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   Posted 2/17/2011 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Has Anyone had Vitaligo that is white patches on skin that decreases the melonin (skin color) just wondering if this is a part or pre sign of Lupus as i got this in my early teens was treated by dermatologist cause unknown at that time i ended up going from a dark complexion to very pale skin , and now looking at connecting the pieces

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   Posted 2/18/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Not sure if this is a coincidence, but I also have those white spots( only a few on my fingers now:) since I was 7 yrs old. I had my thyroid removed that same year that the 'spots' came out. The Endocrinologist said he didn't think it was related to my thyroid, but I wasn't so convinced ;o Since then, I am now 38, and I was recently dx with MPGN TYPE1 (kidney disease), Lupus, and Sjogrens. Now I too, wonder if it's all related...hmmmmm :O
Are your white patches all over? Mine seem to be just around the joint areas. Do you have any kidney or thyroid problems too ?!

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   Posted 2/18/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi They started about 10yrs old on Tummy then under arm,when i got some on hands & face i unfortunatly at about 18 yrs old went to dermatologist who decided to try some pills take them then go in sun unbeknown to me they were removing what was left of my melonin ended up all spots joined up into one now im white with exeption of one dark patch on back and a few freckle looking spots here and there people think the dark is a spot untill i say No that used to be me. and yes i have renal inpairment, intresting if there is a connection !
Rhumatoid Arthritis 17Yrs.(that is Diagnosed-but had symptoms since teenage) Lupus, Asthma,Osteoperosis,Cervical Spondalosos,Degenerative Disc Disese,back bisc colapses,Diabetes,Heart svt etc ,etc.
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   Posted 3/1/2011 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had vitiligo and some hyperpigmented spots for a while and even participated in a study of it.  My dermatologist claims it is an autoimmune skin condition, while other docs have had differing points of view. From my own experience, there seems to be two patterns the vitiligo can form in--motheaten patches possibly with darker spots nearby or big wide white pigmentless and sometimes hairless patches.  People I have known with the big solid patches often posted that they benefitted from vitiligo treatments to repigment, while I, having the motheaten sort of lots of smaller white spots with some dark spots, did not.
A good friend developed vitiligo on his face and it was due to a pinched nerve in his neck, he underwent neck surgery and spontaneously got better. I saw him before the vit, before the surgery, and after. I got back surgery on my lumbar spine and both  my legs repigmented some, so I think in my case there was a circulatory or nerve part to it. But that may not be true because my hypothyroidism went away at the same time, so it may have been due to endocrine.
I have it on the joints of my hands and wrists, where I have arthritis, and under my arms, behind my knees, etc. and my lymph nodes in these areas often swell or are disfunctional by now.
My Mayo hepatologists remarked that they felt I had the vitiligo characteristic of adrenal disease, esp. with the dark patches, dark spots are not vitiligo. They felt my adrenals where harmed by TB and they treated me for latent TB. Its possible that contributed to the improvement in my thyroid. 
I can say that I have scleroderma changes on my forearms, psoriatic arthritis in my elbows and knees, rheumatoid changes in my fingers.  I guess that's mixed connective tissue disease.  I also have liver problems, which can affect not just the metabolism of things you eat or drink, but stuff inside you too I imagine, like hormones.
Hair dye is really bad for it. I use an herbal hair color since alot of my hair is white from vit and disease and raising kids!
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