity will help to reduce the swelling.

  48. QUESTION:
    My LYMPH NODES are extremely palpable (for years) i have lost TOO MUCH WEIGHT, what is wrong?
    Hello....if anyone would like to try to DIAGNOSE ME, I'd be SO GRATEFUL AT THIS POINT!
    ..... i'm 30 year old female, with a 10 year old son and had a thoracic fore gut tumor(benign) removed from my chest @ 15, a good portion of which was attached to my lungs, aorta,esophagus, Trachea.
    To Date- no known complications or regrowth.
    109 lbs
    5'3"
    hypothyroid, on synthroid
    Had IUD recently placed in cervix
    amphetamine salts,celexa, lorazapam for depression/fatigue and ADD
    MY SYMPTOMS:
    CURRANTLY AND THIS PAST YEAR: Generalized Swollen lymph glands(some firm and hard in groin area. Also where my hairline is in the back of my neck behind my ear i guess, and a few large ones up the side of my neck aligned with my shoulder), Re currant low Grade Fever(no higher than 101 w/out infection),Itchy Skin, Memory Loss,Hair loss, Acne,Bowel Changes,On and Off fatigue, mucus in my stool(for one year at least.More mucus than actual stool on average! SORRY TO BE SO GRAPHIC! Lower Back Pain, DULL ACHING PAIN on the inside of my knees,stiff neck,ankle pain after being on my feet for more than an hour.Also extremely dry; mouth,skin,hair,eyes,&nostrils, dizziness upon standing, sweats,wounds heal slowly, weird painless swelling above my butt where my dimples are(no dr has been able to guess why/what this swelling might be),diarrhea and constipation, tenderness above my belly button, hyper pigmentation on abdomen, arms and feet, anxiety, blood pressure has steadily increased throughout all of my many dr's visits this past yr.
    ADDED RECENT SYMPTOMS:Kidney pain, visible blood in urine: for 2 months now! it was bright red and then less visible for awhile and now dark brown like tea and extremely strong smelling, hardening and bloating of abdomen, extreme fatigue, productive cough, chest pain, neck pain,easily exhausted, unexplainable bruises, muscle spasms and bulging type pain JUST under my rib on both sides separately, weird stabbing pain on my left groin area near my larger lymph glands that makes my tendon look swollen, thrush, protein in urine, HI albumin in urine, repetitive rbc in urine, BUT NO INFECTION!! (multiple negative cultures), kidney stone shows on CT in an area that is expected to be asymptomatic and may not even pass. BUT I DO HAVE difficulty urinating and cramping JUST PRESCRIBED CIPRO FOR A SECOND TREATMENT. (not sure exactly why since culture is consistantly negative)

    Many tests HAVE BEEN DONE: .....All Basics(CB C's, liver, etc panels) + Lyme Disease,Hep(B,C etc), ANA,Sed Rate,R.F.,AIDS, Celiac Disease,Fecal Bacterial+Viral cultures,Lupus,Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydiae,Anemia, scleroderma, h. pylori, bladder cancer,
    P.C.P. says: hematologist &will do allergy & routine testing upon insurance ok
    E.N.T(ear,Nose&throat) says: inflammation or irritation down deep in my throat(but i smoke so...)
    GASTROENTROLOGIST says: gastritis, hemorrhoids,IBS, lymphoid aggragates in non lymph areas
    UROLOGIST says: extreme gross & microscopic unexplained hematuria, referral to hematologist(concerned about enlarged lymph's in groin and unexplained hematuria---------says kidney stone most likely not causing this amount of rbc,did FISH URINE TEST...NO CALL SO I'M GUESSING ALL CLEAR ON RESULTS)
    HEMATOLOGIST says: i'm thin so nodes are more palpable s we should wait. does not believe biopsy is neccessary at this point
    RHUEHEMATOLOGIST says: no signs autoimmune, non arthritic/ lupus like disease
    GYNOGYNECOLOGIST says: no infection, no discharge see urologist...
    DERMOTOLOGIST says: see rhuemotologist! lol, biopsied pigmented marks(inconclusive-possibe allergic reaction)

    i am waiting on results of a chest CT from HEMATOLOGIST because he heard alot in my lungs and another aids test(that'll be 4 tests in the last yr(all negative)

    I'M SURE THERE IS MORE INFO I"M NOT OFFERRING
    but i can't remember everything! lol any EDUCATED ADVICE would be appreciated
    THANK YOU!!!! i feel so helpless when i am sooo tired or weak..... i just want a solution!
    PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      See what the CT results are. If you get no answers there, I would go to a different hematologist and insist on a biopsy. If you can't get answers switch to a hospital that specializes in diagnostics.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me ?
    Im gooing to sum this up and try to be as painless as possible for anyone reading. Here goes :
    Im 41 with 3 children.
    Onset of symptoms started 3 months after 2nd child
    13 yrs ago 3 months after 2nd child : Headaches on left side . 1st catscan showed possible bleeding. 2nd MRI 24hrs later nothing - Docs had no diagnosis. I still get the pain on and off 13 yrs later . Painless nodules so extreme around ankles. Both. they stayed for 18 months docs had no diagnosis. Swelling painful salivary gland. Lasted 2 weeks. Docs, no diagnosis antibiotic treatment. Inflamation of optic nerves with eye doc visit. Followed up with doc, Said he doesnt think its anything to wrry about.
    These symptoms appeared than disapeared over a 6 year period. from 1997 - 2003

    Than after birth of 3rd child in 2003:
    6 weeks after birth waking rom a nap, extreme swelling, painful, red hands. Docs tested for RA and Lupus. Negative. Than severe ribcage pain. Tests : bone scan, blood work, all negative. It lasted about 6 months, dibilitating at times than just went away showing up in short spurts lasting 2 hrs at most sometimes. Again, inflamation and painful salivary glad. antibiotic treatment. All this time pain, redness and swelling in hands still to this day. Dizziness, numbness, tingling and weakness in left leg. Nerve conduct test , negative. Foot drop, MRI of spine, showing deg disc disease. Doc said he doesnt think its the cause. Numerous urinary tract infec. Forgetfulness, short term mem loss. MRI- Showed 2 spots on brain in the same area that they thought there was bleeding years before. Doc said to return in 3 months for another MRI. Still there but because it wasnt any worse, go back every yr. had 1 more so far and still the same. Pianless nodules severe on top of both feet and near shin bone. coming and going for 7 years.

    Now all these symptoms are on and off over 13 yrs. They are all still appearing and disapearing at different times. Stress is a huge factor. When Im under stress, its bad for a week or two at a time. What is constant:
    Tender ribcage bone, significant weakness in left leg (no foot drop anymore)
    Constant hand joint pain (feel sprained always)
    Migranes at least 2x's a months
    UTI's
    fatigue

    Im so glad there are MANY negative tests, howver shouldnt there be a positive somewhere in here??? I have no idea what the heck is going on and dont know what to expect fro 1 day to the next. Any ideas??

    • ANSWER:
      Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disorder that is usually considered a gut disorder, but it can manifest as you are describing. It attacks the gut when certain proteins are ingested. This inhibits absorption of nutrients to an extreme degree, and as a result, every system in your body can go on the fritz as they get starved.

      Common issues are: fatigue, headaches and joint aches, frequent infections and illnesses (UTI's, colds and flus, etc....), numerous soft tissue and repetitive strain injuries, injuries that won't heal easily or at all. Many celiacs also report odd 'spots' that are very painful when gluten is ingested. Scans show nothing. Pain goes away upon treatment of the disease and no cause is ever found. I've seen no medical research explaining this, but multiple celiacs say it is an issue.

      Another aspect of this disease that is very, very newly studied (I believe the oldest studies are 10 years ago, so most doctors don't even KNOW about it) is something called 'gluten ataxia.' In a few celiacs, the body not only seems to attack the gut, it produces antibodies to attack the nervous system, as well. It can cause numbness, tingling, difficulty moving limbs, memory issues, 'white spots' on the brain. Very, very few neurologists know about this.

      It is a disease that is 'triggered,' and stress and hormones seem to be two accepted triggers. The good news? There is no medication needed to alleviate symptoms. All it takes is a diet change: stop eating gluten, and the body stops attacking itself. This typically needs a bit of help to do, as gluten is challenging to avoid in our modern society. It is a protein from wheat, rye, and barley (and contaminating oats). But if a celiac's food is even touched by gluten, that can contaminate it with enough gluten molecules to make them sick - rather like an allergy, that way.

      If you wish to be tested, you must consume gluten until the test, as the test only registers damage, and not any marker of the disease. Some people get tested, some people stop eating gluten on their own or with the help of a dietician.

      This disease can be diagnosed via a celiac blood panel (blood test). There is also a biopsy, but recent research has indicated that it is having many more false negatives than previously thought, so currently, a positive blood test and symptoms improving on the diet are considered a better way of diagnosing. And again, unless you get an expert in the disease, they won't be aware of that. And I do mean expert, rather than specialist. Another study looked at the world-wide population of specialists in this field (GI docs), and over half got basic questions about diagnosing this disease wrong. :-/

      Also, there is something called gluten intolerance that there is no test for, but causes similar symptoms, gut-wise. It is not well studied (only confirmed to exist within the last 2 years), so I do not know if this causes neurological issues.

      If this is not your issue, just wanted to say: don't give up. What you are describing matches the stories of most people I know who had a condition that affected their entire bodies. Most are told to just 'keep an eye on' something or that it's not a huge issue, and so on and so forth. An endocrinologist might be of use, as they tend to look at systems within the body.

      Auto-immune diseases in general might be good to explore, as these are very often ignored by doctors, but do affect the entire body, as well.

      Wishing you the best of luck in finding the answer.

  50. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get an appointment with pain management without needing a direct referral from...?
    anyone other than a rheumatologist?

    I've got signs of an autoimmune disorder that has been causing me pain nearly everyday of the past year.. My doctor's office keeps passing me around and I'm just as frustrated as they are trying to see what is wrong with me. My insurance gave me numbers to three pain management (anestesia / nerve block / or medicine giving docs) to help with what my family practitioner (whom has actually just been my childrens' doctors mainly for the past year after he helped with the baby stuff) wanted to just call "fibromyalgia" because I've tried everything from lyrica, tramadal, cymbalta, etc... I even the past 3 weeks have been trying to handle my daily pain with no medication and have progressively gotten worse, I wake up with my legs cramped, back contortioned into the letter "c" and my feet throwing up gang signs... I have apparently not been able to handle this and over the phone they prescribed a sleeping pill and muscle relaxer as I was getting NO sleep due to this progressive pain. Then I get a call that the blood tests they took show signs of RA or Lupus. high sed rate, crp, etc. SO... I do not want to go back to my regular doctor who had done nothing but try to throw me under the fibromyalgia rug (which i DO believe exists ~ my sis and mother and 2 very dear friends have) because they don't know how to make me stop hurting. (I'm also very vit. D deficient I've been on a prescription dose 11 weeks in a row daily and re-draw showed that there was NO change in my vit. d levels at all, no increase, something is eating my vitamin D, lol) Whatever this blood test showed most recently got my rheumatology apt. moved three weeks closer than it was (hard appt to get into, I guess) and now I get to see them on the 7th and I technically have no one to give the results to... ?

    Now, the insurance company gave me numbers of diff types of pain mgmt companies and I'm wondering if I can just forward the Rhm. reports to them? or do I have to pay some other person in the middle? is a pain management doctor even a doctor that helps with diagnosis and ongoing treatment that would be other than a specialist?

    i'm so lost.

    • ANSWER:
      Call the numbers and find out. Most places require a referral from your primary care doctor. The pain management doctor is able to diagnose your condition and advise the type of treatments that could help you. No need to go to another doctor unless they recommend surgery.


Lupus Cure 2011

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Most diabetes diets have proven to be a failure and this is because they do not cure the insulin problem. The lack of good insulin causes the body to have a poison blood glucose that will cause the diabetic pain and many will have their legs cut off due to the damage to the circulation. The average diabetes diet of no sugar cannot stop or reverse diabetes. Only a reversing diabetes diet has been scientifically proven to work. Most diabetes diets are a waste of time because they cannot heal the insulin root problem. One diet has been stopping diabetes in many countries worldwide. See here CLICK HERE reversing type 2 diabetes

As the diabetic waits, the poison blood glucose goes to work and attacks the cells of the body. The circulation of a person with high blood sugar cuts off to the body parts. The waiting takes the life of the diabetic. It is critical to start a true reversing diabetes diet before the body parts lose the battle. Millions have had to have their legs cut off do not let it happen to you. Diabetes medications can cause heart failure and should be avoided.


Lupus Cure

Some of us blush, mostly when we're embarrassed. Our faces may feel warm and other people might notice a reddish tone. There are actually several reasons why your face may look red and flushed. And not all of those reasons are as benign as blushing; sometimes, a medical issue can be the cause. In this article, I'll give you an overview of 3 other factors that can lead to facial flushing.sea

Lupus: The Rouge Immune System

Nearly 2 million people have it. Lupus is a condition in which your immune system targets your own body. For some reason, it thinks that it needs to start destroying tissue. As a result of your body's private war against itself, you'll notice inflammation on your face or other parts of your body. When it manifests in the facial area, it normally splashes a red sheet across the nose and cheeks. Besides the flushing, you may also notice an achy and fatigued feeling throughout your body.

Rosacea: The Incurable Bumps

This condition is more prevalent than a lot of people realize. Over 14 million people have it in the U.S. alone. It manifests in several ways, including bumps and pimples that are filled with pus. In some people, there may be visible blood vessels on the face. The problem with rosacea is that it's incurable. If you have it, there's no way to get rid of it. That said, if you're showing symptoms, visit a doctor or dermatologist. They can prescribe treatment that will reduce the severity of the symptoms. Plus, if you don't have it treated, the problem can get worse with age.

Skin Irritations

The skin care and cosmetics industry is enormous. Each year, it seems as if hundreds of new products are formulated. Some of these formulations contain ingredients that can irritate your skin when applied topically. For example, a lot of people are unable to use alpha hydroxy acids on their face without showing inflammation. If one of the products that you're using contains irritating ingredients, identifying the offending ingredient can be challenging.

Acne In Adulthood

Because acne breakouts are usually caused by hormonal imbalances, it affects women more than men. As adults, a lot of women break out in pimples and acne during menstruation or while pregnant. In most cases, the breakouts - and accompanying flushing - will occur in the cheeks and neck.

See Your Doctor

The best way to determine whether your flushing is due to something benign or serious is to visit your doctor. He or she will have experience in diagnosing and treating lupus, rosacea, dermatitis, and adult acne. Plus, if you're coping with rosacea and don't realize it, neglecting treatment can exacerbate the symptoms. Don't guess. If you notice flushing in your face, have your doctor take a look. You may be suffering from a larger problem than you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there an organization that is really actually doing something to find a cure for lupus.?
    I have looked up several lupus organizations on the internet and I am yet to find an organization that really says they are doing some in depth studies to find the cause to find the cure. I guess I'm a skeptic, but is this auto-immune disease an industry as is cancer?

    http://ca.360.yahoo.com/profile-DviKqdI1eaSBH2V2476_OFdx0ct2VA--?inv=FZJRVFpo&r=

    • ANSWER:
      mabye

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a friend who has Lupus, Is their any cure for such disease and what cause it?
    my friend has only learnt about the disease until recent, and we cannot find any help here in my country (Belize) for her.
    She has been swollen from head to toe especially after the birth of her baby.

    • ANSWER:
      First have they checked her for APS? She needs to see a rheumatologist or even a perinatologist as soon as possible. I am worried about her kidneys and clotting. Up to six week post partum Lupus and APS patients are more likely to clot and have problems.

      Although a lupus pregnancy is considered high risk, most women with lupus carry their babies safely to the end of their pregnancy. Women with lupus have a higher rate of miscarriage and premature births compared with the general population. In addition, women who have antiphospholipid antibodies are at a greater risk of miscarriage in the second trimester because of their increased risk of blood clotting in the placenta. Lupus patients with a history of kidney disease have a higher risk of preeclampsia (hypertension with a buildup of excess watery fluid in cells or tissues of the body). Pregnancy counseling and planning before pregnancy are important. Ideally, a woman should have no signs or symptoms of lupus and be taking no medications for at least 6 months before she becomes pregnant.

      Pregnancy counseling and planning before pregnancy are important.

      Some women may experience a mild to moderate flare during or after their pregnancy; others do not. Pregnant women with lupus, especially those taking corticosteroids, also are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), and kidney complications, so regular care and good nutrition during pregnancy are essential. It is also advisable to have access to a neonatal (newborn) intensive care unit at the time of delivery in case the baby requires special medical attention.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is Lupus? Is there a cure for it like cancer? What are the side affects?
    I have just been diagnoses with border line lupus. I'm 17, and I am scared! I have alot of health problems, and in a weird way i'm glad that they found something wrong with me, because I thought I was crazy because of how constantly sick I would get every week, and the doctors not know why it was. So if you could provide me with any information you can I would appreciate it.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I'll start with the basics and then move forward.

      Lupus is an auto immune disease where the body's own immune system attacks both good and bad cells. It cannot distinugish between invaders and normal DNA. As a result, people with Lupus usually have swollen and painful joints, fatigue, kidney damage, heart, lung, liver and brain involvement.

      There is no cure for Lupus only treaatment of symptoms. Plaquenil (an antimalarial drug) is used to help keep the immune system quiet. Prednisone (a steroid) is used to help reduce swelling and inflammation. Cellcept (an immunosuppressant) used to lower the immune system. Cytoxan (a chemotherapy) is used when kidney damage/failure occurs. More recently Rituxan (a chemotherapy) has been used to help knock the immune system down.

      You do not have 'borderline Lupus' as there is no such thing. You have either been diagnosed with Lupus or you haven't. I think what you're doctor is trying to tell you is that you have Lupus but aren't having any severe side effects yet. Unfortunately, Lupus is a progressive disease. Most people with Lupus will eventually have some type of progression. Approximately 80% will have some type of kidney involvement in their lifetime. This kidney damage can range from very minor to needing a kidney transplant. People who's Lupus continues to progress have many more serious issues.

      The important thing is to follow your doctors directions exactly. If you are not currently on any medications then make sure you eat healthy and exercise regularly (not too strenuous). Make sure you see your doctor immediately if you have increased symptoms and have a Lupus flare. If not treated quickly Lupus flares can get out of hand. It is very important that you have good communication with all of your doctors.

      If you ever have any questions about your Lupus please feel free to contact me directly at tandd2@sbcglobal.net

      Good Luck to you!

  4. QUESTION:
    if a patient with Lupus ask you if her disease will be cure or when will it b cured, what would you say?
    if a patient with Lupus ask you if her disease will be cure or when will it be cured, what would you say and why ?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    How can you cure Lupus?

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there a dependable treatment/cure for Lupus?
    I'm interested in alternative medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      Look up Low Dose Naltrexone I have an autoimmune disease like Lupus and I tell you this is the best medicine which has almost no side effects that is available. All of the traditional medicines that I took caused my lung to collapse, my blood pressure to go sky high, my eyes to hurt like no tomorrow and I was spending hundreds of dollars a month for unnecessary medicines to counter act the medicine I took to supposedly control the RA. LDN (low dose naltrexone) is affordable and you won't need medicines to counter any of the side effects as there are only constipation and maybe some insomnia when you first take it. They disappear after a few weeks.

  7. QUESTION:
    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven't decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You do realize what lupus is right?

      Listen, I know you're scared. Anybody would be with that diagnosis. But the drugs are safe. The side-effects are minimal. Not taking the drugs and pretending that there is a natural cure is dangerous. You need to understand that the drug was prescribed because it was proven effective in the treatment of lupus. There are side-effects with any drug, even natural ones. What you need to do is weigh the potential benefits of taking the drug versus the potential consequences of side effects and of not taking the drug. Lupus is a highly treatable disease but there is no cure for it. The treatments are proven to be effective and safe as long as you follow the doctors orders.

  8. QUESTION:
    is it true that Lupus is not cure able?
    my friend's wife got this deases and he said it can not be cured. and in the end she passed out.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure for Lupus. However, if it is diagnosed in time, and treated properly, the prognosis is quite good.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for Lupus?
    If not, then is there a way to make it go into remission and stay that way? I know people with Diabeties who live normal live because they take really good care of themselves. As a friend how would I be able to help someone who had this disease? She has the kind that involves the organs.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a friend who also has Lupus. It would be better for you to go to this link below to read and maybe find out more specific things you are looking for.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone that has an experience with lupus and joints pain?
    I was diagnose with lupus 2 years ago, I am still debating if i should take allopatic drugs or dieting and natural route will help me to cure lupus. I am now considering homeopathic medicine and if any one have heard of it please let me know. Any one that have an experience positive or negative with plaquenil and prednisone please fell free to post it as well. Thanks
    Thanks Angie for your answer. and the link was very useful! God bless you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      I have had systemic lupus for about 14 years and have experienced joint pain. This is one of the most common symptoms of lupus.

      I personally prefer to do without drugs but obviously in some cases people have to take prescribed medication. I follow the low gi diet which was clinically trialled at the lupus unit http://www.lupus.org.uk/information/information_informationforpatients_diet.htm

      I also exercise, again that has been clinically trialled an proved to be of great help in controlling lupus and my joints are much better since doing this.

      I try to keep a positive outlook which absolutely definitely helps people with chronic illness and doctors will confirm that.

      It may be that you have to try prescribed drugs to get lupus under control and then take the route I have, it's a very individual decision and the severity of someone's lupus will often be the deciding factor as to which route you take.

      The only thing I would say is be very, very wary of 'natural' supplements as they are not always as harmless as they might seem, one of our patients had a very bad experience: http://www.lupus.org.uk/patients/annewarning.html.

      Finally, you will never 'cure' your lupus - no matter what people on the internet may try and tell you! I'm afraid we have it for life (unless a cure is found!). What you can do is control it and even go into remission when lupus goes dormant, but even then it can flare up again, for example if you are very stressed.

      We have a nurse online that can answer any lupus questions you might have, it's a free service: http://www.lupus.org.uk/onlinenurse.htm

      Hope that helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why is it so difficult for physicians to find a cure for immune diseases like Lupus?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not that it's difficult to cure immune diseases, it's that it's hard to cure immune diseases without completely destroying a person's immunity from every other bacteria, virus, fungus, or parasite out there. Current treatment is basically immunosuppressant therapy.
      The way the immune system works -- at least in part -- involves these things called antibodies. They're basically little markers that identify and tag bad cells. Then their buddies from other parts of the immune system come by and gobble up or destroy any tagged cells. The problem with diseases like Lupus, which are properly called autoimmune diseases, is that the body starts making antibodies that identify the body's own cells as dangerous. The rest of the immune system doesn't know any better, and they destroy the body's own cells that were mistakenly marked.
      So the problem is, how do we prevent the body from making antibodies against itself? We can't -- if we prevent the immune system from adapting, we won't be able to protect ourselves against new bugs that we haven't encountered yet. We could try removing all the antibodies from the bloodstream, or at least disabling them so they can't function properly anymore, but that would be really hard to do without destroying antibodies that we need. Ideally, we'd be able to engineer some kind of anti-antibody based on a person's genetic immune markers (HLAs or MHCs, which tells the immune system whether a cell is foreign or belongs to you) that would disable the self-antibodies while keeping the rest of the immune system working. That might be a possibility in the future, but at the moment it's very expensive to map out your immune system's definition of "self", let alone custom engineer an antibody to the antibodies that misrecognize these 'self' proteins.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you cure / treat lupus?

    • ANSWER:
      I just asked a similar question yesterday - and it was solved! There MAY be a possible cure for Lupus! I copy and paste the part (or check the answers-part in my profile!):

      "SOLVED: http://www.lupusrecoverydiet.com :-) !!!!

      The book I was searching actually exists! And I even found some more, 2 of them even written by real doctors:
      http://www.healing-lupus.com/
      http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default... (they say that "Eat to Live" also deals with Lupus)
      http://www.nealbarnard.org/books.htm
      (here is even a book on reversing diabetes through diet!)

      I ordered already 3 books, I will test anything which may help and is more or less scientifically backed! This does not look like a fraud to me!"

      The "healing-lupus.com" seems less reliable, but 2 other are written by real doctors and backed by scientific research, so I will definitely give it a try. If you have Lupus too, you can write me, we can exchange tips and sources and all!

      I found out the books myself in the end, but here is also an answer I got (another link to a Lupus case seemingly healed by diet!):
      "Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
      Is this what you read? Or something else?
      http://www.vegsource.com/articles/mcdougall_report3.htm

      mentions book:
      McDougall's Medicine – a Challenging Second Opinion"

  13. QUESTION:
    Ppl who have lupus, or have had it, do you think chelation therapy can cure you?
    I have lupus and Ive been researching for ONLY natural, drug-free medecines to reverse all symptoms of lupus. If anyone has been cured by chelation thereapy or any other way, please let me know!!! im dying...........

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any idea how toxic chelation therapy can be? There are hundreds of different side effects ranging from cardiac arrhythmias to kidney failure as side effects associated with chelating agents. Certain chelating agnets like penicillamine, a copper chelating agent, actually causes lupus like symptoms in an otherwise normal individual. You want to try to look for natural drug-free medications to rever symptoms of lupus? Your search for this natural curing chelating agent will probably kill you before your ignorance realizes that actual medications are 100x safer.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can we cure Systemic Lupus Erythematosus? (SLE) - or known as Lupus diseases?

    Will it worsen if someone with Lupus getting older?
    If there's no cure, is there any known ways to fight this immune disease?
    I heard of controlled diet can lead to a better life with Lupus, is that works?
    Are there any certain foods that someone with Lupus cannot take? or maybe recommended to be taken?

    • ANSWER:
      there is no cure. in lupus, your immune system attacks your own body for some reason, so its managed with immunosuppressant drugs to slow the progression of the disease.

  15. QUESTION:
    This is a toughy. Are their any natural cures for Lupus DLE and SLE? ?
    Lupus is an Autoimmune disease that triggers inflammation of tissue, joints and organs. Most Orthodox and conventional doctors say their isn't a cure. However it has been suggested that Omega 3 acids help inflammation. Is their any other suggestions for this disease without having to rely on pharmaceutical drugs? Is there a cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone will probably tell you that there is indeed no cure. That is fine since that's what they learned and you don't have to feel bad about them or anyone.

      I can tell you however that it indeed looks that there is a cure for this disease as well as for any other. I strongly suggest that you take the time to check this here : The One Minute Cure => http://tinyurl.com/6pt26p

      You will find that it all makes a lot of sense. And I'm about to start my own treatment doing what they suggest there real soon.

      Wishing you health!

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for Lupus? Or is there a treatment for Lupus that does not consist of prescription drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      No cure as such. Reducing stress can help, though. Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, and such disciplines that may increase your general well-being and boost your immune system could help.

  17. QUESTION:
    Are there any cures for the lupus disease?
    We think my friend may have lupus and I was wondering if there was any way to completely rid him of the disease. He wants to go to the Air Force and he may not pass the physical to do combat. If there is a cure, I am interested in the cost of the cure. Can someone please help us here? It would be really appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it is an incurable autoimmune disease. There are treatments, but no cure.

      I'm sorry but the Air Force is not going to let your friend in.

  18. QUESTION:
    What tattooo can i get to to symbolize lupus?
    i recently found out that my friend has lupus, and as ya'll may know their is still no cure for lupus! she is only 16 years old, and i wanna show her that i support her all the way! i know sum may think theirs other ways i can show support, but this is something i really wanna do! any ideas

    • ANSWER:
      A butterfly represents lupus because of the malar or butterfly shaped rash we often get across our faces.

      Instead of spending money on a tattoo, why not make a donation to the Lupus Foundation of America, Lupus Research Institute, or Alliance for Lupus Research? That will do a lot more good than spending it on a tattoo.

      Learn about lupus so you can be a supportive friend. Go to www.butyoudontlooksick.com and read the spoons theory. It will help you understand what she is going through.

      Go to www.lupus.org and sign up for a Walk for Lupus Now. Get a team together.

      Write to your congressional representatives and urge them to support the lupus REACH amendment for funding of lupus research.

      Get a lupus bracelet, lapel pin, or car magnet and display it to raise awareness.

      These are things you can do that will actually HELP not only your friend, but the 1.5 million of us who live with lupus.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for lupus?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. There are all sorts of treatments that reduce symptoms, but Lupus is an autoimmune disorder--basically, your immune system has started attacking itself--and thus far, there's no cure.

  20. QUESTION:
    is there a cure for lupus nephiritis?

    • ANSWER:
      There are Medications but No Cures. There are over 300 Types of Lupus. I have a Form Myself. Good Luck

  21. QUESTION:
    Y haven't they found a cure for lupus?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    is there a cure for LUPUS? if not, what can slow it down or help to slow it down ?
    A friend of mine just got diagnosed with LUPUS, she's now 1.5months pregnant, she miscarried once, so this is gonna be her first, but she got bleeding most of the time and doctor said somehow the fetus is not attached ( i dunno the exact way to describe it ), and doctor said he can give her a full 9 months daily shot to strengthen the womb (maybe its like steroid shots...), will this be good ? Would glad to have your opinion or your experience so I can help her.
    She's in deep shock coz she felt that she could lose the baby as the doctor cannot guarantee even after taking those shots, the baby will be born alive or healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      I do not think there is a cure but pray is the best thing because God is the only person can help you,good luck

  23. QUESTION:
    Is ther a cure for Lupus. Even alternative medicine.?
    She is young girl, spanish origen, 15 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to say, at the present time there is no cure for LUPUS. I say this with a sad heart for I have Lupus. I have had Lupus for over 15 years. I am a 62 year old white male, you will not find much information on Lupus for men.
      Do not give up on yourself. They have medications to treat the rash and the pain. Make sure you keep in close contact with your Doctor. This is very important for your over all general health. You may have to stay out of the sun as much as you can or use a strong sun block.
      I have been in and out of remission, over the years. Lupus can lead to other things, that is why it is important to stay in close contact with your Doctor. Groups like the National Lupus Foundation are good places to get information, also they will keep you informed on all the research that is taking place each and every day.
      Try as hard as you can not too let Lupus get you down, fight the depression, eat a well balanced meal each and every day. Take the medication that your Doctor wants you to take. Think well, be well and most of all DON'T give up. Good Luck.

      Mike K.

  24. QUESTION:
    Has there been a cure found for Lupus?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are only treatments for Lupus as of now. If you have lupus one thing you can do would be to look for clinical trials to join. I have Fibro and that is one way I help out the FM community, plus it is free meducal care, free services, and sometimes you get paid.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is their a cure for Lupus......?
    Why so much pain??? Is it in the blood or in the muscles??? Why the burning feeling in my veins ???
    What is the best treatment and not deadly ?? Most medicines are highly dangerous....like methrothaxes...

    • ANSWER:
      There is no known cure for lupus

  26. QUESTION:
    Lupus is a desease ,I want to have more information regarding its cure,signs and any issue relevant?

    • ANSWER:
      You probably should check out the Lupus Foundation of America's website:

      http://www.lupus.org/newsite/index.html

      They have a lot of information. There is currently no cure for lupus. The best doctors can do are to treat the collection of symptoms/ailments suffered. You can also read up on new treatment that they're researching. This site is best at providing new technology, as well as dispelling myths.

      Good luck!!

  27. QUESTION:
    will they ever find a cure for lupus????

    • ANSWER:
      Eventually yes. While you're thinking about what a long time "eventually" might be, take heart from this:

      My 60 year old sister has lived with lupus all her adult life.
      Her mother died of it at 19.

  28. QUESTION:
    is there any cure for lupus?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    cure to lupus??

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. I have systemic lupus. There is not a cure. Medicines are used to treat the symptoms and help keep flare-ups at bay.
      I take aspirin, ibuprofen, and plaquenil each day for it.
      Other medications used are prednisone, methotrexate, dexamethasone, etc...

  30. QUESTION:
    cure for Lupus?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure for lupus. Researchers aren't even exactly sure what causes it.

      Go to www.lupus.org and click on the take action link. Email your congressional representatives asking them to co-sponsor the Lupus REACH amendments to find a cure.

  31. QUESTION:
    DISCOID LUPUS ---------what is it and can i cure it?
    i have had discoid lupus for a number of year and am taking plaquinil

    what is discoid lupus
    -what can i do
    - what happens with it

    -know any good treatments e.t.c.

    • ANSWER:
      Discoid lupus is the kind of lupus that affects the skin. There are many different ways it can affect the skin, and which way will determine what treatment.

      When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet A or B light, it alters the DNA in the cells of the surface of your skin. Your immune system makes antibodies against this DNA. The antinbodies signal white cells to come and surround it. The white cells emit an enzyme to dissolve the DNA. The enzyme causes inflammation which causes the skin rashes.

      Stay out of the sun. Period.

      The debris from this process is supposed to be cleared in the spleen but with lupus, the garbage may get dumped elsewhere causing organ damage and inflammation in other parts of the body.

  32. QUESTION:
    i have been diagnosed with levido reticularis but don't have lupus. is there a cure or any help for this. help
    it can be fairly painful when touched at times. i currently have staph infection and could this levido reticularis be a contributer to it? if there is not a cure is there at least any help for it? please tell me something good i could really use some encouraging news. thanks
    thanx for the info it is very helpful!!!

    • ANSWER:
      One of the most important things you can do is protect your body from cold. Cold will make the symptoms worse. Warm the areas that are affected. I couldn't find any information to suggest there might be a connection to the staph infvection.

      Unfortunately there is no known cause or proven treatment. One therapy may show some promise. It is called bath-puva. I've attached one website that discusses it. Possibly you coud discuss this therapy with your doctor and see what your doctor thinks of it.

      Take care of yourself. God bless. I hope this helps.

  33. QUESTION:
    Do pH diets work in curing Lupus Decoid?
    I'd like to hear from people who have tried the ph diet to cure Lupus Decoid and from the medical profession.
    What success or failures have you had, did it work?
    Can you recommend a diet or reading material?

    Will I lose my hair with Lupus Decoid?
    Sorry, yes I mean Discoid Lupus

    • ANSWER:
      It didn't help me, but you may be different.

      I've had discoid for years, along with SLE, and the only thing that has ever helped has been prednisone and anti-malarial drugs.
      Diet has never made any difference, but my rash is mainly on my cheeks and nose and barely noticable at times. I haven't been out in the full sun in years and that's probably made the biggest difference. I still go out, but I'm always covered and I wear a hat. I also know when I'm about to "flare" so I take things easy for awhile, and can usually get over it fairly quickly.

      Lupus isn't curable, but there are things you can do to make it more bearable. You won't necessarily lose your hair, unless that area of your head is heavily affected, but prednisolone should help with the rash and irritation.

      Because the symptoms of lupus vary not only in type but also severity, the treatment may also need to vary. It may take time to find the right combination of treatments for each individual. Treatments may include:

      rest
      exercise
      physical therapy for muscle weakness
      avoiding sun exposure
      using medications such as:
      anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin for symptomatic relief
      corticosteroid drugs such as prednisolone for inflammation
      antimalarial drugs such as chloroquine phosphate or hydroxychloroquine for rashes, arthritis and malaise .

      I hope you find something that helps... but I haven't heard of anyone seeing improvement on the ph diet.

  34. QUESTION:
    how do i start a charity walk in my town for lupus? what are the steps and who do i contact?
    My Grandmother passed away from lupus in 1995 and ever since then i wanted to do something to give people with lupus hope and inspiration to help maybe one day cure this disease not much is known about it but hopefully with help i could raise awareness!!!!
    Please help!!!?

    • ANSWER:
      Contact the Lupus Foundation. They should be able to give you pointers and advice on how to arrange for the walk. I commend you for your efforts. I had a friend who passed away from Lupus.
      God Bless

  35. QUESTION:
    what is lupus and how can u cure it??
    my best friends dog is sick from it and i really need to help her out
    ITS A DOG......... i only want answers if it has 2 do with a dog.....thanxx

    • ANSWER:
      in humans, lupus is an auto- immune disease. this means that the immune system in your body thinks that parts of you are actually foreign bodies and therefore attacks them. there is no cure but there are ways of treating and controlling it which a vet can advise you on

  36. QUESTION:
    How to cure SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematus)?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      The treatment SLE

      The treatments of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) depends on which organs are affected and how severely. Because lupus may assume many forms, finding the most effective treatment may take time.

      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium may reduce joint and other tissue inflammation.

      Antimalarial drugs. There is no known relationship between lupus and malaria, and no one knows why antimalarial drugs help improve lupus. These medications may be useful for treating skin and joint problems and inflammation of the surface of organs like heart and lungs. These drugs may also prevent flares of the disease.

      Corticosteroids. These drugs counter the inflammation of lupus. The dosage depends on which organs are involved and how severely.

      Immunosuppressive medications. These drugs, such as azathioprine and cyclophosphamide , reduce one’s normal immune response. The doctor may prescribe them if lupus is widely affecting the organs, especially the kidneys. Other medications that may be used to treat lupus include methotrexate, chlorambucil , cyclosporine and mycophenolate. The doctor may prescribe them if corticosteroids are not effective.
      In addition, managing lupus means taking good general care of oneself. One can take the following steps to improve the function of the immune system:

      Get adequate rest and regular exercise.

      Avoid smoking. Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and can worsen the effects of lupus on the heart and blood vessels.

      Limit alcohol. Alcohol can affect the liver, kidneys, heart and muscles, and may interact with medications.

      Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

  37. QUESTION:
    Holistic therapy or others alternatives for lupus!?
    I want to know if anyone has try any holistic therapy or any other alternatives treatment for lupus. Im not necessarily looking for a cure just something that would help with the symptoms. Does anyone have a successful story? Please share it with me! My sister is in her last stages and im desperately looking for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a type of self-allergy, whereby the patient's immune system creates antibodies which instead of protecting the body from bacteria & viruses attack the person's own body tissues. This causes symptoms of extreme fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, anaemia, general malaise, & can result in the destruction of vital organs. It is a disease with many manifestations, & each person's profile or list of symptoms is different. Lupus can mimic other diseases, such as multiple sclerosis & rheumatoid arthritis, making it difficult to diagnose.

      Currently there is no single test that can definitely say whether a person has lupus or not. Only by comprehensive examination and consideration of symptoms and their history can a diagnosis be achieved.

      The following is a list of some of the most common homeopathic remedies which will (God willing) be most effective in relieving the symptoms being experienced by the patient.

      A pronunciation guide can be found in brackets next to each of the remedy names.

      Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

      I suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

      If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

      Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from good major pharmacies, and also specialist homeopathic pharmacies in UK.

      Aconite (Ackonite): Symptoms are sudden, violent, brief. Anxiety, fear, restlessness, grief, high temperature with great thirst, insomnia.

      Apis Mel (Ape-iss mel): Insect stings , burning, stinging pains, cystitis, swelling of lower eyelids, absence of thirst.

      Argent Nit (Aah-gent nit): Colic, headache, dizziness.

      Arnica (Aah-nicker): Use after injury, bruises, sprains, physical exhaustion, insomnia due to over-tiredness, muscle aches all over.

      Arsen Alb (Aah-sen alb): Restlessness, anxiety and fear, throat dry and burning, cramps in calves, food poisoning, psoriasis.

      Belladonna (Bella-donna): Brightly flushed face, swollen joints, insomnia, vertigo, facial neuralgia, severe throbbing earache, dry hacking cough, acne.

      Bryonia (Bry-owneeyuh): Irritability, chestiness, dryness, dry painful cough, dry lips, thirst, especially for cold drinks.

      Calc Carb (Calc carb): Cracked skin in the winter, period pains, itching skin, premenstrual tension, toothache, vertigo, insomnia.

      Calc Fluor (Calc Fl-erh): Head colds with thick greenish-yellow discharge), catarrh, croup, piles, varicose veins, toothache, arthritis.

      Carbo Veg (Carbo vedge): Indigestion with excessive flatulence, mild food poisoning after eating fish, hoarseness, loss of voice, tinnitus with nausea and vertigo.

      Euphrasia (Yoo-frazier): Cold with watery eyes and streaming nose, conjunctivitis, hayfever.

      Gelsemium (Jel-semi-um): Influenza, sneezing, sore throat, symptoms of flushing, aching, trembling, weary with heavy aching muscles, runny nose, vertigo.

      Graphites (Graff-fight-ease): Unhealthy skin, eczema, cracked finger tips, constipation, tinnitus, earache, sinus trouble, dandruff.

      Hepar Sulph (Hee-par sulph): Skin highly sensitive, eczema, acne, croup, earache, tonsilitis.

      Hypericum (High-perrycome): Painful cuts and wounds, lacerated wounds involving nerve endings, abscesses, headache with a floating sensation as a result of a fall.

      Ignatia (Ig-nay-sha): Fright, prolonged grief, piles, sore throat, croup, piercing headache, insomnia.

      Ipecac (Ipper-cack): Any illness where there is nausea and sickness, travel sickness, bronchitis.

      Kali Bich (Cally bick): Complaints brought on by a change to hot weather, catarhh with stringy discharge, sinus troubles, migraine, hard cough.
      Kali Phos (Cally foss): Mental tiredness from over-work, nervous exhaustion, nervous indigestion, loss of voice, hoarseness, giddiness from exhaustion and weakness.

      Lycopodium (Lie-co-podium): Irritability, fear of failure, cystitis, period pain, premenstrual tension, gout, hiccough with acidity.

      Merc Sol (Murk sol): Feverish head cold, sore throat with excessive saliva, mouth ulcers, thrush (mouth), thirst, toothache, earache.

      Nat Mur (Nat murr): sneezy cold, nose runs like a tap, eczema, thrush (mouth), vertigo, premenstrual tension, housemaid's knee.

      Nux Vom (Nux vom): For over-indulgence in food and alcohol, itching piles, stuffy colds, raw throat, vertigo, constipation.

      Pulsatilla (Pulse-a-tiller): Catarrh, styes, change of life, premenstrual tension, cystitis, acne, tinnitus.

      Rhus Tox (Russ tox): Rheumatic aches and pains, over-exertion, pain in ligaments, shingles, tickling cough.

      Ruta Grav (Rooter grarve): Injuries to bones, fractures, dislocations, sprains of wrists and ankles, eye strain, synovitis, urticaria.

      Sepia (Seep-yuh): Premenstrual tension, periods suppressed or delayed, change of life, hot sweats, dandruff, wash-day hands.

      Silicea (Silly-ce-a): Boils, abscesses, acne, bunions, hayfever, chronic headaches beginning at the front, sinus troubles.

      Sulphur (Sulf-er): Unhealthy looking skin, tendency to skin disease, itching skin, acne, burning and itching piles, insomnia, tinnitus, lack of energy.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me some actual natural cures to Lupus and Cancer?
    If anyone knows from personal experience I'd appreciate it. I just heard about mangosteen, so if you know anything about that.

    • ANSWER:
      Good luck on your search....I will be thinking of you.

      I have not used this for cancer (my own illnesses) but there are sooo many patient stories in the book about MULTIPLE types of cancer recoveries....(breast, skin, colon, pancreatic...just a few). Wheatgrass therapies. People with cancer drink theraputic doses...ex. 10 oounces a day. There is something in Wheatgrass that basically kills the carcinogenic effects of cancer....plus it's LOADED with nutrients and cleans the blood. YOu can get it at juice bars (Jamba Juice) or you can just grow in cheaply in your home this is what we do.

      The book has a green cover...called Wheatgrass:Nature's Finest Medicine. Read reviews at Amazon or Barnes and Noble if you are curious....

  39. QUESTION:
    nobelln doctors that has vitamins for lupus?
    llooking for doctors that have did research on vitamins for lupus cure.

    • ANSWER:
      go to USC IN LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA, THEY HAVE THAT CURE ALREADY

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get lupus twice?
    after a person is cured of lupus, can that person get it again?

    • ANSWER:
      As noted in the previous responses Lupus is a lifelong, chronic disease with no cure. There are treatments which can help with the symptoms and quiet flares however no cure.

  41. QUESTION:
    how do you lose weight after gaining 60lbs from taking steroids due to having Lupus?
    after being told I had Lupus(an autoimmune disease with no cure but alot of pain and heartache) I had a bigger let down that I had to take steroids because the leading medicine given to LUPUS patients I couldn't take because of another health issue---so i gained 60lbs in 6 months--HELP!!

    • ANSWER:
      Im in the same boat as u i 2 have lupus and gain 25lbs do 2 the roids, since i'm off them 4 now i started working out 7x a wk 30mins a day 2x a day i eat 4-6 small meals and i try to burn 7000 cals a week so for i have lost 10lbs n 6wks but each person body is different but try to burn half of what u eat, put ur mind 2 it that i want the weight off i know it hurts 2 look @ urself a 6 60lbs more but just workout and diet diet good luck and best of health.
      p.s
      the pain will make u want 2 stop working out but dnt! i'll b here with u every step of the way if u want more help email me!

  42. QUESTION:
    Why isn't there a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    I know this sounds really stupid but why isn't there a cure for RA?
    Is it because there hasn't been enough research for it?
    is it because there isn't enought money to do the research?
    Is it because everyone else is busy finding a cure for cancer or lupus?

    I don't understand. Please forgive me for my ignorance but I'd like to know why.

    • ANSWER:
      Rheumatoid arthritis is a genetic disease, it is in your genes and once these gene's are 'switched on' (by environment, smoking etc) it is impossible to switch them off without switching off other genes. Also it is your bodies own immune system which is attacking itself.

      There are some very effective treatments that slow down the disease and there is alot more research is being done on these treatments, but like cancer and lupus it is very difficult to cure.

  43. QUESTION:
    Who knows about LUPUS disease.? I know there are several different categories of Lupus.?
    First I started going to a specialist about my kidneys. There are small problems there. now they are double checking me for Lupus. Is there no cure for this disease? I am seeing a neprologist and he sees alot of patients in 1 day. He is the only specialist around my area. Please need the true facts on Lupus disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to tell you that there is no cure for lupus. There are several ways doctors work to help prevent flare ups, pain, and any further damage but there is no actual way to rid your body of it completely. Fortunately, most people with Lupus are able to go on and live a basically normal life and have the same life expectancy as anybody else does.

      Lupus presents itself in many ways and is often the go to diagnosis when doctors don't really know what's going on. If you are diagnosed with Lupus, I suggest you insist your doctor go over all the other possibilities as there are several other disease that can appear to be Lupus.

      Good luck and I hope you are not unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with it.

  44. QUESTION:
    HAS ANYONE BEEN CURED OF LUPUS? I AM REALLY SICK NOW, HAVE HAD IT FOR YEARS, TIRED OF MEDS, NOTHING IS WORKING?
    WANT TO KNOW IF ANYONE IS CURED BY HOMEOPATHIC DOCTOR OR HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS, NEED TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE NOW.

    • ANSWER:
      Namaste,
      I have been treating various Chronic Patients with Advanced Reiki and Pranic Healing from the last 7 years.

      I do Distant advanced healing . Feel proud to have 100 % positve feedbacks from my patients. This is holistic treatment, which is very effective, permanant in nature, without any side effects and does not need any kind of medications.

      Ailments happen due to imbalance of the body chakras but this Advanced Distant Reiki Healing makes a proper balance among body chakras and thus cures the body ultimately.

      Frankly speaking, I have not dealt with any case of lupus yet, but I am sure that this can also heal with this advanced Reiki Healing.as I have cured many other Chronic ailments which were said to be incurable by medical science.

      If you like you can try this healing and see the results. you can get my Email address from my profile.

      Love and light

      Sandip jain

  45. QUESTION:
    are there any new cures for lupus?
    i have lupus & wonder if any new drugs or any new studies have been found for found for the cure

    • ANSWER:
      no sorry. but you have to stay out of the sun and floresent lights, to take care of ur skin. my family has lupus in their genes and i am hoping and praying i don't get it! ;)

  46. QUESTION:
    My 3rd and 4th toes are numb, tingling and painful. What can it be and can how can I cure it?
    My toes have been painful and numb for the last two months. It's really driving me crazy. I am 48 and have lupus and told I have MS, had a bunionectomy and surgery for hammer-toes in my 20's. Right knee and left ankle were broken and crushed in a car accident 15 years ago. Is there anything that helps?

    • ANSWER:
      One of your health issues may be causing something to pinch the nerve that leads to your third and fourth toes. Try changing the way you are sitting/standing/lying when you get numb. Sorry about all of the health problems!

  47. QUESTION:
    Do I really need a final diagnosis for lupus?
    Im so sick of going to a 1000 different dr's. Is a diagnosis really that important, or can i just continue to take all the freekin meds they have me on... I think the stress of all if this is makin me feel more crapy. Since there is no cure and nothin they can really do about it can't I just Ignore it and deal with the symptoms when they come. Oh why all the meds? doesn't that make it harder on my kidneys and liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes Michelle unfortunately you do. The reason being is the treatment for lupus is so specific to that disorder. Autoimmune disorders are often hard to diagnose because the symptoms tend to mimic each other. All the meds are to keep your immune system from seeing your organs as the "enemy" . Hopefully in time you will go into remission and be able to taper of the meds. Good luck .

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the disease known as Lupus?
    it said to have no cure.

    • ANSWER:
      This excerpt from the Lupus Foundation website might be helpful, or you can visit the link...

      The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are:
      extreme fatigue (tiredness)
      headaches
      painful or swollen joints
      fever
      anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume)
      swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes
      pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy)
      butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
      sun- or light-sensitivity (photosensitivity)
      hair loss
      abnormal blood clotting
      fingers turning white and/or blue when cold (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
      mouth or nose ulcers

  49. QUESTION:
    Found out my cousin has Lupus?? What happens now?
    Found out my cousin has Lupus.. Is there a cure for Lupus? what exactly happens with people who have Lupus? I saw her blood results and her level is at a 1.23 .. what do those numbers mean? it also said non-reactive.. Will she be ok?? she's losing hair.. is that a symptom.

    • ANSWER:
      What Is Lupus?
      The immune system is designed to attack foreign substances in the body. If you have lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system and it attacks healthy cells and tissues. This can damage many parts of the body such as the:

      •Joints
      •Skin
      •Kidneys
      •Heart
      •Lungs
      •Blood vessels
      •Brain.

      There are many kinds of lupus. The most common type, systemic lupus erythematosus, affects many parts of the body. Other types of lupus are:

      •Discoid lupus erythematosus—causes a skin rash that doesn't go away
      •Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus—causes skin sores on parts of the body exposed to sun
      •Drug-induced lupus—can be caused by medications
      •Neonatal lupus—a rare type of lupus that affects newborns.

      What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?
      Symptoms of lupus vary, but some of the most common symptoms of lupus are:

      •Pain or swelling in joints
      •Muscle pain
      •Fever with no known cause
      •Red rashes, most often on the face
      •Chest pain when taking a deep breath
      •Hair loss
      •Pale or purple fingers or toes
      •Sensitivity to the sun
      •Swelling in legs or around eyes
      •Mouth ulcers
      •Swollen glands
      •Feeling very tired.
      Less common symptoms include:

      •Anemia (a decrease in red blood cells)
      •Headaches
      •Dizzy spells
      •Feeling sad
      •Confusion
      •Seizures.
      Symptoms may come and go. The times when a person is having symptoms are called flares, which can range from mild to severe. New symptoms may appear at any time. there is no cure for lupus hunny sorry

  50. QUESTION:
    Stem Cell Therapy for Lupus and Kidney Failure... I need leads, please?
    Hello, I'm a 30 year old who has Lupus and kidney failure (I'm on dialysis) and would like to know if there is a doctor in another country who has cured Lupus or regenerated kidney tissue. Any help would be appreciated cos I don't even know where to start, as this sort of thing isn't commonplace in America. I'm willing to travel so if it's Sao Paulo or Germany, I'm willing to go. Where can I go for Stem Cell therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      I am waiting for my call to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnisota for Stem Cell harvesting and in plant.. they are one of the biggest stem cell implant hospitals in the world.. Go to mayoclinic.com and you can get right to the root of your problem... do it ASAP... Good luck and God bless Grant M in Pennsylvania