Are achy/tender lymph nodes a lupus thing?

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mamamuse
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I havent' felt well today...kind of sinusy, nauseous, just overall feeling of "ick". The past few hours, the lymph nodes under my jaw have been achy and they're tender when I press on them. At least I think that's what's sore. I told my husband what this felt like and he said he's never had anything like it.
 
Anyone else notice this when you get sick? Is this a lupus thing, or a normal immune response to a virus? (I'm assuming I've caught a virus or something.)
 
Thanks!
 
 
Kari
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Ginny
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Mama,
 
Oh yes, swollen lymph nodes are very common when lupus is flaring. It's actually one of the things a rheumy will check every time they see you.  It's also very common in Sjogren's Syndrome. Do you have that?  Dry mouth, eyes, nose?
 
So yes, if you're feeling icky and off and just not yourself, your lupus is probably in a bit of a flare. I would definitely call your pcp or rheumy tomorrow and get in to see them asap.  If it is a virus, you want to kick it as soon as possible.  If it's your lupus, you want to kick it to the curb too!  The faster you catch a flare or illness in its tracks, the more equipped your body will be in the future to look after itself.  It's also a great way to learn how to read your body and know what it's telling you!
 
Call someone tomorrow okay!
 
(((hugs)))
Ginny
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mamamuse
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Ginny! Still feeling really icky today, and as luck would have it, there's a big writers' conference I'm committed to tonight and tomorrow. I really, really don't want to miss any of it, but there may not be a choice in the matter. Hopefully the nurse will call me back and have some advice.
Kari
Wife, writer, artist, homeschooling mom to 2 wonderful boys
Lupus (dx May '04), arthritis, PCOS, being tested for vasculitis and Behcet's
Now taking: plaquenil, limbrel, metformin XR, ibuprofen and the occasional percoset for pain


hippimom2
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   Posted 8/8/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Kari, it's interesting that you mention this because I've been having swollen and sore lymph nodes on both sides of my neck. I think I don't want to admit that I am really wearing down right now, especially since I functioned pretty well for most of the summer. I think my body is trying to tell me to slow down.

THe things that ginny said about swollen glands make sense. I also remember reading that people with lupus can frequently get swollen glands.
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