Most autoimmune diseases take time to diagnose. I had symptoms for years before I was diagnosed with Lupus. It actually came about because I was tired of the rashes, hair loss and cysts. I rheumatologist asked if I had any cysts as an aside question as I was leaving her office and I said yes. She looked at it and then sent me to a dermatologist who biopsied it.
It was Discoid Lupus which led to more testing and turned out I had Lupus Nepheritis. It probably took 10 years total of complaining and going to doctors for testing before I was diagnosed and then put on medication.
You have to be persistent and your own health care advocate. Do your research and don't let them shuffle you out of the office. My Discoid Lupus was not properly diagnosed and it turned into SLE and now I have stage II kidney disease and a host of other problems because doctors thought it was all in my head.
The sooner you are diagnosed the quicker you can stop the damage to your organs and start feeling better. You will need a lot of testing not just a quick look see by a doctor to say you don't or do have Lupus. Good luck.
This is for all those out there who are taking prednisone. Since I'm now back on this at 10mg once per day and while I can feel the shakiness and a little anxiety I'm also feeling a little lower back pain.
I have had osteoarthritis in my back for ten years so back pain is not a new symptom to me, but when my muscles get tight it gets worse. Did anyone else out there experience more pain in an area where muscle tightness is an issue.
Have to admit that my joint pain in my legs and hands is much better. Seems like a trade off on some days.
I feel so sorry for your plight, it is a terrible thing to go through but it also sounds a little like dementia. If she is older this might be the possibility. It is very hard to get someone who is suffering from mental illness to the doctor. They all believe it is us, not them.
Good luck and hopefully you can get through to her before it is too late.
I took prednisone for a short period of time to reduce inflammation but I stopped because they made me crazy. Mostly hyper and I couldn't sleep. It was on for a couple of weeks and I haven't been on them since. Do not want to go back due to side effects.View Thread
Medical marijuana has been legally approved in the state I live in and I do use it on occasion for stomach pain due to poor digestion. I've had problems ever since an internal bleeding issue associated with my kidneys.
I only use edibles and in very small amounts. Probably a tenth of what the recommended dosage is on the label. I also do not use them everyday. I have found some relief from stomach pain but do not recommend them for joint pain as it really doesn't work.
If medical marijuana is available legally in your state it is probably worth a try. Start slow, use a small amount and stay away from smoking.
Could be a Lupus flare or maybe sensitive skin. I know my skin is very sensitive to everything including the sun. Hydrocortisone cream can help with the itch. Scratching a rash can make it worse so discourage him from scratching if possible.
Pain is usually a sign that something is wrong. You should see your physician if possible. The pain you describe sounds like sciatia back pain (I probably spelled it wrong.) You should have this checked out. Back pain is common after a long bout of lying about when you're sick, such as the flu, but it could be something more serious such as a pinched nerve.
It could be allergies but it could also be an infection. Is your eye red? An ingrown eye lash can cause irritation and even infection. You might want to see an eye doctor if it persists.
My husband gets eye infections frequently. His doctor suggested washing his face every morning and night with baby wash. The kind that doesn't irritate the eyes. He uses very warm water and holds a warm wash cloth to his eyes. This help to clear the teat ducts so they don't clog and get infected.
He does this now and is much better. It all started with allergies.
I've been feeling very cold lately. Experiencing chills and flu like symptoms throughout the day. I haven't felt like this in quite some time and am getting a little worried. I'm wondering if my meds aren't has helpful as the flares are now coming back.
I'm going through a lot of stress right now as my husband was diagnosed 8 months ago with Multiple Myeloma, an incurable bone cancer. He is beginning the procedure for a bone marrow transplant and I seem to be getting these chills and aches and pains more frequently, several times a day.
Does anyone else have this same problem when life gets stressful? Would love to heard from others.
It does sound like Reynaud's syndrome and I was diagnosed with that as well as Sjorgren's syndrome which causes dryness. I would go to a specialist as it doesn't get better by ignoring it.
My doctors thought I was nuts and even sent me to a therapist until testing showed SLE. It took two years to get a diagnosis while suffering through some pretty bad symptoms. Since your Mom has Lupus you might also have an autoimmune disease.
Get it checked out early because organ damage begins to occur. I didn't get a diagnosis and now have kidney damage.