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   Posted 4/16/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Crohns in November of 2007.  I started on Humira in January of 2008.  I have 2 small red itchy spots on the sides of each nostril.  Is this the beginning of Lupus or maybe a side effect of the Humira?  My legs are also sore when i get up to walk after sitting for a while, but it goes away after a minute or two.  Any help from anyone? Any advice would be helpful-Thanks!

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   Posted 4/16/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi There,
   Some people with Crohn's taking Remicade will get drug-induced Lupus. I'm not sure about Humira. Maybe someone will know more about this. The rash doesn't sound like the lupus rash if it is just on the sides of your nostrils. I would keep an eye on it and let your doctor know as well since it is itchy and bothersome. Please keep us updated and take care. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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   Posted 4/17/2008 3:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Humira can give a false positive ANA (I have no clue how common it is but they list it as a possible side effect) but I have never heard of it causing drug induced lupus. I have lupus and was on Humira but ended up switched to Enbrel. I would see a dermatologist who can tell you more about your rash/spots. You really need to talk with your doctor. I have no clue about other Humira side effects. For me it was a godsend until my body adjusted to it and I started needing something more frequently. You could call the Humira helpline for patients. They are always extremely helpful. Ironically I have lupus and neither Humira nor Enbrel has caused my ANA to become positive. I wish I could help you more. I know having one autoimmune disease does make you more likely to develop another, but does not mean you automatically will. I also have read Crohns is an autoimmune condition.
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   Posted 4/17/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Genie,

I was dx'd with Crohn's this week. I've been posting here on the Lupus forum for a couple years prior.

Actually . . . Crohn's can cause connective tissue disease and rashes as well as some nasty sores called pyoderma (a less common symptom). So all of your symptoms 'may' be from the Crohn's.

The others gave you some good advice in checking with the docs . . . I would also take pictures of your rashes/sores so that you'll be able to show the doc what you are talking about.


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