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   Posted 3/7/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife has been having kidney trouble for over 2 months. The IVIG, cellcept, etc are not keeping the disease at bay.
During the same time her blood pressure has shot up finally this week reaching more dangerous levels of 142 diastolic.
I know the bp can be a result of nephritis.
But today for the first time she had bladder incontinence. Does anyone know if this is also the lupus?


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   Posted 3/8/2010 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have had crazy bp like that when my kidneys have been at its worst. I am not familuar with bladder incontinence. Hopefully someone will come along that has had some experience. Has she let her doctor know who dangerous her BP is spiking???

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   Posted 3/9/2010 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
i have kidney problems as well.. she needs to call her doctor about her blood pressure...there are meds to bring it kidney doctor had me go to a pharmacy and buy urine dipsticks that specifically tested for protein to monitor my protein levels at home... there are a few different kind but this particular one only tests for 4 things..leukocytes, nitrates protein and helps me monitor my proetin at home and when it rises i call and let her know... blood pressure left untreated can cause great harm to your wife..when its that high its ER time there are quick fixes to the blood pressure there...i hope she feels better soon...

bladder incontinence i had major issues when my kidneys were flaring..
Female: 38 yrs/old DX: Lupus (dx:'03) MCTD, Raynaud's, Antithyroid antibodies, Lupus Cebritis, Lupus CNS, Lupus Pneumonitis and Stage 3 & 5 Lupus Nephritis. PRES ,Seizures, Photosensitivity since childhood, vasculitis, left thumb and toe amputated from raynauds, Sjogren's
Meds: cellcept, Plaquenil,Prednisone 30 Mg/Day,Miracle mouthwash,Xanax, Darvocet, Xopenex inhaler, Xopenex Nebulizer, Spiriva, prevacid, aspirin 325mg

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 3/10/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
hello, kidney problems are very commonly seen in lupus patients. I have had them for 2 years now. i would talk to your doctor about enapiril. its a blood pressure medicine that also helps with the kidneys, i was currently put on it, and it seems to be making a difference with my kidney functions.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
If your wife is not seeing a nephrologist she should as soon as possible.
MCTD (lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis).  Diagnosed 2005.  Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, Barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005.  Recovered and now active in skiing, tai, chi, hiking, golf.  Meds: prednisone 2.5mg, imuran 25mg, amlodipine, benazapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide and various supplements and vitamins.
Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.

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