Is this a lupus flare or RA Rash...

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   Posted 5/7/2007 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone,
normally im in the Ra Forums.....but i wanted some advice on something...
my med hx/dx:Rhuematoid Arthiris, Raynauds Phemonon, gerds, IBS, ulcers, OA of Bilateral Knees..and some other stuff too...LOL
anyways ive notice that when i get upset or stress my body gives off an reaction..2day i was at the nail salon..& there was a incident and i didnt want to get upset so i tried to calm down because i really didnt feel like getting into a flare....even though ive flaring up alot the past couple days...
but i was soo upset, and i started feeling my face go on fire, and when i looked in the mirrow my upper cheeks were Really red, with a few little bumps slightly raise and the rash was going up towards my eyebrows but not as bad as my cheeks...Then  started feeling like crap...
and there have been other times that i will be at work, and my coworkers will tell me, wow barb ur face is red...and sometimes when that happens is usually when i feel overwhelmed, stressed and sometimes im just having a flaring bad day ya know...
sooo my question is, Is this what happends when a perosn wit lupus gets right before they flare up...and is it possible for a person like me who has been diagnose with Rhuematoid arthris to get a simular rash...?
now thers no doubt that i have RA...beucase i def see the changes in my fingers and pinky finger..cuz it started to get crooked...even though the Xrays are clear from deformity...but my Rhuemotoligist tells me that my hands are just imflammed constantly...
who knows whats going on in my body...i know that some of the meds i take can possible give me an drug induced lupus symptom...but i also know that my rhuemy hasnt ruled out lupus i could have both..who knows...
meds i take are:sulfasalizine, enbrel, Plaquenil, Diflinsal, Vicodin, Colchocine.prevacid, folic acid, lamisil...& vitaimins when i can stomach

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   Posted 5/7/2007 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
 HI there. I don't know if that is part of a flare up or not, but I have been getting hot flahes for a while where my face goes really red and I just feel hot, and miserable, almost sick to my stomach for 20  or 30 seconds. I really hate it, but have no idea if it is from Lupus or not. I have always put it down to menopause, but who knows, maybe it is.
Good luck and hopefully someone will be able to answer your questions.
Connie smurf
diagnosed with RSD in March of /03, diagnosed with Lupus in Sept./06.
Taking Methotrexate, Plaquenell, Folic Acid, Synthroid,Prednisone, Pantoloc, Singulair, Tramadol, OxyCodeine and extra Strength tylenol when needed,and Zytram.

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   Posted 5/7/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
BabZ, it can be really hard to tell if you might have lupus in addition to RA. I do know that people can have both, so it's possible that you also have lupus. The rash you describe does sound like the malar rash that people with lupus get. My suggestion would be to have someone take a picture of it when it is really bad and show it to your rheumy. One thing you have going for you is that a lot of the treatment you are getting for your RA will also help if you have lupus.

All of this is definitely worth talking to your rheumy about.

Take care and feel free to ask any other questions you have.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 10mg; Neurontin 300mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops



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