Doctor For Lupus Called

If getting your disability claim awarded was as easy as getting a doctor to state that you can't work, many more people would be receiving benefits right now. Unfortunately, your doctor's medical decision is just one thing the SSA considers when evaluating your disability claim. Here are the important facts to know about your doctor's medical opinion and your disability claim.

1. The SSA has to find that you are disabled!

The SSA needs to determine that you have either a physical or mental condition that is expected to either last for at least 12 months, or result in death. Your condition has to have prevented you from working at the last job you had, and prevent you from performing any other type of work available in the economy based on your health, education and work experience.

2. The opinion of the SSA doctor that you saw probably won't matter more than your own doctor's opinion.

Usually, the one time medical evaluation done by a SSA doctor will not be given more weight than your treating doctor's opinion.

3. The longer your own doctor has been treating you, the more importance the SSA will give his or her medical decision.

The SSA has guidelines, which dictate how much weight can be given to your doctor's medical opinion. The SSA will give more importance to your doctor's opinion if your doctor has been treating you over a long period of time. In addition, your doctor's opinion will be given controlling weight (most important medical opinion in the record) if:

  • Your doctor has been treating you over a long period of time,
  • Your doctor's opinion is supported by clinical and laboratory tests, and
  • Your doctor's opinion is consistent with the other substantial evidence in the record.

4. The more supported and consistent your doctor's opinion is with the other medical evidence in your record, the more weight it will be given by the SSA.

If what your doctor concludes is not consistent with the other medical evidence in the record, SSA can decide not to automatically give controlling weight to your doctor's opinion. The SSA will evaluate each medical opinion in the record and use the following factors to determine the weight given to each opinion:

  • The length of time the doctor has been treating you and how often this doctor saw you. The longer and more frequent that a doctor has treated you increases the weight the doctor's opinion receives from SSA.
  • The nature and extent of the treatment relationship. The more the doctor knows about your condition increases the weight of this doctor's opinion.
  • Supportability. Opinions supported by medical signs and laboratory findings, are assigned more weight by the SSA. The SSA is more likely to consider a doctor's opinion if there is a well written explanation for the opinion.
  • Consistency. The more consistent the doctor's opinion is with the rest of the medical evidence record, the more weight the SSA will assign to the opinion.
  • Specialization. The SSA will assign more weight to the opinion of a specialist provided the opinion given is within the doctor's area of specialization.
  • Other factors. The SSA will give increased weight to a doctor's opinion, if that doctor is familiar with the SSA's disability programs and requirements. Additional weight is given to a doctor's opinion if that doctor has extensive knowledge of your case record.

5. A disability attorney can really help you out here!

A disability attorney can request medical records so your file is complete. The SSA can only base their decision on the medical evidence provided. An attorney can also provide medical source statements (questionnaires) for you to take to your doctor so your disability limitations are documented.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    would the doctor call if nothign was wrong ? ?
    ok so i went for blood work on monday to see if i have an iron deficiency and other stuff i was also tested for lupus. would they normally call you saying to make an appointment if nothing was wrong ?

    • ANSWER:
      If nothing was wrong they normally just do it over the phone. Something could be wrong or they might want you to have another test. They don't drag you out of your home to tell you everything is fine. Sorry, I hope it all works out.

  2. QUESTION:
    Please explain to me the disease lupus?
    Hi all,
    I recently found out I could get this disease called lupus, and the doctor told me that I could reverse it then he will test me again in 7 years to see if I have lupus(turning 13 in 3 weeks) and I am reading about it and it is pretty scary and serious. He told me that I have it very mild, so it wouldn't be as bad for me. But could someone explain it well for me? And if you have lupus, could you tell me about it? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, you can't reverse Lupus. It is a chronic autoimmune disease, meaning that it lasts forever, but may go into remission (long periods of time without symptoms). Why 7 years? What did he test in order to say you have/could have Lupus? Which blood tests? Do you have any symptoms? It's a very complex condition to diagnose, very rarely could a GP accurately diagnose you. How would he know if it's going to be mild of you do have it?

      My opinion, find a new doctor. It's unlikely you have Lupus or will develop it. Your doctor probably just ordered a blood test called ANA (anti-nuclear antibody). It is elevated in most people with Lupus, but many people have a positive ANA and nothing wrong, or they have another condition.

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin, joints and organs. If you have no symptoms and a positive ANA. There is nothing to worry about.

      .....

  3. QUESTION:
    Just found out i have Lupus. What can I expect?
    My doctor called me today with my blood work results. He said I have Lupus. I've been to the doc a few times since July which is VERY rare for me, but I've felt terrible. Joint pain, fatigue, malaise, just feeling like I have the flu on and off for a while now. I have to see a rheumatologist, what else can I expect? What medications do you take for it? Do you have side effects from the meds? Any personal experience info would be great. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi.... I'm so sorry to hear that you have lupus. I'm 23 and I was diagnosed 4 years ago. Lupus is a really tricky disease which is why it is so difficult to diagnose. Everybody is different & everybody has different triggers for flares. You can only learn from experience what will trigger your flares. I would recommend keeping a health journal to keep track of it (I have an extra one I got from the lupus walk if you want it). In terms of medications: I think the only medication actually meant to treat lupus is "plaquenil" which your rheumatologist might have already started you on. (P.S.- they haven't come out with a new lupus med in 50 years!) Your rheumatologist will now give you meds to treat your symptoms (like joint pain & inflamation). A lot of the meds they prescribe are meant for rheumatoid arthritis... for example: remicade, prednisone, imuran, methotrexate, enbrel, arava, orencia, etc. It will be really frustrating at first because your rheumatologist will try many different medications & dosages to find the right "cocktail" of meds. Some things that help me are walking around/exercising in a warm pool. The YMCA is a good place to go for that. They actually have a class that the Arthritis Foundation formulated called "Twinges in the Hinges" to help move your joints around. Please just hang in there & remember to always put yourself first & take care of your body. Make sure you keep your stress under control, stay out of the sun, get plenty of sleep, and exercise as much as your body will allow. If you have any questions or just need to vent, I would love to help in any way I can. My email is jmminassian@yahoo.com

  4. QUESTION:
    What does this mean in my labwork from my doctor?
    I just called my doctor back for the results of some labs I had done last week. He is a rhuematologist and they thought I may have lupus, but I guess I don't. The nurse told me all my labs were fine except my thyroid was elevated (I knew this) and my "H and H is low". But no concern for me to come back.
    What does H and H mean, what is it referring to?

    • ANSWER:
      It means hemoglobin and hematocrit..Future reference with lab test..If you dont know what something means or stands for got to labtestsonline.org. Great reference and dictionary for all you of your lab test. It will even tell you what you is the norm for your test...Good Luck

  5. QUESTION:
    my mom died on may 10 2008 from a disease called lupus,I want to Know if i can contract that?
    doctors had said that she may had had that for about 20 years but 1 of them said that she could have that for 2 years so now I'm really confused cause I dont know if my sister,my brother or i can get that so it's really scared .

    • ANSWER:
      Very sorry for your loss. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, so you can't contract it from someone else. However, there is a genetic component, so now that you have a family history you and your siblings may be at an increased risk.

  6. 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...

  7. QUESTION:
    My friend with lupus is vomiting blood?
    My friend just vomited and there was slight blood, accompanied with bad stomach pain.
    He recently started Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and he thinks that may be the cause, but googling hasn't supported this.

    He's being stubborn and doesnt want to call his doctor right now. Does anybody know if this calls for urgent care, or if not, what this means? Can this just be ignored.

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    What can I do to stop my mom who lives with me from calling my doctor and getting rid of appt?
    My mom has been calling my doc and telling them that I cant make it to the doctor and when i go they say i called and said i would not be coming in so they couldnt see me. She lives with me and I cant gaurd the phone 24/7. She has even tried getting meds called in saying she is me and needing them and the doctor dont know what to believe, i even had one doctor quit seeing me because he didnt know for sure if it was me or someone else calling for the meds. I cant afford to lose my doctor I have Lupus and the doctor i am seeing is the only one that takes my insurance. Is there anything I can do? I just dont know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor in person..Have a friend take you there..Tell the doctor what you are telling us..tell him, that for him to know that it is really you on the phone..is to use a password..let the doctor pick..don't even tell anyone..and i do mean no one..it will just be between you the doctor and the lady who also runs the place..like a head nurse or something..You don't have to call for an apt..just show up..tell them you just need to talk to him for 5 minutes...I know this sounds silly to have to do..But we are talking about your health here hun..Lupus isn't something that will just end up going away..Do this first..The Password..then you and the doctor decide what to do next..Be honest and don't leave nothing out..Good luck Cupcake

  9. QUESTION:
    Could my lupus be leukemia?
    I have been diagnosed with lupus for 3 years. I take prednisone because nothing else really works for me. My new doctor just called me after a new blood test telling me that my white blood cell count is very low. I say I know, it always is. I am told that since I am on the prednisone, my white blood cell count should have gone back up and not stayed so low. After some internet research I see that leukemia CAN be mistaken as lupus, but nothing is completely straightforward. Now I am all worried, do I have any basis for worrying that I could have leukemia?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not. Low white counts are normal in lupus. Who told you that your white count would be normal with prednisone? Prednisone is an immunosuppressive drug. White cells are immune cells.

      If you are worried, ask your doctor. If your doctor does not take you seriously get another doctor.

      What led the doctor to diagnose you with lupus? What was the evidence? Did the doctor rule out leukemia at that time?

      Talk to your doctor. Expect your doctor to talk to you. Don't rely on a bunch of people in yahoo answers to give you answers that require such medical expertise and can be life and death issues.

  10. QUESTION:
    I'm on oxycodone.. I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia.. I'm still in horrid pain...?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus(SLE) this year and Fibromyalgia a few years ago, but believe it all started after a bout of very serious(hospitalized because of spleen and liver) mono when I was 17yrs old. I have been on percocet 10/325 every 4-6 hour max 4 day for the last 4 YEARS.. recently it got switched to 20 mg of oxycontin twice a day with oxycontin IR 5mg also twice a day... problem is it's still not working and I'm sitting here typing with tears running down my cheeks... I put a call into my doctor..no call back yet... It's full body agony.. I can't take this anymore...I don't know how to tell my doc I need more meds or different, or something... I have tried yoga, nerve blocks, operations, therapy, etc... in the past few years... nothing works, I have three children who need me and all I want to do is curl up in a ball and die... I don't know what to do anymore... Can anyone advise?
    I just got a call from the nurse, not the nice one, even though the dr. said to call if it didn't work so he could adjust the dose, she says he said he's not changing anything and to call my rhematologist( who doesn't want to be responsible for pain management) if that's not ok with me...
    Plus I did go to a pain clinic for 3 yrs, after many different treatments, nerve blocks, operations etc..., they tried to get new equipment for their office by saying I needed to have a certain operation( that I found out I didn't need from 2 dr.s) so I stopped going there.. Primary doc( the one I tried calling) tried to get me into 3 separate pain clinics.. all have said they can't do anything for my condition except meds, too advanced in disease too help, so they won't take me. That's why I get meds from primary now... and now no help is coming, who knows if she even talked to him..probably not

    • ANSWER:
      My prayers are with you

  11. QUESTION:
    I'm on oxycontin.. I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia.. I'm still in horrid pain...?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus(SLE) this year and Fibromyalgia a few years ago, but believe it all started after a bout of very serious(hospitalized because of spleen and liver) mono when I was 17yrs old. I have been on percocet 10/325 every 4-6 hour max 4 day for the last 4 YEARS.. recently it got switched to 20 mg of oxycontin twice a day with oxycontin IR 5mg also twice a day... problem is it's still not working and I'm sitting here typing with tears running down my cheeks... I put a call into my doctor..no call back yet... It's full body agony.. I can't take this anymore...I don't know how to tell my doc I need more meds or different, or something... I have tried yoga, nerve blocks, operations, therapy, etc... in the past few years... nothing works, I have three children who need me and all I want to do is curl up in a ball and die... I don't know what to do anymore... Can anyone advise?
    I was on prednisone for 11 yrs.. as a result I have osteopenia( swiss cheese for bones)
    I just got a call from the nurse, not the nice one, even though the dr. said to call if it didn't work so he could adjust the dose, she says he said he's not changing anything and to call my rhematologist( who doesn't want to be responsible for pain management) if that's not ok with me...
    Plus I did go to a pain clinic for 3 yrs, after many different treatments, nerve blocks, operations etc..., they tried to get new equipment for their office by saying I needed to have a certain operation( that I found out I didn't need from 2 dr.s) so I stopped going there.. Primary doc( the one I tried calling) tried to get me into 3 separate pain clinics.. all have said they can't do anything for my condition except meds, too advanced in disease too help, so they won't take me. That's why I get meds from primary now... and now no help is coming, who knows if she even talked to him..probably not

    • ANSWER:
      Here's some all-natural supplements that are very helpful when managing both lupus and fibromyalgia.

      GLA Complex: nature's steroid; insulates the fibrous sheath of the nerve bundles - very important for lupus

      Vita-C: strengthens the integrity of connective tissue; antioxidant; anti-inflammatory

      NutriFeron: strengthens the immune system

      OsteoMatrix: muscle relaxant

      Zinc Complex: protects skin & organs; promotes healing

      Hope this is useful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  12. 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:

  13. QUESTION:
    Hello Everyone: I have an important question, regarding low white blood cells...?
    I had my follow up 6 weeks appointment with my doctor yesterday and I also got blood work done. My doctor calls me today and tells me that my white blood cells is a little low, so he is referring me too a specialist. I was just wondering does anybody know exactly what it is? I did my research and it is saying alot of different things.. Regarding Lupus and other sicknesses.. It would be great if someone who has it or knows about it too respond..

    I thank you in advance too you all for responding...

    • ANSWER:
      Ok my Mother just went through this not eve an month ago, thet tought her's was cancer,but it was an active infection in her body some where. The specialist will do one of 2 thing's, keep you there for MANY test's if they think something is wrong, or send you home and say come back in a month if NOTHING is wrong.

  14. QUESTION:
    what can I do for this Lupus symptom?
    My daughter is 13 and has Lupus. She is experiencing bad arthritis in her knees for the past 2 weeks. Her doctor gave her a med. called naproxen but its not doing much for her. I also bought bengay to rub in the area but its not helping much either. She is missing alot of school because of this. Can anyone give me some advice on what to do . Maybe you know of this disease or you have it . Ive also used hot compress' on her knees but that only gave temporary relief. Thanks to those willing to give their helpful advice.

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter is 23 and has lupus. She is currently working on her master's degree at UGA. Her main symptom seems to be in the form of getting tired easily. She has had her elbows get stiff and lock up but (thank God) this occurs very rarely.

      Her doctor has given her medication but I am not sure what (it is something other than naproxen). If you feel that your doctor is not pursuing the problem as aggressively as you would like, talk to him about it. You could also get a second opinion from another doctor.

      I know some people take Glucosamine and Condroiton for joint conditions.

      Unfortunately so little is known about Lupus and it comes in so many forms that it is difficult to diagnose and treat. If you don't have lupus or have a family member that has it, most people don't understand how frustrating the disease is and helpless you feel at times.

      You should definitely see if your doctor can help more or seek a specialist (yes, there are lupus specialists).

      God bless you and your daughter. I hope you can get her more relief from this aggravating disease.

  15. QUESTION:
    Should i go to my doctor about an exceedingly heavy period?
    i was recently on a road trip and i was wearing a tampon and a pad and they didnt work the blood soaked through my underwear and pants. I read this.

    Other causes of heavy abnormal periods could be:

    - Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    - Cervical Cancer
    - Endometrial Cancer
    - Lupus
    - Cervical or Endometrial Polyps
    - Fibroids
    - IUD (Intrauterine Device)
    - Blood disorder (platelets disorder, which called Willebrand diseases)

    Contact your doctor for diagnosis.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are soaking through at least a pad an hour for several hours in a row or completely saturate a tampon in an hour then you really need to let your health care professional know about this.

      Good luck, Your BEINGgirl Experts

  16. QUESTION:
    Could the doctor be suspecting lupus?
    I went to the doctor because my family had told me to get checkout for Raynoyds because my hands and feet are always cold and my toes get so numb it's like frostbite. The doctor said she was testing for a lot of things and also for lupus and took a LOT of blood samples. They told me to expect a call back within 10 days and if they dont then i should call them, but I got the bloodwork done on friday and they called back on wednesday and said my bloodwork came out "funny" and they faxed my bloodwork and my info over to the rhumatologist and told me to call and make an appt. within 2 days. Could I have lupus? The fact that she is referring me to a specialist is kind of freaking me out

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have a lupus panel run? It's really difficult to be diagnosed with Lupus-it requires a high ANA, coagulation factors, etc. with a minimum of 4 symptoms (there is a list of 11 common symptoms that doctors go off of). They may be "suspecting" lupus but you really do need to meet with your rheumatologist for further examining. Unfortunately lupus is one of the "great manipulator" diseases-it can mimic RA as well as MANY other diseases, so it is extremely difficult and time consuming to diagnose. I know this because I have it and have struggled with it for about 5 years, but still do not have the definite diagnosis of lupus even with the matching bloodwork and showing multiple symptoms. Reynauds is definitely a symptom of lupus, but you can also have it with other diseases or just by itself. It can be extremely painful to experience Reynauds. Just make sure to wear gloves when you go out into the cold and try not to spend too much time outdoors exercising, etc. during the cold months. Something else to consider with lupus is do you have a family history of it? Most researchers believe there is a genetic factor to it. Also, what other symptoms do you have that would match a lupus diagnosis? Some of the most common are a butterfly rash across your cheeks with sun exposure, painful and stiff joints, rashes on your upper arms and legs, fatigue, and an overall feeling of "being sick". Until you are able to meet with your rheumatologist, just try not to worry about it. If you do happen to have lupus, stress will only make your flare ups worse. I wish you the best of luck!!

  17. QUESTION:
    Lupus? The doctor said my blood tested positive for it.?
    Initially I went to the doctors because my hair was falling out alot more than usual. And she called me back because my results had come in and she wanted to tell me about them. She told me that my blood had tested positive for lupus. But it is such a vague disease thats its hard to diagnose. Now, my hair has stopped falling out, but I have noticed that I am alot more tired than usual and my body is in pain( My back, my wrists). I dunno what to to think, and the websites aren't really all that clear. I want to kinda hear from someone that has the disease. Were these some of the symptoms you had when u were first diagnosed? I am a hairdresser. And I don't know if the pain in my wrists is carpal tunnel or what, or if my hair falling out had anything to do with the chemicals I use at work. What do u think?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, what you just described sounds exactly like me. I am 24 years old and noticed that my hair seemed to be falling out. The shower drain was full of hair every morning. I went to the dermatologist and he tested me for many different things. He called me back about a week later and said that I needed to get more blood work done because my blood tested positive for lupus....I went back for more tests (my arms were bruised from all of the blood work over the next few weeks) and they said that I don't have lupus. See, there isn't a blood test that can confirm that one has lupus, its just a matter of putting the symptoms and blood work together and concluding that its lupus.... its been about 6 months since the blood work and my hair has stopped falling out. I still feel lethargic though and I don't know why. The tingling/pain in your wrists could be carpal tunnel because of all of the tedious work that you do with your hands on a daily basis.
      Are you sure that you aren't under a lot of stress lately? One big difference between 6 months ago (when my hair was falling out) and now is that I was under loads of stress. My husband was off of work due to surgery and I was dealing with final exams for 3 really tough classes. Now that college is over and my hubby is back to work my hair is doing much better. Maybe that is why your hair was falling out.
      Sorry I couldn't be much help but I just thought I'd share my experiences with you.

      Another thing....the doctor said that it is NOT uncommon for people to get false positives showing lupus.

      Good Luck!!!!

  18. QUESTION:
    I've been seeing an OB/GYN and had bloodwork last week. Now I'm being sent to a perinatologist for fertility?
    My doctor said some of my "counts" were low and others high and he's sending me to a doctor that's 3 hours away and I'm sooo worried.

    He can't really explain what the test results mean in a way I understand.... something about blood protien: high, Hc- low.... other medical jargon?

    My husband and I have had trouble getting prego and staying pregnant, I've had 4 miscarriages and we've been trying now for 8 months and nothing so he was going to put me on clomid this week for the first time, then when I got pregnant do daily hormone injections and take baby asprin to prevent miscariage....

    so he did some blood work before writing the prescription, normal tests and a test for lupus that I wasn't really expecting. Now he said he's sending me to a doctor called a perinatologist (sp?) that's 3 hours away and I feel like that must be a really bad sign?

    Does anyone know what I should expect there or what might be going on? Or... has anyone gone through this?

    • ANSWER:
      Perinatologist: An obstetrical subspecialist concerned with the care of the mother and fetus at higher-than-normal risk for complications. Since the perinatal period, depending on the definition, starts at the 20th to 28th week of gestation and ends 1 to 4 weeks after birth, a perinatologist logically could be a obstetrician or pediatrician but, in practice, a perinatologist is an obstetrician. The comparable area of pediatrics is neonatology. A high-risk baby might be cared for by a perinatologist before birth and by a neonatologist after birth. The word "perinatologist" is a linguistic sandwich of the Greek "peri-" meaning "around or about", "natal" from the Latin "natus" meaning "born" and "ologist" from the Greek "logos" meaning "student of."

      The best i can give you is a definition of what they are. baby dust and good luck. Keep us posted.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can carbon monoxide from a furnace cause emphysema? ?
    Very small amount, I believe, but there could have been buildup.
    Also, my mom had a flood in her basement last Christmas '07 and the company that was to dry out her things simply brought back 80 boxes with moldy items in them after storing them for months. She also has Lupus and had a bypass 10 years ago. She has a lot of stress that triggers many things as well.
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    Here is a copy of a note I sent to a medical journal:
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    My mother's furnace developed a crack in the
    heat exchange and thus (I believe) a triggering of what
    the emergency room doctor called emphysema. My mother
    has never been diagnosed with this disease, but the
    doctor, immediately upon seeing her, said "You have
    emphysema! How long have you been smoking?" My
    70-year-old mother had to answer '50 years.' They did
    a check of her blood (1 hr. after 100% oxygen) and said
    "The carbon monoxide was fine." I didn't ask that
    person what "fine" meant but did ask later of a
    different person and all she could say was the
    "...level wasn't zero, but it was OK." My mom's
    physician thinks the carbon monoxide DID tip the scales
    enough to bring on the "emphysema."
    She continues to have difficulty breathing while taking
    all the prescriptions and inhaler the ER doctor
    prescribed. Oh, the new furnace was put in immediately
    as I believe the heating/AC company was afraid their
    employee (previous day to ER trip) had turned the
    furnace off but just said "Open a window and you'll be
    fine."
    Any answers you can provide would be greatly accepted.

    • ANSWER:
      In short, the answer to your question is no. The 50-year smoking history is a perfectly sufficient reason for the emphysema, which always develops over a period of time (years). Smokers always have a raised carbon monoxide level in the blood, so in this case "Fine" could have meant "No more than expected in a smoker's blood". Carbon monoxide is never a good thing, but even if it was leaking from the heating system it would not trigger emphysema.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you bring on an arthritic flare up?
    I know this seems like a stupid question but hear me out.

    I'm 21 years old and for the last 9 months on and off I've had hot, swollen, sore, stiff knees and fingers. They make grinding noises. When I was at my worst I could not straight my fingers and knees or make a fist with my fingers. I've also had dry eyes, dry mouth, rashes, fatigue, flu like feeling, raynaud's and nose ulcers.

    I'd been seeing my GP for months but my blood tests haven't showed anything (except a weak positive ANA). One morning (about 2 months ago) I woke up and I was very unwell with my symptoms, the doctor called it a 'flare up'. She put me on prednisone which was a miricle. I went on a month course and felt like a new person.

    I've been off it for 2 weeks now. My joints are no where near as bad and the swelling is mild at times and otherwise non-existent. But it seems to be creeping back. My GP said it's definintely some sort of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis, possibly rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus

    I had my first rheumatologist appointment last Thursday and she wasn't a very nice lady. She got angry with me for going on prednisone and masking my symptoms and told me she couldn't do much until she has seen the swelling. She's ordered heaps of blood tests and I see her again in 4 weeks.

    I need her to see my joints swollen like they were before. I'm taking ibuprofen until I see her next but I'm worried that'll mask theswelling too.

    Any advice?

    Thanks
    FTS- yeah tell me about it! My GP consulted with a rheumatologist about me going on the Prednisone. I was just going and I was told! My new GP (I moved cities) know this rheumatologist and said that she obviously hates her job and takes it out on her patients. I've had a lot of blood tests done, like heaps! I'm not expecting to get all the results for another few weeks. The rheumatologist told me to take the ibuprofen (it's Brufen slow release 800mg, same drug I know, but the rheumatologist got angry when I called it ibuprofen!)
    Thanks.. I guess I'll just have to put up with this...

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand why the Rheumatologist would get mad at you for taking the prednisone which was prescribed to you by your GP. That was not your fault. However, you do need to be tested for the possible causes of your illness. Just to be sure, call her office and ask if it's alright for you to take the Ibuprofen, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammaotry. In all likelihood, you may need steroids as part of your treatment after the results of your tests are in. Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to bring on a flare of arthritis?
    I know this seems like a stupid question but hear me out.

    I'm 21 years old and for the last 9 months on and off I've had hot, swollen, sore, stiff knees and fingers. They make grinding noises. When I was at my worst I could not straight my fingers and knees or make a fist with my fingers. I've also had dry eyes, dry mouth, rashes, fatigue, flu like feeling, raynaud's and nose ulcers.

    I'd been seeing my GP for months but my blood tests haven't showed anything (except a weak positive ANA). One morning (about 2 months ago) I woke up and I was very unwell with my symptoms, the doctor called it a 'flare up'. She put me on prednisone which was a miricle. I went on a month course and felt like a new person.

    I've been off it for 2 weeks now. My joints are no where near as bad and the swelling is mild at times and otherwise non-existent. But it seems to be creeping back. My GP said it's definintely some sort of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis, possibly rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus

    I had my first rheumatologist appointment last Thursday and she wasn't a very nice lady. She got angry with me for going on prednisone and masking my symptoms and told me she couldn't do much until she has seen the swelling. She's ordered heaps of blood tests and I see her again in 4 weeks.

    I need her to see my joints swollen like they were before. I'm taking ibuprofen until I see her next but I'm worried that'll mask the swelling too.

    Any advice?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The rheumatologist had no business yelling at you. You were following your doctors orders. Lupus is a tricky disease to diagnose because there are no definitive tests for it. History, symptoms, tests AND process of elimination are all part of the diagnosis. Ibuprofen works differently than prednisone. You might want to stop it a day before you go in to the doctor. Prednisone has a longer lasting effect because it reduces inflammation and suppresses the immune system as well.

  22. QUESTION:
    Medical question regarding lump under skin of hand?
    The lump rolls and is at the end of my thumb where the webbing connects to the palm. I also have dark spots or patches that recently appeared on my neck. Also I've had what doctors call a lesion on my breast for like 6 or 7 years now. I've had a tumor removed from my gums when I was 15yrs.old. I'm 24 now, went through chemo for kidney reasons and am currently on immunosuppresants for Lupus. I'm hoping all these things are not signs of cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor , you can also look up Lupus on the internet and see what the symptoms are . And what theside effect are to the meds . you are taking.

  23. QUESTION:
    At my doctors appointment, would i be able to do both an xray and get tested for lupus?
    Few months ago a doctor wanted me to get tested for lupus but i couldnt take the time to go back. Im calling to make an apt tomorrow with a new doctor for my hip which wont stop cracking which causes my back to be in a lot of pain. I would like him to check that out as well as test me for lupus. Would that be possible?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, lupus is mostly tested with a simple blood test

  24. QUESTION:
    The doctor said my test results came back mildly positive for Lupus... what does that mean...?
    Im 22 and just graduated college... I broke out in hives out of no where... i went to the doctor and he gave me some antihistamines n did a blood test. I STILL HAVE HIVES every now n then n its been 3 weeks!! He called back n told me im Mildly positive for Lupus.. wtf!!! Im confused as to how hives ends up in a Lupus diagnosis... But how can u be borderline positive... i do not understand this . Im going for a 2nd opionion.. please offer ur knowledge. thank you
    i was on penacillin for a very long time .. one for a bad sore throat .. then another for tooth pain.. but it was ALOT of pennicillin. Im wondering could all this medicine effect my result.. WHAT THE HECK IS MILDLY POSITIVE... is that a yes or a no

    • ANSWER:
      5% of healthy people have a positive ANA (anti nuclear antibody - which also can be positive for other conditions notably lupus) so this may be the case. Causes of hives includes certain drugs and medications, eggs, shell fish, nuts, allergic to pollen grains, animal dander, wasp stings or any other insect bites, stress related reasons, cancerous illnesses, leukemia and other autoimmune diseases such as hashimoto's thyroiditis - autoimmune hypothyroidism - high thyroid antibodies, exposure of the skin to extreme temperatures and excessive perspiration.

      ANA >>>
      http://arthritis.about.com/od/diagnostic/a/ana.htm

      Hives >>>
      http://www.hives-treatment.com/hives-causes.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/b/2004/07/19/hives-linked-to-autoimmune-thyroid-disease.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    my husband has a fatal illness how can i prepare for the worst?
    I'm 18 and my husband is 23 he has an illness called lupus which affects him in the kidneys, he has already had a lupus attack which thanks to god he survived. The doctors said that if it will happen again he might die i'm really scared i love him to death and i dont know what i'd do without him and we have a 1 year old baby.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Monica,
      I'm in a similar situation with my wife. She has severe organ involved Lupus that has attacked her heart and kidneys. She was diagnosed at age 15 and I have been with her since her diagnosis almost 25 years ago. I almost lost her two years ago when she had a heart attack. She now has a pacemaker/defibulator in her chest. We have two adopted children, age 13 and 11.

      It can be so hard watching someone you love be so sick and feeling like there's nothing you can do to help them. I don't know what I would do without her in my life. But I DO have her in my life, for however long she is supposed to be with me. I cherish each and every day we have had together. Lupus has really brought us closer together. I am her health care advocate. I go with her to every doctor's appointment. I help her monitor her medications. I've educated myself about the disease and we both run a Lupus Support Group.

      Looking back at the years we've had together, I really think that inspite of all the hospital visits, the close calls and difficult times we have grown into one person. I tell you this because it can be this way for you to grow as a couple. It won't always be easy and sometimes you'll be really scared but in the end it will all be worth it.

      The good news is that there's a lot of exciting medications on the horizon for Lupus patients. I firmly believe within the next ten years we'll cure Lupus. So, be there for your husband, offer him hope and a shoulder to lean on.

      I wish you the best of luck. If you ever need any information or just need someone to talk with, you can email me at any time. tandd2@sbcglobal.net

  26. QUESTION:
    wondering if anyone has a idea about getting rid of white spots on the skin?
    I have been told i have lupus and sjogren's syndrome. I have a dark tan and now I have white spots where the lupus has killed my skin pigments, I guess. I been to alot of doctors but nothing done to the skin as of yet. It is hard going out people stare at ya all the time. Just wish it would go away. I take a pill called Hydroxychlor the doctor said it MITE make the skin better. Well Mite is not what i'm looking for. Wondering if anyone has a idea to help me...??
    I have white spots that will not tan...

    • ANSWER:
      if by white spots you mean its just normal pale skin patches u can get a skin peel from the doctor it'll help even out your skin tone.. my mom had brown patches on her skin and the doctor gave her a perscription for a chemical peel

  27. QUESTION:
    I'm using this medicine/drug called plaquenil and i'm begining to experience hairloss--PLEASE COMMENT!!!!?
    i've been taking this drug (plaquenil) for my disease called lupus ever since i was 13 which was last year...up until a couple months ago, i've been experiencing a little bit of hairloss. one of the side effects of this drug is hairloss...whenever i'm in the shower and pull on my hair at least 30 strands come out and when i wake up in the morning there is somewhat 50 strands of hair on my pillow..i'm begining to become very worried that at 16 i will become bald! any doctors out there that can give me an opinion or anybody at all?? do u think i'll become bald??is this just puberty?? i don't know!! please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss, lightening/ bleaching of hair color are some of the side effects of Plaquenil.

  28. QUESTION:
    Any one else having a horrible pregnancy ?
    I know I am really lucky to even be pregnant but this pregnancy has been horrible. I am 31 weeks pregnant tomorrow and have a high risk pregnancy due to a disease I have called Lupus. I have a really high blood clotting factor meaning I had to be on blood thinning medication and injections since I was five weeks pregnant. I had really bad all day and all night sickness for 5 months, and my anxiety came back full force (I was on zoloft but came off because my doctors told me I should. It wasn't really doing anything for me anyway.) I am having alot of difficulty now sitting up and standing due to bones and ligaments stretching and one of the registrars I see said to take pain killers but I am trying to avoid having pain killers every day for the pain. I am due to have a C-section either at 37 or 39 weeks depending on what registrar I see. I just wanted to know if any other women out there have/had a horrible pregnancy and to know I'm not alone.
    I just want to say thankyou to all who answered. It really helps to know that I'm not alone in this and I wish everyone the best of luck in their pregnancies.

    • ANSWER:
      To you and all that answered this question, my blessings. I am so sorry that being pregnant is such an ordeal for you, it shouldn't be. It made me realize how lucky I really am. Sure, I almost miscarried at 6 weeks and have lots of contractions everyday, more than the average, since week 16, but that's nothing comparing to your experiences. You're super mums!! Hope you carry your pregnancy at least not worse than it has been and a safe delivery!

  29. QUESTION:
    I am in shock right now! Need another opinion,to make a decision in regards to doctor and staff behavior:(:(.?
    For 12 yrs i have dealt with a beastly disabling autoimmune disease called "Mixed Collagen Vascular Disease" which means certain protiens {antibodies} Targetmybody.Ihavelupus,ra,sjogrens,raynauds,scleroderma,hashiomotos,polymyositis/I recently changed Rheumatologist.I was taken off methotrexate {she didnt think i had polymyositis} came back vaca my cpk count was up to 2,500 which means i had lots of muscle damage norm is 21.put on lge doses of pred & metho.I also have taken plaquenil for 12 yrs keeps lupus stable.
    i called to reschedule appt.Was told i had to get blood work before refill on methotrex.,didnt hear from them called had to have rx faxed to them yearly eye exam for plaquenil to get refill.Called optometrist to fax them results.waited,in immense pain muscle cramps,never should you be taken off plaquenil or any meds that fast.fri spoke w nasty nurse,now have sores in mouth its tues.no Dr.NO MEDS,NO CALL.HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      You CANNOT wait around for them to contact you.
      Contact your doctor's answering service right NOW and inform them you will be in office the minute they open, appointment or no appointment. If the pain is too much to handle then it's time for you to go to the Emergency Room. If you have any problems when you get there, lie down on the floor in front of the receptionist and start screeching loudly about the pain. You WILL be assisted.

  30. QUESTION:
    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    My symptoms are: Extremely painful to walk, rashes, blood in urine, Anemia (had to get iron infusions), headaches, extreme fatigue, ect. I seen a doctor who did some x-rays, blood work & a physical exam. She recently called me & told me from my lab results came back & said i have either Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or Rheumatoid Arthritis. She said my blood work showed alot of abnormalities & even infection. She wanted me to start on a steroid right away. She put me on (10 mg pills of Prednisone) for 10 days until my follow up with a Rheumatologist. Okay my question: What is Lupus & Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    Are these 2 illnesses simular? She will be calling me back within 5 days with the other test results. Has anyone personally experienced this? She said my illness is treatable but not cureable. I'm still pretty young & this is a shock to me & i'm having a hard time dealing with not knowing what i'm dealing with i guess my new doctor will be able to answer alot of questions later.
    Thanks for the advice i will go look there.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus and RA are autoimmune diseases, that is when your immune system attacks your own cells.
      These two diseases overlap in some people, so don't focus so much on an absolute diagnosis.

      I am sorry that you have this problem. It sucks. Try to take the steroids as little as possible because, although it may help you feel better, it has lots of side effects over time.

      Looking back over your symptoms, it sounds like you have something else going on too. Doctors do not know what causes the outbreak or auto-immune diseases. It can be stress, chemical exposure, diet or most commonly, something you can never identify.
      Make sure you get good sleep. Eat a super healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits.

      My Mom had RA. I have friends with lupus and related illnesses. Don't give up hope. There are so many advances in the treatment of these diseases.

      Here are a couple of links on auto-immune disease:
      http://www.lef.org/protocols/immune_connective_joint/lupus_01.htm
      http://www.lef.org/protocols/immune_connective_joint/rheumatoid_arthritis_01.htm

  31. QUESTION:
    I have had non-specific connective tissue disorder for a long time. I read about Lupus, and I wonder why.....?
    my doctor is so hesitant to call it that. Is there a reason why doctors try not like to use the term Lupus?
    It has also been called mixed connective tissue disorder.
    To the Crusader
    I am every bit as ill as someone diagnosed with lupus. I would be glad I DON"T have Lupus if I didn't have it's symptoms along with many others.
    Karmakitty,
    I do have high ANA results, but thanks for your answer. It was something I should have mentioned>
    Kestrelk8,
    Thanks for a very informative answer.

    • ANSWER:
      he is hesitant to call it lupus because its not exactly lupus. MCTD combines features of polymyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus and systemic scleroderma and is therefore considered an overlap syndrome.

  32. QUESTION:
    I've had shingles on my left side since sunday, on thursday I had tremidous pain and broke out on my left side
    I called my doctor and he said it was not possable to have shingles on bothe sides of my body. They are on my face, chest, scalp, back, and no on the back of my leg. I feel like they will never go away. He is checking me for Lupus because I have Thombocytopienia and Hashimoto disorder is there any one out there with these problems too?

    • ANSWER:
      My Mother had shingles, lower right back spreading around to tummy. We thought it was just a rash, as I have psoriasis. Within two days it had erupted on the left side and so off to the Physician who gave her some new pills? Probably not so new now, but they really did the trick.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to be negative on the neurological tests and still have MS?
    I am in the middle of a stringent series of tests to diagnose my medical condition. Right now my doctor is calling it fibromyalgia even though I don't have a single trigger point and the pain/cognitive dysfunction is progressing. He thinks I may have MS, but I recently saw a neurologist who performed a series of neurological tests, (no mri or spinal tap), but tests like checking my reflexes, my gait, muscle strength, checking my eyes ect. The only exam other than just poking and prodding was an EMG and everything turned out fine. Still not diagnosis and my pain is worsening, but now it's spreading in my spinal area to my tail bone, knees, wrists ect. So, in your opinion do you think it's still possible for it to be MS even though I passed the basic evaluation? My pc doc thinks this is what it could be, but I want your opinion until I go to my appt to see him again. BTW, lupus, and any rheumatological conditions were already ruled out.

    • ANSWER:
      the definitive tets for MS is teh spinal test--MRIs can also show lesions--

      Montel Williams went undiagnosed for 9 years by idiot docs--

      there ar etenderpoints in fibromylagia--not triggerpoints

      many docs give out the fms diagnosis like candy--it often turns out to be something else--

      most people saying tehy have fms really have something else

      they say fms isn't progressive because teh sift tissue doesn't show damage--

      but the neuro problems seem to worsen often causingmroe symptoms over time--they just can't see the progression of the decreasing functioning of teh neuro system

  34. QUESTION:
    Could this actually be round ligament pain(during pregnancy) or is it something else?
    I am 27 weeks pregnant and I have the worst pain in my groin. I swore when It first started at 18 weeks that I had just pulled a groin from still being so active and not slowing down(I was working at the office 50 hours a week and then some for traveling around)—but now I’m slower then ever in my life and it’s painful 24/7. My doctor keeps calling it round ligament pain- but I don’t feel like it is (although I’ve never been pregnant before).
    I am also 21 years old and 5’9” and 150 lbs (140 before the pregnancy), and I just gained all the weight probably since I was 20 weeks. I’m finally showing, so I understand how that could have some strain on my body now with my immune system (I also have Lupus).

    What do you think this actually is? And what can I do to get some relief? I feel old- haha!
    Thank you all :) that has been really helpful!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem, and my Doctor kept telling me the same thing. I went above his head and was examined by his superior, because I just felt he was incorrect, and that he wasn't listening to me. It turns out I have something osteitis pubis. If I were you I would google the term, and check out the symptoms. If you think it fits you, bring it up to your doctor. It's very painful, but unfortunately there is nothing you can do about it.

  35. QUESTION:
    blood/ANA results 1:160 speckled...Lupus?
    Hello,

    I received a pleasant call today from my doctors office saying that they got my recent blood work back and there was an ANA and then they said something about rheumatoid arthritis(RA). They said they were calling a rheumatologist to set up an appointment for me.

    In the meantime I looked up ANA and RA. When the doc's office called again, I asked for clarification of the test results. Apparently, RA was tested for and was not present. My numbers were 1:160. The pattern is speckled.

    I have an appointment set up for a few weeks and will find out more then. In the mean time, can you help decipher these blood results.

    The symptoms that led to the blood tests involved my legs and feet feeling dead/numb in the morning when I awake. I swing them out of bed and they don't fall out from underneath me but they hurt a little bit and don't feel like they have joined me yet. It doesn't take very long for them to wake up and be normal. The doc scheduled an EMG/nerve conduction. That is an insane test and I hope I never have another one, but I digress. The EMG was fine leaving the blood work to come back as the next evaluator.

    Other symptoms are harder to gauge because I take 5mg of Oxycodone for IBS. Three times a day I take it usually. It does a great job of taking away the general aches and pains of being a not-very-active 34 year old man along with helping with my abdomen. I mention this because alot of the symptoms of lupus or arthritis may being masked by the Oxycodone. I know that I have joint pains and muscular aches. I just chalked them up to getting older and my weight rising to 245lbs. That is an all-time high weight and I thought my joints and muscles were just struggling to keep up.

    Anyway, I don't have many of the symptoms that seem to be indicative of a Lupus diagnosis. Such as:

    fever
    anemia(that I know of; surely my blood work over the last year would show that, right?)
    pleurisy
    rash
    light-sensitivity
    hair loss
    abnormal blood clotting(that I know of)
    Raynaud's(that I know of)
    mouth or nose ulcers

    So basically,

    My legs and feet hurt when I wake up or after a long drive or after lying down for awhile like when you are watching a great movie and don't get off of the couch for awhile).

    My hands seem to be a tad bit weak. Sometimes I really have to stretch my fingers and shake them around to wake them up also.

    My blood numbers were 1:160 with a speckled pattern. Something about ANA(antinuclear antibody).

    Any ideas? Thoughts? Honesty is appreciated. Best answer will be awarded. Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Help me with these blood/ANA results please? It is lupus?
    Hello,

    I received a pleasant call today from my doctors office saying that they got my recent blood work back and there was an ANA and then they said something about rheumatoid arthritis(RA). They said they were calling a rheumatologist to set up an appointment for me.

    In the meantime I looked up ANA and RA. When the doc's office called again, I asked for clarification of the test results. Apparently, RA was tested for and was not present. My numbers were 1:160. The pattern is speckled.

    I have an appointment set up for a few weeks and will find out more then. In the mean time, can you help decipher these blood results.

    The symptoms that led to the blood tests involved my legs and feet feeling dead/numb in the morning when I awake. I swing them out of bed and they don't fall out from underneath me but they hurt a little bit and don't feel like they have joined me yet. It doesn't take very long for them to wake up and be normal. The doc scheduled an EMG/nerve conduction. That is an insane test and I hope I never have another one, but I digress. The EMG was fine leaving the blood work to come back as the next evaluator.

    Other symptoms are harder to gauge because I take 5mg of Oxycodone for IBS. Three times a day I take it usually. It does a great job of taking away the general aches and pains of being a not-very-active 34 year old man along with helping with my abdomen. I mention this because alot of the symptoms of lupus or arthritis may being masked by the Oxycodone. I know that I have joint pains and muscular aches. I just chalked them up to getting older and my weight rising to 245lbs. That is an all-time high weight and I thought my joints and muscles were just struggling to keep up.

    Anyway, I don't have many of the symptoms that seem to be indicative of a Lupus diagnosis. Such as:

    fever
    anemia(that I know of; surely my blood work over the last year would show that, right?)
    pleurisy
    rash
    light-sensitivity
    hair loss
    abnormal blood clotting(that I know of)
    Raynaud's(that I know of)
    mouth or nose ulcers

    So basically,

    My legs and feet hurt when I wake up or after a long drive or after lying down for awhile like when you are watching a great movie and don't get off of the couch for awhile).

    My hands seem to be a tad bit weak. Sometimes I really have to stretch my fingers and shake them around to wake them up also.

    My blood numbers were 1:160 with a speckled pattern. Something about ANA(antinuclear antibody).

    Any ideas? Thoughts? Honesty is appreciated. Best answer will be awarded. Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had high protein in their urine without high blood pressure?
    I am only 18 weeks pregnant and have had high levels of protein in my urine from the start 3+. I have done a 24 hr urine test and that came back bad. My doctor has tested me for Lupus and other auto immune disorders. They just called me and want me to see a specalist because that test also came back bad. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not pregnant, but I had to do the 24 urine test for my visa because my blood pressure skyrocketed during the exam.

      What made them make you do the 24 hour test without high blood pressure? There must have been some symptoms.

      I did the 24 hour test and it came back perfectly fine, but all I do know is it checks to see if your kidneys are functioning properly. Or if your organs have been damaged due to high blood pressure.

      Did you do any strenuous exercise during the sample collecting? That can throw off the numbers a good bit.

      I'm sure the specialist will let you know what's going on. Don't stress about it too much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  38. QUESTION:
    What do my symptoms sound like?
    Around 3 weeks ago I had a rash/possible tick bite appear on my right upper thigh (I live in the country so ticks are nothing new). A few days after that my joints started aching, especially in my knees, wrists and ankles. I went to see my doctor that week and she wanted to wait a few days to see if the rash turned into a "bulls eye" rash, thinking I possibly had Lyme Disease. That friday my left calf suddenly swelled up to twice the size of my right, was hard as a rock, and had a radiating numbness/tingling sensation in my left leg. I called my doctor and she had me come in right away, she thought it might be a blood clot so i was then sent to the hospital for an ultrasound of left leg. No blood clot was found. Along with the swelling, my feet have been unusually cold and have been turning blue/purple.

    Additionally, for the past 8+ years I have been battling with a persistently swollen lymph node in my neck. I've met with a surgeon, and he has talked about Hodgkins Lymphoma, but stated that usually with Hodgkins you will have a chain of swollen nodes, not just one massively swollen one. But said he wants to keep an eye on it, and need be biopsy/surgery is an option.

    My primary doctor reffered me to another doc. for a 2nd opinion this week, my new doc. doesnt believe its lymes. These are the tests she is running right now.
    -Scrofula
    -Parvo Virus B19
    -Vasculitis
    -Juvenulle Rheumatoid Arthritis
    -Lyme
    -HIV
    -Leukemia
    -Lupus

    If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.
    My mother thinks I should have an MRI done to make sure there is no blood clot that was undected by the ultrasound.

    BTW: 20yr Female, Wisconsin

    • ANSWER:
      Hello neighbor I'm also in WI

      First of all there are several test for Lyme disease and most Dr's do not know about all of them. I watch Discovery Health Channel a lot and have seen several cases where ppl were misdiagnosed after their Dr missed that they did have Lyme disease after they ran tests on them and said they didn't have it. Some of these ppl suffered for years before finally someone figured it out. Once you are that sick it can take up to a year or more after treatment to feel better. Please do not wait until you are this ill.

      See if you can get a Dr to treat you for it anyway or find out about all the tests they can run. I am not a Dr so I don't know the names but if I remember correctly there are 5 different tests for it now. Not all Lymes disease gets a rash.

      Please read the links below and do more research.

      Get well soon!

  39. QUESTION:
    Is this prednisone withdrawal or an unrelated infection?
    I've been on prednisone for drug-induced lupus for a couple months and have been tapering off for the last few weeks. I started at 20mg and went down 5mg every 1-2 weeks and now I'm at 7.5mg. I've been on 7.5mg for exactly one week now, but for the last 3-4 days I've been waking up every morning with low-grade fevers (about 99.6 degrees) and body aches. The body aches I experienced with every other lowering of my dosage, but the fever has never happened before. It goes away as the day goes on.

    I did some research and this looked to me like prednisone withdrawal symptoms. I called my doctor and he said I probably have some other unrelated infection. I think he's wrong, but I'm on vacation and don't have easy access to medical treatment.

    What does this sound like?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    what is the best web site for information on getting seraget mothers?
    me and my hubby bin trying you 2 years i can get pregnant but keep having miscarriages because of the lupus kicks in and i have factor v and also called 5 lienden so my doctors want me to adopt or get a segregate mother because they feel it is not safe you me to carry a pregnancy safely with out losing my life. so any information would be greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If you can't even SPELL you prob. can't afford it. Sorry girl.

  41. QUESTION:
    Could this possible be lupus?
    I've been experiencing Knee pain,back pain (Lower,upper), and also elbow pains. My knee and back give out constantly has been going on for 2 months now. Also my mom called me a few days ago when I told her I was having pain (which no doctor can tell me what's causing my pains). My mom told me that she just got checked for Lupus which she has a severe case of it. She also got my sister tested along with my aunts and grandmother they all have severe case of Lupus. Is this what could be causing my pain? It will be 9 months before I can get into the doctors to do a Lupus screening around here there's a long wait list for new patients on my insurance. I know no one here is a doctor but I really would like advice

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor can just order the blood work and tell you in 3 days whether you have it or not.

  42. QUESTION:
    I need information about pregnancy help and what is called so I can do more research on it.?
    I been having miscarraiges problem 7 times but I only got one lucky survivor permature baby. I believe that it my immune system cause rebel the embyro when I conceive because all test came out normal. My body won't accept holding the baby in full term and I get miscarrage before 3 months. I am RH negative and my immune system is very senstive. I tried test for Lupus but it came out negative because my body have silmiar symptom of lupus. My husband's sperm is good and it shouldn't cause problem. So I want to know where can i get information from online about getting my egg and my husband's sperm to put in another woman body to carry baby for us full term. I heard about that but Im interest in research about that because we might want to do that way because I want to protect my health and Im on medication recently for nerve and body pain. I really apprecaite if I get helpful information. I want to get information first before I go talk doctor about that. We both are deaf

    • ANSWER:
      There are many infertility clinics that offer the service you are talking about. I am having a hard time conceiving and have seen different options on websites. If you put in Infertility into your search engine, the internet will pull up many clinics for you. Also, it will help you find one in your area. Most insurance plans do not cover infertility, just to warn you. The cost can be pretty extreme. I would also fight to get some answers from your dr about why you are miscarrying so much. Have they tried putting you on progesterone? That might help.

  43. QUESTION:
    I need serious help changing my eating habits!?
    I'm 19 years old and I have a disease called Lupus. I've had Lupus for a little over a year now. I'm getting scared by the way I'm eating especially when I'm sick. I've always eaten junk food all my life. I've never been skinny, but i've never been overweight. I don't exercise, but I move a lot at work. Basically I live off of Pizza, macaroni n cheese, rice, chips, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries, etc... The only thing I got down right is drinking lots of water. I don't know how to cook. When I go to publix, I have no idea what to buy so I end up getting the same crap as always. I'm just tired of eating the same stuff and I'm seriously hurting my health.

    I know I have to eat things like salad, fish, chicken, vegatables, fruit.... then what else?? I also have a problem with using too much salt and that's one of the things I have to stop doing as my doctor says, but is there a way or a substitute that I can use so I won't get tempted use salt??

    Any help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.transitionslifestyle.com

  44. QUESTION:
    anyone please help this is really important to me!?
    my mo has a disease called Lupus its an auto immune disease. she has been coughing for about 4 weeks, but its normal for her sickness to go away later then everyone else. just i don't know if its THIS long....
    im very worried about her, she cant talk and since shes been coughing so much all of her body hurts. she smokes, but i don't know if that is the reason.... shes gone to a doctor, and since that one didn't know what was wrong they sent her to an other one,
    does anyone know what this could possibly be?
    im am very attached to my mother, therefor i worry about her a lot...
    thank you guys SO much for all of your help....
    i really am very greatful.

    • ANSWER:
      hey there,
      i have lupus as well and occasionally i suffer from bouts of coughing. enough to keep me up all night and sometimes i even throw up but ever since ive stopped smoking the coughing has become much less frequent and less painful.
      i quit cold turkey which is extremely hard to do but believe me when i say it was worth it. i can sleep now and whenever the coughing episodes start up again i eat a cough drop.anything like halls or with menthol will help.
      also eating a teaspoon of honey will soothe the throat.
      i use lavendar spray at night...like the healing garden kind at wal mart and spray it on my pillow. it helps to relax me and make things better.
      and it all else fails id see a rheumatologist. if she already has one id get a refferal to another.
      hope this helps :)

  45. QUESTION:
    Please help me, I am in serious need of a medical opinion re: high WBC count, chronic infections, pnuemonias?
    I've had lung issues ever since suffering 5 pulmonary emboli 3.5 years ago. The issues have been severe pleuritic chest pain and coughing up of blood (hemoptysis).

    Recently March I suffered from pneumonia and have gotten sick over and over since.

    Occurence #1

    I go to the emergency room coughing up blood and my white count is 18.9, platelets 23 (i have a platelet disorder called ITP) the doctor takes an xray and reads it quickly saying it is just a bronchitis. He prescribed Azithromycin 250mg twice a day for 5 days.

    Occurence 2:

    2 days after finishing the Azithromycin from "Occurence #1" I end up in the emergency room with a fever of 100.3 and I see the same doctor who again prescribes Azithromycin but in stronger dosages. 500mg twice a day for 7 days.

    Occurence 3:

    4 days after occurence 2 I again go into the emergency room coughing up COPIOUS amounts of blood and I am admitted to hospital instantly for 7 days. I am told I have a very severe pneumonia (White blood cell count of 32) that the previous 2 doctors on the other occurences had somehow failed to see and that now it was "a very bad case of pneumonia". I am started on Vancomycin intravenously with Azithromycin 500mg per day orally. After 7 days of Vancomycin and Azithromycin I am released and feeling better.

    Occurence 4:

    2 weeks after occurence #3 I am admitted to hospital again with a white count of 29 and pneumonia, I am treated with intravenous Ceftriaxome, Levaquin, and Azithromycin. I am released after 7 days, and sent home with 7 extra days of Levaquin and a drug called Cefuroxime as well as Azithromycin.

    Occurence 5: I present to the emergency room urgent care unit with cough and the coughing up of blood and severe pain in my left lung. The Xray is clear of pneumonia but my white count is 27. I am given Cefuroxime and Clarithromycin. I start feeling better after a week.

    Occurence 6,

    2 weeks after occurence 5 I am back in the urgent care unit and my white count is found to be 19.8 again antibiotics are prescribed because of the WBC and the coughing I am suffering from as well as I have a fever/chills. Diagnoses is "viral bronchitis" supposedly. I am discharged and sent home on Cefditoren, and Levaquin for 7 days each.

    So now I am on Cefditoren and Levaquin i'm starting to feel better but I have a feeling as soon as the antibiotics are out of my system my WBC count is going to skyrocket again and I will start coughing.

    What could be causing this ? All of this has happened since March of this year!!! That's alot of antibiotics to have been on and considering my White blood cell count keeps climbing once they are gone I don't know how I am going to get this under control.

    I do have ITP which is an autoimmune disease causing decreased platelets but it's not known to cause this kind of problem. I have suffered from fevers ever since I had the ITP (when I was 18 and now I am 25) Basically my health has been terrible and i've been bed ridden since 18 years of age.

    The doctors have investigated me for lupus and all sorts of other things, cancers etc but I know there is something going on that they can't pinpoint.

    It doesn't take a doctor to realize all of this is not normal. I've been on about 10 different antibiotics several times, by mouth, by IV it doesn't matter the strength, my white blood cell count and pneumonia or bronchitis comes back.

    I don't have Tuberculosis......I don't have HIV/AIDS I am stumped! Ideas would be appreciated.

    The only thing that comes to my mind is maybe leukemia or some type of cancer or that it is lupus that is flying under the radar. I know you can have lupus without any of the tests being positive but doctors will almost never diagnose you as that unless you are positive for their tests. I have been treated for lupus with one drug when one doctor about 5 years ago said I could have it despite my tests not showing anything. After I tried the Hydroxychloroquin (plaquenil) she said i can't have it or my symptoms would have all went away. I know that is complete rubbish because there at least 10 more drugs used to treat lupus and giving me one drug and not having very positive results does not mean I don't have it.

    What do you all think?
    I know they tested me for TB, I believe they test everyone who comes in with respiratory problems for TB and other things.

    I was put in a negative pressure isolation room for my admittance each time. I was in a room alone because I was coughing up blood everywhere I guess? They said I wasn't infectious after being on antibiotics for 24 hours which I found to be kind of ridiculous.

    I was tested for HIV again. I personally asked to be tested since I haven't been tested in 2-3 years, and I haven't heard that I have HIV so I'm guessing it's not that or they would've given me the health canada shakedown and informed me of all my obligations as an HIV positive person to not spread it blah blah. So it's negative.....

    It could be viral but why do i feel better when I take antibiotics. I know it's not a placebo effect because my white count does decrease and I got better enough to go fishing with my father for the first time in almost a year and a half.

    I'm really stumped.

    I am going to s

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear you are having so many problems... Have they tb tested you? Or have they just given you the its likely it's not tb talk. Your WBC count is up prob bc or the auto immune disease or because what's happening in your lungs is an attack from some sOrt of pathogen. I am guessing since u have not responded to all the antibiotics that it's viral, but shame on them for giving you such a cocktail. That could cause more problems in the end. What i recommend is going to see a resp. Specialist who knows better than Er docs. Really they are just there for emergency situations and are not the best for 100% specialty diagnosis. Really hope u figure this out

  46. QUESTION:
    LUPUS OR SEVERE STRESS?
    I have posted many different questions here for the pass 2 months as i had a hard time understanding why i was having so much different symptoms and going to so much different doctors trying to get help in finding out wat is wrong with me all they said ur just depress but depress when i keep peeing alot many trips to the bathroom pain in my right side and back he said UTI but the meds only work a short time then it start all over i have no bleeding just very mild swelling in one of my ankle and that's wht i see every1 says they dnt see a swelling i had protein in my urine he said was cause from the UTI but does UTI give pain in back and side i have knee pain in 1 knee now and then my skin has a burning sensation at nights mostly i was diagnose with chronic gastritis a month ago i had tht 3years ago when i was on blood pressure med call aldomet and had medicinal induce lupus after i stop the meds all when back normal until now i have burning feeling in my gut at times i have lost 10lbs and sometimes 14 lbs sometimes i feel ok and other times im just really not feeling like me its scary that a month ago while having my period i had horrible hot flash excess sweating and hot and cold feeling told my doctor he just blow me off saying just hormones acting up hummmm i said to myself hormones acting up at age 29 i wake in the mornings with racing heart then it stop i have metallic mouth sometimes and funny feeling in my throat sometimes i don't feel like eating then other time i eat alot i have jus ask my doctor to check me for lupus i did my ANA test but haven't gotten results yet but wat i wud like to know cud all this add up to lupus or just plain stress from the death of my best friend of 15years all these symptoms start right after her death . please help
    by the way my grand mother had thyroid problem huge lump in her neck my sister had an attack few year ago too i did a test few year ago but it was ok my aunt think maybe its thyroid problem but i dnt think cause my test was clean
    I did sugar test my blood sugar test are very good thyroid test was done few years ago came back ok i didnot tell myself i had Lupus my doctor told me it could be but here in my country its not easy to do all the test its very expensive here i Have a 9 year old girl to care for its affects her alot to see me sick sometimes she cry so much it hurt me more and make me more sick i as you all remember me in prayer thank

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like diabetes to me. diabetes makes you pee a lot, is an autoimmune disease, causes kidney problems (pain in back, urinary tract problems, swollen ankles, etc...)
      check for diabetes by a qualified doctor.

      http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=diabetes+kidneys&fr=ush-ans&ygmasrchbtn=Web+Search

      http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGkjd6C_xKGgYAfotXNyoA?p=diabetes+fatigue&fr2=sb-top&fr=ush-ans&sao=2

      http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGkwK0DPxKE2UB24hXNyoA?p=diabetes+dizzy&fr2=sb-top&fr=ush-ans&sao=2

      http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGki3pDvxKIo4Al5xXNyoA?fr2=sg-gac&sado=1&p=diabetic%20arthritis&fr=ush-ans&pqstr=diabetes%20arthritis&sac=2&sao=0

      stress makes diabetes worse. avoid sugar and large amounts of carbohydrates. don't eat before bed.

  47. QUESTION:
    LUPUS or SEVERE STRESS?
    I have posted many different questions here for the pass 2 months as i had a hard time understanding why i was having so much different symptoms and going to so much different doctors trying to get help in finding out wat is wrong with me all they said ur just depress but depress when i keep peeing alot many trips to the bathroom pain in my right side and back he said UTI but the meds only work a short time then it start all over i have no bleeding just very mild swelling in one of my ankle and that's wht i see every1 says they dnt see a swelling i had protein in my urine he said was cause from the UTI but does UTI give pain in back and side i have knee pain in 1 knee now and then my skin has a burning sensation at nights mostly i was diagnose with chronic gastritis a month ago i had tht 3years ago when i was on blood pressure med call aldomet and had medicinal induce lupus after i stop the meds all when back normal until now i have burning feeling in my gut at times i have lost 10lbs and sometimes 14 lbs sometimes i feel ok and other times im just really not feeling like me its scary that a month ago while having my period i had horrible hot flash excess sweating and hot and cold feeling told my doctor he just blow me off saying just hormones acting up hummmm i said to myself hormones acting up at age 29 i wake in the mornings with racing heart then it stop i have metallic mouth sometimes and funny feeling in my throat sometimes i don't feel like eating then other time i eat alot i have jus ask my doctor to check me for lupus i did my ANA test but haven't gotten results yet but wat i wud like to know cud all this add up to lupus or just plain stress from the death of my best friend of 15years all these symptoms start right after her death . please help
    by the way my grand mother had thyroid problem huge lump in her neck my sister had an attack few year ago too i did a test few year ago but it was ok my aunt think maybe its thyroid problem but i dnt think cause my test was clean

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Does highly elevated antinuclear antibody result to Systemic lupus erythematosus?
    I am now 50 years old woman. I had migrant since 18 years old, I‘ve been eating carfergot for 15 years. But now I am eating intera propranalol (20mg everyday) and the migrant is now well controlled.

    But recently I was detected to have elevated Antinuclear antibody, which is still positive after 1280 titre (normal range is below 80). And the pattern is speckled. With also elevated double stranded DNA antibodies (1.18 titre). My doctor said I have Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). But I don’t have any symptoms at all. Now the doctorask me to eat an antimalarial drug called “plaquenil”, 200mg a day. I also have a positive RNP. I have elevated ESR for years. Slightly lower Red cell count, slightly elevated lymphocytes. And normal complement 3 and 4.

    Do I really have SLE? I don’t feel unwell. Should I really eat plaquenil? I haerd it have side effect on eyes but it made me a little bit head ache.

    2 years ago I’ve had an MRI and showed that there was a very small lesion (white point). The comment was “Right occipital subcortical white matter subacute demyelination/ ischaemic change, which could be related to vasospam/vasculitis. Clinical correlation is essential.” I wonder doesit have to do with SLE?

    • ANSWER:
      those blood tests make it seem like you have SLE. elevated double stranded DNA antibodies mean you can have active lupus, which is slowly damaging your kidneys even though you don't feel it.

      plaquenil is an anti-malaria medicine, but it also has other effects. in the case of lupus, it acts as an anti inflammatory. patients with lupus who take antimalarial pills live longer. if your doctor recommends it, you should probably take it.

      the white point that the MRI shows is a small area of brain damage--too small to have any effect on your health, apparently--and it could be due to the lupus inflaming the blood vessel in your brain. vasculitis means inflammation of a blood vessel, and it can be caused by lupus.

  49. QUESTION:
    I went to the doctor for joint pain, and did not get a diagnosis?
    I've been recently suffering from major joint pain, and fatigue.
    I visited my doctor and asked if my acne medicine, bacterium ds, could of been causing the joint pain.
    she said that it would not be that, since i have been taking that medicine since october.

    Following that she she had me blood tested for
    -mono
    -junior arthritis
    -anemia

    She called my blood test came back fine. It isn't any of those. I felt that it was stil my acne medication causing the discomfort so i stopped taking it. The first and second day after stopping the medication i felt great, but the third day i felt sore and horrible again.

    I was watching Dr Garavaglia on TV, and she had a case about a woman with lupus.

    This brought to my attention, why did my doctor now test me for lupus? I seem to fit most of the symptoms.

    any help on a diagnosis?
    I'm not jumping to conclusions, im asking a question.

    The medication im taking is for acne. Theonly complication that can occur from discontinuing it is more acne.

    I don't eat red meats, and generally eat a ery healthy diet.

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    i went to the doctor for joint pain and she couldn't diagnose me?
    I've been recently suffering from major joint pain, and fatigue.
    I visited my doctor and asked if my acne medicine, bacterium ds, could of been causing the joint pain.
    she said that it would not be that, since i have been taking that medicine since october.

    Following that she she had me blood tested for
    -mono
    -junior arthritis
    -anemia

    She called my blood test came back fine. It isn't any of those. I felt that it was stil my acne medication causing the discomfort so i stopped taking it. The first and second day after stopping the medication i felt great, but the third day i felt sore and horrible again.

    I was watching Dr Garavaglia on TV, and she had a case about a woman with lupus.

    This brought to my attention, why did my doctor now test me for lupus? I seem to fit most of the symptoms.

    any help on a diagnosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Jessica - My guess why the doctor didn't diagnose you for lupus is because there is a characteristic face rash. If you HAD that face rash the doctor would have instantly had a clue, but if you lack the rash, lupus seems like an unlikely diagnosis.

      You should ask for a vitamin D test. Get the 25(OH)D blood test, not the 1,25 (OH)2D. You want the results to be at least 50 nanograms per millileter or 125 nanomoles per liter. Any less than these values and it could be a sign that you are vulnerable to autoimmune disease.


Doctors For Lupus In Arizona

The syndrome of Antiphospholipid is a disorder of the coagulation, which causes clots of blood in arteries and veins, as well as of the complications connected by pregnancy like loss, serious delivery of preterm, or preeclampsia.Antiphospholipid syndrome is also called phospholipid antibody syndrome. Antiphospholipid syndrome can occur in patients without evidence of any definable associated disease or in association with systemic lupus erythematosus or another rheumatic or autoimmune disorder. Certain drugs can cause antiphospholipid antibodies to be produced in the blood, including antibiotics, cocaine, hydralazine, procainamide, and quinine. Nevertheless, the antiphospholipid antibody is not considered a normal blood protein and has been found in patients to be associated with a number of illnesses. In pregnancy, the placenta can be affected by small clots, and there is an increased risk of miscarriage, particularly in mid-pregnancy.

Antiphospholipid antibodies can be found also in the blood of individuals without some sickness process. The patients with the antiphospholipid can syndrome a mixture have of antibodies to molecules phospholipids called in their blood. Antiphosphilipid syndrome can cause many other problems. In antiphospholipid syndrome patients, the most common venous event is deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremities and the most common arterial event is stroke. Patients with antiphospholipid syndrome have developed abnormal symptoms while having antiphospholipid antibodies that are detectable with blood testing. When only the symptoms of the antiphospholipid syndrome occur, this is known as primary antiphospholipid syndrome. The secondary form occurs in association with another autoimmune disease, usually systemic lupus erythematosus. Both types are more common in women.

Certain people develop the red measles to have the lace with, winds style in theirs wrist and knee. Clots may also occur in the lung, sometimes following a clot in the leg, which breaks off and travels in the circulation until it lodges in part of the blood supply to the lung. Some clots occur in patients soon after starting on the oral contraceptive pill. Such arterial diseases occur commonly from atherosclerosis in old age, but in the antiphospholipid syndrome they can happen at a much younger age. Some patients may present with recurrent pregnancy losses often, but not always, in late second or third trimester of gestation. Both preeclampsia and intrauterine growth retardation have been observed concomitantly. Patients who present a history of previous pregnancy loss are subject to a new event more frequently. Some people experience a decrease in platelets, blood cells necessary for normal clotting.

Most often, Antiphospholipid syndrome is detected after a thrombotic event or recurrent miscarriages. Because many of the features of illness with anticardiolipin syndrome are associated with an abnormal grouping of normal blood clotting elements, treatment is often directed toward preventing clotting by thinning the blood. Patients with this disorder have an abnormal tendency to form blood clots. Often, this disease is treated by giving aspirin to inhibit platelet activation, and warfarin as an anticoagulant. Medications that thin the blood, such as heparin and warfarin, are used for treatment. Aspirin has an affect on platelets that inhibits their grouping and has also been used in low doses to thin the blood of selected patients. Other treatments include the use of intravenous gamma globulin for selected patients with histories of premature miscarriage and those with low blood-clotting elements during pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?
    In March of 07 I was diagnosed with EDS when RA was suspected. Before this I was diagnosed by someone I can't even remember with Fibromyalgia after negative tests for Lupus. (Why is it always a jump to "you have a syndrome" when an initial test for something comes up negative?) Also, I couldn't tell you what type I have, the doctor didn't specify if it's classic or hypermobility.

    What I don't understand is: isn't EDS supposed to be hereditary? No one I know in my family has this or symptoms similar to mine (except apparently my paternal great-grandma had RA, which seems like a pretty big long shot). How is it that I could have EDS?

    (Did Arizona once again provide me with a cruddy doctor?)

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of EDS-some are autosomal Dominant-which means you only need 1 bad gene to get it-

      others are autosomal Recessive-which means your ancesters coudl have carried 1 defective gene for generations, but not have had the disease-

      you need BOTH of your genes to be mutated to EDS to actually have teh disease if it is teh recessive type. --one from each parent------

      both your parents would have a normal gene and 1 mutated gene and there were be only a 25% chance the offspring would have teh disease-

      25% chance both good genes
      50% chances-1 good gene (dominant), 1 bad gene
      25% chance 2 bad genes=disease

  2. QUESTION:
    My lungs feel closed up? I can only take super short breaths?
    It's not mucus or anything, and I'm not sick. I don't have asthma either. What could this be? I can only take short, choppy breaths and it causes pain. This happens about 1 day a week for the full day. I visited the doctor, and he just told me to drink water. I live in Arizona, believe me I drink TONS of water. It hurts my chest and, I know I'll get one of these, I have burped. I can burp on cue, :p so that's not it. Please help. It hurts so bad is causes horrible headaches and it sucks because I'm struggling to breathe. The pain travels up then stops at the botom of my neck. I can't sleep because this hurts so bad, PLEASE HELP!! This has been happening for about a year, it's kind of an on and off thing.

    Additional Info:

    :(

    If this means anything:
    I'm 13, 5'2" and I way 100 pounds....
    My mother has lupus, my grandma has lupus, my aunt has lupus, could I possibly have it?

    Thanks
    Someone asked about my hands sooo..:

    My hands don't really hurt except sometimes when I close my hand into a fist, I can't open it haha. When I do open it, it assumes the fist position (involuntarily). It then hurts. But I'm just guessing this is hand cramps, am I right?

    • ANSWER:
      You're doctor maybe no good. See another doctor, I presume your relatives would know of a doctor who understands lupus?

      Lupus can be life threatening, you may already know. Do you have pains near your hand area? Cramps in the hand's joints are a sign of Lupus.

      Since it only happens once a week, write down all the symptoms while like you have now and show it to the doctor.
      There's a good chance it won't happen when you have the doctor's appointment.


Do You Have Lupus Quiz

What kind of a person are you? At the time of test, will you prove yourself a good person or fail? All of us think that we are good persons. But when it comes to crunch, not many pass the test. They change suddenly at that moment and become a different person.

Do you have saintly qualities? Are you compassionate? Are you a selfless person? Do you help others even if they do not ask you? Do you never do anything that can hurt anyone? Can you forgive your worst enemies? What kind of a person are you? How much do you know about your real self and your real attitude? What are your basic values, which will never be compromised by you? These are important questions to be raised by all of us. If at the end of our enquiry, we find that we are no saints, there is no harm. Because that realization will make us do good deeds.

How to find out if you have saintly qualities? Reflect about your actions of the day for five minutes every night. Go back to your meetings, your work and your conversations. Find out if you did something that was without any selfish motive. Find out if you did anything that might be called wrong. Find out if you hurt anyone with your words/ find out if you praised any co-worker? Look at all the good deeds and bad deeds. Keep on increasing your good deeds and reducing your bad deeds. You are not alone. All of us do bad deeds. The important factor is realization. Once you realize about your deeds, you will automatically do more good and reduce bad, because you are basically a good person. Try some tests and quizzes on the Internet and find out more about your real personality and if you have saintly qualities. Do it for few days, and you will feel good about yourself. That is a big achievement, bigger than any amount of money.


Do You Die From Lupus

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Or concerned where you end up after it's all over?

Most questions I receive on this topic come from those who are concerned about a loved one who has passed away. Sometimes they have been bad. Perhaps goo 00004000 d. Is the church correct? Or is it made-up? And how can we know?

As shared on my web site, philg.net.au I accidentally found my own family in the afterlife, and stumbled on a way of verifying communciation is real. Coming from a religious background, where it was assumed there is a Heaven, it was quite confusing to suddenly be 'talking' to my Mum in the Afterlife - that doesn't fit my understanding of 'Heaven'. And why, when only about half the world believes in a Christian heaven, do most other religions believe in life after death of some kind, without necessarily calling it 'Heaven'. Is it possible there's a whole bunch of 'heavens' 'up there', sort of like a segmented hard-drive on a computer?

I asked my Mum to explain this from her perspective - remembering she was quite involved in the Church. She explained that the church partly has it right, and partly wrong. When we die, we become part of the 'energy' that's all around us. A little like the 'Force' referred to in StarWars. It's all around us. Indeed. No major intelligence needed on that point. Where you're standing or sitting right now - there's a blaze of energy all around you that you can't see. Gravity is pulling you down. Wireless internet, radio waves, TV signals, GPS fixes from satellites, magnetic 'rings' - they're all around you, in you, through you, all the time. Everywhere. Whatstupid people we are to imagine there ISN'T unseen energy, and how could we think in this great cosmos we understand everything there is about life and death?

You can't destroy energy. A dead tree branch laying on the groundholds an enormous amount of energy. Just light it and hold your hand over it!! Yet you can't SEE the energy. The energy that's in our bodies - our souls - is and always remains invisible. When we die, the energy leaves our bodies, and becomes part of the energy around us.

Heaven, or whatever you want to call it, is the collective body of energy around us, containing among other things, souls. Different cultures call it different names. But it's all the same. Christians call the energy "God". Others call it different names. But it's a way of personalizing the energy force that quite correctly allows us to have preminitions and warnings, can 'guide' us through life (gut feel), and, for those mourning the loss of a loved one, can touch us on the shoulder, or whisper in our minds, the words we need to hear.

Do we all go to heaven then? If you follow my belief, then we all go to the 'energy' around us. Regardless of the name we call it, whether we've been good or bad, or believe in God or otherwise. We all go to the energy. If we have lived our life well, I believe we arrive at this place peacefully. If not, I believe we are challenged for the wrongs we have done, and are required to make amends.

Loved ones who pass away are with you. They're in the energy, 'heaven' or any other name you want to call it, which is all around you. If you embrace this concept, and trust my words, then I'd like to invite you to the next concept - you can 'talk' with the ones you miss, anytime you need to. Check out my web site for information on how to do this, watch my youtube video to help you, or look at the books and guides list on the web site.

Take care. -Phil G.


Do Most People Die From Lupus

Are you searching for your child that you lost communication with? Are you looking for a long lost relative?
Do you ever wonder what happened to people you went to high school with? Good friends you lost contact with?
Are you thinking of reconnecting with your childhood sweetheart, maybe your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend ?

Whatever your reasons  for searching for people from your past, then there are so many different methods available online to assist you. Most popular these days is to join the biggest social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. There is also a professional network called LinkedIn to make contact with ex-colleagues. For most of these sites, you have to register first and create a profile before you can start to search for people.
If you want the quickest way to look for people, then use a people search engine that is designed to just simply search for people within the US and Canada. All you require is the person's name, then it will do the search right away. If a match is made to the person's name, it will list the person's age plus the City and State. Other detailed information such as a phone number and street address are also provided.

If you do not find a match with the person's name, then the tool can also do a search using a Social Security Number (SSN) or Using any phone number. You can search for private, unlisted, pager or cell number. There are so many options for you to trace the person with this search engine that you are bound to find them eventually.

This free people search engine has certainly made it easy to reconnect with people from your past. There has been so many reunion success stories which are truly inspirational.

+ A father that reconnected with her daughter after 26years of being apart.
+ A couple that seperated when they were just 19, got reunited after 20years. After a few months, they got married.
+ An adopted child, reconnected with her birth mother after years of searching for her.

The next success story could be about you! You might be reuniting with someone sooner than you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do people ever die from Lupus?
    Do people with lupus have a long life or most of them at least? Can you live with lupus for years and be ok, like the next 20 years? Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      hi - I have both Lupus and APS. I was diagnosed in 2002 but probably had this since the early 80's...so that makes that over 20 years. So it is very possible to live a full and normal life.

      At present, there is no cure for lupus. However, lupus can be effectively treated with drugs, and most people with the disease can lead active, healthy lives. Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares, and periods of wellness, or remission. Understanding how to prevent flares and how to treat them when they do occur helps people with lupus maintain better health. Intense research is underway, and scientists funded by the NIH are continuing to make great strides in understanding the disease, which may ultimately lead to a cure.

      Despite the symptoms of lupus and the potential side-effects of treatment, people with lupus can maintain a high quality of life overall. One key to managing lupus is to understand the disease and its impact. Learning to recognize the warning signs of a flare can help the patient take steps to ward it off or reduce its intensity. Many people with lupus experience increased fatigue, pain, a rash, fever, abdominal discomfort, headache, or dizziness just before a flare. Developing strategies to prevent flares can also be helpful, such as learning to recognize your warning signals and maintaining good communication with your doctor.

      It is also important for people with lupus to receive regular health care, instead of seeking help only when symptoms worsen. Results from a medical exam and laboratory work on a regular basis allows the doctor to note any changes and to identify and treat flares early. The treatment plan, which is tailored to the individual's specific needs and circumstances, can be adjusted accordingly. If new symptoms are identified early, treatments may be more effective. Other concerns also can be addressed at regular checkups. The doctor can provide guidance about such issues as the use of sunscreens, stress reduction, and the importance of structured exercise and rest, as well as birth control and family planning. Because people with lupus can be more susceptible to infections, the doctor may recommend yearly influenza vaccinations or pneumococcal vaccinations for some patients.

      I wish you the best of luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    Boyfriend has evil kitten! Plz Help?
    I need some advice on how to resolve a pet issue with my boyfriend.

    My boyfriend lives out of town from where I work. So I do not spend all of my time at his place. Probably 1/2 of our time, until he got a pet.

    Recently he got a cute unwanted kitten from his friends litter. Both him and his roommate take care of her. Shes good 90% of the time, but sometimes for no apparent reason will come up and bite me in the face when I am sleeping, or use my arms and legs like a scratching post. I never know when shes going to attack. Shes a manx breed so she has no tail for me to see, and the bites and scratches are always a surprise.

    I have an incurable disease called "Lupus" its the worst type systemic. In my short life its flared twice, and normally makes me light sensitive, tired, joint pain, but it also screws my blood cells up really bad. Iv had at least two documented blood infections in 3 years.

    I am scared, this kitten is going to scratch me up. Since I am using "plaquenil" to further calm my immune system, I might be taking a huge risk having a pet in my future. On one hand, i need the plaquenil to calm down my immune system to limit the damage i do to my own body... on the other hand because the kitten is exposing me to infection almost daily, deep bloody scratches, I worry that my immune system is going to get wore down, or not respond and BOOM super huge blood infection. Most people who die from Lupus die of infection, or organ failure.

    I am really scared. I don't know what to say to him. Every time the kitten bites me deeply and it bruises and bleeds i get so scared I cry. Not because its super painful or anything. I am just absolutely terrified. I told him my concerns but he just seems to not get the seriousness of this. Am I being unreasonable, getting too worked up? What would you do if you were in my position. Any advice from someone NOT being tossed around by fear and guilt, I would find very helpful.

    He has made a small effort in attempting to train the kitten with a squirt bottle , loud noises, and method of distraction. I try to follow his lead but I am becoming scared of her. Most of the time I just toss something out the door and close it behind her so we are not in the same room for too long.

    Any helpful knowledge or opinions would be great. He wants me to move in with him, however I have been very scared to simply because of this kitten.

    • ANSWER:
      Tell him to get the kitten declawed or use soft paws and let him know you concerns.

  3. 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:

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it ethical to ban compact florescent bulbs?
    Ban of Current Incandescent Light Bulbs

    On December 19, 2007, President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law No: 110-140). Under the new law, all light bulbs must use 25% to 30% less energy than today’s light bulbs by 2012-2014. Since today’s incandescent light bulbs do not fit the energy efficiency standard, there will be a phase-out of current incandescent light bulbs. The phase-out will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014. By 2020, bulbs on the market must meet the 70% efficiency standard.

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) already meet the 70% efficiency standard, which means that most public spaces and homes are switching to CFLs. As you may know, some reports suggest that there may be enough UVB radiation in fluorescent light bulbs to cause photosensitivity in people with lupus.

    Photosensitivity can cause lupus flares that result in severe illness and even death. Will Obama make sure people with medical needs like lupus will be able to get safe light bulbs at an affordable price?

    One of my friends just died from lupus complications and I have lupus also.

    • ANSWER:
      unethical

      adjective
      not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior; "unethical business practices" [ant:

      I think saving energy definitely conforms to approved standards and is therefore ethical. We have plenty of notice and plenty of time to adapt.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is Obama's stance on outlawing incandescent light bulbs?
    Ban of Current Incandescent Light Bulbs

    On December 19, 2007, President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law No: 110-140). Under the new law, all light bulbs must use 25% to 30% less energy than today’s light bulbs by 2012-2014. Since today’s incandescent light bulbs do not fit the energy efficiency standard, there will be a phase-out of current incandescent light bulbs. The phase-out will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014. By 2020, bulbs on the market must meet the 70% efficiency standard.

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) already meet the 70% efficiency standard, which means that most public spaces and homes are switching to CFLs. As you may know, some reports suggest that there may be enough UVB radiation in fluorescent light bulbs to cause photosensitivity in people with lupus.

    Photosensitivity can cause lupus flares that result in severe illness and even death. Will Obama make sure people with medical needs like lupus will be able to get safe light bulbs at an affordable price?

    One of my friends just died from lupus complications and I have lupus also.

    • ANSWER:
      There's a patent out for a new lightbulb that meets the requirement without emitting as much UVB. Assuming it passes all the tests, it should be on the market by 2012.

  6. QUESTION:
    Unexplained medical problems?
    I am a 22 year old male. I have always been a little overweight since I was a child. I have a history of asthma and depression, but other than that I have always been relatively healthy. In the last few years I have noticed some changes going on. Some things have been happening that have really concerned me in one way or another. I usually attribute it to anxiety and choose to ignore it. Let me start from the beginning.

    About 3 or 4 years ago I noticed some odd rashes on my skin. Brown in color, oddly shaped, but it was a consistent shape. it sometimes got lighter or darker but now it has almost disappeared. A few weeks ago I noticed some similar patches around my neck and shoulder area. I figured it was odd so I did what most other people do when they have a medical question but are too broke to go see a doctor... Web MD! I know reading that stuff will give you a panic attack just thinking about what you could have but hey, it was something. After checking some symptoms I googled some images of skin rashes hoping to match up what I had with someone else who had been diagnosed with something. I came across something that looked very similar, and it told me it was a lupus rash. I did some research and found out more about it but I figured the skin rash part of it was nothing to worry about and people just lived with it. However some new symptoms have me wondering.

    Last winter was horrible for me. I don't know what I caught but it really knocked me on my butt for about three days. I had a severe fever and fatigue, but after 3 days of rest I felt better. Unfortunately somehow I ended up with an extreme case of Bronchitis which aggravated my asthma symptoms. I started taking my asthma medication again (I had stopped for the last 5 years because I never had anymore symptoms since I was a kid) and on some nights when I felt I couldn't breathe I also took an albuterol nebulizer and my symptoms started to improve. One day I was at my fiance's house and some things started to happen. On top of my allergies to her cats I kept coughing because of this bronchitis I couldn't shake. I started having chest pains which freaked me out so I drove myself to the local Emergency Room. The diagnosis was Allergy induced asthma, and bronchitis with bronchospasms. I was prescribed a steroid (prednisone) to open up my airways and sure enough I got better. However one thing I notice now is that I sometimes feel like I don't get enough air, like I can't breathe in deep enough. It seems to happen more when I eat a lot so I have been avoiding eating as well. This really concerns me.

    I was not feeling well last night and I was searching online as usual for an answer. Out of the possible causes list of my symptoms (of about 50 different causes), up popped that name again. Lupus. Sigh.

    So I did some more searching to lupus related to some of my symptoms. These result alarmed me. I read a few personal accounts where people who had tested positive for lupus were experiencing very similar symptoms to what I have been feeling. One story was of a 10 year old girl who DIED from complications to lupus and MRSA. That scared the crap out of me. My fiance is pregnant and due later this year so I really want to make sure I am around for a long time to take care of her and my child. I just started a new job and another thing that alarmed me was when I had a drug test the report said they found trace amounts of protein in my urine. Hmm. Did some searching and the cause of that was also associated with symptoms of lupus. I am away from home for 4 weeks out of the month as an over the road truck driver and I have little time to be messing around with doctor's appointments. Do I sound crazy or do I have reason to be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      Please read the book Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman.

      You can find links to it here: http://shopping.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Aupn97xop7UTOutTbdvlVKabvZx4?p=joel+fuhrman&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-701

      Follow the link to Amazon and read over 300 customer reviews for the book. Following Dr. Fuhman's program for life will get rid of most if not all of you health problems. I have read a number of Dr. Fuhrman's books and of all the many health books I have read over the years this is simply the best advice you can find for solving health problems naturally.

      I urge you to please get the book and read it.

      Success stories
      http://drfuhrman.com/success/success.aspx
      http://drfuhrman.com/success/SuccessStory.aspx?id=1

  7. QUESTION:
    Should I get a second opinion? Blood tests normal, body is not.?
    Ive been sick for almost two years, before this I was a healthy young woman.

    It started with being so week I couldnt even walk across a room, and I would get so exhausted that my heart would race and my breathing was heavy and my legs felt like jello.

    Over the last year, I have started to get pain in my hands and feet, it is dull ache but it hurts and drives me crazy, almost like their asleep.

    Also within the last year I started losing weight, fast. In 9 months I have gone from 140 to 115 without trying. And my weight has been 140 for a long time, I never used to fluctuate.

    Now, over the last 3 months I have been bruising quite a bit and I have lost 1/2 the thickness in my hair.

    I have had countless blood tests now, one type of white blood cell was elevated and a type of blood cell (?) that protects my stomach from releasing bacteria into the body was low.

    I am in a wheelchair, and over the course of time, people have asked me whats wrong, and out of the people that say their opinion, almost 1/2 tell me to get checked for leukemia, 1/2 ask me if I have lupus, and the rest ask about MS. Most of these people are nurses/doctors or know people who have these health conditions.

    My doctor is not doing further testing and is looking into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome... which I would have been OK (kinda) with if I was JUST tired/weak. I looked online a bit and found out that about 10% of people with common diseases have normal blood tests and further testing is required.

    I really, really dont want to seem paranoid, but I am a 20 year old female so doctors start to take me seriously at first (sometimes), but once my blood comes up almost normal, they start to think I'm just crazy....

    Please please help me. If you have any ideas on what to do I would appreciate it, I cannot live like this without knowing what I can do to help myself (besides frequent rest, supplements, etc which I'm already doing) My partner is a nurse and has been crying alot because she knows somethings not right... she is afraid I'm going to die... & she sees sick people everyday & understands health...

    Thank you..
    Thank you so much for your answer and your support, yes, I have had my thyroid checked... I have had most tests done that can be seen in my blood
    I get red on my nose and cheeks, and at first the docs thought it was a butterfly rash, but I guess they did a simple blood test for lupus and it came back normal....
    @CeJay, I was tested for celiac and it was negative, however, I have looked into it & i was thinking about going on a gluten-free diet for a few weeks... surprised about your advice to NOT try that... what is the reason for this advice? Thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Have you had your Thyroid checked ??? I have all of your symptoms, and i have Thyroid disease. It's a simple blood test. It can cause every symptom that you are experiencing. I'm sorry you are feeling so bad. I know how frustrating it is to be sick, and not know why. Take care <<>>

  8. QUESTION:
    how do I not become so jealous of my older sister?
    I'm 19 years old and my sister is 33...idk, I can't help but be very jealous of her. She has lupus so she gets sick very often (my mom and I have it too but we're very healthy), but I'm jealous because she is gorgeous, always looks AMAZING and glowing in pictures, is sweet, outgoing and social and has lots of friends, a husband (who's a bit of a jerk but I don't want to get into that) and 3 kids, my nephew and nieces, who I adore. I have lots of friends and a sweet amazing boyfriend too, but I've always been sorta shy and awkward... I am pretty and loved by my family and friends but nowhere in the level she is. She always gets wall posts on facebook from her friends and our relatives and they talk about how much they love and miss her and adore her, and I feel bad because I don't get that from my friends. I'm thinking maybe it's because they've all spread apart and started only keeping in touch for the past few months they had facebook? Also, could it also be because the horrible experiences she has gone through with lupus built her character and her friends are amazed with that?

    I guess I have this long desire to be popular and have billions of friends tell me that I am amazing and cool and pretty, because growing up I had friends but I was kinda weird and made fun of a lot so it took a damage to my self-esteem, while she on the other hand has no problem making friends. She is this rare gem you want to hold on to and value while I feel like a plain disposable rock that you want to throw out to the sea (my high school friends and my last ex of 2 1/2 years got rid of me without shame...my ex cheated on me, denied it and called me stupid for being paranoid, got a new girlfriend not even a week later). I feel like sometimes if I died, people would just be sad then get over it quickly.

    I talk to my boyfriend about how I feel low next to my sister because he can relate--he's very shy too and has a lot of friends but also has social anxiety (he told me that when he was younger he wouldn't even talk at all...now I see how far he has gone and how he talks much more and I'm proud of him) while his younger sister is this popular cheerleader that always has someone to talk to and hang out with. I don't want to lay too much on him even though he's always there for me and wants me to vent about this stuff. I wanna talk to my parents about this, but my dad will just say that I need to not invest too much of my emotions to my friends and keep the friendships light and simple...my mom says that I need to look at my good qualities and the people that love me, and that Jesus loves me most of all, but she doesn't know that my sister is one the reasons I am insecure. Any way where I can stop feeling so down about my self and stop comparing myself to her? How can I redevelop my self confidence?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone feels jealous at some time in there life. And your probally sick of hearing that, right? But the way I combat it is i think of how truly lucky I am. most of the time, the people I am jealous of dont realise how lucky they are. So I think, wait that must be me too! If a homeless kid saw me they'd want my life, so I should appreciate what I have, and not ruin that by wanting something i haven got

  9. QUESTION:
    is this story of mine at all good?! :D ?
    Intro.
    I never really had it all you could say. Most kids worried about wearing their brand named clothes, having amazing cars, and having the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend. Personally all i worried about something much bigger. All I want to do is live.
    My life was going great until i hit 14. My parents were constantly fighting, for reason i still don't know. They were at each other throats. So much, I thought eventually the neighbors would call the police. I had to be like a mom to my sister Lilly, 12 (who was also my best friend), even though she was only 2 years younger then me, since my mom would blame us for all the arguing.
    One morning after 2 agonizing years of hell my dad walked out on us. My mother became depressed. She saw a shrink 2 times a week and hardly got out of bed. and that put an enormous amount of pressure on me.. More then was already set on me. The pain of my dad leaving was pretty awful. After he left, a new burden began to show its ugly face.
    Oh i guess i never really introduced myself properly. My name is Kailey. I'm now 16 years old, and im dying.

    Chapter 1

    "Breathe in and out deeply," the nurse Sally said as she held a cold stethoscope to my chest. I did as I was told and answered a text message from Mona at the same time.

    "Come over tonight? My mom's out, and we can cook something strange! bring Lilly along!" -Mona.

    "Yeah sounds great! I have to ask my mom first of course. But you know her. So I will probably be there. What time?" I replied quickly, and put away my phone as the doctor walked in.

    "Hello, Kailey. How are you today?" Dr. Highman asked.
    "Same old. Same old. I havent been having as much axiety attacks lately." I said checking my phone seeing if the was a new text yet.
    "So, the pills are working then huh?"
    "Yup," i hiccuped. "Excuse me, but its not a thrill having to add another pill to my daily million of them." i said sarcastically.
    "I understand, but having Lupus, is a differicult disease to control." He said while writing something down on his clipboard.
    Lupus is the common name for systemic lupus erythematosus, also called SLE. Common symptoms include feeling very tired and having joint pain or swelling (arthritis), a fever, and a skin rash. Over time, some people with lupus have problems with the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells, or nervous system. I have it really bad in my nervous system, my joints, and my lungs and heart. Not to mention, my shortness in breath and how im tired often, and get feverish every once and a while. I guess having it since i was 4 has something to do with all the symtoms.
    I nodded my head in agreement.
    "So hows your mother doing? I noticed she isnt here," he looked up at the empty chair next to the examination table, "again," then at me.
    I looked away from his gaze and answered, "Well she doing fine i guess, still doesnt get out much. but im making sue she eats properly and takesher meds. Don;t worry about it doc." I smiled and looked up at him again.
    "Well that good. dont forget, her appointment is..."
    I cut him off, "Next week on tuesday, I know. I know." I rolled my eyes, upset that i was 16 already and now had to drive her everywhere.
    He nodded, "Ok. Well, miss. Kailey, you seem to be just fine, just keep up everything your doing. and here are your medication refills." He scribbled on a peice of paper and handed it to me.
    I looked at it and just slowly nodded.
    "See you next time." He walked out of the room.
    I sat in the room for a while. I felt my pocket vibrate and took out my phone.

    "hmm, around 5? you guys can spend the night too, if you want." -Mona.

    "Yeah ok sounds good. just got out of the doctors right now. heading home." Send.

    I got off the table and walked out of the room. I was heading out the doctores office, but then turned into the restroom. i set my phone on the sink and unzipped my pants and sat down. i didnt even have to go. My eyes felt droopy. I got back up and zipped my pants back up, put my phone in my pocket and turnined on the sink. I washed my hands then rinsed my face. I looked at myself in the mirror for a while. My auburn hair next to my ears were wet from wetting my face. My hazel eyes were bloodshot from my lack of sleep last night. I rinsed my face once more, dried it off and walked out of the restroom.
    I opened the door to my old beat up mustang, and sat down.

    "Oh? how'd it go?" -Mona.

    "Ya know.. The same." Send.

    "Nothing wrong?" -Mona.

    "Nope everythings A-OK. Well for me anyway. haha" Send.

    "Thats good. =] Are you nervous about starting junior year?" -Mona.

    I started the car and pulled out. I drove just down the road then stopped at a gas station for some snacks.
    I walked in the door and swear everyone stopped and looked at me. But I'm probably just paranoid. i walked around and grabbed a bag of hot fries, a 2 liter coke, a bag of chocolates, and some macrowaveable ravioli's. Yum, what a lunch.
    I paid

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds good to me.

  10. QUESTION:
    What to do about a clingy friend/ Am I over-reacting?
    I wrote this out, but after rereading it after i posted it, I realized it made little sense.

    So here is a better written version:

    Due to health concerns, I have had very little energy and even less patience with other people. I am out of school and working on my GED, I have lost use of my legs and went from 120lbs to 98lbs in 2 weeks. I throw up everything. And recently found out I might have cancer or lupus( I have had many misdiagnosis' in the last 4 months), but am in need of even more blood tests, MRI, and soon a biopsy. Just a little back story-sorry for complaining-

    Now to the friend: She has always been a little clingy and has relied on me for the most simple of things. I am usually alright with this ( I am the blunt friend in the group that will tell you what you need to hear), but its became a bit redundant. She recently broke up with a close guy friend of mine.I told her that it is alright is she is in mourning about the situation for up to 2 months, it was a short relationship, but after that you need to move on and start dating again ( we are only 17-not like we are even in marrying age). She has always gone back to this guy-best described as the JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE fellow- dates a lot of girls at the same time, kisses with out commitment, guilt's you for his mistakes, and if he doesn't like you, will spread nasty rumors. He has dated a few of my friends, and even has attempted to pursue me. Because of this, I have spent months trying to warn her about him, but he twists the truth and i turn into the bad guy.

    The Now: Due to all my medical drama, I have no desire to listen to her complain about this guy that I have relentlessly tried to keep away from. But now she will ask for my advice, but expect my approval.

    After 7 months, it gets tiring. She now calls me and my boyfriend 5 times a day begging to talk to me about the boy, not caring about my health, but her love life

    (ps i am not abandoning any of my friends for a bf, he watches me when i'm home alone and helps me out with eating and pills and transportation)

    On top of it all, we found out her mom and she has been talking bad about our family, even guillting and yelling at my grandma for my lack of respect to go to church and other things that id rather not get into.

    What do I do about this? I shut off my phone but I know if I hear one more thing, some not-so-appropriate comments will come out? Advice?

    And am I being rediculous? I know she is my friend and wants my help, but and I over reacting?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you're entitled to privacy and quiet -- especially in light of your illness. Either ignore her calls or tell her you're fed up and simply don't have the time or interest to deal with her insignificant problem. You warned her and she didn't listen, but she expects you to do nothing but listen to her.

      I would ignore her completely until she gets the message.
      Hope you feel/get better.

  11. QUESTION:
    what do u think?? believe it or not?
    Reading this information & sharing it, might mean saving a life or improving the quality of someone's life, maybe yours.

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick, she had stomach spasms, she was having a hard time getting around, and to walk was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone biopsies, and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. She was in so
    much pain, and so sick, she knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life
    insurance, etc., in her oldest daughters name, and made sure her younger children were to be with her oldest daughter. She wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19th I called her to ask her how one of her tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. I thought, oh, my.... then I recalled an article a friend of mine emailed to me...and I asked her.... Do you drink Diet pop?

    She told me yes, as a matter of fact she was getting ready to crack one open that
    moment. I told her not to open it, and stop drinking the diet pop.... and I emailed her the following article.

    She called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she stopped drinking the diet pop, and she can walk. She went up the stairs, and the muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% well, but sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me back when she got home.

    She called me, and her doctor was amazed, he is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweetener!

    In a nutshell she was being poisoned by the aspartame in the diet soda, dying a slow death!

    When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for poisoning... she is well on her way to recovery... and she is walking!!! No wheelchair!!!
    This article saved her life!!!

    The life saving article:

    If it says "SUGAR FREE," on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on "ASPARTAME" marketed as 'NutraSweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.' In the keynote
    address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, that it was hard to understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:
    When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to Formaldehyde, and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.)

    The methane toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis. People were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a
    death sentence, where methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis; especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use, irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become life threatening. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become symptomatic once taken off diet sodas. In the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision returned and hearing improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus
    .
    During the lecture I said, "If you are using ASPARTAME (Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) And you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss.... you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!"

    People were jumping up during the lecture saying, I've got some of these symptoms: Is it reversible? Yes!

    Not drinking diet sodas and keeping an eye out for aspartame on food labels. Yes!

    We have a very serious problem. A stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and me and said: "Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS? During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, etc. are NOT A DIET PRODUCT!
    The Congressional Record states that it makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly if no significant increase in exercise, etc.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that physicians would believe that they have a patient with retinopathy, when in fact the symptoms are caused by aspartame! The aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control! Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxin without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it passes the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing in diabetics (as well as in patients not suffering from diabetes) various kinds of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic seizures, manic depression, panic attacks, rage, and violence. (The Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi, consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.)

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects: i.e. mental retardation if taken at the time of conception and early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NOT be given NutraSweet. I can relate different case histories of children having mal seizures and other disturbances, being on NutraSweet. Unfortunately it is not always easy to convince a mother that aspartame is to blame for her child's illness. Only by trial and success will she be able to warn other mothers to take their children's health into their own hands.

    Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar (which would be ideal for diabetics) has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. For years the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.

    Books on this subject are available: EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS written by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665) and
    DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - written by DR H. J. Roberts, also a diabetic specialist.

    These two doctors will be posting a position paper with some case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet.

    According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians "we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison."

    Here is the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!!

    I assure you, MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame knows how deadly it is. They fund among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association, the
    Conference of the American College of Physicians.

    This has been exposed in the New York Times - to no avail. These Associations cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and have to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public!

    Someone said this, but don’t you think that this is sort of hypocritical?? What do u think, make up your own mind in what you believe or don’t believe, but you should read it and consider it.
    Urban legend. Do your homework and stop believing the crap you get in e-mails.
    Source(s):
    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/asp...
    LOL i got this in an email, lol i didnt not write this, lol come on, lol if i did write this, i would be spending my time on more important things that the internet and silly questions, lol

    • ANSWER:
      Way too much written here - more than two scrolls and you loose people. Anything like this that I get in email - I don't even bother reading the whole thing. Like now. Who is 'someone'? - name your sources and put a link that leads to something, and not an unknown URL.


Do I Have Lupus Or Fibromyalgia

This article will discuss some natural techniques for sinus headache relief. The cause of sinus headaches may stem from sinus congestion or inflammation which is called sinusitis. This may come from a respiratory infection such as a cold or flu. It can also be the result of allergies like hay fever. When the sinuses are in proper working order mucus can drain and air can freely circulate. But when the nasal passages are inflamed, there is blockage and the mucus is unable to drain. This now leads to infection. So it may be a cold that starts it, but anything that stops the sinuses draining will lead to sinusitis.

When looking for sinus headache relief it is important to treat the underlying cause of the inflammation. The medical approach may be the use of antibiotics or corticosteroids. But there are a whole range of easy lifestyle factors that you can implement. An easy thing to implement is the use of a humidifier or washing out the nasal passages with a salt water solution. There also exists some great herbal formulas to help with cold and flu, improving your immune system and fighting your infections.
One key to sinus headache relief is finding out what allergy triggers your sinusitis. It may be the mites in the bed or your pillow. Just ignoring the stuffy nose or sneeze is what results in sinus allergies.

A great natural way to help your sinusitis is Vitamin C which is available in every health food that has antioxidants. Foods such as broccoli, strawberries, cauliflower and gooseberry are all excellent source of vitamin C. The citrus fruits like pineapple and oranges are also good sources. You could make some homemade lemonade with lemons or have a large bowl of tomato soup to boost you intake.

Other sinus headache relief cures are increasing the amount of warm soups you have while trying to avoid very cold items. This will help control your sinuses. Regularly sipping warm water throughout the day helps also. One great home remedy is steam. This can be done with an electric steam machine or just over a bowl of hot water. The addition of some eucalyptus oil to the water can also really help.

Another easy remedy for sinus headache relief is using the nutritional supplement Echinacea that is available in capsule form and is good for sinus allergies. Also ginger tea and sleep are good at sinus headache relief. The application of a warm water compress to the sore sinus or headache areas can help to ease the pain.

In the last few years the use of nasal irrigation has grown in popularity. This technique can be done with what is called a neti pot, which is like a tea pot. This yogic method is very effective at cleaning out the sinus cavities. Most commonly salt water or a saline solution is used. A lot of people have found this to be the most helpful sinus headache relief.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why so much diagnoses of lupus, fibromyalgia, arthritis, RA,& other similar conditions in developed countries?
    Do not so developed countries have these as often too? I know they have other such as AIDS, malaria, and on and on...
    Is it something to do with our environment or what we eat?
    Which developed countries have these the most and which have these the least?

    • ANSWER:
      This is my opinion, I think that yes there may be environmental reason, but I also believe that in the USA there is a lot of research done on these illnesses. It may be that there are indeed all of these in other less developed country's but not diagnosed or reported. Medical care in sparse in most of those places. Here, at least medical care is pretty much assessable. Plus with all of the severe problems I think the focus is on that.

  2. QUESTION:
    By-Pass, Lap Band and Lupus/Fibromyalgia Patients.....?
    I am 40 yrs old. Female, About 328 lbs (stable weight for several years). I have Lupus and Fibromylagia which cause me a great deal of pain.

    The Fibro and Lupus are becoming a great disability and I know my weight isn't helping the issues at all. I am on about a dozen different meds a day just to function. I've tried to diet and I don't lose anything, not even water weight. I've been thinking for a few years about having the by-pass or lap band surgery but I'm really scared on so many levels.

    Please share your experience and weather you would do it again or not. I'd even love to hear from family members of weight loss surgery patients, especially if they had/have Lupus and/or Fibro.

    • ANSWER:
      I have lupus and fibromyalgia also. Losing weight can only help... not only SLE and FMS but your overall well-being. I also take a lot of medication and it's not fun.
      Good luck to you!

  3. QUESTION:
    I need some Medical Advice! Could I have Lupus, fibromyalgia, or something else?
    Ok i am so tired of being sick. To start off I am 14 year old female and I was diagnosed with Herpes simplex six.I have alot of symptoms so here it goes.I have notice these symptoms occur before or during my menstral cycle and then sometimes they come and go suprisingly. Sometimes I get aches in my wrists, ankles, fingers, hands,knees and legs. My lymph nodes are swollen a lot and sometimes they hurt. Every once in a while I have chest and upper back pain that it hurts to move. Also I am shaky and I don't know why. I am tired a lot and when I come home from school sometimes I go to sleep and don't wake up until 10 or 11 O'clock and I never get my homework done.For some reason my hands and fingers go numb and sometimes my arm tingles. Sometimes my fingertips go numb and stay that way for a little while. Sometimes I get a light pink rash I guess over my cheeks and nose that to the touch it feels like my skin is pealing. The one thing that I never have is a fever which I don't understand. I go to a specialist and he said I will most likely develop lupus so are these symptoms of lupus? Then I also have herpes simplex six so could i be having symptoms due to that? Also today I found out my mom has fibromyalgia and it is heredity so could I have that? I just need some answers I am afraid to ask my doctor cause I am so shy but I will tell him so please don't tell me to ask my doctor or something like that. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you need a good Rheumatologist. Not all are good as each other. You need to go to a teaching hospital (where they train doctors) and get an appointment with the Dean of the Rheumatology department. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis it is in the same family as Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Gout and many others. They are diseases of the autoimmune system. That means that our immune system is working against us. These diseases run in families. They can ruin your life if they are not treated correctly. The teaching hospitals are up on all the latest treatments. I had a doctor who was a real nice guy but a rotten doctor. I suffered for a long time, until he retired and I had to get a different doctor. We should be able to see their report cards from medical school. Trust me , I learned the hard way.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what kind specialist you would see for Lupus or Fibromyalgia?
    I am 19 and have been dealing with very hard and odd symtoms for about three years now. I have extreme fatigue, constant entire body pain, headaches that occasionally progress to migraines, sores that do not heal and are there for no apparent reason (I counted the sores on one of my legs yesterday, not including my foot which also has many sores, and counted 38)the sores are also on my arms and back and inside my nose, also large and very horrible looking bruises all over my legs for absolutly no reason I am not clumsy I do not bump into things nor do I drop this on myself or do anything to cause a bruise, they are all over my legs there is hardly one spot on my legs that is not covered in brown purple or yellow bruises. Also if I do happen to have an itch if I scratch it it breaks the skin instantly and I bleed profusly and have another sore that does not heal. I also am dealing with anxiety, restlessness. I cannot sleep at night either because i am in too much pain to fall asleep.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a Neurologist first.He will help with the with the true diagnosis.He may prescribe you some pain medication for the pain.Fibromyalgia is a very very painful and debilitating disease.He may recommend you start with a pain specialist,who will also perform tests such as a MRI or CT scan and some blood work.Either one will probably refer you to a Rheumatologist,where you may get more tests.It seems like a lot of work and doctors,but it is best to find out every thing so you can be properly treated.Fibromyalgia does not get better it becomes more debilitating as you get older.Please you owe it to yourself to get the"royal" treatment and find out all you can about the problems you are having.Also after you have a diagnosis,and you are unable to be employed or have problems with employment b/c of your illness,file for disability or SSI.Again I say Fibromyalgia itself is debilitating,add Lupus to it and you probably are truly suffering.

      JRL-LPN

  5. QUESTION:
    Confused about Fibromyalgia & Lupus?
    Ok, here's the whole story. I had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia when I was 4 until I was 7. I recovered, had two kids yada yada. Ive been suffering from pain in my joints, both my arms going numb all the time, slight hair loss, sharp shooting pains in my head, ringing ears, rash on my face, swollen hands and feet, TMJ, "blood inflammation, light sensitivity and severe migraines more than 3-4 times a week regardless of the circumstance. I went to TWO different docs so far. A Rheumatologist and a regular MD. One said he thinks its Fibromyalgia (and I know what that is because i did a TON of research) and the other says i have "inflammation in my blood" and some other symptoms "not like" that of Fibromyalgia. He said Lupus and/or Rheumatoid Arthritis could be to blame but Im so confused as to how they are going to diagnose me properly without just sending me out with a "general pain disorder" Im 22 years old, this isn't normal. I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle and Im not overweight so "general pain" just doesn't make sense to me. I know you're not docotrs but Im just looking for some advice maybe from people who have one of the two and what they think my outcome will be. I know its kind of difficult to answer but any help would be greatly appretiated. Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, autoimmune diseases can overlap and the symptoms for many are the same. It is tough to diagnose and it is VERY possible you have both. I was diagnosed with Lupus and Sjogrens Syndrome 4 years ago and recently within the last year the doctors "think" it is just Sjogren' s Syndrome. It is hard because Sjogren's mimics Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.

      I know it is very frustrating when your doctors don't even know for sure. Have you tried a university hospital? I have found that they are on top of everything and seem to be the best of the best because they are teaching future doctors, surgeons, and specialists.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I fix my sleep pattern?
    I have Lupus/Fibromyalgia so I am always fatigue. I fall asleep early evening and wake up around 1am...stay awake til 5 or 6am and sleep til noon. Absolutley horrible! Should I take sleep meds?

    • ANSWER:
      don't let yourself fall asleep in the early evening.

      whenever my sleep schedule needs to get back on track i alaways "pull an all nighter" or something close- so that when the next day comes around i'm tired and can go to bed at the right time. Try scheduling something in the early evening- you'll be tired- but go out somewhere- even if its for a drive in the car or sitting in the park or inviting someone over for company- and then after they leave/you're done THEN you can go to bed- and you'll be nice and tired by then.
      Also if it's possible take a nap during the day so you don't go to bed so early?

  7. QUESTION:
    I'm on oxycodone.. I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia.. I'm still in horrid pain...?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus(SLE) this year and Fibromyalgia a few years ago, but believe it all started after a bout of very serious(hospitalized because of spleen and liver) mono when I was 17yrs old. I have been on percocet 10/325 every 4-6 hour max 4 day for the last 4 YEARS.. recently it got switched to 20 mg of oxycontin twice a day with oxycontin IR 5mg also twice a day... problem is it's still not working and I'm sitting here typing with tears running down my cheeks... I put a call into my doctor..no call back yet... It's full body agony.. I can't take this anymore...I don't know how to tell my doc I need more meds or different, or something... I have tried yoga, nerve blocks, operations, therapy, etc... in the past few years... nothing works, I have three children who need me and all I want to do is curl up in a ball and die... I don't know what to do anymore... Can anyone advise?
    I just got a call from the nurse, not the nice one, even though the dr. said to call if it didn't work so he could adjust the dose, she says he said he's not changing anything and to call my rhematologist( who doesn't want to be responsible for pain management) if that's not ok with me...
    Plus I did go to a pain clinic for 3 yrs, after many different treatments, nerve blocks, operations etc..., they tried to get new equipment for their office by saying I needed to have a certain operation( that I found out I didn't need from 2 dr.s) so I stopped going there.. Primary doc( the one I tried calling) tried to get me into 3 separate pain clinics.. all have said they can't do anything for my condition except meds, too advanced in disease too help, so they won't take me. That's why I get meds from primary now... and now no help is coming, who knows if she even talked to him..probably not

    • ANSWER:
      My prayers are with you

  8. QUESTION:
    I'm on oxycontin.. I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia.. I'm still in horrid pain...?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus(SLE) this year and Fibromyalgia a few years ago, but believe it all started after a bout of very serious(hospitalized because of spleen and liver) mono when I was 17yrs old. I have been on percocet 10/325 every 4-6 hour max 4 day for the last 4 YEARS.. recently it got switched to 20 mg of oxycontin twice a day with oxycontin IR 5mg also twice a day... problem is it's still not working and I'm sitting here typing with tears running down my cheeks... I put a call into my doctor..no call back yet... It's full body agony.. I can't take this anymore...I don't know how to tell my doc I need more meds or different, or something... I have tried yoga, nerve blocks, operations, therapy, etc... in the past few years... nothing works, I have three children who need me and all I want to do is curl up in a ball and die... I don't know what to do anymore... Can anyone advise?
    I was on prednisone for 11 yrs.. as a result I have osteopenia( swiss cheese for bones)
    I just got a call from the nurse, not the nice one, even though the dr. said to call if it didn't work so he could adjust the dose, she says he said he's not changing anything and to call my rhematologist( who doesn't want to be responsible for pain management) if that's not ok with me...
    Plus I did go to a pain clinic for 3 yrs, after many different treatments, nerve blocks, operations etc..., they tried to get new equipment for their office by saying I needed to have a certain operation( that I found out I didn't need from 2 dr.s) so I stopped going there.. Primary doc( the one I tried calling) tried to get me into 3 separate pain clinics.. all have said they can't do anything for my condition except meds, too advanced in disease too help, so they won't take me. That's why I get meds from primary now... and now no help is coming, who knows if she even talked to him..probably not

    • ANSWER:
      Here's some all-natural supplements that are very helpful when managing both lupus and fibromyalgia.

      GLA Complex: nature's steroid; insulates the fibrous sheath of the nerve bundles - very important for lupus

      Vita-C: strengthens the integrity of connective tissue; antioxidant; anti-inflammatory

      NutriFeron: strengthens the immune system

      OsteoMatrix: muscle relaxant

      Zinc Complex: protects skin & organs; promotes healing

      Hope this is useful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  9. QUESTION:
    i have lupus and fibromyalgia and im diabetic,what im concerned about is this skin rash that?
    on my legs above my ankles and below my calfs and on my arms above my wrists and below my elbows.i do not use any body soaps with smells and i do not use any clothing soaps or softners with any smells or dies and i dont understand what the prob is,i stay out of the sun and i dont eat bad foods im at my witts on what this is, and as far as my house being unclean thats not a case i do not use harsh cleaing chemicals but i have noticed when i am asleep those places ive mentioned on my body sweat and then itch,so this is off,any way i need some feedback and my house does any have any fleas or bugs im very up on that

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to look into using glutathione for help with your fibromyalgia. WebMD, PubMed and Health-Net.org all suggest the use of it.

      MaxGXL has been clinically proven to raise glutathione levels. My wife's best friend who has fibromyalgia has been using it for the past two weeks and has been pain free.

      Check it out at http://www.maximumglutathione.com

      Best Regards,
      Rex White
      rexwhiteppl@gmail.com
      503-463-7336

  10. QUESTION:
    symptoms for months with no diagnosis. any ideas at all?
    for the past nine months i have had:
    - severe bouts of join pain, and possible deterioration of my joints.
    - fatigue
    - red rashes on my face an neck area
    - kidney infections and proteinuria.

    i have been tested for and do not have:
    - RA
    - lupus
    - fibromyalgia
    - lymes disease

    i'm constantly going to doctors and they can't figure out what is going on.
    any suggestions at all on testing ideas or possible diagnosis would be greatly appreciated!!

    • ANSWER:
      When you have them check you thyroid also have them check you parathyroid. You would be surprised!!

      nfd♥

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I find organizations near me to volunteer for or start one myself?
    I'm a 15 year old girl and I have lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, connective tissue disorder, and thyroid disease. I really want to find some kind of organization for teens with any one of those diseases to get involved with. I have found a select few but they are all really far away from me. I'm in California and the organizations I found are all on the East Coast. How can I find organizations that are for teens with autoimmune diseases near me? If there aren't any is it possible for me to start one? How would I do so? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      At 15 you are too young to start an organization (you can't sign contracts until you are 18, so you would need an adult on board, and there's a ton of paperwork and legal documentation and accounting required.) Besides you would benefit greatly from volunteering at such an organization first to learn about how such organizations work, are run and get funding before you take that jump.

      The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association has a page full of links for related organizations. It's a pretty big list and a good place to start. Keep in mind that if an organization is headquartered someplace, they often have local chapters so be sure to look for local resources when you research these groups

      http://www.aarda.org/links.php

  12. QUESTION:
    could this be pregnancy or just hormones out of wack?
    I had my last period the 23rd of oct, and had ovulation pain exactly 2 weeks later. I am 10 days late I took a test 3 days ago and it was BFN. I dono what to do my nipples have been sore for about a week. I am on a lot of medication because I have Lupus, Fibromyalgia and only one kidney. I need to know asap what is going on because if I am pregnant I need to change meds asap. I did notice that after I ovulated my sex drive went threw the roof and iv had a lot of discharge that just stopped a few days ago...It was bad I thought I was peeing my pants..I had to wear a pantyliner. I also have been peeing alot more but not really ingesting that much more fluids then normal. has anyone else went threw this or something like it??
    My husband is going to deploy in a May, so I kinda want pregnancy to be out of the question till closer to that date so he wont miss the birth...

    • ANSWER:
      See your regular doctor right away for a blood test. This is really important, because you may need to change your meds RIGHT NOW. Call first thing in the morning, if the offices are closed now where you are. Given your medical background, they should be willing to work you in.

      Good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    For a real life situation (street fight) which martial art better equips you to win....tsun jo wing chun or...?
    For a real life situation (street fight) which martial art better equips you to win....tsun jo wing chun kung fu or...Jeet Kune Do?

    I like Jeet Kune Do due to the fact that bruce lee is my biggest hero. However i also happen to be VERY interested in tsun jo wing chun kung fu due to the fact that it is one of the only martial arts ive seen that is a street-practical martial art.

    Im 16, 5'11, 208 lbs and im looking for a martial art that will help me to 1) be able to defend myself against 1, 2, or even 3 attackers in a REAL life situation due to the times we're living in.... 2) get in shape..... 3) hone into my chi or whatever word you guys use (ive trained for a couple months in taekwondo but budget ran low and now that im able to rejoin taekwondo just didnt satisfy the desires i have....i am interested in being able to fend off an attacker with a weapon, empty hand self defence, grappling/wrestling, striking, kicking, being able to use objects around me to help me...

    now please dont get me wrong im not gonna go looking for fights i just wanna be able to protect myself if a fight comes to me.....My mom has lupus fibromyalgia rhumatoid arthritis spinal meleopathy and chronic fatigue so she is pretty infirm and the 24 min drive to your school would be quite hard for her until i get a permit

    So i guess what im asking is.... based on my goals above.... which martial art will better equip me with what im asking for?

    Also here are the two sites of the schools im interested in...which one looks better? http://www.newkungfu.com/GMAS_TsunJo.html
    http://www.nwkali.com/classes.htm

    • ANSWER:
      hello,

      this is an interesting question. unfortunately, there isn't really an answer to this. the main reason is that jkd is not really a system, so much as it is a concept that you could (should) apply to any system.

      tsun jo wing chun is the brainchild of john beale. his main academy is in a place called "greenlake" in seattle. he was at one point a student of james demille (spelling?). both know wing chun, so as to your question, we shall examine which wing chun "flavor" is better for street applications.

      neither instructor teaches the three forms/katas as part of the curriculum, though both know them if you want to learn for academic or fulfillment reasons.

      the main differences are of stance and forward pressure (during chi sao) and punching style.

      tsun jo takes a more forward/aggressive stance. the punching rolls off of the centerline directly, as if your hands are touching opposite sides of a glass sheet. as your punches fly out and return, they maintain that centerline orientation. this causes the punches to be INCREDIBLY fast and continuous.

      jeet kune do styled wing chun punches tend to AIM AT the centerline, but reorient themselves to the outside like a boxing position. that is, instead of punching along ones own centerline, one punches AT the opponents centerline. this increases power, but limits speed.

      the difference in chi sao is also significant. due to differences in hand positioning during punching, entry into chi sao is different for both. this is a matter of timing, and has little to do with the overall effectiveness. the application of pressure is were the major difference lies.

      under ordinary circumstances, chi sao is a sensitivity exercise in which one is attempting to "be sensitive" to the opponents intent and match opposing force with appropriate counter force. jeet kune do wing chun and "normal" wing chun tend to do this by standing with weight loaded back and rely on the pressure generated with the arms.

      tsun jo wing chun loads the bodyweight forward and uses significantly more pressure in the arms during chi sao.

      why?

      imagine this exercise:

      your opponent holds a hand up in front of you palm toward you. you in turn hold up your own hand and turn palm toward the opponent.

      your goal is to keep your hand in very light contact with the opposing hand as your opponent moves theirs.

      so, when your opponent moves their hand about rapidly and randomly, it would be very difficult for you to keep that contact.

      now, imagine this exercise:

      same as before, except that this time you load your weight forward and keep somewhat tight pressure between your hand and the opposing hand.

      this time, when your opponent moves their hand about, they find it difficult to break contact. they sort of "take your hand along for the ride". it is easier to maintain contact, and to counter pressure.

      sure, it sounds a little counter intuitive when you are reading about it, but in practice, it is an exceedingly efficient method of practicing chi sao, and therefore, of fighting at close range.

      one of the HUGE advantages of tsun jo wing chun is that sparring is far more productive than ordinary wing chun. adapting to weapon use and other real world applications is a bit easier than with ordinary wing chun or even jkd style wing chun.

      so, to your original question: which equips you to win? well, jkd does, mostly because it is a collection of methods to which jkd is applied. but if we look solely at the "wing chun" aspect (trapping or crashing range) then tsun jo is the better tool.

      greenlake martial arts (john beale's school) is a good one. he is a capable grappler (offers classes) and he knows stick/knife work (he has known/trained with kelly worden in tacoma for years). he has a good solid curriculum and good students. he is also a funny guy. he tells funny stories, but they always have to do with the lesson at hand. good stuff.

      don't know chris clarke, but, if you live in seattle, and you decide jkd is right for you, then there are a couple choices closer by.

      one is james demille. his school is on aurora (can't remember the address, but sifu beale would happily give it to you).

      another is mkg is at about 105th & 5th in greenwood (can't remember the address). andy wilson is a good instructor and will take care of you. the curriculum includes muaythai, jiujitsu, kali, boxing, trapping (not the full wing chun).

      so, hopefully this helps you. tsun jo wing chun is legit, it is a refinement on existing wing chun and is compatible with older wing chun methods. it is a somewhat aggressive style. you COMMIT to an action, with blinding speed and END things. the students however, are not particularly aggressive, so you should like them. mkg is jkd from rick faye. there is a lot of weapon orientation, but the principles of course apply to unarmed practice as well.

      both methods, tsun jo and jkd should get you where you want to be!

      good luck

      thanks

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I stop two adults from creating a baby?
    I really don't know where to go so, I thought I would give it whirl here..My sibling is 43 yrs old however; “Patty” is a transsexual; born a male trying to change to a female that is turning back to a male. (past history-reports of sexually abusing two children during his/her teenage life) She/He is bipolar, very dangerous bad temper and has the mind set of a 15 year old. “Patty” stopped taking all of her/his medication all at once on the same day...seriously dangerous for all parties involved. “Patty” is always starting fights at work and in personal life. She/he seeks vengeance's in dark dangerous ways.

    “Patty” has a job however; that's on shaky ground due to all the problems and fights she/he had created. She/He continues to create problems at work and personal life. Patty relies on our parents for money due to "Lucy" spending it all on alcohol etc. Bums rides to and from the appointed destination. She also dumps all her stress and worry she has caused onto our parents.

    “Patty" does NOT care that our father has had several strokes & T.I.A’s. He has been warned by a cardiologist that if he has one more stroke it could kill him this time. Our Mother is sick with cardiological problems. She has had open heart surgery and zapped with the heart paddles to start her heart two different occasions recently. She also suffers with mental illnesses.

    I’m also not well. I’ve had 19 operations in my abdominal region with many diseases including precancerous tumours, Lupus, Fibromyalgia.....blah blah blah I count my blessings everyday when I have a day where I can get out of bed. I’ve had to be put on life support after my last three operations. I’m not on life support now. My husband is healthy minus the hair loss due too all this stress...lol

    The sexual partner “Lucy" is 29 yrs old. She was born a female and remains to be female however; she has the maturity level of a 10 yr old. She works and spends every pay cheque on junk, alcohol and cigarettes. She does NOT pay her part of the rent, food or bills. She goes out partying every night and sleeps around with pretty much anybody. She stopped taking her Bipolar medication and other medication all at once on the same day. She’s 5 weeks pregnant with my sister/brother’s baby. Neither of them are under the care of a doctor and “Lucy” does NOT take vitamin supplements or folic acid. She is not taking prenatal classes or anything for that matter and does NOT eat anything healthy.

    She goes through phases like getting a cat and when she’s bored with it she ignores it, does NOT feed or take care of it. She also has had a kikachu once again, she got bored of it, ignored it and did not take care of it. She wanted to get a ferret however; thankfully that didn’t pan out in her favor. Now, it’s the baby phase. She’s made arrangements to have her mother to take care of the baby when she loses interest in the baby. The mother is mentally ill, has had her autistic son taken away because she beat the crap out of the child to him shut-up.

    I can tell you more however; I really don’t think it’s necessary because you all can see how badly it’s turning out for everyone especially the 5 week old fetus.

    Plus, their apartment is infested with fleas and smell to the heavens like cat urine.
    We are all born and raised Canadian and still live in Canada.

    Can anybody help me because if I can’t do anything then a child will be born into this world....I much rather not say :0( You get the point...right?
    I send big HUGS out to everybody that has offered suggestions.....Thank you very much!

    • ANSWER:
      At the very least, call Children's Aid to talk to them. If nothing else, they can point you in the right direction.

  15. QUESTION:
    Pleas help me?!?! Docs are too lazy to look into it.?
    Since I was a child I started to have widespread musculoskeletal pain. It started in my knees and in my wrists. Now I am 27 and the have consistent but intermittent pain all over my body. This includes sharp pains in my knee caps-especially when I drive, fiery feeling in my wrists-especially when I use my hands, and in the last year soreness in my spinal area from my neck all the way down to my butt. The soreness often goes up my arms and down my legs. The soreness is more intense in my butt/lower back though and the worst of my pain is in my knees/wrists. Like I said, the pains are not knew and they are progressing. I do have IBS, but no tender/trigger points and I am not depressed. I tried physical therapy but it only intensified the pain. I tried occupational therapy and no improvement. I also do not suffer migraines as most fibro patients do. My docs ruled out any type of arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, and tendinitis. I've never had any MRI/CT scans done, and the docs think I'm making this up. Even though I keep trying to tell them the pain has been around for several years, they ignore it and say that it is all in my head and that I need counseling. This is so frustrating and agonizing, because they are supposed to be helping but are completely ignoring my condition. I never ask for pain medication because it never works anyway, so I'm not sure what reasons would influence me to make up the pain for over 10 years. One last thing, lately I notice that sometimes I will be in a store or standing somewhere and briefly blank out, not knowing where I am. But I will quickly regain my composure and everything will be fine. My sister-in-law is an RN and says I seriously need to see a neurologist and she doesn't understand why they aren't doing any tests. She's known me since I was 14 and knows I am not making the pain up, so it is frustrating her also. What could be wrong with me and what should I do? No only will help ??? I'm at a dead end. They keep sending my in circles doing the same treatments that never even helped before, but they continue to ignore it. I even took lyrica and prozac against my better judgment and it didn't help after month, but they are annoyed that I am looking for more answers beyond a pill or qick fix. Please help me or send me in a direction where I can find help. I have a 1 year-old to take care of and this pain is ruining my life. I asked the doc to renew my disabled placard and he refused, but it ended up resulting in me falling down a steep flight of stairs due to the intense pain. He could care less and told me to deal with it. Is this how docs usually tread chronic pain sufferers?
    I should also mention that I do have problems concentrating/comprehending/confusing things, but am also told often that I am quite articulate. Sometimes I have dyslexia type symptoms.
    Umm . . . I'm sorry lady. What are you talking about? I'm using my health to escape my situation as a single mother and from taking care of my son alone??? WTF are you talking about? I never said I'm alone and I never said I'm a single mother. See everyone, this is how unfair and inaccurate diagnosis' are made. She is the perfect example. She made a rash judgment about me being a damsel in distress single mom and I never said that even in the least bit. I appreciate your advice lady, but please don't judge me without having the facts. I'm not avoiding my son in any way, I absolutely love being about him and the rest of my family who are always there for me. They are just as frustrated as I am!

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with your friend the RN. Discovery Health Channel and Mystery Diagnosis. Your doc may have missed that class. Go to a medical center such as a teaching hospital. It's not all in your head. If you have ever watched mystery diagnosis, that's the classic diagnosis for "I don't know and you are bothering me.

  16. QUESTION:
    here are two different martial art schools im interested in... based on my goals which ones better for me?
    BOTH SCHOOLS HAVE GREAT TEACHERS THAT DESCENDED FROM BRUCE LEE
    1) http://www.newkungfu.com/GMAS_TsunJo.html
    2) http://www.nwkali.com/classes.htm

    For a real life situation (street fight) which martial art better equips you to win....tsun jo wing chun kung fu or...Jeet Kune Do?

    I like Jeet Kune Do due to the fact that bruce lee is my biggest hero. However i also happen to be VERY interested in tsun jo wing chun kung fu due to the fact that it is one of the only martial arts ive seen that is a street-practical martial art.

    Im 16, 5'11, 208 lbs and im looking for a martial art that will help me to 1) be able to defend myself against 1, 2, or even 3 attackers in a REAL life situation due to the times we're living in.... 2) get in shape..... 3) hone into my chi or whatever word you guys use (ive trained for a couple months in taekwondo but budget ran low and now that im able to rejoin taekwondo just didnt satisfy the desires i have....i am interested in being able to fend off an attacker with a weapon, empty hand self defence, grappling/wrestling, striking, kicking, being able to use objects around me to help me...

    now please dont get me wrong im not gonna go looking for fights i just wanna be able to protect myself if a fight comes to me.....My mom has lupus fibromyalgia rhumatoid arthritis spinal meleopathy and chronic fatigue so she is pretty infirm and the 24 min drive to your school would be quite hard for her until i get a permit

    So i guess what im asking is.... based on my goals above.... which martial art will better equip me with what im asking for?

    • ANSWER:
      hello,

      ryan, since this was already answered for you, won't bore you with details. just wanted to point out something for one of the respondents.

      true, neither trained with bruce lee.

      john beale trained with james demille. james demille trained with bruce lee.

      andy wilson trained with rick faye. rick faye trained with dan inosanto (arguably a different approach from bruce lee).

      just thought it might be of interest.

      thanks

  17. QUESTION:
    My mother has been experiencing chronic pelvic pain for over two years....?
    She's been to numerous doctors, checked for numerous medical conditions (kidneys, gall bladder, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Gynecological exams, etc.) and has tested negative in all cases. She has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and has two crushed discs in her spine. It has been the consensus of her doctors that the spinal problems are not causing the pelvic pain. She also has been diagnosed with a fibroid on her uterus that causing her to menstruate every two weeks. However, she has been told by two separate doctors that the fibroid is too small to be causing the level of pain she is experiencing. One doctor suggested surgery to repair the discs in her spine might relieve the pelvic pain as well as the pain she has in her arms and legs but he could not say for certain. The cortisone injections she received in spine at the base of the neck did help to relieve to arm/leg pain (for three weeks) but the injection to the spine in the lower back provided no relief for the pelvic pain. This gives her little hope that surgery to the lower spine would help.
    I did a little research of my own online out of curiosity. I discovered that chronic pelvic pain without an apparent medical cause can be the result of past sexual abuse. Sometimes chronic pelvic pain is psychosomatic. In 50% of women with chronic pelvic pain a history of childhood sexual abuse can be identified. These women are often referred to many different specialists and, in the process, they may be subjected to expensive tests and exploratory surgery only to be told that 'nothing is wrong' because no underlying pathology (medical cause) was discovered or identified.
    I strongly believe my mother may be one of these women. When my mother was younger she was sexually abused by her father. I'm not certain exactly how old she was or how long the abuse lasted but I know that it did. My father told me about it immediately after they separated and after about a case of beer. Later my aunt accidentally confirmed it.
    The problem is my mom doesn't know I know. But I think she should seek psychological counseling as the abuse it likely related to the chronic pelvic pain. Perhaps if she came to terms with her psychological and emotional pain she would experience relief from the physical pain. I don't know how to approach with the information. I don't want to upset her further but I hate see her suffer with no answers. Does anyone have any advice on how to approach her? I don't want to push her away. She is a very private person. Very emotionally distant.

    • ANSWER:
      She can get a free test for fibromyalgia at:
      http://www.fibromyalgia-information-relief.com/fibromyalgia-test.html

  18. QUESTION:
    Fibromyalgia or Lupus?
    Okay, I keep reading everywhere that Fibromyalgia does not react to Prednisone. I also know that you can have an autoimmune disease on TOP of Fibromyalgia. I have all of the symptoms of FM and all of Lupus... It's possible for me to have both, correct?
    But I also take Prednisone and feel 50X's better on it! But my Rheumotologist is convinced it's just Fibro because of what my 2 year old tests say about Lupus. I am looking for an Internist, but I don't know what to expect and if they will do the tests needed....

    I think basically, i am trying to ask: Will prednisone help me if I JUST have Fibromyalgia? and How can I find out if i have Lupus AND/OR Fibro?
    I know I should consult my Dr, but when you are flat out broke and living with your parents, it's a little difficult to be able to go to Dr appointments. They expect to be paid on the spot. Besides, I've been to at least 12 that I can count, and they all have no freakin clue what it is. I keep getting test after tests and they have no answers.
    Also, I would not be happy if it was Lupus, but I would be happy if we could just figure out SOMETHING

    • ANSWER:
      real fms will not respond to prednisone

      many autoimmune conditions will respond some a little-some 50% --some almost completely

      who gave you the prednisone? the rheumy? he obviously has no clue if he's saying fms

      tests can be false negative--this is a big issue with lymes

      i'm assuming you have gotten a lupus rash?

      you may not have fms at all if you are responding to the pred...you really need to find out what you have that is responding...

      AND then reassess to see if you really have fms

      fms is highly over diagnosed by these clueless docs that call it a general label for pain..

      you cannot be properly diagnosed with fms until any other conditions are addressed--this doesn't seem to have been done

      it is possible to have both--but i am leaning more towards something like lupus as possibly the only condition

  19. QUESTION:
    Note to all patients with fibromyalgia or lupus...............?
    To all of you out there with fibro or lupus, do not get the seasonal flu vaccine or the H1N1 vaccine. Both fibromyalgia and lupus are auto-immune diseases cause the release of too many antibodies that attack your muscles causing a wide-spread pain condition. Getting the vaccines will cause your body to release more antibodies than your system can handle and make your condition extremely severe for a week or more. Trust me, I learned my lesson the hard way and am currently suffering from it. I was told not to get them by an E.R. Dr. I know that has lupus and was given the vaccines because of work, but out of fear for my children I got them anyway. Please don't do it!

    • ANSWER:
      REAL FIBRO IS NOT BELEIVED TO BEAUTOIMMUNE--check your research--

      it is a disroder of the nueor system

      autoimmune means the body atatks itself

      in FMS--teh body is not attacking itslef---there is immune dysfunction menaing it over or under reacts to foreign organisms

      i have had teh seasonal flue shot (with fms) and never had a problem..

      on the other hand--if i do get the flu--it can make my condition permanangtly worse-as whenever i get a serious injury or illness my condityion tends to permanantktly deteriorate

      Most docs are not competant to deal with fms--especially and ER DOC

      you PLEASE DON"T DO It--don't give out false info

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    Where does FibroMyalgia stop & Lupus Start? Is this condition 'manageable'? Will I be able to return to work?
    After spending heaps of time, effort and money on specialists, I have been diagnosed with Fibro Myalgia, Raynauds Phenomenon together with a "side serving of SLE".
    I find this diagnosis .. vague to say the least.
    I am taking Plaquinil, and pain killers.
    I have been unable to work for 3 months due to hot flushes, varying degrees of pain, chronic tiredness, crazy skin rashes etc ect.
    I have not had a period for 5 years (which is not such a bad thing! )
    yet, all the blood tests and ultrasounds reveal that I am not menopausal.
    Some mornings I can barely walk - my feet feel like they have been burnt, and they ache (like an elephant has stepped on them)
    When I move my shoulders they sound like rice bubbles - Snap, Crackle & Pop! They hurt like all fury as well.
    If my shoulders are not hurting then it's my lower back, if it's not my lower back, then it's under my rib cage .... yarda yarda yarda!
    I have the memory span of a goldfish - which the teenage kids think is wonderful (they get away with lots)
    I regularly sleep 16 hours out of 24.
    I do not have a butterfly shaped rash on my face, it is on my neck. If I spend any time in the sun - regardless of hat, shirt or sunscreen - I come up in itchy, burning welts.
    Since I was 12 years old ... After showering, swimming, perspiring, or sudden temperature change - I break out in an itchy hive type rash (great look for a teenage girl) for which I take antihistamines.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been involved with a wonderful company called 4Life Research. 4Life delivers a new category of immune Support Products that can boost our immune intelligence, helping to take health to a new level. "Transfer Factors" are not vitamins,minerals, herbs, or fruits. they are molecules made by the immune system for the immune system to the cells. They give the immune system the ability to recognize any health problem in our body. TF's speed up the immune system's response to fight against the viral and bacterial infections and diseases that threaten our health.I have met others with the same diagnosis and these products have enabled them to live "normal" lives.I have seen first hand the positive effect in the body as my little girl was constantly ill due to deficiencies in her immune system that started with seasonal allergies. 4 surgeries, severe infections, strong meds w/traumatic side effects and isolation from others, finally started our quest for better health.Needless to say, its been almost 3years without medications, symptoms or even visits to the Pedi.(other than routine visits) She has been "cleared" of ANY medical issues! She's a very healthy 9 year old. I strongly recommend you visit: www.lindaluna.my4life.com It is well worth the time and effort to explore a natural option without side effects. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. :-)

  22. 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!

  23. QUESTION:
    Need guidance on getting cannabis card?
    I have Lupus, RA, & Fibromyalgia. My rheumatologist thinks that cannabis will help me in numerous ways, but because of politics he doesn't feel comfortable writing me a prescription personally. He said I won't have any issues getting a prescription from "elsewhere", but I do not know how to proceed or how any of this works.
    Currently living in LA County- Santa Clarita area.

    • ANSWER:
      If he is unwilling to write your script he could have at lest told you where you might get a sympathetic doctor to write it for you.

      I found a few links that might be able to tell you how you go about getting card or what is needed to purchase and use Marijuana legally.

  24. QUESTION:
    Headaches that get significantly worse when lying down?
    I have lupus and fibromyalgia and have developed extremely horrific headaches that can be on one side of my head, on both sides of my head, all over my head, or on the back of my head. But with any of these headaches, they get incredibly worse if I lie down. Has anyone experienced this? If they have, how do you deal with them?

    • ANSWER:
      DEAR MISS

      MY MOTHER HAS FIBROMYALGIA TOO AND THE

      DOCTOR ALSO FOUND OUT SHE HAS MIGRAINE

      HEADACHES TOO IT IS IN OUR FAMILY HISTORY I HAVE

      THEM TOO JUST TRY PUTTING YOUR FEET ON THE

      FLOOR AND THE WORLD IS SPINNING AROUND YOU

      AND HAVE SOME THING LIKE MORNING SICKNESS I

      THROW UP GET DIZZY CAN NOT WALK CAN ONLY EAT

      SOUP AND CRACKERS SO DEAR YES MY MOTHER

      AND I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH OK

      TAKE CARE

  25. QUESTION:
    Does mdicare/medicaid cover breast reduction surgery?
    I live in the State of Montana and I was wondering if anyone knew if medicare/medicaid cover Brest reduction surgery. I suffer from Lupus and Fibromyalgia and my breat size is just killing my back anymore. I have a size F. I wouldn't want anything dramatic, maybe just a size C or D. Does anyone know?
    I already have medicare and medicaid. :) I get Social Security.

    • ANSWER:
      They do.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do you have a Chronic illnesses?
    I am writing an article for a new website for people with chronic illnesses (fibromyalgia, Lupus, RA, CFIDS - Chronic Fatigue, MS, etc.) any debilitating illness that has changed your life. I am looking for input from people who have overcome the obstacle of chronic illness or chronic pain and also from people whose lives have been completely turned upside down by their illness. I would love to hear about struggles with disability claims, friends, family, spouses, coworkers, etc. Any input is helpful. This article is meant to bring about more understanding to those who don't look sick. You can also email me your comments at jp_th2006@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jennifer P,
      I think I can help you find all sorts of info and talk to people that are going through cronic pain and disability fights and lots of other things Rather than put a long message in here about all of this email me at poohinmissouri@yahoo.com, I have had severe RA for 7 years now and it has put me in a wheel chair and I deal with the severe pain of it every day along with the severe fatigue and I will be glad to chat with you all about it, and I own a totally free chat room that deals with diseases like fibro,ra,ms,lupus etc and you could come and talk to others with the problems they face everyday and the different pains they have everyday, and how they deal with the pain, the chat is totally free and it will put you in touch with real people with different diseases, and we also have a totally free message board with all types of different health infomation so just email me for the link and we will be glad to help, we look forward to hearing from you

  27. QUESTION:
    Do I have fibromyalgia, arthritis or Lupus?
    My mom has all of these and her mother (my grandma) and uncle have lupus. My aunt and my cousin (from my dads side) Have fibromyalgia. They have been telling me I need to be checked for these things because I am always having pains somewhere in my body. I have pain in my stomach and chest, I hurt in random areas of my body. The pain comes sudden and it has pulsing peeks, sometimes it only last minutes sometimes it last days. When I use my hands, mainly my thumbs they began to hurt so bad I can't do anything with them until the pain stops. I have a lot of pain in my hip, back and legs, everywhere really but mostly in these areas. The pain in my back is so bad at times I can not stand up straight, when my hips hurt its hard for me to walk and nothing I do seems to help besides time. What do you think is wrong with me? Please help...

    • ANSWER:
      try these links
      http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/clients/haz/general/custom/default.jsp

      http://symptoms.webmd.com/default.htm

  28. QUESTION:
    May this be a Vascular disease?
    Blood vessels...what type of illness cause them.. or What can be wrong with vessels that can lead to an illness. I am confused and don't know where to even start my search. I have undiagnosed headaches for 3 months. I feel dizzy and weak. Grew so sick and tired of it, I can't work since I am constantly lightheaded. I can best describe them as vascular headaches, since I feel regional pain (which travels from front to back of my brain always in same areas, like it is following the same thin veins, vessels inside my head. It spreads down to neck, shoulders, upper spine). Sometimes my upper back is so sore, so that rib cage hurts. I had brain CT - its normal. Blood pressure is "normal" but I think it's low and my pulse is weak, I am ALWAYS cold (my entire life, but all Dr always told me that 100/70 is a good BP). I am 41, was very active, healthy weight, my blood tests did NOT show infections, diabetes, kidney, liver. I have poor appetite now, but take a vitamin, to avoid vit. deficiency. I am thinking Fibromyalgia? Lupus? Please help. I want to figure out WHY is my head and upper back hurting??? Does anyone know of any form of vessel disease that can cause these symptoms??

    • ANSWER:
      Get a free fibromyalgia test
      http://www.fibromyalgia-information-relief.com/fibromyalgia-test.html

  29. QUESTION:
    Bilateral upper arm pain without injury?
    I have a raft of chronic pain/rheumatic conditions incl fibromyalgia, lupus and myofascial pain syndrome, but this particular problem is new and isn't fitting the pattern for any of those conditions which I've had for a long time, and know plenty about, so trying to figure out other possible causes. I apparently do have a single trigger point in my upper R arm, but while the pain of that was localised and caused bone pain too, again, what I'm suffering now is different in that it's both upper arms, and feels almost as if I'd pulled or torn the muscles really badly and continuously yet I've not lifted anything heavy (at least not with both arms), and anti-inflammatories/narcotics (nor anything else!) aren't alleviating the pain. No redness or swelling - just an interminable dull ache that is worse with movement and at its absolute worst on waking in the morning but which eases off after an hour or so to a lesser ache which lasts all day. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you diagnosed with Lupus? If so then your pain can easily be chalked up to another symptom of Lupus. Unfortunately, since Lupus is a systemic disease it can affect all areas of the body. Sometimes the pain can present in different ways than before. Most people experience joint pain with Lupus but still others experience a deep muscle pain, sometimes radaiting from the chest area like angina. It could be that you're experiencing this pain but it's radiating outwards toward your arms and your nerve receptors in your chest aren't as sensitive as the ones in your arms. Therefore you're not feeling any pain in the chest but rather in the arms. My wife has experienced similar pains throughout her body due to her Lupus. It seems that the pain changes types/locations every few years or so. She still has her normal aches but gets new ones every so often.

      If the anti inflammatories aren't working it may be time to take a trip into the doctors office to get a work up. They'll probably take a chest xray to rule out any heart problems. See if there isn't some type of underlying issue. Maybe a different mix of antiinflammatories or analgesics would work better.

      Good luck to you.

  30. QUESTION:
    My teeth are very weak?
    I have lupus S.L.E and fibromyalgia. I have been told by a dentis that although lupus does not attack your teeth directly but in directly it can in the sence that you have less saliva that helps keep your mouth clean. I look after my teeth and always have but my teeth are so weak yesterday I was just biting my nail (bad habit) and my tooth broke. I am seeing the dentis today. But what want to know can the lupus or fibromyalgia make somebody's teeth this weak or why is else would my teeth be this week.

    • ANSWER:
      You are fortunate to hav a dentist who understands this connection. He is right. I've seen this a few times (3 or 4) with SLE. I am not aware of any conncetion between fibromyalgia and tooth decay.

      At least he will try to work with you instead of making you feel bad. Ask about Biotene products (available OTC) for dry mouth.

  31. QUESTION:
    hands changing colour?
    I have lupus SLE (in remission) I also have fibromyalgia. the palm of my hands keep changing colour sometimes they are from purple,white,pink,crimson or bright red.I,m not saying they keep flashing like neon signs but now and then when I look at them they could be one of these colours. could this be a symptom of lupus or , fibromyalgia or could this be another disease that is realated to lupus or fibromyalgia or something compleatly different all together do you have this or know somebody that may have this. it don't matter if its summer or winter so its not from the cold.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Lupus and APS. Sounds like you are going through some Raynauds and Livedo stuff. Are you taking Plaqeunil? So chances are you are no longer in remission. :o (

      Start taking pictures of it so you can show you doctor what is happening in case it is not there when you see them next.

      What Is Raynaud's Phenomenon?

      Raynaud's phenomenon is a disorder that affects the blood vessels in the fingers, toes, ears, and nose. This disorder is characterized by episodic attacks, called vasospastic attacks, that cause the blood vessels in the digits (fingers and toes) to constrict (narrow). Raynaud's phenomenon can occur on its own, or it can be secondary to another condition such as scleroderma or lupus.

      Although estimates vary, recent surveys show that Raynaud's phenomenon may affect 5 to 10 percent of the general population in the United States. Women are more likely than men to have the disorder. Raynaud's phenomenon appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates. However, people with the disorder who live in milder climates may have more attacks during periods of colder weather.

      What Happens During an Attack?

      For most people, an attack is usually triggered by exposure to cold or emotional stress. In general, attacks affect the fingers or toes but may affect the nose, lips, or ear lobes.

      Reduced Blood Supply to the Extremities

      When a person is exposed to cold, the body's normal response is to slow the loss of heat and preserve its core temperature. To maintain this temperature, the blood vessels that control blood flow to the skin surface move blood from arteries near the surface to veins deeper in the body. For people who have Raynaud's phenomenon, this normal body response is intensified by the sudden spasmodic contractions of the small blood vessels (arterioles) that supply blood to the fingers and toes. The arteries of the fingers and toes may also collapse. As a result, the blood supply to the extremities is greatly decreased, causing a reaction that includes skin discoloration and other changes.

      Changes in Skin Color and Sensation

      Once the attack begins, a person may experience three phases of skin color changes (white, blue, and red) in the fingers or toes. The order of the changes of color is not the same for all people, and not everyone has all three colors. Pallor (whiteness) may occur in response to spasm of the arterioles and the resulting collapse of the digital arteries. Cyanosis (blueness) may appear because the fingers or toes are not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. The fingers or toes may also feel cold and numb. Finally, as the arterioles dilate (relax) and blood returns to the digits, rubor (redness) may occur. As the attack ends, throbbing and tingling may occur in the fingers and toes. An attack can last from less than a minute to several hours.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have lupus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia, what can I do?
    I am 16, my family has no money to take me to any more doctors, so I can't get treatment or medication anymore, the doctor I've seen for it since I was 10 is no longer covered in our insurance plan, no general practice doctors or pediatricians will even see me, and I can tell that I'm in one of the worst flares I've had in years... is there anything at all I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      how do you know you have fms in addition to SLE and arthritis..

      fms is highly overdiagnosed by many docs who use it as a general label for pain

      many docs say the pain of sle is fms

      it is possible yo have all 3--but you really need to be your own doc and not just listen to the so called professionals

      there are pediatric rheumatologists..have you called your insurance company to get a list.

      i have taken to just writing a letter and expalining my situation and asking the docs if they can help me....when i call they say yes, of course, i wait months for an appt..they just talk fast and run out without doing their jobs

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good family doctors in Vancouver, Burnaby, or New Westminster accepting new patients?
    I'm looking for a thorough and patient doctor that would be able to help me. I was diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia and my symptoms were the usual pain, headaches, and fatigue. Lately though I've been having weird symptoms and I have gone to see the doctors I had urine analysis tests and they have found blood in my urine more than once already 3 times and I wasn't on my period those times and the all the doctors just said okay maybe it's just spotting or maybe you're close to your period and passed it off as not that big of a deal another symptom I have which might seem kind of gross - sorry is when I go to the bathroom to eliminate I bleed. I went to get checked out and the doctor just said it might just be an anal fissure or hemorrhoids and that she'd just give me a cream to use and to use vaseline and there's nothing else I could do about it but she didn't take the time to actually examine me or look into it any further. Another symptom that I have is frequent urination which I know happens with fibromyalgia but it's gotten so bad that it literally disrupts my sleep and I have to wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning just to go to the bathroom - I don't even drink that much fluid and she just told me to not drink anything after supper. I usually like going to her because she's great with my physical examinations and is thorough but the last time I just felt very rushed. I'd like to find someone who is more thorough and will take the time to examine all my symptoms and put it all together. The reason I'm concerned so much is because I already have an autoimmune disorder. Does anyone know of anyone in Vancouver, Burnaby or New West?

    • ANSWER:
      Top three doctors with high ratings/good reviews in Vancouver:
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/40354/Dr-John-Rideout-Vancouver-BC.html
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/40116/Dr-Grant-Ayling-Vancouver-BC.html
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/40251/Dr-Stanley-Lubin-Vancouver-BC.html

      Top three doctors with high ratings/good reviews in Burnaby:
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/44751/Dr-Shelley-Ross-Burnaby-BC.html
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/40155/Dr-Belinda-Coetsee-Burnaby-BC.html
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/40004/Dr-David-Dyment-Burnaby-BC.html

      Top three doctors with high ratings/good reviews in New Westminister:
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/40009/Dr-Julia-Reynolds-New-Westminster-BC.html
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/40103/Dr-Walter-Rebeyka-New-Westminster-BC.html
      http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/44875/Dr-Richard-Yenson-New-Westminster-BC.html

      If you want, you can just go to RateMDs.com
      Patients write their own personal experiences and reviews in the comment section. :)

      I hope this helps!!

  34. QUESTION:
    My mother is in so much pain but its not arthritis...?
    my mother started getting pain like 3 years ago, docs keep telling her its arthritis but shes youngish and plus it wasnt gradual like the way arthritis is...i feel like it might be fibromyalgia but i hear that it doesn't make your joints swell, i dont know what i might be but shes in so much pain all the time i just feel it my gut that it is not arthritis, they have checked her for gout and other stuff, i think it might be either lupus or fibromyalgia..but does anybody have some ideas of what else it could be aside from arthrites...just to see, cause i really dont believe she has that...my bfs mom has arthities and he says its not it and when i read about it just doesnt add up but these docs are so sure, but i feel that its not that..anybody have something similar or a loved one? or just any pain disorders? it just started 3 years ago it comes strong then dulls down then comes back, shes in good shape shes not heavy, she doesnt smoke and eats good.
    my mother takes anti inflammatory medicine but shes still in a lot if pain. she cant take motrin cause she has an ulcer.
    but thanks Intake and your right docs are crap now.
    she has done blood test and the joints crystal test but it still seems like thats not what it is, they have been done and different docs are throwing different things around...i just want to know if hypothetically if it wasn't arthritis what else could it be, if that were taken out of the equation. thanks guys for all your help, all the best.

    • ANSWER:
      try taking anti inflamitory medication for swollen joints.. if that doesnt help.. then its probably chronic pain syndrome from a accident that ur mother had along time ago.. and finally her body is telling her.. get some help or its gonna get worse..

      mobic - motrin is a anti inflamitory medication that i know of.. its over the counter and legit.. try that..

      arthritis is a disease and doesnt matter how old or young u are, if u have it u have it.. if the doctors ur mom is going to isnt helping her, find someone else that is ACTUALLY whiling to take the time and care to treat your mother.. doctors these days dont care, and will just give u a prescription of anything u want for u to get out of there face and take ur money..

      Find a different doctor and ask his opinion, ! ur mother should live in pain.. nobody should!

  35. QUESTION:
    elevated ANA, moderate billirubin levels, above normal iron levels, and pain...help!?
    i am a 23 year old mother of 2. couple months ago, i went to get a haircut from my stylist who has been doing it since i was born and she said i might want to make a doctors appointment to have my thyroid checked because i was losing a considerable amount of hair. i didnt think to much of it buti went to my doctors 3 week ago because my knees and ankles have been hurting me REALLY bad and told my doctor i wanted to have a blood test for my thyroid and she said she'd check everything. about a week later, she called me saying i have to make an appointment with a rheumatologist because my ANA levels were elevated and then she asked if anyone in my family has ever had rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia...great grandpa on my moms side and great grandma and great aunt on my dads side have had at least one of those. im going to school to become a MA and a couple days ago we were doing urinalysis and i checked my own urine and found my billirubin was elevated. yesterday, i donated blood and the phlebotomist said that my iron is 15.5, which is higher than normal for a women. WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?!?!
    omg i totally forgot that my doctor had perscribed inflammation pills...which btw ARENT WORKING AT ALL!! uughh

    • ANSWER:
      don't even consider fibromyalgia right now--there is no inflammtion with fibro and your tests indicate it is somethething otehr tahn fibro
      anti inflammatories take a few weeks to start working

  36. QUESTION:
    Michigan Automated Prescription Program?
    I recently lost my youngest child (daughter) through suicide. She was just a beautiful, kind-heartted but depressed young lady. She not only left her family but she also left 3 young children ages 9, 10 & 11.

    Approximately 1-month ago, she received a Physician termination letter from her primary (who is a Certified Nurse Practitioner) stating that she was being released (in 30-days). It also stated that she would continue to be treated for things that were deemed only "medically necessary". Once I received the call (from her) in Texas, I immediately came to Michigan because she was so distraught. She began thinking that she was about to be arrested and go off to prison. My husband and I just could not calm her down. At any rate, after taking the letter to several of my physician and pharmacist friends here in the Michigan area, we were told that basically she could in fact go to another doctor and still obtain her prescriptions. We were also told that this system is not a mandate and everyone doesn't use it. They also informed us that for the physicians, pharmacists and other health professionals that use it, because of HIPPA Laws not just anyone can go in and look up a patients information.

    At any rate, my daughter had Lupus Erythematosus, Fibromyalgia and had more recently been treated for a Cancerous Tumor in her lower Intestines. She way on a myriad of medications including the narcotic Tylenol #4. Because she was so depressed, a lot of the medications she would not take because she didn't like feeling "loopy or down". She had a Rheumatologist and most recently had been trying out a new physician because she was going to leave the Certified Nurse Practitioner and transfer over to the new physician. Now, to sum it all up, I know that physicians have a right to dismiss patients because of whatever suspicions and/or reasons. I am just so furious because my daughter had been telling her primary that her pain was so severe and it was just not word of mouth. Her blood pressure was always high, swelling all over her body, hand and feet disfiguration, severe, severe depression and other medical symptoms. She had also been given something called Neurontin to which I am told is a muscle relaxer. I cannot tell you how many trips we have made to the Michigan area to assist my daughter in her time of need. Additionally, she was not the type of person who felt-sorry for herself. She had been working her entire life and was 6 classes from obtaining her Masters Degree. She was also raising her children on her own (widowed) and had only began not working in 2004 and thats only because she had become so ill that her dad and I encouraged her to apply for the Michigan State Disability Program.

    I know that any answers I receive will not bring my child back, but I also have a right to my opinions and one of them is that I think that this MAPS Sytem is flawed. Does the patient not have a right to explain their side of the story, whatever it is, addiction or otherwise? If there is a suspected problem what responsibility does the Health Practitioner have moral or otherwise? Do you just turn the person in to the Gestapo (not trying to offend anyone-please forgive if I did) (MAPS System)? If a patient is turned in then what, what happens after that, what is the patients rights?

    Obviously, my daughter had began obtaining too many (narcotic) prescriptions in a month and I do agree that it was too many. But, how many narcotics is one allowed in a month? In Texas, my neighbor receives 120 Vicodin from one physician and 90 Tylenol #3 from another. I realize that this is not Texas but, I am just saying. Furthermore, since all pharmacy computers are not linked and because she did received them, I am pretty sure if was very easy for her to do so if it had not been for this MAPS System. Yahoo Memebers, please note that I am not condoning the act or otherwise. I have been blessed to live my 61 years in a fairly healthy state. I have not had to walk in her shoes. One thing I do know for sure is that, she was not a drug abuser, drug addict or drug seller. And yes, maybe I am being a little defensive, but I have lost my child, FOREVER!

    The MAPS System as we were told, is only for the use of health care providers. A "patient" is not allowed to receive or request their own information from this system. I would like to know once your name comes up in this system, is the patient red or blacked-flagged of sorts? Michigan, like a lot of states has problems with drug abuse, drug addicts, dope dealers, etc. You will always have someone who abuses and finds a way around the system. In my opinion, the system is a double edged sword. Good for seeking out drug abusers and flawed because it will turn in everyone who may or may not be an abuser. The physicians are somewhat turning into police. Are their Michigan Laws against "Doctor-Shopping"?.

    I would like to thank anyone who can assist me

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    • ANSWER:
      The doctors will do everything & anything to cover their backs.

      In MI at a medical malpractice lawsuit trial only MI doctors can testify against other MI doctors. You won't find many, if any, MI doctors that will testify against their own kind.

  37. QUESTION:
    Could you explain what the results of my blood work means?
    My wbc is 4.9, RBC is 5.26,HGB 16.4, HCT 49.7 My PLT count is 118 with the %MONO 11.3. My MPV is 10.1 and my glucose is 122. I have had three heart attacks and have a stent. I have lupus and fibromyalgia as well as sleep apnea. I have had two episodes of very low blood pressure which required hospitalization. I do not know what to look for in the results or what they mean.

    • ANSWER:
      Not to be a smart #$#, but that's what your doctor is for.

      These values are pretty OK for most people. For you, only your doctor
      can say.

  38. QUESTION:
    Please help asap: Which kind of doctor should I see?
    Symptoms: Many:
    Need to see ob/gyn, I know for yeast-like symptoms but also have other symptoms.
    Pain in stomache (off and on)
    Nauseau and vomiting
    Feeling crummy
    Itchy body
    Breaking out in bumps (like heat rash and infefected hair follicles but haven't been in heat and a bump that has been on my arm for about a year that has not left)
    took online tests for fibromyalgia and lupus score near 70% range number for having both, but I do not know if I meet all the criteria to have both. Could just be the multiple diagnoses I already have separately. Been misdiagnosed by doctoral team (internists) for a problem, a neurologist gave me pills that if combined together could have killed me (insert said).
    Diagnosed with arthritis and other conditions and ailments or illnesses.
    Stomache symptoms started about the time of the event I mention in a previously asked question.
    Have been taking NSAIDS for pain off and on, having to switch around. Vomiting started shortly after BC powder
    today. I suspect possible ulcer from pain medicines or something else (question about husband will explain).
    Can yeast infection cause all this, and if so, how do I find a doctor who will believe that? Some doctors I know do not believe in that leaky gut syndrome and think it is made up.
    I don't live in the North Pole. I stay indoors almost all the time. We have fans and air conditioning.
    My eating habits were pretty good: vegetables and fruits with chicken, a vitamin pill almost each day, dairy, mostly good foods, hardly any bad. About 3 plates a day give or take. Now these past few days I hardly eat. I know I have lost some weight. I can see it. I am in my 30s.
    I would like to see a doctor as soon as possible. I just want to know which one would be best for all these range of symptoms, especially with the stomach?
    No one else seems to be sick around me that I have been exposed to.

    • ANSWER:
      A few thoughts

      Epstein-Bar Virus

      Read a book called "The Yeast Connection" and alter your diet accordingly

      go to a good rheumatologist (call your local hospital and ask them who is Cheif of Rheumatology, and then see if that doctor has an avaialble appointment)

      I don't know anything about your Previously Asked Question as I can't see it without looking up your ID & I can't do that while on the answer field...

      Temporarily remove the Vitamin (just to test for reactions)
      Remove anything carbonated, anything fungi (cheese, mushrooms, alcohol), anything with sugar or with sugar substitutes, remove anything with yeast (breads & possibly your vitamins) and anything with gluten (anything made of any kind of flour.. bread, pasta, etc..)

      Eat yogurt 2 times a day... if lactose intolerant, try soy yogurt
      Don't take any NSAID on an empty stomach
      go to bland, easy to digest diet
      until you get rid of yeast, minimize any kind of sugar (including fruit)

      So I went back & looked at your ID to find your previous Question...

      Your Husband SAT ON YOUR STOMACH.... etc....
      First... get out of that relationship.... I know you think you are dependant on him.. you have to care enough about yourself to GET OUT ANYWAY

      Second... you could have any number of problems as a result of his wieght on your belly... not limited to but including ruptures and internal bleeding.... in any number of places, your intestine, your uterus, your stomach, your esophogus..... GO TO THE ER.... get them to both upper and lower Endoscopy... get both an internist and a gynocolgist to take a look at you!!!

      Third.. get counseling.. if you are dependant on him in such a manner that you feel you can't leave when he is abusing you.... then you have to look at WHY you are AREN'T LEAVING HIM

      You don't accept e-mails.... I have read the questions you have asked for the past 3 months.... from what you have posted you are in a very bad, abusive situation

      An abuser (like the the one you have described) always needs a victim.. so the abuser will do all kinds of bad things to you... usually in an escalating manner.. things usually will get worse.. and most abusers appoligize because they need the victim (this is a subconscious drive to permit the appology so that you don't leave & they still have a victim).. and usually, they will torment you in many ways but not kill you (they need you as a victim)... that is also why he needs you totally dependant on him (he needs a victim)

      You asked... at what point do you finally leave with on the clothes on your back.... As it relates to my Ex-husband.....I found myself running naked down the street at @ 4am towards the police department as fast as could. A Neighbor who worked late-shift and had gotten off work @ 3am saw me as my ex-husband was chasing behind me and allowed me inside his house to call the police. Dee (my ex-husband) had burned my clothes, cut the phone line, removed the outside breaker to the house (no electricity). He had tied me into a chair and sliced the chair with a knife... and kept telling me I was next... somehow I got free.. probably bribed him with sex (as was a way I had figured out worked to get me out of the worst situations)... this isn't about what he did that day as that was a variation on the norm for his behavior toward me

      Yes, I know folks who have gone underground and I considered doing the same. I decided that I wanted to be able to keep in contact with my large family so that made it impossible to go underground; however, I did use "safehouses" to keep me away from him while I was in counseling and waiting on the divorce (my baby son & I slept in shelters)... he managed to drag the divorce out for 3 years.

      Even "well intended" abusers who have gotten to the level of abuse that you have talked about... even the ones who try to get better are generally not able to be better when around a person they have abused..... this was true of my father. He was very violent with my mom.... after she finally left him (imagine 18 years of that type of abuse).. and he finally gave up his obsession with her (took about anohter 5 years)... then he was abusive with the next woman.. and even though he had been to millions of phsych counseling sessions.. he finally went because he REALLY WANTED TO CHANGE... and he still was capable of the same level of abuse, he had to learn to change his behaviors... as it related to his outbursts, he got better... as it related to relationships.. it is sad but he finally got to a point (after abusing the next 2 woman to a lesser degree) that he realized he was not in control of himself.. he finally decided to live alone and to not have "partner relationships".. it wasn't until he didn't have a source of a victim that he finally got a better grip on his own behavior overall.

      I know it isn't easy.. and apparently he is very influential (as was my father).. and also apparently you are concerned on a spiritual level about leavign him................

      All I can say to you is this.... YOU MUST LEAVE IF YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO BE BETTER

      Call the UNITED WAY.. tell them you need to find a safehouse.. Once you get a phone number.... call whatever agency that you were referred to and tell them why you need to find a safehouse. Explain to them that he has control of everything and that you are pennyless without him and that you don't even have access to a car -- I PROMISE YOU that this isn't the 1st time they have heard of this level of control

      Also, when you go to any & every doctor... TELL THEM about the ABUSE... ask them for ideas on help!!!!!!!!!!

      If you always do what you have always done.. then you will always have what you have always had...

  39. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but treated for Lupus?!!!?
    Is it just me or has anyone else been diagnosed with FM when they suffer from severe fatigue and joint pain and SLE has been ruled out? What is a non-medicated, non-excercised way of getting better? I keep telling my doc I can't exercise cause of severe pain and she keeps telling me you better do it cause that is THE ONLY CURE????!!!! It feels like she thinks I'm so stupid that in a world of modern medicine there would be no temporary painkillers. Even if that is the case, why is she prescribing Meds. used to treat SLE??!!! Is she lying and why would she be?

    • ANSWER:
      I've also been diagnosed with FM. My doctor prescribed pain relief meds and one that helps me sleep. I feel 98% better since then. It is impossible to excercise until the pain is alleviated.... there is no cure for FM. I strongly suggest you change doctors to get the help you need. Apparently the one you have now is not well versed in FM. I sincerely hope you find someone who can help you through this awful pain.

  40. QUESTION:
    fibromyalgia? or could it be lupus?
    I'm 34 female hard working massage therapist. I have been diagnosed several years ago with fibromyalgia. but more recently, I've been experienceing more joint pain. I also have a small scaley rash that won't seem to heal on my right cheek. It is also slight on the left cheek, but have never had any rash across the nose (the butterfly rash everyone talks about). Could I have lupus? I am going to a pain specialist in a few weeks, but really like to do my own research (either that or I'm a total hypochondriac).

    Anyway, main question is, does the rash HAVE to be the "butterfly" all the way across the face?

    Also, does it really make a difference if it is lupus vs fibro? There's no cure for either. Seems like it wouldn't really make a difference either way as I have pain & no cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Many people never get the butterfly rash. The butterfly rash is not scaley. But there are lupus skin problems that might be scaley.

      It is not unusual for people who have one autoimmune disorder to have two or three. Fibro and lupus often travel together.

      You need to see a rheumatologist. The vast majority of general doctors are not trained in making this tricky diagnosis.

      And yes it matters a whole lot! Left untreated, lupus can cause permanent damage to your organs. 40% of us have kidney disease, which has no symptoms until it is life threatening. By then it's too late to save your kidneys. You could have one of the clotting disorders that come with lupus. It is important to have regular medical monitoring and take immunosuppressive drugs so you can live as normal a life as possible.

      In my case, lupus led to bone marrow failure, kidney failure and congestive heart failure. My lupus is now well controlled and yesterday my rheumatologist pronounced me in remission.

      Best wishes.

  41. 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

  42. QUESTION:
    My doctor wants to test me for ms, lupus, and arthritis, and I am pretty sure I have fibromyalgia.Advice?
    I don't know what to do or think. I am pretty scarred, and utterly exhausted by this constant pain.

    • ANSWER:
      Every diagnosis is possible. Moreover, fibromyalgia has a high incidence (35%) of co-morbidities meaning you can have any of those diseases and fibromyalgia!

      Try a free test for fibromyalgia on
      http://www.fibromyalgia-information-relief.com/fibromyalgia-test.html

  43. QUESTION:
    I have Lupus. My Doctor diagnosed me w/ fibromyalgia ALSO. WHY?
    I have had SLE (lupus) for 1 year now and have been treated with cellcept and prednisone.
    At my last Dr. appt., my doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.
    She did no tests or anything. How does she know?
    I played football for 6 years(many injuries)--I know i have a high pain tolerance.
    ****She said that because my joints were not swollen, I must be amplifying the pain!!***--(amplified pain is the definition of fibromyalgia-you interpret pain as being worse than a normal person)

    I am really angry that my doctor would tell me that I'm just complaining--she's always telling me to tell her all my symptoms.

    IS SHE CORRECT TO GIVE ME THIS NEW DIAGNOSIS ON TOP OF MY PREVIOUS DIAGNOSIS OF LUPUS???????

    • ANSWER:
      Fibromyalgia often occurs in overlap with lupus. They are both autoimmune. Fibro is usually diagnosed by having pain on symmetrical pressure points in the body.

      If you want to know how you doctor knows, ask the doctor. We don't know what your doctor was thinking or how the diagnosis was made.

      If you don't trust your doctor, get one you can trust. Lupus is too serious to be treated by a doctor with whom you do not have an open and honest relationship.

      We dont' know if she was right because we don't know your symptoms and we don't know what information she used to make that diagnosis.

  44. QUESTION:
    invisible illness, how do you deal?
    for those of you who have invisible illnesses, such as fibromyalgia or lupus, how do you deal?
    i have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, (i'm 15) and it seems as if my parents don't understand, and don't think i'm trying deal.
    well that doesn't help
    thanks, good advise 2nd person lol

    it's a little weird though, a lot of the times they're supportive, but then they say "well you can try harder", i would think they would get it the most, my dads a doctor & my moms a nurse

    • ANSWER:
      Basically-I learned to depend on me-I've been sick at least since I was 5 and never got any support from my parents--

      I see it is their problem that they are not able to empathize...some people just can't be reasoned with....

  45. QUESTION:
    Divorce?? Please help.?
    This morning shortly after I woke up, I overheard my mom talking to my grandmother. My grandmother said something along the lines of, "If this divorce does happen.." My parents have been fighting a lot lately, mainly because my mom is very sick with fibromyalgia and lupus, but I had no idea there was a slight thought of divorce. I want to talk to my mom about it, but I am afraid she will get mad at me for eavesdropping, or even feel bad. I need help very badly.
    PLEASE SOMEONE ANSWER!! :[[

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry that you are having to go through this. It is never and easy thing having been through it with my parents as well. Just come right out and ask your Mom is what I suggest. Just say that you happened to hear it and make it seem like you heard it in passing and not by eavesdropping.

  46. QUESTION:
    Should I stay or shoudll I go?
    Needy, overbearing mother-in- law?
    Let me explain the situation, and I apologize in advance for the length.

    I have been dating my boyfriend for almost 2 years, we have been engaged for a little less than a year (We are taking our engagement slow) When I first started dating him, he told me that he is very close to his mother who has fibromyalgia and lupus and is bedridden. He is 24 (I am 22) and he lives in a trailer home with his mother, 28 year old sister, and her 2 children.

    This family could not be more dysfunctional! His sister is bipolar, and does not medicate herself, so she throws fits constantly and does not take care of her children, always wants to go out and find a new "father" for her children. One of her children, she gave away to her son's grandmother (the son's father) to "get back" at her mother (my boyfriend's mother) My boyfriend is constantly watching her children, all hours of the night. And his mother, is always having him run errands for him, and always yelling at him for things not being done in the house. She always puts him on guilt trips and makes him feel like poopie (sorry, I don't want to curse tonight)

    She is always on medication, and is always asking for things. She is at risk of foreclosure with her home, although more than half of my boyfriend's paychecks go to her. (Where does she spend the money, it's obviously not going to the house) There are so many incidents where my boyfriend and I make plans but are ruined because his mother does not want him to be away from her.

    I don't wan't to sound selfish, I have tried to be patient and hope that things will get better, but I feel that his sister should help take care of his mother. She does not have a job, does not have to pay any rent, is on welfare and gets child-support. She literally sleeps all day while her children tear up the house. I have been placed in serious debt, because I bought my boyfriend a cell-phone, and he couldn't pay because he had to help his mother financially. I have been to her doctor's appointments, and they suspect that she plays off her illnesses, that she should not be in such pain with all the medicine she is on. She sleeps all day, and the time that she is awake, my boyfriend is running around; buying Mc Donalds, picking up medicine, etc. He does not have a car, so I take him to work across town, and I work nearly an hour away, and when I pick him up from work I want to spend time, but we cant. My time with him is spent running him on her errands, and doing whatever she needs.

    I'm losing patience, with him and his whole family. I just wish that he could set up some boundaries, so that we can build our future.

    My question is...am I doing the right thing by staying with him? I love him, but I despise his sister, and am beginning to feel the same for his mother.

    • ANSWER:
      this is a man who will always be for his family, and after awhile your really going to become resentful of this. u can't really expect much of a future with him, unless u can move somewhere else away from the mother.

  47. QUESTION:
    A 27 year old female with EXCESSIVE tiredness. Why?
    I have been to the doctor, had multiple blood tests run. I've been tested for lymphoma (complete removal of a swollen lymph node-it was benign). I used to be much more vibrant. I have a 2 year old but that's not the reason I'm JUST SOOOO tired. I take vitamins, I haven't started working out yet, but I will.

    I just went to the doctor yesterday and he thinks I'm depressed and anxious. He started me on Cymbalta, I took it for the first time today. I always have this feeling of being "unwell", not sick, but just mild aches and pains, almost unexplainable aches and pains. I've thought about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Lupus. Or is this just from depression? Or something more serious? I've had multiple imaging tests for random things, all came back normal. What do they doctors do when you are so very tired? What can I do? I hate being so young and being so tired.
    And I've had my thyroid tested recently, I take meds for that and I take vitamin B-12 also. Any other ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, the tests usually come back normal, and that can be so frustrating! I know this from having had FMS since 1982 (I was 30 when it started) and CFIDS since 1987. See my site at http://www.fms-help.com for a symptom checklist and for tips and ways to cope. Do you sleep okay at night? Sleep and depression are related. Your fatigue could also be hormonal. Also, having a 2 year old is exhausting work! There's a list of things I use to stay functional and keep up my energy and stamina at http://www.fms-help.com/what.htm - some may not apply to you, but you may find some good ideas too. I wish you all the best!

  48. QUESTION:
    15 Years Old Sedrate?
    I'm not sure if I spelt it right, but I have blood screening or w/e for Sedrate levels, and they are continualy increasing, they are not yet in the 100's but they are above normal.

    I have had upper abdominal pain after eating for a year, but more noticeably I have recently been having SEVERE SEVERE pain in my hands, shoulders, neck, hips, thighs, legs, and knees, sometimes feet...What could this mean since Sedrate indicated inflammatory diseases...

    Auto-immune disorders run in the family, Lupus, Arthritis, and fibromyalgia...

    My doctor is referring me to a rheumotologist, but what do you think this could be since I am so young...also my lymph nodes are enlarged.

    I eat healty, don't drink or smoke, and I am at good weight.
    I'm also not sick, haven't been fighting any communicable or infections that are known (been tested for infections)

    • ANSWER:
      I was going to suggest the diseases you listed plus possibly Lyme Disease and MS. Go to the rheumotologist and get a full blood work up. I would have them repeat the blood work two or three times too and seek a 2nd and 3rd opinion. These disorders you listed and the ones I listed have similar symptoms and the tests are not clearcut. I had a friend who was diagnosed and treated for Lupus and Lyme Disease for years before they figured out it was MS. I know you are young. My friend was only 18 at the time. Good luck to you.

  49. QUESTION:
    How much is too much?
    Large companies are supposed to make "reasonable accomadations" so their employees (or new hires) can do their jobs. This woman I work with who is a total hypochrondriac, supposedly has had lupus since I have worked here (3 years) now all of a sudden she doesn't have lupus, she has fibromyalgia. She says the only way she can come back to work is if they make her work area a constant 80 degrees, because she can't be cold. Well, we have cubicles so that complicates matters. They (supervisors) are talking about building up the walls of her cubicle, making her like a little cocoon. Meanwhile the ambient room temp has gone from 68 to about 75, I can only imagine in preparation for her return. So we all get to suffer. So how far is too far to make reasonable accomodations for an employee?
    She constantly talks about her "ailments" so suing the company is not an issue, and yes the supervisors have talked about what they are contemplating doing to accomodate her. No, I do not know what her "disease of the day" is. We have no dress code, so she could wear a heated ski suit for all we care. My point was how much is too much to inconvenience 10 people to make 1 person comfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      depending on the size of the company and their resources, this may not be considered a reasonable accommodation.

      they cannot cuase other employers significant distress....75 degrees is reasonable....but 80 is pushing the limit and shoudl be considered too uncomfortable for other employees..they can expect you to tolerate being a little warm at 75--

      if she had been diagnosed with Lupus she would have had objective medical tests to confirm it....

      I'm not sure if teh employer can ask her to get another medical opinion at the employers expense..

      i have real fibro..and do have issues with temperature control..but i have never heard from anyone with fibro needing a room to be 80 degrees.....

      its not just large companies--i believe its 15 or more employees and some states have stricter regs..

      if it trulyis hypochondria--having a warm room shoudln't be a reasonable accommodation...

      why can't she just wear warmer clothes?

  50. QUESTION:
    Do you feel like the Physicians work for you or the other way around?
    My neice has Lupus Erythematosus and Fibromyalgia. She is always in severe and I do mean severe pain. She had been seen by a certified nurse practitioner and then began seeing a new physician and always had a Rheumatologist. Because she felt as if she wasn't getting along with the CNP, she sought out a new physician. She visited the new physician 4 times, got her medications and had just sent a letter to the CNP to inform her that she no longer wanted to be a patient. The CNP however beat her to the punch. She received a termination letter from the CNP basically letting her go in 30 days because of communication breakdown and narcotics abuse. Now, from what my neice told me, she informed the new primary of her previously seeing a CNP and that she was not satisfied. However, you know how it is when you visit a physician. You all might mesh and you might not. At any rate, she had refills on prescriptions from all three physicians and she got them filled, not all at the same time. But, she was so hurt because she stated that morally, her CNP had an obligation to speak with her if she felt that something was wrong, and I agree. She had been seeing this CNP for over 6 years and truth be told, was only seeing her because of a friend of the family. She is known in the streets to give you whatever you want. However, my neice wasn't seeing her for that. I felt that the CNP threw her away as if she was a piece of trash. A similar situation happened with a friend of the family and through the Michigan Automated Prescription System, the state of Michigan notified her primary to pull a report from this system. The system showed that she was seeing another physician and getting her prescription with him. Because of her being red-flagged of sorts, she too was also terminated from her primary thus causing her to be so despondent that she blew off her head with a .357 magnum. Because of the doctors termination letter, she tought that she would never ever be able to find another doctor. Okay, now my neice has the new primary, whom she just loves and has her Rheumatologist as well. But yesterday, she asked me. Abuela (Although I am her aunt), do you think that I will get in trouble? My answer to her was a resounding NO! You have a right to go and see any doctor that you want. I did of course reiterate that out of fairness to the new physician, you should let them know if you still have prescriptions and/or any medications that still need to be filled. I feel bad for her because her conscience is soooo heavy. If it where not for patients, physicians would not be in business. Why do they act as if they are doing us a favor and why do they often treat everyone as potential drug addicts? My neice's fingers are so turned and twisted, you would think that she has Rheumatoid Arthritis and I know that Lupus and RA are in the same family. She is scared to go back to her Rheumatologist because of this new Mapping system. However, I told her that she has every right to talk with her doctor, whether it's doctor 1, 2 or 3. And if her Rheumatologist no longer wants to treat her then dammit, find someone else. My father always said, one monkey don't stop no show! What do you all think yahoo community? Did I give her the correct information. I love her and would never intentionally steer her or anyone wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      (whew!)

      Oh.. what a poor girl.. How old is she?
      Some physician and nurses are always like that!! But hack that, no need to worry, you can always have another Physician and you can always go and see any Physician you want any time!
      Yes, Patients have the right to change their doctors if they don't want any more.
      Um, Good to hear that that girl has a new primary now.
      Hope everything would be okay with that Rheumatologist and her new primary.


Do I Have Lupus Or Ra

If you have been suffering for sometime with low platelet blood count you have most likely been diagnosed with ITP disease or at lest suspect ITP. If you have done any research, and you probably have already, you are informed enough to know that ITP is an autoimmune disease. This means that your body's defense system is attacking your platelets and destroying them or causing them to be destroyed.

What are the standard treatments for ITP?
1. Steroids
2. Chemotherapy
3. Spleen removal

You must admit, some pretty lousy choices. And what are the purpose of these traditional treatments? To destroy your immune system! Maybe I should be less dramatic and say suppress you immune system, but the truth is some of the drugs actually destroy your defense system. This ends, at best, with you being left defenseless against just about any bug or infection that comes along.

Why not just suppress or control the part of the immune system that is attacking your platelets and causing your low platelet blood count instead of the whole thing? Is that even possible? Contrary to most medical opinions, the answer is YES! Doesn't this sound like the most sensible approach?
So how can this be achieved?

There are two types of herbs and nutrients that have an effect on your antibodies.
1. Immune Stimulators
2. Immune Modulators

What is the difference?

There are herbs that stimulate the immune system. For example Echinacea. This herb is usually recommended for the flu and for colds. Echinacea is an immune stimulator. It stimulates the whole immune system. This would not be advisable for your low platelet blood count because the stimulation would promote platelet destruction.

An herb or supplement that is an immune modulator would regulate your overactive immune system. This type of herb or supplement would decrease the bad part of the immune defenses while increasing the part protecting you from sickness.

In other words, an immune modulator would decrease antibodies destroying your blood platelets while continuing a balance of the rest of the immune system. This is the herbs, or I should say, types of herbs and supplements needed to improve your low platelet blood count and end ITP.

You just have to learn which herbs and supplements to use and how to use them. You don't want to just take any herbs or supplements without understanding what they are for or how they can affect you. You need to be precise in your choices and not use a shotgun approach.

I would like to encourage you to take the time to look into this more. You will never be sorry that you did. Your low platelet blood count can be completely done away with but YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE ACTION... no one will do it for you. Research and study is the key and believe me, it is worth it!

You now possess possibly the most valuable information about your low platelet blood count and another choice you have to dealing with it successfully. I wish the best and good health to you.


Discoid Lupus Signs And Symptoms

There are many forms of skin conditions that can cause irritation. There is a particular type of skin condition called Discoid eczema. This skin problem mostly occurs with adults and is shaped like a coin and the skin is reddish in color. The rashes are generally located on the torso or lower legs. In appearance, the rash can be mistaken for ringworm and is very itchy. It can also secrete clear fluids especially if it has gotten a bacterial infection.

Even though this particular skin inflammation tends to erupt on the lower legs, it can affect any area of your body. The other areas where it is commonly found are the back, bottom, and arms. The rash will eventually crust over, become scaly and is always very itchy. Scaly patches can appear on the lower legs, wrists, head or forearms due to scratching the intense itch, which in turn causes it to become more irritated. The initial onset of this skin problem can be due to a minor insect bite or a burn on the skin.

This skin rash is often called varicose eczema when the rash appears down the legs, around the veins. This rash will look like patches that can last for months. The patches range in size up to several centimeters span, however the skin between the patches may appear normal, but still be irritated and dry. The symptoms of this rash can be very itchy or have no extreme irritation at all.

Once these circular patches clear up, they will still leave their mark for awhile. This can last for several weeks to a couple months. These marks can either be lighter or dark than your normal pigment. It is important to always protect your skin as this form of rash tends to occur as a result of skin damage. Try to keep your affect skin away from chemicals like various detergents. Even excess water usage can aggravate your skin.

Discoid eczema is not due to hereditary or genetics but tends to affect middle aged to elderly men. It is not associated with other illnesses like asthma and is not a result of food allergy or poisoning. This rash cannot be passed to others but you need to be aware of any bacterial infection that may occur from scratching and tearing the skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can something like this discoid lupus be in the intugmentary(skin) and not be in the system ? is the skin?
    not a part of our whole and including , blood vessels, veins lymph ( the skin is a living organ too) Dr's please ansewer this for me signed worried. Plaqnil is the Tx of choice I ve been given , but other symptoms that affect my eyes and liver also manifest.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus is a disorder of the immune system. It affects different patients in different ways. It can also change over time in the very same patient.

      When UVA and UVB light hit the skin, they alter the DNA in the cells at the surface. Lupus patients make an antibody to this altered DNA. Normal people just wrinkle or get skin cancer over time. We get rashes. When the "allergic" reaction starts it can cause rashes all over the place.

      When antibodies label something as an invader, the immune system kicks in. If the antibodies label the wrong thing, the immune system will try to destroy whatever is labeled. The other immune cells notice the "label" and surround the target, releasing chemicals to digest it and causing the formation of huge molecules called immune complexes. The chemicals cause inflammation which causes rashes, inflammation and pain.

      The immune complexes or garbage are supposed to be processed in the spleen. Our immune "garbage" carriers are also confused and a tad bit lazy. They dump the complexes wherever they want. When the immune complexes get dumped somewhere else in the body-joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, skin, etc. They cause more pain, inflammation and damage.

      Plaquenil interrupts the process of cells surrounding the targets by changing the Ph on the surface. Plaquenil is a drug that lupus patients stay on for life if they have no bad side effects. It's not like taking an ibuprofen and a headache going away. Plaquenil must be maintained in order to do its work.

      You do not say what your eye and liver problems are. Liver problems can be caused by many things-lupus, medications, other disease. Lupus can affect the eyes, and so can plaquenil. Very rarely, patients get what is called chloroquine retinopathy. If you get your eyes checked every six months and have a "field of vision" test you will be fine. The chances are very small that plaquenil will cause damage. If it does, the damage is very, very slow. The six month eye exam will pick it up. If you stop the drug, you stop the damage.

  2. QUESTION:
    polymorphous light eruption?
    Does anyone have this. If so what are your symptoms? I was just diagnosed with this yesterday. Its a reaction to sunlight uva and I have been in the sun for 30 years with no problem, I'm 41 and first gettining it now! They say it could be a sign of discoid lupus erythematosus. Please anyone let me know if you have some info or what your symptoms are. I read up on the internet but I would like to hear from someone with this condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you done a simple websearch on this? I found a lot of interesting links. Best wishes...


Cures For Lupus Symptoms

My husband and I were very lucky to find the "correct" the natural treatment of cancer. About 4 years ago, my whole life turned upside down when the doctor told us that my husband was 32 years old with stage IV cancer, which spread to his lungs! What a blow! I can not even describe how we both shook when he talked about the treatment of his cancer aggressively and using chemotherapy and radiation to save their lives. If you have received the same news, then you know what it is. One of my first thoughts, to find out what natural treatment of cancer were those who could work for him.

I have devoted my life to research and find out everything I can to fight his cancer. We have 8 children at home depending on us. We raised the first two, and then by 8 more, so it is vitally important for both of us that my husband is here to help raise them. I called my husband to go to the "alternative route", he felt, should follow the advice of his doctor. I knew that to make a final decision and I supported him as best as I could, and I went to find the best natural resources for the treatment of cancer, that I can find.

My husband has agreed to start using natural supplements and change your diet before you start chemotherapy. We also have a naturopath, who stressed the importance of building his immune system as much as possible, so as chemotherapy actually destroying it. We chose to wait 6 weeks before the start of chemotherapy, so we can get to see our son graduate college without my husband's bad health.

The sad part of this story is that chemotherapy and radiation did nothing to stop the spread of cancer. He came through the treatment itself quite well - we think, at least partly due to additives and strengthen its immune system.

All through this time, I continued studying and trying out different supplements and diet ideas. The attitude of my husband was not to surrender, and he believed that he would beat his cancer. It was amazing! After devoting himself a natural cancer treatment plan, which we thought he was able to see it stopped cancer growth and spread.

Now, almost 4 years later, he is an active, healthy and energetic. His fighting spirit, and brought his willingness to do everything that needs to be done to cure his cancer. I will always be grateful to those who shared their knowledge and concerns, and helped us develop a plan for natural cancer treatments that saved the life of my husband.

If you or your loved one is in a terrible state that the presence in the fight against cancer to save your life, please visit cancer treatment and to read our history, what we did to cure my husband to cancer. Do not lose hope, there is a natural cancer treatment plan for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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:

  2. 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.

  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:
    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.

  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:
    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!

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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)

    • ANSWER:

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    • ANSWER:

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. QUESTION:
    I Have Subacute Chronic Spongiotic Dermatitis With Scattered Eosinophils!!?
    I Have SLE (Systematic Lupus Erathmathosys) 3 years ago I took antibiotics for a bladder infection but also started using cannabis for lupus at the same time, I've been struggeling with this dermatitis eversince. What can I do to cure or atleast releave the symptoms of the dermatitus? Could it be from the cannabis (I have stopped the cannabis for 2 weeks now with no major difference)! Please help
    Sorry I didn't mention I have it on my stumich and my vulva and the dokters just say there is nothing but cortizone that they can prescripe but when using the cortizone I struggle with candida & burning so I'm only using it twice a week now, please help

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds very nasty.Have you tried any form of UV light treatment? I have been told it is very good for lupus nd skin infections As to whether cannabis may have contributed to your condition I have no idea,but it is a good thing you have given it up...I would have thought that your medical advisors would be the best people to determine the most effective treatment for you.

  17. 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

  18. 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...

  19. 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!!

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

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  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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...

  30. 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!

  31. 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


Causes For Lupus Skin Rash

Being told your skin rashes are lupus disease is one of the most devastating diagnosis a person can receive, as there is no known cure. But there are many treatments that give relief from lupus symptoms and research is promising a better future:

Lupus Disease: Real Disease, Real Consequences

The reality is that lupus disease is sometimes fatal. Lupus symptoms can also diminish quality of life considerably, with many suffering debilitating pain and fatigue. If lupus symptoms become severe, patients are unable to work and function normally, and may experience financial hardships, strain on marriages, and many other difficult life changes. Lupus should not merely be a cross to bear, it should be (and is) something that can be controlled and beaten.

Know Lupus: Signs and Symptoms

Lupus disease is a chronic autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks normal tissue. This results in inflammation and other lupus symptoms such as:

1.- Swollen, painful, "hot" joints

2.- Extreme fatigue that lasts more than a few days

3.- Skin rashes, especially a butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose, and skin sores or lesions

4.- Mouth or nose ulcers that lasts more than two weeks

5.- Fever over 100 degrees that lasts more than a few days

6.- Chest pain upon deep inhalation

7.- Anemia symptoms

8.- Sensitivity to sun or ultraviolet light

9.- Hair loss

10.- Fingers turning white in the cold

11.- Seizures

Lupus symptoms vary a lot, depending on many factors. No one experiences all of these lupus symptoms, but a combination of them. Proper diagnosis by your physician is advised.

The three most common types of lupus disease are:

-systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) which can affect the blood, blood vessels, skin, kidneys, lungs, joints, heart, liver and nervous system;

-cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) which affects the skin only; and

-drug-induced lupus which is usually temporary, develops after taking certain prescription drugs, and eventually goes away when the drugs are stopped.

Spreading the Word: Lupus

Raising public awareness of lupus disease is of paramount importance. When someone in the public eye has lupus disease, it helps in educating the general public of all those valiant individuals whose struggles with lupus symptoms go unrecognized. It can also provide hope for those who suffer with lupus disease that a normal life can be led.

Leslie Hunt, a 24-year-old Chicago native, made it to the top 20 contestants of "American Idol" in 2007. She was diagnosed with lupus disease when she was 7. Her lupus symptoms are now in remission.

Lupus can strike at any age, to males or females, but normally affects women of childbearing age: nine out of ten people with lupus are women.

Lupus Treatment

Body, mind and spirit are each integral parts of an effective approach to dealing with lupus disease. A recent study showed that higher degrees of social support were associated with improvement in lupus disease, mainly before the patient has reached the final stages. Health is holistic; therefore, exploring the various modalities of holistic healing makes sense when one is diagnosed with lupus disease.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with lupus disease, or even if you've been dealing with the lupus symptoms for a long time, you need to learn as much as you can about this devastating illness. Carefully consider utilizing different healing methods, ideally being supervised by a natural health practitioner with solid experience in treating lupus disease alongside a qualified medical doctor. You can make positive, informed choices for your own healing, or help someone you know who is experiencing lupus symptoms to get informed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Malar Sun Face Skin Rash - Not Lupus ?!?
    For most of my young life, i'm now 23 female, i have had a sun rash that a doctor has recently said is the malar rash that is associated with Lupus. My mother also has severe rheumatoid arthritis, I had a lab testing done last week, ana test, that showed negative for Lupus. I have this skin sun rash that develops on my checks & across the bridge of my nose, whenever i'm out in the sun, it stays for about a week, before fading out. It's not itchy-has no bumps, no pain, etc. Just is a very red-burnt look. I have also been experiencing chronic headaches, i have an appointment made with a dermatologist soon to determine what else the cause might be, is it possible to test negative for lupus & still have it?, what other testing may be done? what other possible solution to my sun rash is there? Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Im sorry yor going through this. I am going to explain a few things. First Lupus is what is called an autoimmune disease, where our own healthy cells think somthing is wrong go into overdrive and start attcking our own cells. Next, there are several types of Lupus, the two I willl cover are Discoid (which only attacks the skin), the other is SLE (Systemic Lupus/entire body). For a diagnosis of SLE there are 11 critera that needs to be met. I will list them at the end. however most dr's have not gotten that for some reason. they tend to just look at the blood work and look at the blood markers for antibodies, mainly somthing called ANA. The fact is healthy people can have a positive ANA all the time, and not be ill at all, and people with Lupus may have a positive ANA sometimes (I do sometiems) or never. But to doctors, that seems to be the end all, escpecially early on, and during the first couple of visits. A malar rash, just dosent happen to healthy people. Only if they dont sunscreen that area and they do sunscreen the rest of their face. It has been documented that 5-10% may never have the positive blood work. another 20% will have it occasionally, and it can change on a day to day basis. So while you where negative that day, you can be positive another. The critera and mindset most doctors still use is from a critera used and created in 1982 over 20 years ago, before you were born.
      Also Migranes run heavily in Lupus and other autoimmune paitents, and can fall under the Central Nervous System critera. A dermatologist, may want to biopsy that area of your face. a good one, will be able to take little skin, and leave little scarring. It sounds like you meet the photosensitivity part of Lupus as well. so thats three. You need to see a Rhumotologist, and they need to observe you over months. a diagnosis can take months or even a year. You need to get a good history of your health. write it down, to present to a doctor, you may not know what is relevant. I personally went through 4 rhuemotologists until I found 1 that actually listened took a life history (not all problems have to occur at the same time. As for a solution you should avoid the sun, or wear a 30 or more sun screen. and avoid the sun from noon to 4 pm. I have some issues with the sun, and have a pool. I try not to swim during those hours. I am going to provide you a list of the Lupus diagnostic critera, see if any of it applies to you, if it does now, or in the past, make sure you tell your dr. also your Blood test can change at anytime. Mine change all the time, depending of how active my Lupus is.
      Diagnostic critera from Yahoo health :
      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

      I have had Lupus since my teens but was not officially diagnosed until my late 20's, Im now almost 40. I also am a researcher, and own a Lupus and autoimmune support group
      Good Luck
      Chris

  2. QUESTION:
    Can the ER diagnose Lupus?
    A little back story- I have several symptoms of lupus. Excessive tiredness, joint pain, painful skin rashes that come and go, mouth ulcers, all that stuff. My physician doesn't seem to take me seriously when I say I don't feel well, or that antihistamines and itch creams do not help my rashes. My fingers do not turn blue when cold, but the nail beds do. So far the skin rashes have been mild. It'll start with a few bumps somewhere and by a few days later I have several small patches of itchy, painful rash that take a week or two to resolve. The worst case I've dealt with, until now, was during a trip to the beach. I thought maybe I was sensitive to something new I encountered on my trip and again allergy meds and creams did nothing. It wasn't until I started reading about Lupus that I found out about photosensitivity and rashes caused by sun exposure. That incident took 3 weeks to fully resolve.

    Starting two weeks ago I started getting tired, almost zombie like. I was very groggy, couldn't think straight, and my hands HURT. The only comfortable position I could keep my hands in were balled in a loose fist, extending the fingers was painful. That eased up a bit, but body aches soon kicked in, and are worst first thing in the morning. On Saturday I noticed a weird spot on my upper thigh that looked like rug burn under the skin. Nothing raised, no sores, pain or itching involved. By last night I had a couple of bumps surface and that was it before bed. When I awoke this morning my thighs burned. I had an intense rash down the front and inner parts of both thighs. The rash bumps thinned out but still continued to my calfs. I also have patches of bumps on the nape of my neck, my shoulder, my ribs and I have non-raised red spots on the back of my hands and underside of my right arm.

    I am tired of my doctor's lack of understanding of the issue. I went in last week for the pain and fatigue and he wanted to test my thyroid and other basic blood levels. All was normal except for my vitamin D, which I take a daily supplement for already so I found it odd that it was low. More research has revealed that lupus patients often struggle with low vitamin D. I'm afraid that if I go to my doctor that he'll try to brush this off as a basic rash and send me home with another cream that will do nothing for me. If I go the ER will they be able to do anything? I want to be seen with the rash in full force, so waiting for an opening at a new physician's office won't do. I don't want to waste a trip to the ER if they're just going to tell me to see my primary doctor.

    Advice please!

    • ANSWER:
      Better than waiting for a rash....... From the sound of it, you very much need to have the thyroid testing ... TSH and Antibodies (make sure BOTH!) All of this can be from thyroid disease.

      Blessings

  3. QUESTION:
    skin rash, need help!!?
    I have had this rash right under my eye and on my lips.. sometimes it gets a little better but then it will get worse.. it burns and itches sometimes. i been to the dermatologist twice and he never really said wat was wrong with me , he just gave me perscriptions , only one so far worked but it didnt take it all away it just made it not look so bad... I had to get a blood test done for lupus but that came out negative... i have had this rash for almost 3 YEARS now.. theres got to be something wrong cause i dont know of a rash that wont go away for 3 years with trying 3 diff medications... i dont have the money to keep going back to the doctor ... its 50 bucks a visit plus perscription...does anyone know what this could be?

    pinkish red rash kinda scaly under the eye- burns and itches
    same on lips.. makes my lips looked chaped or burned.... sometimes they get white spots on them
    I havent been in the sun much... and i dont have a STD..
    Does anyone have any thoughts?????

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  4. QUESTION:
    can someone help me write a summary on this science article?
    i need this for tomorrow and im not soo good at ready so can you helo me please
    Environmental pollution is the release of environmental contaminants, generally resulting from human activity.

    Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides produced by industry and motor vehicles are common air pollutants.

    Arguably the principal source of air pollutants worldwide is motor vehicle emissions, although many other sources have been found to contribute to the ever growing problem.

    Principal stationary pollution sources include chemical plants, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, nuclear waste disposal activity, incinerators, large animal farms, PVC factories, metals production factories, plastics factories, and other heavy industry.

    Pollutants can cause disease, including cancer, lupus, immune diseases, allergies, and asthma.

    Adverse air quality can kill many organisms including humans. Motor vehicle emissions are one of the leading causes of air pollution.

    Principal stationary pollution sources include chemical plants, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, petrochemical plants, nuclear waste disposal activity, incinerators, large livestock farms (dairy cows, pigs, poultry, etc.), PVC factories, metals production factories, plastics factories, and other heavy industry. Some of the more common soil contaminants are chlorinated hydrocarbons (CFH), heavy metals (such as chromium, cadmium--found in rechargeable batteries, and lead -- found in lead paint, aviation fuel and still in some countries, gasoline), MTBE, zinc, arsenic and benzene.

    Ordinary municipal landfills are the source of many chemical substances entering the soil environment (and often groundwater), emanating from the wide variety of refuse accepted, especially substances illegally discarded there, or from pre-1970 landfills that may have been subject to little control in the U.S.

    or EU. Pollution can also be the consequence of a natural disaster.

    For example, hurricanes often involve water contamination from sewage, and petrochemical spills from ruptured boats or automobiles.

    Larger scale and environmental damage is not uncommon when coastal oil rigs or refineries are involved.

    Some sources of pollution, such as nuclear power plants or oil tankers, can produce widespread and potentially hazardous releases when accidents occur. Adverse air quality can kill many organisms including humans.

    Ozone pollution can cause respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, throat inflammation, chest pain, and congestion.

    Water pollution causes approximately 14,000 deaths per day, mostly due to contamination of drinking water by untreated sewage in developing countries.

    Oil spills can cause skin irritations and rashes.

    Noise pollution induces hearing loss, high blood pressure, stress, and sleep disturbance..

    • ANSWER:
      The human source of pollutants, of which causes death and disease in humans and also animals, is as varied as the common car, factories, technology industries, is very great and obviously dangerous. Despite human attempts at containment, destructive natural phenomena can vex these intentions, spreading more than its' share of distruction.

  5. QUESTION:
    Unexplained medical problems?
    I am a 22 year old male. I have always been a little overweight since I was a child. I have a history of asthma and depression, but other than that I have always been relatively healthy. In the last few years I have noticed some changes going on. Some things have been happening that have really concerned me in one way or another. I usually attribute it to anxiety and choose to ignore it. Let me start from the beginning.

    About 3 or 4 years ago I noticed some odd rashes on my skin. Brown in color, oddly shaped, but it was a consistent shape. it sometimes got lighter or darker but now it has almost disappeared. A few weeks ago I noticed some similar patches around my neck and shoulder area. I figured it was odd so I did what most other people do when they have a medical question but are too broke to go see a doctor... Web MD! I know reading that stuff will give you a panic attack just thinking about what you could have but hey, it was something. After checking some symptoms I googled some images of skin rashes hoping to match up what I had with someone else who had been diagnosed with something. I came across something that looked very similar, and it told me it was a lupus rash. I did some research and found out more about it but I figured the skin rash part of it was nothing to worry about and people just lived with it. However some new symptoms have me wondering.

    Last winter was horrible for me. I don't know what I caught but it really knocked me on my butt for about three days. I had a severe fever and fatigue, but after 3 days of rest I felt better. Unfortunately somehow I ended up with an extreme case of Bronchitis which aggravated my asthma symptoms. I started taking my asthma medication again (I had stopped for the last 5 years because I never had anymore symptoms since I was a kid) and on some nights when I felt I couldn't breathe I also took an albuterol nebulizer and my symptoms started to improve. One day I was at my fiance's house and some things started to happen. On top of my allergies to her cats I kept coughing because of this bronchitis I couldn't shake. I started having chest pains which freaked me out so I drove myself to the local Emergency Room. The diagnosis was Allergy induced asthma, and bronchitis with bronchospasms. I was prescribed a steroid (prednisone) to open up my airways and sure enough I got better. However one thing I notice now is that I sometimes feel like I don't get enough air, like I can't breathe in deep enough. It seems to happen more when I eat a lot so I have been avoiding eating as well. This really concerns me.

    I was not feeling well last night and I was searching online as usual for an answer. Out of the possible causes list of my symptoms (of about 50 different causes), up popped that name again. Lupus. Sigh.

    So I did some more searching to lupus related to some of my symptoms. These result alarmed me. I read a few personal accounts where people who had tested positive for lupus were experiencing very similar symptoms to what I have been feeling. One story was of a 10 year old girl who DIED from complications to lupus and MRSA. That scared the crap out of me. My fiance is pregnant and due later this year so I really want to make sure I am around for a long time to take care of her and my child. I just started a new job and another thing that alarmed me was when I had a drug test the report said they found trace amounts of protein in my urine. Hmm. Did some searching and the cause of that was also associated with symptoms of lupus. I am away from home for 4 weeks out of the month as an over the road truck driver and I have little time to be messing around with doctor's appointments. Do I sound crazy or do I have reason to be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      Please read the book Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman.

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      I urge you to please get the book and read it.

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  6. QUESTION:
    I have reaccuring spells of extreme joint followed by entire itchy skin I have had neg lupus,RA,ANA, test
    I do not have any rashes on my body but I do have a slight butterfly rash on my cheeks I do not take any meds that are causing this. Has anyone been diagnosed with a disease or disorder that sounds like this. All doctors I have ever seen believe it is an auto immune disorder but cannot figure out which one i have been battling this for 8 or so yrs and it is continuing to get worse every year.Lately it is untolerable. I have been give vicoprophen for the pain but I need answers and cannot get hooked to this kind of drug. Plus the med only works for an hour or two.

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  7. QUESTION:
    Possible Eczema Case?? Or is it lupus?
    Lately, I've been noticing that my skin has become more and more sensitive. A while ago, I noticed that after I went out into the sun for a period of time, I developed a rash on my face. Since it wasn't very itchy, and disappeared within a day, I didn't think much of it. I thought it might be due to an ingredient with my sunscreen. For a time I was worried that this rash was the characteristics "butterfly rash" that many individuals with lupus get, but I have no other symptoms of lupus, and haven't had the face rash since. However, I've noticed that in areas on my back, specifically where my bra comes into contact with my skin, bumpy patches have appeared. They look like small rashes, but are colorless, and NOT itchy. They feel like goosebumps, actually. I also recently developed a similar rash on a patch on my face, which is only slightly itchy, and one on my shoulder. I'm extremely confused as to what's causing these rashes. I don't have any other symptoms of lupus, so I don't think thats my problem. Can individuals with eczema have small, non-itchy rashes, or are they always extremely itchy? I haven't changed any detergents, tried any new perfumes, etc!! However, I have noticed that my allergy to cats has increased. Does anyone with eczema have similar symptoms? Or could this be somehow related to my allergies acting up?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say to have this checked out as it is certainly sounding as though it could be lupus. The trouble is that lupus 'mimicks' other illnesses so needs to be ruled out.

      Lupus patients also become very 'allergic' to things such as insect bites when they weren't before the lupus triggered. Also the sun sensitivity is a real pointer to lupus.

      The rash (and lupus) can seem to 'come and go' so it may have disappeared for now but may trigger again, some patients have no symptoms other than the rash. It's better to go to a doctor and have them take a look.

      For more information www.lupus.org.uk. There is also a nurse online that can help more.

      Hope that's of use.

  8. QUESTION:
    I think I could have lupus but I am not sure how to talk to my dcotor about it..?
    When I was younger I tested positive for Lupus but my pediatrician said because I didn't have a butterfly rash, he didn't think I had it. So he gave me athritis meds and said I had rheumatoid athritis and sent me on my way. Years later I still suffer from the joint pain in my hands, hips, back and legs. I am exausted all the time, I have been diagnosed with anemia. I have been having emense pain in my lower back but it doesnt feel like my spine. I can't stretch it out, I feel as if I am being stabbed. I am also on meds to control night terrors, paranoia and hypopalmic Hallucinations. I have super bad dry skin that causes these red bumps all over my arms form the wrist up even to my back and my face feels like sand paper. I feel as if they are treating the symptoms but not the problem. They give me ambien to force me to sleep. I have sever headaches and even dizzy spells. When I talk to my doc, he never runs tests just tells me to buy lotion which I own tons and pills for motion sickne
    ss. I just want to feel well again. I am tired of being in Pain. I need referals to go somewhere and he doesnt't even refer me to a specialsist to get answers

    • ANSWER:
      You need to demand that you see a specialist. A doctor has an obligation to help you feel better. If he can't then he needs to send you to someone who does.

      Here's what you should do. Call and make and appointment with him. Prior to going to your appointment make a list of every symptom that you are having along with all the medications that you are taking. Have a family member come with you as an advocate. When the doctor comes into the room calmly and methodically go over the list of symptoms and medications that you are taking. Tell him that you don't feel better and all of the medications aren't helping. Tell him that you desire a second opinion and need a referral to a rheumatologist.

      He'll either do one of two things. He'll either refer you to a rheumatologist or he'll tell you that you don't need to see anyone else. If he gives you the referral then you're good.

      If not then you let him know that you'll be making an appointment on your own to see a rheumatologist for a second opinion. If they find something that he failed to test for then you will report him to the AMA for possible malpractice.

      Once you mention this he'll give you the referral. No doctor wants to be wrong but no doctor wants to be reported to the AMA for failing to listen to a patients complaints only to have those complaints validated. I know it sounds harsh but you really need to get some answers. This will work 100% of the time.

      Having a family member or a friend in the room with you during this will also put more pressure on him/her as it's not just your word against his/hers anymore you have a third party involved.

      The stabbing pain you feel in your back could be kidney issues. Have you had a urine test recently? I would make sure you follow up as soon as you can because if you do have Lupus and it has attacked your kidneys, time is of the essence.

      I wish you all the best!

  9. QUESTION:
    Does Anyone with SLE Lupus & Discoid Lupus or have TENS or Steven Johnson Syndrom Have advice?
    I have been living with 2 types of Lupus SLE & Discoid for 13yrs. I recently have had an external rash for about 4 months now & was hospitalized for it in March from the severity of the pain & scabbing issues. 3 Dr."s are saying its Stevens Johnson Syndrome others are saying could be TENS. My Rheumo Dr. doesn't know & 1 Dermo Dr. said it's my SLE Lupus. They discharged me just to keep an apt with a Dermatologist that took me 3 weeks to get into. I couldn't take the pain or burning & suffering from this rash (as I have chronic pain & Fibromyalga on top of other Auto Immune Diseases) on every inch of my body, ears, mouth, nose, eye lids, scalp, loss of hair, bottom of feet throbbing & blistering, palms of hands, arms & finger tips & nail beds. I went to Dermo & because my insurance doesn't pay much he wouldn't even look at me, said it was the SLE Lupus, Told him Infectious Disease Dr. & other attending Dr.'s need him to do a skin scrape & skin Biopsy & he wouldn't even listen to me or acknowledge me. Just said its your Lupus let your Rheumotologist deal with it. This was in March. The scabbing went away but now with my anxiety & any stress it's causing the Rash to come back in full force leaving me in extreme pain, on 80mg Prednisone daily until I can see a new Dermatologist to get this Biopsy done. They thought it may have been caused by an allergic reaction to one of my Medications, but have not been diagnosed yet. I am back @ square 1 waiting for apt but I cant take the pain & skin feeling it's on fire & the scabbing. Can Anyone help me with this? Blood work showed that my ANA was 1/1,280 any advice?
    I am waiting on Healthcare Authorization to see new Dermotologist but feel I am going to end up back in the ER before I get the Authorization to go. I have about 4 different DR"S waiting on this Biopsy and cant get the proper treatment until the get results back.

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  10. 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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  11. QUESTION:
    Who & where are the best doctors & hospitals for lupus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD)?
    I have been diagnosed with first, MCTD, then, Lupus. Three years it caused an infection in my heart that left me with a moderate aortic vaulve leak. My skin is badly mottled and has constant rashes and sores. I have headaches, muscle pain, and joint pain. I am on Plaquenil Tabs 200 mg 2x a day, Skelaxin-800 1x day, Etodolac 500 mg 2x a day, Allegra 180 mg 1x day, Celcept 500 3x a day, Clobetasol Propionate Cream 0.05% 2x, Folic Acid 1 mg 5tabs daily plus additional meds for heart, hypothyroid, depression and sleep. Want to be more functional with less pain and less skin problems.
    Living in New Jersey.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say what state you are in so I have included a link to the Lupus Foundation of America. The have local chapters which will direct you to doctors.

      Also, a good lupus blog or chat room will have people discussing both their good and bad experiences with doctors. You might be able to exchange with a person in your area.

      Call your local hospital and see if they have any lupus support groups.

      Good luck with your treatments.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like Lupus?
    Hello all!! I have been having some strange symptoms, and would really appreciate help from anyone who knows anything about them.

    Here are my symptoms...
    -Whenever my skin has been getting cold (or even chilly), my skin breaks into rashes. Any part of my skin that is cold (arms, legs, feet, etc) will get the rash. It's a blotchy red rash with slightly raised bumps. It is very uncomfortable. Kind of an itchy/burning feeling. I've tried all sorts of anti itching creams, etc., but nothing works for it.
    -I'm always tired. I feel like I could sleep at any point of the day and for the entire day.
    -I've been getting intense headaches. It hurts from the sides of my head to the back of my head. They also make me slightly dizzy.
    -I've been having pain in some of my joints. Currently, I'm experiencing pain in my shoulder, wrist, elbow, and knee.
    -I've been finding huge bruises (softball size) all over my body and I have no idea what they are from (no big injuries).

    Do any of you know anything that would cause all of those symptoms? I would really appreciate the help. I'm trying to figure out what kind of doctor would be best to go to (dermatologist, specialist, allergist, etc.)
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The main symptoms to look for in lupus are:
      - Butterfly rash (butterfly-shaped rash on the face, spreading across the nose and over both cheeks)
      - Arthritis (typically seen in ankles, knees, and wrists, but can be experienced in any joint)
      - Fever (that can't be explained by something else)
      - Extreme fatigue
      - Swollen lymph nodes (neck is the easiest place to check; if it's very sore it's most likely swollen)

      Now I suggest taking these steps:
      - Keep a log of all symptoms, any new ones, when they worsen, etc. Doctors will appreciate it!
      - Find a good rheumatologist and schedule an appointment. Explain your symptoms.
      - If lupus seems likely, you will be sent for an ANA blood test and urine samples testing for protein. Go ahead and look up ANA.

      Remember, lupus is difficult to diagnose, because it is so broad. Different doctors may have different opinions. Remember to get ALL the facts, and in my opinion, it is smart to get MULTIPLE professional opinions. GOOD LUCK (:

  13. QUESTION:
    can anyone with lupus help please?
    i have recently been diagnose with raynauds syndrome which i understand can be a symtom of lupus.
    i have been to the doctors and bloods have been taken and sent off to find the cause of my raynauds i am just waiting for the results, but i am extremely worried. i have other symptoms of lupus too i just didnt realise they were symptoms of it.
    here goes
    ranaud's symdrome
    white patches of skin near my eyes, genitalia, hips, and underarms
    butterfly rash
    fatigue
    aching knees (comes and goes)
    random nose bleeds (althouh i havent had one in a while)
    really red blistered toes
    chest pain when i breathe in sometimes(can be in my shoulder too)
    feelings of nausea or being sick for aparently no reason
    fever-i always feel freezing and have to wrap up but my boyfriend tells me iam really hot but i insist i am freezing cold
    abdominal pain and wierd feelings in my stomach
    red spots on my skin that come and go
    tingling and numbness in my arms mainly but sometimes in my legs
    i have been ill several times and they found exess protein in my unrine
    i get like blisters on my fingers and toes
    mostiof the time i want to do something but just feel "whats the point" or "im too tired"

    i think really what im wanting is your opinions if it could be lupus? or could it be something else? i guess i am just looking for reassurance. any help will be greatly appreciated, and any advice too, thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      Potential symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) include the following:

      Constitutional - These symptoms affect most patients at some point during the disease.
      Fatigue
      A general feeling of unwellness
      Fever
      Weakness
      Musculoskeletal - These symptoms most commonly affect patients early in the course of SLE, with 90% of patients having arthralgias and 50% of them experiencing inflammatory arthritis.
      Arthralgia
      Myalgia
      Nonrestorative sleep
      Cardiovascular - Raynaud phenomenon
      Pulmonary - Pleuritic chest pain
      Genitourinary - Menstrual irregularities
      Neuropsychiatric
      Headaches
      Seizures
      Anxiety disorders
      Phobias
      Manias
      Depression
      Gastrointestinal (GI)
      Diffuse abdominal pain
      Nausea/vomiting
      Dysphagia
      Photosensitivity

      Potential physical findings in systemic lupus erythematosus include the following7 :

      Constitutional
      Weight loss
      Weight gain (in patients treated with prednisone)
      Fever
      Musculocutaneous
      Hair loss
      Discoid lupus
      Acute cutaneous lupus
      Butterfly rash (See image below and Image 1.)
      Malar
      Erythematosus
      Elevated
      Pruritic
      Painful

      The classic malar rash, also known as a butterfly rash, of systemic lupus erythematosus, with distribution over the cheeks and nasal bridge. Note that the fixed erythema, sometimes with mild induration characteristically spares the nasolabial folds. See image by clicking the link below

      http://img.medscape.com/pi/emed/ckb/rehabilitation/305143-305144-305578-1672131.jpg

      Causes

      The cause of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is unknown.
      SLE is an immunologic disorder that involves the production of autoantibodies.8
      Sunlight can trigger the onset of SLE.
      Certain medicines may trigger SLE by initiating the immune response in susceptible individuals. The 2 most common medications that can lead to SLE are the following:
      Hydralazine
      Procainamide
      Others medications that may trigger SLE include the following:
      Anticonvulsants
      Antiemetics
      Antituberculars
      Antibiotics

  14. QUESTION:
    pain in brain? nose bleeds??? help?
    I believe my husband may be dying and we wont know whats wrong until the autopsy

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

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

    basics: 45 yr old male, no health problems, heart and lungs in excellent shape...former drinker..smokes 1 pack per day....no history of drugs no current drug use. no medications...140 lbs, 5'5".

    family medical history:
    aneurysms, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lupus, arthritis.

    personal medical history:
    presented with headaches 5 yrs ago. when the headaches would come, the blood pressure would go up. diagnosed with migraines. had allergies or severe side effects to all migraine meds. Pain meds dont even touch the pain. 2 yrs into it, the doctor put him on blood pressure meds, which did n othing to control the blood pressure. two years after that, he was taken off of blood pressure meds.
    In the last 6 months symptoms have become worse.

    recent medical findings:
    CT scan done one month ago showed nothing abnormal. CT scan done last week showed mild generalized brain atrophy higher than expected for man his age.
    blood work showed low immunoglobulin G QN.

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

    weakness (he can not work for the past 5 weeks)
    fatigue
    constant headache (pain comes from deep in head..unlike a headache or migraine)
    a feeling that brain is smaller than head and every turn causes it to bounce against skull causing severe pain
    aversion to noise
    elevated BP with headaches
    most recent, he has developed nose bleeds
    and
    a fungal skin rash that continues to grow in spite of lotrimin cream.

    Help please...I honestly feel like something is bad wrong, but I just dont seem to be able to have any info to share with doctors that would help them to look deeper into this...

    thank you in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Is there any Vision problem ? a visual field test from a eye doctor will find out of any blindness. Why didn't they do any MRI, it could be a pituitary adenoma, that will not get caught in CT scan. Weakness, fatigue and migraine are all matching symptom for problem with pituitary cavity.

      If conventional medicine has no cure for it, seek alternative medicine, such as homeopathy. I know a great doctor from India, who may help you out for very little money. Here is his website http://www.drpbanerji.com/. Once you contact him, he will personally call you and listen to your symptoms and come up with a program, without any medical test. He has a office in CA.

      Hope he feels better soon.

  15. QUESTION:
    brain atrophy?????..............................?
    I believe my husband may be dying and we wont know whats wrong until the autopsy

    --------------------------------------...

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

    basics: 45 yr old male, no health problems, heart and lungs in excellent shape...former drinker..smokes 1 pack per day....no history of drugs no current drug use. no medications...140 lbs, 5'5".

    family medical history:
    aneurysms, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lupus, arthritis.

    personal medical history:
    presented with headaches 5 yrs ago. when the headaches would come, the blood pressure would go up. diagnosed with migraines. had allergies or severe side effects to all migraine meds. Pain meds dont even touch the pain. 2 yrs into it, the doctor put him on blood pressure meds, which did n othing to control the blood pressure. two years after that, he was taken off of blood pressure meds.
    In the last 6 months symptoms have become worse.

    recent medical findings:
    CT scan done one month ago showed nothing abnormal. CT scan done last week showed mild generalized brain atrophy higher than expected for man his age.
    blood work showed low immunoglobulin G QN.

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

    weakness (he can not work for the past 5 weeks)
    fatigue
    constant headache (pain comes from deep in head..unlike a headache or migraine)
    a feeling that brain is smaller than head and every turn causes it to bounce against skull causing severe pain
    aversion to noise
    elevated BP with headaches
    most recent, he has developed nose bleeds
    and
    a fungal skin rash that continues to grow in spite of lotrimin cream.

    Help please...I honestly feel like something is bad wrong, but I just dont seem to be able to have any info to share with doctors that would help them to look deeper into this...

    thank you in advance
    ZAM: thats the problem..he quit drinking 6 yrs ago...the brain CT a MONTH ago showed normal...in ONE months time, his brain shrunk.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol abuse and smoking seems caused most of the brain injury.
      People often underestimate the magnitude of problem and therefore surprised when damages accumulate.
      Sorry!

  16. QUESTION:
    I need some Medical Advice! Could I have Lupus, fibromyalgia, or something else?
    Ok i am so tired of being sick. To start off I am 14 year old female and I was diagnosed with Herpes simplex six.I have alot of symptoms so here it goes.I have notice these symptoms occur before or during my menstral cycle and then sometimes they come and go suprisingly. Sometimes I get aches in my wrists, ankles, fingers, hands,knees and legs. My lymph nodes are swollen a lot and sometimes they hurt. Every once in a while I have chest and upper back pain that it hurts to move. Also I am shaky and I don't know why. I am tired a lot and when I come home from school sometimes I go to sleep and don't wake up until 10 or 11 O'clock and I never get my homework done.For some reason my hands and fingers go numb and sometimes my arm tingles. Sometimes my fingertips go numb and stay that way for a little while. Sometimes I get a light pink rash I guess over my cheeks and nose that to the touch it feels like my skin is pealing. The one thing that I never have is a fever which I don't understand. I go to a specialist and he said I will most likely develop lupus so are these symptoms of lupus? Then I also have herpes simplex six so could i be having symptoms due to that? Also today I found out my mom has fibromyalgia and it is heredity so could I have that? I just need some answers I am afraid to ask my doctor cause I am so shy but I will tell him so please don't tell me to ask my doctor or something like that. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you need a good Rheumatologist. Not all are good as each other. You need to go to a teaching hospital (where they train doctors) and get an appointment with the Dean of the Rheumatology department. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis it is in the same family as Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Gout and many others. They are diseases of the autoimmune system. That means that our immune system is working against us. These diseases run in families. They can ruin your life if they are not treated correctly. The teaching hospitals are up on all the latest treatments. I had a doctor who was a real nice guy but a rotten doctor. I suffered for a long time, until he retired and I had to get a different doctor. We should be able to see their report cards from medical school. Trust me , I learned the hard way.

  17. 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

  18. QUESTION:
    whats wrong with me? hellp! i dont wanna feel this way anymore!?
    here i am,half asleep again after having a decent 8 hours kip last night.
    its the same every day, i am constantly tired to the point i can sit down for two minutes and wake up two hours later.
    i also have other symptoms wich are
    always too cold or hot
    rumbling feeling in stomach like somethings moving
    exessive sweating
    severe moodswings
    skin discolouration on hips,genitals and arm pits (vitiligo?)
    cant put on weight
    poor concentration and lack of focus, poor memory!
    irregular periods
    aching buttox and thighs (a bit like cramp)
    waterless blisters on hands feet,behind ears,back of neck-sometimes turning into a rash/dry skin-VERY ITCHY
    sore breats
    malaise,
    fatigue
    muscle pain
    heavy arms and legs
    abdominal pain
    direah/constipation alternating-funny coloured stools-or pure water stools
    heart palpitations....chest pain when i breathe in deeply
    dizziness
    tingling and numbness
    burning sensation on the skin
    aching/sore joints
    carpel tunnel syndrome
    raynauds syndrome
    "malar" rash
    extreme abdominal and back pain after exercise so bad it causes me to vomit and nearly pass out (feels like labour pains).

    i had been told by my previous doctor its just because i have a child and am tired....well that doesnt cause the other symtoms! my current doctor has done all the routine tests. and a celiac test wich came back negative. the only test wich came back abnormal was i had anti parietal cell antibodies. which my doctor said she cant see why only that test would come negative. i have to have some more in depth tests done but i was wondering if anyone had any ideas of what it could be?
    the only things my searches keep coming up with are
    MS
    ME (CFS)
    Lupus

    and none of them show up on tests so if it is one of thesse how will i ever get diagnosed? its really bugging me as most of the time i dont have enough energy to even do the housework or play with my son and it really gets me down.if and when i do have the energy and get the jobs done i then have to rest for aaages as i am so tired ache so much! please any ideas? x
    :( its very depressing

    • ANSWER:
      I feel your pain- I am also trying to get diagnosed for one of the above conditions. My doctor warned me that it may take years to get diagnosed, if ever. Particularly when you are looking at neurological disorders.
      None of these problems are easy to diagnose- CFS is diagnosed by ruling out every other possibility, but Lupus and MS can be diagnosed with time. I am waiting for results of blood tests which will apparently be starting indicators of Lupus (they are testing for arthritis or something). MS is diagnosed by comparative MRIs over a period of time.
      If it is CFS, then there is no treatment, and the other two can be treated but are still chronic health problems that normally get worse with time.

  19. QUESTION:
    Could it possibly be Lupus?
    I'm very tired of being treated as though I'm just going nuts. A hypochondriac in a sense. I'm not...I'm sick. Without much to back up what is causing it. The symptoms mainly started when I was around 18...I'm 24 now. I've been to the doctor many times being told the same thing. I'm perfectly fine. One doctor finally took into consideration I had a list of symptoms too long for my age and sent me to a digestive specialist. I wasn't able to continue seeing the specialist, but from the two visits I was able to attend, he determined I had GERD. But I just keep getting worse. It's not just my upper digestive system, it's my entire digestive system. Nothing seems to work properly. I'm vomiting in the mornings from acid and bile building up in my stomach throughout the night. I can hardly eat anything without feeling nauseated afterward. My stool varies in color and texture. Some days it's near normal, others is sticky, others it's like water. I stay pretty bloated the majority of the time. So bloated and gassy that I have to where a pant size larger than usual. I have to pee once or twice an hour. I get chest pains that are more than likely associated with pain in my esophagus. It's pretty deep and aching.

    Aside from my digestive problems, just last year I started developing eye and skin problems. I've never had any problems with my eyes. Never needed glasses. I've started having static like vision (visual snow), I sometimes see bright spots (seeing stars), I've noticed an increase in floaters in my vision. Some have came and gone...others are still around. I feel what feels like sparks bursting in the inner corners of my eyes several times a week. I see ghosting. Distant objects are now slightly blurred and my eyes tend to stay dry. All of this developed within the last year. The eye doctor said I had developed an astigmatism. Seems like more is going on than that...just in the last 5 months since my visit to the eye doctor...the symptoms have worsened. Seems a bit quick and much to just be an astigmatism.

    My skin problems started developing around the same time my eye troubles started. I started out just getting a rash on my side. It wasn't raised...more like a big red blotch. Didn't itch. I didn't pay much attention to it until I noticed over a week period it had come and gone in the same spot 3 different times. A few weeks later I started breaking out in hives. They started just on my thighs, then progressed to my entire body over time. They wouldn't go away unless I laid down, and even then it took hours before the majority would cease. Hives became an ongoing problem that randomly popped up for about 8 months. I could never find a trigger for them. Some days I'd be working and notice them, others I'd wake up and have them...indoors, outdoors, no food allergies, no medication...stress...nothing. I could never find anything. I haven't really had an outbreak in hives now for about 3 or 4 months. Instead I've been getting itchy skin (not dry skin), and more red blotches (not raised) on my skin. First they were mainly coming on my chest, then I started getting them on my hands, feet, stomach, legs...wherever. They seem to start on my chest. Sometimes they itch...sometimes they don't.

    My symptoms all come and go...aside my eye problems. The dryness in my eyes come and go...but the rest stay pretty constant. But my digestive problems and my skin problems come and go. I have no thoughts as to what may trigger these problems.

    I know that is a lot to read, so if you've done so, thank you. Aside from all of that, I stay tired, I have minor body aches that come and go. Especially in my arms and in my knees. I find some days I can't think as clearly as others...mild confusion occasionally. I have good days and just down right nasty hateful days. Dunno why. I stay depressed for weeks at a time. I went to a State Park just two days ago. It was a cold but sunny day. First time I've really been out in the sun that long in months. That night I noticed the butterfly rash across my nose and cheeks. Not a sun burn. It faded yesterday for a few hours and today it's darker again. This is what made me begin thinking...could this be Lupus? and yes, it does run in both sides of my family. Lupus and Leukemia both do. I've had several people tell me even on good days..."You don't look so good" My last employer told me I wasn't working out because I just seemed too drained all the time.

    I am uninsured now, and I'm not sure how I would get tested for Lupus...or even how they test for it at all. I've read some websites about Lupus, it just seems like such a complicated disease. Any thoughts? Thanks again.
    I forgot to mention my miscarriages. I've had 4 healthy children, yet before and after my successful pregnancies, I've had 6 miscarriages without a reason being determined. Dunno if that has any relation to this...but thought I'd add it.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    What could be causing such bad cold sweats?
    I thought I was simply having night terrors, possibly related to having PTSD, but now I'm wondering if something else is going on. Whereas I used to wake up once or twice a month sort of sweaty, and fearful, these cold sweats are a lot more intense. I've woken up every night for the last week absolutely drenched in sweat. The past few nights I've actually woken up at least two or three times, and I've actually had to change pajamas and wipe off with a towel in water, I'm literally that soaked with sweat. I'm not waking up fearful or anything either, just dizzy, cold, and drenched.

    Now it's happening during the day! I was in class today and I started feeling freezing. Next thing I know sweat is dripping down my back, my face, my legs. I got really light headed, and felt extremely weak. I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow, but I'm just at a loss for what could be causing this! I do have an autoimmune condition as well (possibly Lupus) and I ran out of my immune suppressing medication about a week ago. Usually without it I experience an increase in fatigue, joint pain, and skin rashes. I'm on a low dose, though, so I don't really see how these fits of freezing sweats could be related.

    Any feedback would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      It's good to hear your seeing your doctor soon. Do you have any coughing or shortness of breath, any arm, neck, jaw or chest pain? Or anything like indigestion or abdominal pain? If you do, be sure and mention it to your doctor. Just a few things that cause night sweats - tuberculosis, cardiac irregularities, thyroid problems, and especially hormonal changes if you happen to be at that age.

      /
      If you do, be sure you mention

  21. QUESTION:
    I've been feeling really sick lately and I don't think I should be...
    Well I'm only 19 and recently I've been showing some crazy signs I know other kids my age don't feel. First off I have a butterfly type rash and it peels like crazy and causes me a lot of pain. I know this isn't rosacea theres no way it could be that bad. Another thing I notice lately is my hands turn purple in the cold and my hands are ALWAYS cold. Its 75 out right now and they were purpling. Not only that but I've had 4 sinus infections this year. I'm always sick now diarriah hurting skin and all. I get mosquito bites the size of tennis balls on my legs. Right now I'm going through a sinus infection and its so gross and I know its bad. I feel like something is really wrong yet my parents never really listen to me. Hell my mom even has lupus or some other auto immune disease. She tells me I think too much but the stuff is for real. I have pleurisy like crazy and pains shooting in my ribs yet no one ever says much. I have a doctors appointment but they think it is pointless. Does anyone share what i have going around me? Shouldn't I get this checked out more than what they think?

    • ANSWER:
      The same thing happend to me.. I didnt even know what lupus was. I play basketball and I kept noticing that my hands were changing colors. Which I now know I have Raynauds. Along with this I get joint pain and arm weakness.. Which you may notice too. The touching of the skin sounds like Fibromyaligia but could be lupus too. My parents didnt believe my pain either they just thought I was a complainer... but now that I for sure have it they understand. My lupus started off with a cold too... Hope you find answers when you go to the doctor ! Make sure you say everything to them.. and it might not hurt to get your blood taken.. to check your ANA level.

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    *********SEVERE KIDNEY PROBLEM PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    Severe ongoing kidney pain please help!?
    I had leukemia when I was a kid. In remission. Extensive chemotherapy for 3 years on and off. Tested for Lupus one year ago due to questionable symptoms. I know not everyone on here is a doctor but I need advice for the time being. My symptoms are severe kidney pain (right side) for AT LEAST one year now. Weird rash on hands-have to itch it with a brush and the skin peels of my fingertips and palms. I cant stand for a long time because my right kidney hurts so bad its debilitating. I know its not a joint/bone problem because I had some arthritis and RA testing done-alls well there. I cant drink soda's, juices, milk or coffee obviously this causes severe chronic pain. Kidney hurts whenever I have to urinate-which I do as soon as I feel the urge to go. I get nauseated often but dont vomit, and when I wake up in the morning Im in severe pain its hard to even get dressed. Ive read up on the symptoms of kidney disease but I dont want to sound like a hypochondriac to my doctor when I go. Please advise-anyone know anything about these symptoms. And yes, I constantly have kidney stones that pass and regenerate, and my urine is always foul smelling and extremely clouded. Please help-thanks so much.
    53 minutes ago - 1 week left to answer.
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    Also, I always feel like Im thirsty and I always have something to drink with me. I try as often as possible to drink water. I know the pain is kidney pain because I went to the ER and they said I had kidney inflammation. The pain takes m my breath away at points and their are times when I get extremely dizzy and faint.
    50 minutes ago

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sassy!
      I think that you already know the obvious but perhaps need a little confirmation. Girl, there are a few organs within your body that strongly affect the total health and well being of your body as a whole. You probably know already that your kidneys are one of the primary organs that does influence your health. Two things that you have mentioned caught my attention. one is the "itchy rash" on your hands. That is a sure sign of nerves and in conjunction with your kidneys; actually create agitated conditions that intensify your kidney problems. The other is the 'foul smelling; cloudy urine. Of course this is brought on by the kidney infection 'but' it is a good sign that the kidneys are functioning and trying to cleanse themselves. I know this is not a time to be trying 'old remedies' but a few of them actually help. Most likely, you are drinking liquids that are cool or cold in temperature. The kidneys actually have to work harder at cleansing under these conditions. Try warming your liquids to slightly above body temperature (between 100* and 110*Max.). This will help. Also, in your case, please try to drink distilled water only, because; most bottled water is actually "pure tap water." To a healthy person, this does not create consequences of any magnitude. In your case, the slightest deviations of germs or enzymes, foreign in nature, can present problems. Please also try to drink considerable amounts of nothing but water. It may be painful to begin with but it does in fact help flush out those conditions that are helping to agitate your ailment. Now, for the "Old remedies." This one, I place quite a bit of faith in because I too have bouts with my kidneys. Honey is the only absolute pure energizing food that has zero harmful substances. It never has to be protected as it will 'never; spoil, period! You take two tablespoons of honey in the morning and the same before you retire at night. I will personally assure you that it will make a difference in your condition in a short time.(perhaps a week or less and you will notice a change for the better) Your pains will diminish and your nausea will subside. Other than this, I am going to strongly urge you to visit a good urologist. Perhaps you feel that it is an expense that you cannot incurr at present. I am going to tell you it is an action that you must take regardless of expense. (there are assisted programs to help you if this is actually one of your problems). Sassy; You owe it to yourself to take care of this "Now" and not put it off. "If" your kidneys actually start to fail, expense will no longer be an equation to consider. It will be a mandantory action that you will be forced to take at that point. Please get on girl with what you know you must do. I will pray for you and hope for your best.

  24. QUESTION:
    Do you have any of these conditions?
    Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:

    Eye
    blindness in one or both eyes
    decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
    pain in one or both eyes
    decreased tears
    trouble with contact lenses
    bulging eyes

    Ear
    tinnitus - ringing or buzzing sound
    severe intolerance of noise
    marked hearing impairment

    Neurologic
    epileptic seizures
    headaches, migraines and (some severe)
    dizziness, unsteadiness, both
    confusion, memory loss, both
    severe drowsiness and sleepiness
    paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
    severe slurring of speech
    severe hyperactivity and restless legs
    atypical facial pain
    severe tremors

    Psychological/Psychiatric
    severe depression
    irritability
    aggression
    anxiety
    personality changes
    insomnia
    phobias

    Chest
    palpitations, tachycardia
    shortness of breath
    recent high blood pressure

    Gastrointestinal
    nausea
    diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
    abdominal pain
    pain when swallowing

    Skin and Allergies
    itching without a rash
    lip and mouth reactions
    hives
    aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

    Endocrine and Metabolic
    loss of control of diabetes
    menstrual changes
    marked thinning or loss of hair
    marked weight loss
    gradual weight gain
    aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    severe PMS

    Other
    frequency of voiding and burning during urination
    excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
    increased susceptibility to infection

    Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
    death
    irreversible brain damage
    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcers
    aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior
    suicidal tendencies

    Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Epstein-Barr
    Post-Polio Syndrome
    Lyme Disease
    Grave’s Disease
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    ALS
    Epilepsy
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    EMS
    Hypothyroidism
    Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
    Fibromyalgia
    Lupus
    non-Hodgkins
    Lymphoma
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

    THEN PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO!

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-566922170441334340

    • ANSWER:
      Aspartame cannot cause Lyme disease, but Lyme disease can cause fibromyalgia.

      I agree with you, aspartame is very nasty stuff. It should never have been approved for human consumption.

  25. QUESTION:
    Aspartame Side Effects?
    Can aspartame really cause side effects such as:
    Eye blindness in one or both eyes
    decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
    pain in one or both eyes
    decreased tears
    trouble with contact lenses
    bulging eyes

    Ear
    tinnitus - ringing or buzzing sound
    severe intolerance of noise
    marked hearing impairment

    Neurologic
    epileptic seizures
    headaches, migraines and (some severe)
    dizziness, unsteadiness, both
    confusion, memory loss, both
    severe drowsiness and sleepiness
    paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
    severe slurring of speech
    severe hyperactivity and restless legs
    atypical facial pain
    severe tremors

    Psychological/Psychiatric
    severe depression
    irritability
    aggression
    anxiety
    personality changes
    insomnia
    phobias

    Chest
    palpitations, tachycardia
    shortness of breath
    recent high blood pressure

    Gastrointestinal
    nausea
    diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
    abdominal pain
    pain when swallowing

    Skin and Allergies
    itching without a rash
    lip and mouth reactions
    hives
    aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

    Endocrine and Metabolic
    loss of control of diabetes
    menstrual changes
    marked thinning or loss of hair
    marked weight loss
    gradual weight gain
    aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    severe PMS

    Other
    frequency of voiding and burning during urination
    excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
    increased susceptibility to infection

    Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
    death
    irreversible brain damage
    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcers
    aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior
    suicidal tendencies

    Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Epstein-Barr
    Post-Polio Syndrome
    Lyme Disease
    Grave’s Disease
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    ALS
    Epilepsy
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    EMS
    Hypothyroidism
    Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
    Fibromyalgia
    Lupus
    non-Hodgkins
    Lymphoma
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

    • ANSWER:
      This rumor has been going around for years, and it totally false. Some people may be sensitive to it, but it does not cause the diseases you listed or any other illness. Several of the diseases have been around since the late 1300 or early 1400, such as Multiple Sclerosis.

      If only this were the answer, then it would be great. I for one have Multiple Sclerosis and never drank a diet drink until a few years ago, way after I had symptoms. And that is only once or twice a week at most. A family member of mine is a Neuro Pharmacologist and a professor at UC Irvine medical school She stated that she is one of the worse diet coke drinkers and is very healthy.

      She is the one that said the statement about how long some of these diseases have been around. I trust her totally and not because she is related, because she has been in research for several years.

      Please check this website for more info on Aspartame. Take care.

      www.snopes.com and type in aspartame. It has a lot of info that I did not post.

  26. QUESTION:
    think im jealous of my friends?
    is it normal to feel jealous of your bestfriend, ok the thing is i am not a high school student going through raging hormones i am a 28 year old woman, me and my bestfriend have known eachother since i was 8 and she was 6 we’ve been bestfriends for about 13 years. i feel myself become jealous of her we both have a disability called cerebral palsy and we both use wheelchairs and we are both apart of the LGBT community(shes a lesbian and im pansexual)but people seem to accept her more shes extroverted very friendly and seems to have know problem in the dating area and shes also society’s definition of ethnic pretty(she has an hour glass shaped curly hair pretty skin and shes puerto rican) i’m a very introverted person very shy, dont really have much confidence and i have low self esteem(i suffer from depression) i take medication that makes me eat so i’m a bit on thicker side, have have lupus and that affects my skin sometimes so every now and then i’ll get rashes and on african american skin it looks horrible, i compare myself to her all the time and when she tells me things i’m hapy for her on the outside but im dying of jealous shes the lucky how do i get over the this please its really affecting me emotionallly and i dont want to tell her cause i dont want to make her feel bad actually im jealous of a few of my friends the ones that i think are doing better than myself

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you feel this way, but be reassured, it's pretty normal. We all get jealous.

      It sounds like you have a really good friendship with her. You seem to be able to share your experiences and I know, when you have a physical disability it makes such a huge difference to be able to talk about it with someone who understands!

      I'm sure that you have many qualities that your friend envies. And I'm sure your friend also feels a bit insecure about many things that you wouldn't even think about!

      I guess what I'm trying to say, is that unfortunately or fortunately we are in the position we are in life. There are things we can't change and there are things we can. Looks and our health are things that we can't really change, but our attitude we can. Consider how lucky you are to have good friends =]

      ....

  27. QUESTION:
    What is causing all these symptoms?
    I have been having health problems for the last few years and I'm determined to find out what is wrong! I am an 18 year old white female who lives in new york.. if any of that makes a difference.

    Some of my symptoms include: increased fatigue, I can sleep for hours and still feel tired. For the past 3 years I have gotten a rash on my neck and chest that is not inflamed but warm and comes and goes at all sorts of times and have heat sensitivity to that area and sometimes chest pain. A few months ago I had an infection in my arm pit and was told it was cellulitis and was given an antibiotic, since then I have had frequent pain in both of my arm pits and it seems to be swollen at times. For the past 2 years or so, I produce breast milk in my left breast but I have never been pregnant, sometimes it is a clear liquid that comes out and sometimes a milky liquid. About a month ago I had to go to the emergency room because both of my breasts were swollen and it was very very painful but they sent me home without telling me an explanation to what it was and it all went away a few days later. For as long as I can remember I have had joint and muscle pain all over my body, mainly the upper back and neck. In january of 2010 I went to the hospital because my back, both lower and upper, hurt so bad that I could barely move. I had high blood pressure and slight chest pain but once again they weren't aware of the cause so I was sent home with some tylenol. I have noticed that when I get many of these symptoms I get very emotional, either very sensitive or angered easily. Recently I have been getting twitches in my hands, mainly in the thumb area. I have noticed that my concentration isn't as good as it used to be, I am very anxious and impatient.

    Doctors have gave me some ideas of what it may be but nothing was ever diagnosed. They suggested: anxiety disorder, lupus, thyroid disease, tumor on the pituitary gland, breast cancer, skin cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, graves disease and I think thats about it.

    Someone please help before it gets worse!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like Cryoglobulinemia.

      Symptoms vary depending on the type of cryoglobulinemia and the organs that are affected. In general, symptoms may include:

      Difficulty breathing
      Fatigue
      Glomerulonephritis
      Joint pain
      Muscle pain
      Purpura
      Raynaud's phenomenon
      Skin death
      Skin ulceration

      And many more others as it's is a syndrome with many possible symptoms

      The doctor will perform a physical exam. There may be signs of liver and spleen swelling. Tests for cryoglobulinemia include:

      Complete blood count (CBC)
      Complement assay -- numbers will be low
      Cryoglobulin test -- may show presence of cryoglobulins
      Liver function tests -- may be high
      Rheumatoid factor -- positive in types II and III
      Skin biopsy
      Urinalysis -- may show blood in the urine if the kidneys are affected

      Other tests may include:

      Angiogram
      Chest x-ray
      ESR
      Hepatitis C test
      Nerve conduction tests, if the person has weakness in the arms or legs
      Protein electrophoresis - blood

      As there are too many complications, anxiety builds up within yourself which is why doctors may think you have anxiety disorder or as suggested by the other answer of having neuro related illness.

      This blood disorder is very difficult to be diagnosed and treated. It won't kill you but you'll have to take constant medication so as to contain it. Many doctors are baffled by it and seriously many don't even know about this blood disorder.

      Please suggest to your doctors to try those tests on your blood. I have a hunch I am right.

      Take care and good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Have you done your H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot research? Read this.....?
    My bf did research on a article....kinda long but important, just do a quick read and you see the important parts!!!

    Excerpts from TORONTO STAR article:
    Pregnant women will get a shot of Aussie H1N1 vaccine
    October 27, 2009

    OTTAWA–Pregnant women will be able to get an alternative version of the H1N1 vaccine by early next week.The Australian imports do not contain adjuvant – a substance added to the vaccine to stretch supply and boost immunity. (YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY CAN'T ALL OF OUR VACCINES BE OF THIS KIND?)

    The adjuvant used in most of the 50.4 million doses being produced by GlaxoSmithKline Inc. at its plant in Ste. Foy, Que., is a mixture of squalene (derived from fish oil), tocopherol (containing vitamin E) and an emulsifier called polysorbate. (SO WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US? WELL LETS DO OUR OWN LITTLE RESEARCH. LET'S LOOK BELOW

    Sweden's Karolinska Institute found that on injection, an "otherwise benign molecule like squalene can stimulate a self-destructive immune response," even though it occurs naturally in the body.

    Other research shows that squalene is the experimental anthrax vaccine ingredient that caused devastating autoimmune diseases and deaths for many Gulf War veterans from the US, UK, and Australia, yet it continues in use today and for new vaccines development in labs.

    Other autoimmune diseases are also linked to humans injected with squalene. "... squalene-based adjuvants can induce autoimmune diseases in animals...observed in mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
    -Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner conducted research into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines and wrote:

    Squalene "contributed to the cascade of reactions called "Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud's phenomenon, Sjorgren's syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever."

    The Washington Post also confirmed that the H1N1 flu vaccine l contains the mercury derivative thiomersal, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.

    The swine flu shot ingredients also include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and Polysorbate 80, a preservative which causes infertility in mice.

    -polysorbate
    It is toxic and should not be eaten, drunk, put on the skin or injected.

    Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously used solubilizing agent that can cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions."

    Put in plain English, polysorbate 80 can affect your immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock which can kill.

    THIS IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF REAL PROFFESIONAL RESEARCH
    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS A LITTLE RESEARCH YOURSELF AND YOU'LL GET THE TRUTH
    so do you really want to drink the kool-aid now?

    SO my question is...how many people are planning to get this shot without knowing what is in it? What are your thoughts on the shot?

    Thanks everyone!
    Anything AFTER the LOOK BELOW is outside research not from the article, the article tells you that it is safe, yet research can show otherwise.

    • ANSWER:
      You have been mislead by the anti-vaccine propoganda machine. With their half-truths and inflammatory language they have been deceiving the public for too long. I also think you need to reconsider your use of the phrase "real professional research".

      Were you aware that vaccines that don't contain adjuvants have to have far more toxin (antigen) in them than vaccines that have adjuvants? We use adjuvants to be able to provide a vaccine with less toxin and still get the same immune response. Why can't all our vaccines be like that? There is the answer.

      The studies you mention are being taken completely out of context and many of them cannot be applied to the presence of these substances in vaccines. (I checked up on your sources..ps. The Karolinska Institute thesis where the info was derived from does not say what you say it does...it is being horribly misinterpreted by people without a scientific knowledge base) It's like providing someone with the toxicity information of formaldehyde in mass quantities (it can cause this and that and do this....ooooh it's so scary) and talk about that in relation to vaccines that MAY contain microscopic traces of formaldehyde in them, and ignoring the fact that an infant has 10x more formaldehyde coursing through his/her veins produced as a metabolic intermediary than could be found in 10 vaccines. Do you see how this information is easy to misconstrue? Formaldehyde that may be present in some vaccines cannot cause cancer. Why is there formaldehyde traces in vaccines.....they prevent bacterial and viral contamination. Before the inclusion of formaldehyde in the production process (again only trace elements of it are left, if any at all, in the final vaccine product).....people died from bacterial contamination of vaccines. The only people at risk are those who are allergic to formaldehyde and I have not heard reference in the literature to this allergy being common.

      This is one of the main tactics behind the propganda machine. Twisting things and using studies out of context, or using studies that are not scientifically sound and have not been peer-reviewed. And, the general public is not informed enough to be able to be critical of the information and so are easily mislead by the lies and inflammatory language

      Saying that squalene was responsible, or even "contributed to the cascade" with deaths/illness in Gulf War veterans who received Anthrax vaccinations is patently untrue and completely innacurate. There have been no deaths caused by squalene in vaccinations. A micropaleontologist provided that gem of a quote, I see. Are you aware of what a micropaleontologist is? Hint hint: paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms. She sounds super-qualified to be doing research on vaccines!

      Saying that squalene in vaccines has induced autoimmune diseases (they are referring to arthritis which is an AI disease) happened when the mineral oil was applied generously to the exterior of these animals' mucosal membranes in quantities so much larger than what would be contained in a vaccine.....again with the twisting.....

      Oh, and ANY foreign substance can cause severe anaphylaxis if you are allergic to it.....but in the context of what you were writing it makes it seem like it is common and very scary. Squalene has not, to my knowledge, ever been associated with allergies in large amounts of people (or even a smallish number of people)

      And PLEASE, mentioning the "link" between autism and other neurological disorders......which is again, hogwash. No link has ever been established. And how is information on this being twisted by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine?. Check out the difference between methyl mercury and ethyl mercury...one of which is a possible ingredient in some vaccines and the other (VERY DIFFERENT) chemical is what causes environmental neourological disorders when a person is exposed for a lengthy time. Often when the anti-vaccine propaganda machine uses information about mercury...they forget to tell people the information they are providing is for a completely different chemical. Ethyl mercury (thimerosal) has been shown to clear the body very quickly. Methyl mercury (not used in vaccines, but found in some industrial workplaces) is a chemical that our body's cannot clear quickly and which result in long term exposure. We know, conclusively, that mercury causes brain damage only through long term exposure. Ethyl vs. methyl.....didn't see you talk about that in your post. The link does not exist.

      And now to address polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier and solubilizer that is used in MANY foods (including ice cream) and is used in MANY medications that are given using an IV. Ever had IV meds before?

      In conclusion, your data is bogus and at the very least, taken completely out of context. The real professional research you have done has been to visit websites created by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine and taken the bait hook, line, and sinker.

      My problem with your posting has to do with the fact that you are passing on the lies and misinformation that will end up causing more deaths and anguish. That is dangerous, unethical, and egregious. Please stop spreading lies.

  29. QUESTION:
    Symptoms for 7 months, no diagnosis. Excessive hair loss, muscle pain, swollen nodes.?
    Hello!

    I`m a 19 year old female who`s been experiencing a series of symptoms for the past 7 months that doctors have been unable to diagnose.

    Firstly, my hair has been falling out and as you can imagine, this has been very emotionally stressful. Since about 7 months ago, I`ve lost more then 75% of hair from all over my head. The hair loss is not patchy, but has been thinning all over. I used to have long, extremely thick and beautiful hair, and now its almost gone. The hair loss is not localized to my head as I've even noticed that the hair on my legs and in my pubic area have barely been growing back after shaving. I did see a dermatologist and he said that I must have an underlying autoiumme disease that's causing the hair loss. He suspects lupus or a related disease, but as of yet, blood tests have shown no irregularities.

    Since around the same time my hair has been falling out, Ive noticed that the lymph nodes in my neck have been swollen. Sometimes they are red and sensitive (especially after drinking alcohol or smoking) but usually they're painless. I've also been experiencing a lot of joint/muscle pain and stiffness. Some days it gets really bad and I can barely move, even typing/writing is difficult because the muscles in my hands are so stiff. I feel like every muscle and joint in my body is inflamed. I'm only 19 and I'm having as hard of a time moving around as my 55 year old mother with MS.

    Lastly, (and I'm not sure if this is related at all) my skin has been really dry and especially itchy. I'm not sure if I've noticed any rashes, but I have noticed some redness (light red spots) randomly on my skin.

    My family doctor did a thorough blood analysis and everything came back normal. There is no sign of vitamin deficiency, my thyriod was normal, no diabetes, my blood cell count was normal, kidney/liver function was normal, and I'm clean for STD's/STI's. I really don't know where to go from here and im terrified that if I don't find out whats wrong, I'm going to go bald.

    Does anyone know what these symptoms indicate? Any advice as to what I should get tested for/where I should go from here would be great.

    Thank you in advance for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      my endocrinolgist , said i had sluggish thyroid normal levels, my VIT D was dangerously low my vit b 12 was low i have hypo thyroid symptoms normal thyroid I HAVE goitors never knew it until i choked and had ENT do a nasal scope, so follow my advice my endocrinologist put me on synthyroid , 37.5 mcg works for me VIT D and VIt B 12 also AVOID wheat products you could be celiac syndrome try eatting oatmeal rice potatoes NO wheat pasta buy rice and corn pasta drink V* 8 splash change your diet

  30. QUESTION:
    Under penalty for noncompliance, will we get injected with squalene, an adjuvant that caused Gulf War syndrome?
    ATTENTION, Please: The WHO has declared swine flu (N1H1) pandemic. This will probably imply governmental demands for universal mass vaccinations under penalty for not complying. Flu vaccine contains squalene oil as an adjuvant.

    Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner conducted research into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines and wrote: Squalene “contributed to the cascade of reactions called “ Gulf War syndrome. GIs developed arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, deadly Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Raynaud’s phenomenon with paroxysms of lack of blood in fingers and toes in fingers and toes, Sjorgren’s syndrome with blurred vision, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.”

    'Swine Flu Vaccination Poses Serious Threat to Your Health": http://euro-med.dk/?p=9152

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose all of the above has affected those who have already received the swine vaccine...............*

  31. 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

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