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   Posted 8/28/2007 3:46 AM (GMT -6)   
We just found out that a friend of my daughters has been diagnosed with Lupus. I understand that this is also an immune system disorder and in the same class as Crohn's. It sounds like it can range from mild to severe as well. Are Crohn's patients likely to develop this disease? Is there any connection between the two?  
My 13 year old daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07 with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 1500mgs of Pentasa, and iron supplement.

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   Posted 8/28/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband has Lupus and I have Crohn's. I have not heard that there is any connection between the two. I know that people here have developed Lupus symptoms because of some of the meds we take, but that is a little different.

Good luck to your friends daughter.
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 8/28/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   

  I have had ulcers since I was twelve and was always being tested for Mono.  Turned out I had both SLE and Crohn's Disease.  Both the gastro and the rhumetologist said they see this  because they are both autoimune diseases and it is not all that uncommon to have more than one autoimmune disease.  I asked, couldn't the joint pain and other Lupus symptoms be from the Crohn's and the Rhumetoligist said, yes but it's because of the SLE, you wouldn't have the high ANA with just Crohn's. 

That being said, they both said it's not uncommon but it's not common (whatever that means!)  So I wouldn't worry too much, just keep it in mind. 


SLE, Crohns

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