Welcome to our group! I too have the degenerative back/hip issues, and left arm and right leg are most affected with Lupus arthritis. I think you will find much comfort and understanding support here on this site.View Thread
good morning. just checking in. my Lupus was very active in July, then I got all better, but this passed weekend I am not doing well. Hips, elbow, and eyes are mostly affected with inflammation. Hot rashes.... Sleeping more than I am awake. Same ol' ****. No worries, better days ahead.View Thread
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a hearing to discuss the application to approve BENLYSTA® (belimumab) as a treatment to reduce disease activity in adults with active, autoantibody-positive lupus.
If approved, BENLYSTA® will be the first drug to be specifically developed for lupus and the first new treatment for lupus in more than 50 years.View Thread
I went to my Rheumy about a year ago with the same symptoms. She ordered an MRI of my spine. I thought that was odd, when it was the back of my legs cramping. I could only be comfortable, like you said. The MRI showed a herniated disk, with pinched nerve root. I spent 3 hours a week in physical therapy for months. But my back is worse. In time the cramps went away and the lower back and hip area are often inflammed. I am considering surgery, because to cough or turn around in bed, makes me scream in pain. Mine was from an injury, dogs tripped me up on the deck stairs and I feel on my back. But the hip and flank pain, might be Lupus.
Anyway, I remember being surprised at my doc that ordered the MRI because I would not have guessed it was my back. Once the MRI found the problem I was referred to a spine surgeon. The physical therapy does help, but my doc said I will have chronic back pain all my life, and to get an injection when it gets unbearable.
pugpuppy, this caught my attention, because I have had similar symptoms. When I told my doctor they did an ultrasound and I did have gallstones. So had it removed. But the pain you describe still exists for me. The pain could be a fatty or inflamed liver, or GERD. I also have both theses things and take prescriptions from a gastroenterologist. The throwing up can eventually damage your esophagus, as it has mine. So discuss these symptoms with your doctor.View Thread
Just to let you all know that with all the tests and new meds, basically, getting me well enough to visit family out of state, I am "doing better than I have seen in a long time, knock on wood" my docs words. We are going to try and reduce my prednisone for the first time in 6 1/2 yrs.
Thanks to everyone who was there for me when I was suffering with new and complicated issues. There is no treatment for the polyneuropathies, but the hypothyroid will soon be getting better as we gradually build up medicine for that.
No more dizziness, no more fainting spells, no significant swelling and very few rashes. Just a little tired, but I expected that.View Thread