New to the forum....I'm 23 and i have lupus sle... Swalen knee!! Did anyone go thrue this????

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/16/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 23 and had a miscarriage this past march at 11 weeks.... The doctors cant tell if it was because of my lupus... Since the miscarriage my knees became inflamated and very painfull... but my right knee is not doing well.... It has fluid around it and it doesnt go away Its been like this for almoust 6 months.....Its hard for me to bend my knee it feels like its going to explode! Has anyone had this problem?
Thank you

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
It is common for lupus to attack your joints and many, if not most, of us have that to some extent.  In my case lupus hit all my joints but once it was under control I have only had sporadic problems and at my age it would be difficult to tell if it is now just osteoarthritis or lupus.
Lupus also can attack your kidneys and cause edema typically in your feet, ankles, and legs.  I also had that and had edema in my arms, hands, wrists as well.  Gained as much as 20 lbs of water weight until the doctors treated the kidney condition which is called proteinuria.  I looked like the proverbial Michelin man...very round and swollen.  When you have that much swelling in your joints they are difficult to bend. 
How are you being treated for lupus?  Have you seen a kidney specialist (nephrologist) to make sure your kidneys aren't involved?  If they are he will treat them and your swelling should go away.
See your doctor soon.
MCTD (lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis).  Diagnosed 2005.  Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, Barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005.  Recovered and now active in skiing, tai, chi, hiking, golf.  Meds: prednisone 2.5mg, imuran 25mg, amlodipine, benazapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide and various supplements and vitamins.
Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and thank you for responding... Im on 10mg of prednisone 200 mg of inmuran and 400mg of plaquanil......and no i havent seen the kidney doctor....I have a dr. appt tomorrow im going to bring it up to her. I dont think is my kidney since the swealing its in just one knee.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/16/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you are seeing your doctor tomorrow - she should be able to figure out what is going on with your knee and also run some tests to see if maybe you are in a bad flare up. I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage. I had one too a while before I got sick. It seems like I read about a lot of women with lupus who have miscarriages. It's a horrible thing to go through.

I'm glad you found the forum. There are lots of friendly and supportive people here.
dx: UCTD (lupus), sjogrens, reynauds,
meds: prednisone, plaquenil, methotrexate, tramadol, neurontin,
doxepin, folic acid   

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