I have a history of autoimmune issues:
A recent outbreak of petechiae all over my shins and anywhere significant pressure is applied to my limbs has sparked some concern with my doctors. The 'petechiae' are red at times, but other times take on a brown sort of frecklish appearance. They aren't going away.
I have issues with extreme fatigue, muscle pain, skin tenderness, supposed rosacea that is sensitive to many products and the sun (maybe malar rash?), migraines, joint pain, and TERRIBLE BRAIN FOG amongst other things. In the past I have had kidney problems. I have two white matter lesions on my brain, which are, according to my neurologist, from migraines.
I have tested positive for anti-nuclear antibodies.
My rheumatologist suggested I start Plaquenil. He says that my immune system is fighting back whether I have Lupus or ot.
It seems like many Lupus symptoms overlap with Crohn's. I know there is SOMETHING wrong with me, more than Crohn's, but I'm not convinced it's Lupus. The one thing that makes me suspicious is that I have the petechiae, which is not really a side effect of Crohn's...
Should I try a course on Plaquenil? Can you share any experience or knowledge you have about
this drug? I'd also love any information or opinions about
whether my symptoms are Lupus-like. I am suspicious of one of my medications - Spironolactone - and I'm trying to find out if this can possibly cause petechiae.
Thank you all very much.
Post Edited (meowese) : 7/16/2008 7:21:06 PM (GMT-6)