Posted 1/13/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -6)
Thank you for your quick response! I was doing more investigating about Mast Cell disease. I don't think I fit the criteria. When I read "blood pressure" issues, that leaped out at me, as I'm having HIGH bp issues right now. But MCD causes LOW bp issues, so that's not me....
Anyway, I wanted you to know that lupus will make us more suseptable to allergies. Just because the immune system is hyperactive, which is exactly what an allergy to something is. A hyperactive immune response. I find it very interesting that there is another disease out there that will mimick lupus to such a degree. I think the fact that you have joined us here will bring insight to a lot of us!
How are you doing with the lupus and fibro issues? Are you finding it difficult to distinguish a lupus flare up from a fibro flare? It can be almost impossible to figure that out! One way I am able to know, and this was mentioned to me by my rheumatologist, was that if I'm "flaring", I should increase my prednisone. If I feel BETTER, then it is a lupus flare. If I feel WORSE, then it is a fibro flare. Fibro and prednisone are like oil and water. They don't get along! So, if you're struggling with that, there is a good way of figuring it out! And it only takes a few days of increased prednisone to see the difference in how you feel. Even a small increase of 2.5 or 5mg will change how you feel.
Have a good evening Jessie, talk with you soon,
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13
33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus