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luv2ride
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   Posted 8/14/2010 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not been diagnosed with lupus but have been diagnosed with a number of other auto-immune disorders. My question to you is - I have a rash that shows up on my chest (and rarely leaves) which is red, a bit bumpy, and gets itchy when warm or after shower. I've had this for almost 14 years now, and have seen GP, dermatologist, allergy dr, endocrinologist and no one can diagnose it. They shrug it off as contact dermatitis. But.. I've noticed it goes away completely on oral steroids, or using topical steroid cream. Wondered if it could be lupus as I have many of the other symptoms too. But I've never had the butterfly rash on the nose/face, but do have extreme fatigue, body aches, etc... has anyone else experienced this and which kind of dr would I ask to test for lupus? Have read that lupus could be caused by sulfasalazine use and I have used this for UC in the past.
Female
UC diagnosed 15 years ago
Sulfasalazine worked back then. No UC meds for 13 years despite mild symptoms...

2010 - Flare following sigmoidectomy , endometriosis, appendectomy

Currently:
Lialda, probiotics, multivitamin, omega 3, CA/D/Mg
Armour thyroid, Estradiol, Prometrium

Lynnwood
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 8/14/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Many lupus patients are found to be allergic to sulfa and sulfa-based medications. There are a couple of medications that can instigate lupus, but they are heavier medications - more in the chemotherapy categories.

Body aches, fatigue, and mild rashes can be found in many illnesses. As I understand it, they can all be symptoms of UC.

There is no ONE definitive test for lupus; rather it is diagnosed from a collection of symptoms by a rheumatologist. Here are the diagnostic symptoms for lupus.

Cheers,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde

luv2ride
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Date Joined Jul 2010
Total Posts : 463
   Posted 8/14/2010 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. Just my GI doc says he has no idea about the rash, that it's not related to UC.
Female
UC diagnosed 15 years ago
Sulfasalazine worked back then. No UC meds for 13 years despite mild symptoms...

2010 - Flare following sigmoidectomy , endometriosis, appendectomy

Currently:
Lialda, probiotics, multivitamin, omega 3, CA/D/Mg
Armour thyroid, Estradiol, Prometrium
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