From the beginning of treatment my rheumy put me on 400mg of Plaquenil daily. I take one pill in the morning and one at night. I struggled sticking to my meds and treatment plan for the first couple months or my diagnosis because I was in denial and didn't really believe it so I just recently started taking my medications again as prescribed (I was diagnosed October 2015).
New to this site :) This is not a question but rather a comment regarding the diagnosis of Lupus and it's symptoms. :)
When I was first diagnosed with Lupus, a ANA test and others I told the Physician, a GP that I would worry about "that" (meaning Lupus) if I ever had any symptoms.
Almost three years later I began having problems walking, using my hands, washing my hair, I lost tolerance to cold in my hands and feet and my cognitive function had really gone south. I went in a few times over… read more
I keep getting head spins and have noticed my memory seems to have just gone. I'll be asked to do something and 2 mins later, I've completely forgotten. Does anyone know if memory fog/loss is mainly during a flare up or does it come back?
Lupus and Depression: Knowing the Signs
Life with lupus can be challenging. With symptoms that come and go, disease flares and remissions, and the uncertainty of what each day will bring, it’s normal to experience feelings of unhappiness, frustration, anger, or sadness. It’s also normal to grieve for the loss of the life you had before lupus.
There is a difference between temporary negative feelings and negative feelings that become overwhelming and long-lasting, which may signal… read more
The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is commonly used to look for autoantibodies that attack components of your cells’ nucleus, or “command” center, triggering autoimmune disorders like lupus. 95% of people with lupus test positive for ANA, but a number of other, non-lupus causes can trigger a positive ANA, including infections and other autoimmune diseases. The ANA test simply provides another clue for making an accurate diagnosis.
For patients with a positive ANA, more tests are usually… read more
I am new to the Lupie world and have a question. On the days, mornings, nights when you are not in a flare but, feeling extreme exhaustion and pain which is better? Do you push through the pain or rest til it passes? I am finding myself washing dishes with a dizzy head and shaking hands, doing laundry on the floor because I cannot stand to fold, and I have started to sleep downstairs more due to the stairs. On the days I'm pushing through I find myself praying that I make it through… read more
Hi Warriors it’s Sydnee! I am a Lupus Advocate and will be attending the United States Lupus National Summit in Washington D.C. held before the Senate.
I’ve been active promoting Lupus Awareness with a booth setup and giving handouts at church bazaars and health fairs. Formed teams that collected thousands of dollars in donations for the Lupus Awareness Walks and I’ve made phone calls and wrote letters to our legislators in regard to Lupus Awareness.
I’m excited to attend the 2018 National Lupus… read more
Up to 60% of all people with lupus will develop kidney complications.
Kidney disease often presents without obvious symptoms. Because of this, it is important to be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
1. Foamy urine
2. Blood in the urine
3. Dark urine
4. Changes in the frequency of urination
5. Water retention or weight gain throughout the body, including the legs and hands
Why is Lupus an UNKNOWN DISEASE?
What do you say when asked, “how are you?” or “why were you absent last week?” I always gave a vague rehearsed answer like, I’m fine thank you for asking or I was a little under the weather, knowing that I was having a monster flare. I use to feel like I didn’t want to burden anyone with my illness... I mean, do the majority of people really care? I believe they do!
Now I boldly say “I have a chronic disease called Lupus” if they’re interested, I… read more