I am happy to report that I made it through my kidney biopsy without any complications!!! You have no idea how terrified I was to have it. In 1999 I had one and nearly bled to death because they hit a large artery. After that one I had to be in the hospital for 3 weeks! After spending the night in hospital, I am home now. The biopsy site is still quite sore, but they gave me pain meds for that.
I have made the decision to go ahead with the kidney biopsy after reassurances from my doctors that I will be given an appropriate amount of sedation and that it will be done as an inpatient procedure. Waiting to hear when they plan to schedule it.
Bright red blood in the stool usually indicates internal hemorrhoids. Dark, tarry stools indicate internal bleeding. Call your doctor so he can prescribe something to decrease the hemorrhoids and inflammation.
The name of the make up lisatru is talking about is Dermablend.
I prefer using Bare Minerals make up, It isn't as thick an goopy and matches your skin tone better than dermablend. It is available at Sephora and Ulta. It seems expensive, but a little goes a long way and it' lasts forever! I usually only buy it once a year or less.
HIV is a virus that can be detected with a blood test. Lupus is a more complicated. Since it affects everyone differently and can mimic other diseases, it is very difficult to diagnose.
There are different types of lupus: Discoid lupus which involves the skin, Systemic Lupus which can affect any part of the body and/or organs and drug induced lupus which can be caused by certain medications.
There is a lot of information in the Tips and Resources sections of this board (on the lower right had side) that may help answer many of your questions.
There is no single blood test for diagnosing lupus. Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE) is diagnosed using 11 criteria. IF you have 4 out of 11 it is likely you have lupus.
Face rash, which doctors call a malar rash, that is butterfly shaped and covers the bridge of the nose and spreads across the cheeks
Scaly rash, called a discoid rash, which appears as raised, scaly patches
Sun-related rash, which appears after exposure to sunlight
Mouth sores, which are usually painless
Joint pain and swelling that occurs in two or more joints
Swelling of the linings around the lungs or the heart
A neurological disorder, such as seizures or psychosis
Low blood counts, such as low red blood count, low platelet count (thrombocytopenia), or a low white cell count (leukopenia)
Positive antinuclear antibody tests, which indicate that you may have an autoimmune disease
Other positive blood tests that may indicate an autoimmune disease, such as a positive double-stranded anti-DNA test, positive anti-Sm test, positive anti-phospholipid antibody test or false-positive syphilis test