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tropical dreams
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 4/27/2014 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I have MS, FIBRO, RA and COPD. This last month I have noticed a red rash on my face; I didn't think too much of it until I saw it was so red and like a butterfly. So of curse I am thinking Lupus. When I was thinking back have had some really bad rashes on my upper arms, back, legs. Headaches which I have had for years. MS and RA mimic so many other things that is why I never thought that I might have Lupus. I have had major issues with hand and feet pain plus swelling that I believed was due to RA. I am on Plaquenil and that has helped.

What do you all think? Is it really possible with everything else I have? I plan on calling my Rheumy to discuss this but I wanted to throw it out here first.


Barbara Lee
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   Posted 4/27/2014 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the lupus forum, I'm sorry that you need to drop by though. You have a lot going on between everything you already have.

As you know AI diseases are so hard to DX. Is it possible that you may have lupus, maybe. Have you looked at the requirements to be DX'd with lupus are? You must have 4 of the 11 symptoms.

The MS, RA, Fibro, and Lupus all seem so alike it's hard to sort them out. It took my Dr's 13 years before they said yes it's Lupus. I truly believe that all the time I went untreated has affected where I'm at now.

I hope that you can see your Rheumy quickly and they will be able to answer your questions. I pray it's NOT Lupus, you have plenty to cope with. If you have any other ?'s please ask. Good luck and take care.

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.

tropical dreams
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   Posted 4/28/2014 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
TY Barbara I appreciate your post. :-)

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   Posted 4/28/2014 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Carla, please let us know what your rheumy has to say.

Take care!
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers

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   Posted 4/30/2014 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Having had lupus for 20 years and taking cortisone tablets, have decided to give those a miss and stick to just the anti-malaria tablets. Been reading other sufferers comments and thinking of acupuncture and herbal. Just wish this redness on cheeks and chin would subside.
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