Does my mom have lupus?

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/26/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm starting to suspect my mom has SLE. She has had loads of health issues over the past 20 years.
Over the past several years she has had:
- nephritis since she was a child
- recent stent put in her kidney
- flare ups of pseudotumor cerebri (which caused her to go blind in one eye)
- connective tissue problem in her arms that caused her to need physical therapy
- now her blood vessels are getting stiff and they suspect vasculitis or atherosclerosis
- a red appearance to her face especially under her eyes and cheek area
- high cholesterol
- joint pain
What do you think? Is she a likely candidate for lupus?

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   Posted 6/26/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry your mom is going through all of this and I hope she finds answers and starts feeling better soon.
I think diagnosing someone is very complex and lab work and a good doctor are essential. If it were my mom I would get her in to see a rhuematologist who could start sorting out some of these symptoms and order some tests and see exactly what is going on. Lupus is not the only thing that could explain those symptoms but whatever it is she needs a good doctor.
Good luck.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisal,

Welcome to the forum! I'm so sorry your mom is having so many problems. Lupus is very difficult to diagnose (except with biopsy ... like kidney biopsy). Has she ever had a kidney biopsy??

The doctor to see would be a Rheumatologist who specializes in lupus. You can get a list of docs from your local Lupus Foundation Chapter (link in my signature).

There are also links in my sig to the Lupus Foundation website and one with diagnosing criterea. The Lupus Resources link has lots of help for new members . . . I would start by reading those.

Unfortunately diagnoses can be a rather drawn-out process . . . but a good rheumatologist will treat her symptoms while he is watching her progress, even if he can't make a definitive diagnosis.

I hope you find lots of info here.


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