crohn's and lupus type symptoms

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   Posted 9/11/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
so.....i go this week to be tested for lupus, my mother in law suffers from RA and noticed the rash on my face alot later than i did....and started asking me questions about it.  i developed the rash about a month ago but thought it was the immuran finally getting into my system (takes three to six months) so didn't think anything of it. the more i went outside, the more it would look like i had a severe sunburn, even if i hadn't spent time outside.  when i drank wine or beer it would get worse but then all of a sudden it just never went away.
so now she thinks i should be tested for lupus, and after going online and looking at possible links, it seems as though it could be true.
has anyone else thought of MCTD?  more than one autoimmune disease?
diagnosed in 2006, had crohns for 10 years
area affected illeum, small intestine, 
asacol, prednison 40mg, Imuran, small bowel resection 2006

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   Posted 9/11/2007 3:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I have suspected Lupus in myself as well.  I get the butterfly rash from time to time, being outside, especially in the summer wipes me out completely.  I am also very sensitive to sunlight.  This all came on about 8 years ago, well before my IBD reared it's ugly head.  To be honest, I just don't have the energy to even CONSIDER that I have more problems than I already know  I suppose that if my organs start shutting down, then I will look into it further.  
It is fairly common though for people to have more than one autoimmune disease.  So, don't think that your questions are off base or anything.  And, the rash is a pretty solid sign of Lupus.  Have you taken a picture of it yet?  You should get a good pic, in case it decides to disappear right before you go to the doctor. :)  Then you can be sure to show it to him.  :)
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   Posted 9/11/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi If you thnk you have something I think it would be worth while to get it checked out the two problems might need different treatments letting something go might make things worse. The Lupus might also be put in remission I don't know but I do know that things not treated can lead to alot of problems that might have been made easier if treated early and might not have lead to so many complications. Best Wishes. lol gail
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