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   Posted 10/23/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with lupus about five years ago. I have had diabetes for 20 years. The arthritis was diagnosed 4 years ago. Like everyone else I have had good and bad days. I have been married 20 years and I have 8 children. I am very sick right now. All the kids got the flu about three weeks ago. Of course I got it too. A week later they are all back in school and I have had six trips to the emergency room and six visits to the doctors. i have started keeping all the meds in a cardboard box. I am finally coming to the end of this crazy thing and then my heart and lungs start acting up. Pleurisy ! Can anyone tell me how long this last. Is it normal with lupus. All my doctors did was give more meds. Pleasee pray for me and give me any information you may have. iT HURTS SO MUCH TO BREATH.

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   Posted 10/23/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh flymom, I feel for you!! I'm so sorry that you're dealing with such pain! Yes, unfortunately pleurisy is one of those things that seems to go with lupus. I think the duration can vary, depends on how bad the infection/inflammation is. Are you on an antibiotic? Or did the doctor say it's a viral infection?

Anti-inflammatories such as Motrin or similar OTC meds can help with the pain. Of course your doctor may give you something stronger.

I'll definitely be praying for you!!
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   Posted 10/30/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Flymom!!! I sure am sorry you are going through all this...Yes Pluerisy is very commong with lupus and they usually treat it with prednisone. I have had it 3 times in the last two years and everytime they give me a IV of prednisone for it...I can feel it start to help within a few hours. The longest time I have felt pain is about a week but after a day on increased pred it becomes bearable! I sure hope you are feeling better!!!



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   Posted 10/30/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Flymom, I am sorry you are having a tough time. Hang in there, you will be in my prayers!
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

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   Posted 10/30/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Flymom... I hope you are better... I had the pluerisy (sp)... but only once and it lasted over 6 wks.. at the time, I didn't know what was going on... I just toughed it out.... sorry you have had so much sickness and I hope your family is better too...

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   Posted 10/31/2009 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi flymom, I see you havn't posted since the first request. I hope you were able to find your way back here. Somtimes we just really need to know we aren't alone. I have spent many a day laying on my bed with a heating pad on my chest. 8 kids. wow awesome.

praying for you a family. Please let us know how you are doing.

hugs carol

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