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jesse boy
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  Want to know if any one has information on drugs use and lupus.My friend found out she has lupus 8months ago she is a heavy crack smoker wont do treatment also has infections in blood big sores on her hands has had staph a couple of times she is all bones.How long can she live like this before it kills her.She believes people are trying to posion her set her up for murder I want to help her and dont know how. Thanks

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   Posted 4/6/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jesse,
No, that's good. Not only for those with Lupus, but anyone... Best thing you can do for her is tell her you love her and you're worried about her.  That you wish she'd get the help she needs.  There isn't much you can do for someone who isn't thinking straight.  Certainly her use won't be helping the Lupus at all. It might get to the point that she's so sick she'll have to be taken by ambulance to a hospital. Probably the best thing for her too.  She'll get treatment for everything.
You're a good friend by asking questions.  All my best,
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   Posted 4/6/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jesse,

Welcome to the forum. Ginny is right . . . your friend is lucky to have someone like you helping her.

Deep inside, she probably knows she'll need to give up her recreational drugs to go on prescription meds (and she will). She has to work this out in her head and you can do is encourage her to trust the doctors. Right now it might be hard to determine what damage has been caused by her lifestyle and what is attributable to lupus.

BUT . . . I would ask the doctor is this could be "drug induced lupus". There are some known prescription drugs that 'can' cause temporary or permanent lupus. So, if there is a possibility that her drug use is causing this, maybe there is hope that the lupus would disappear if she stopped the use of the offending drugs. I don't want to give you false hope as this is a real long-shot . . .but a legitimate question to ask the doctor.

Keep us posted!


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   Posted 4/6/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to say I was deeply saddened by your friends situation. I will pray for her and also for you to have wisdom in dealing with her and encouraging her. She's blessed to have you. Judy

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   Posted 4/8/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jesse. It sounds like she needs treatment for her addiction as well as psychiatric help. I googled meth addiction treatment and found this non-profit organization:

Their phone # 1-800-993-3869   I worked with addicts who have HIV. Your friend trusts you, so I suggest you call this agency or some other non-profit agency as soon as possible. (Links that are for non-profits end in .org) They should be able to give you some good advice. You're a great friend. Love, Butterflake 



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   Posted 4/9/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
goodness... I hope she will get the help she needs...
I was thinking what rosie posted... drug induced....

jesse boy
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   Posted 4/11/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your prayers and support.I know there's probably not much i can do for her she has been using crack for 10 years and her mind is pretty much gone thinks the government and police are setting her up for murder.I'm scared she will be dead by the end of the year.She is already having so many symptoms of lupus lungs,kidneys,rashes,joints the list goes on and on she was in hospital for 3months about 8 months ago she did one round of chemo but then stopped because she thinks they are trying to kill her.So from what I know about lupus which isn't alot if she keeps down this road she could be gone soon? I pray that I'm wrong but I'm lost.Thanks again for listening Jesseboy.

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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Jesse.. It's ashame that she can't see how much you care about her, and the help she really needs. I don"t want to be mean but you can only do so much, she has to help her self but it does sound like she won't be around to much longer if she don't quit what she is doing. Best of Luck to you and your friend. Praying for both of you!!!!!
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