Bad news first: I have membranous glomerurelonephritis class V.
My Nephrologist and Rheumatologist are going to talk to discuss treatment options, but of course my rheumy is out of town for two weeks!!! Benlysta (a new lupus drug) is probably what they will decide to do.
The good news is that the first time I had lupus nephritis (1999), it was diffuse proliferative lupus glomurelonephritis which is much worse than the membranous type. So at least I have that going for me!
Unfortunately, your daughter's story is all too familiar! Just about every lupie has gone through something similar. I was diagnosed when I was 19...30 years ago.
With heart and lung pain it could be pericarditis or pleurisy which are both very common in lupus patients.I agree you should take her to the ER, anything involving the heart or lungs can be serious. You will find that now she has a lupus diagnosis, ER docs may find it easier to put 2 2 together than before.
There is a ton of great information on the tips and resurces sections of this site (on the right hand side) I suggest you take a look. There is info on the best books about lupus, and many other topics. The best advice I can give you and your ddaughter is to 1) educate yourself about lupus, 2) be your own advocate don't let doctors or other med professionals dismiss you to quicly. stand up for yourself! 3) keep a health journal 4) wright everything down before you doctor apt so as not to miss anything during your appt's.
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.