Lupus and MS-like symptoms?

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   Posted 12/22/2013 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I posted a while ago, still no answers, getting worse. It started with a headache that never went away, and things just went downhill from there. For 3 months now I've been dealing with a headache, numbness/tingling, left side weakness, slurred speech and balance issues, complete inability to concentrate, memory loss, digestive issues, lack of appetite, some joint pain, and increasing troubles with swallowing.

I'm under the care of a neurologist right now who feels it is very likely MS - I'm getting an MRI in January to confirm/deny. I did some research of my own and advocated for myself by pushing to have more blood work done on stuff that my doctor wasn't going to consider, and it has steered us in a different direction from MS - lupus.

In my latest blood work my ANA and my scl-70 came back positive, my urea is low, my lymphocytes are low. When this all started I had blood work done and found that I am also anemic and have hypothyroidism. My doc thinks that this is very suggestive of lupus, so she is sending me to a rheumatologist to confirm.

I don't know much about lupus at all - I guess I'm just posting to see if anyone has had a similar experience to mine in terms of symptoms or blood work? As far as I know, lupus can't be diagnosed by blood results alone, which is why I am seeing the rheumatologist, but it seems like it's a possibility now.

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   Posted 12/22/2013 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have some of those symptoms mostly balance, joint pain, concentration, and memory loss. Also I'm UV sensitive.
You never know what lupus will mess with.
I was diagnosed with symptoms and blood work.
Have you tried covering up from the sun and fluorescent lights? If you are UV sensitive it can make you feel worse.
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

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   Posted 12/22/2013 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard the story of a woman who had lupus that got help from Reliv. her story is genuine. I do snot sell it. I take it and know people who do. Met a woman who got a lot of help w her MS.

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 12/23/2013 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Lupus and MS can have a lot of symptoms alike. Having a Rheumy look at you and see if lupus is the problem is a good idea. Have you checked out the 11 symptoms of lupus? You must have 4 out of 11 to get a DX of lupus.

Lupus isn't DX'd on blood work, there isn't a blood test that proves or disproves lupus. It's actually a combination of symptoms and blood work. There are people who have positive ANA's and do not have lupus at all. There are lupus patients who have negative ANA's too.

Some of your symptoms do go along with lupus, but a lot of them really do sound like MS symptoms. Either way neither one of the diseases is fun to have. I hope that your Dr can figure things out quickly for you and start treatment ASAP.

I truly believe that getting the treatment started is what really helps a patient. Getting the disease process under control is really important. If you have anymore questions, please ask away. Take care and Merry Christmas.

DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.
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