I see that you posted back in 2008 about
having vertigo - at the time you were wondering if it was a reaction to Plaquenil.
What did it turn out to be in 2008? Was it treated with anything? Are you still taking Plaquenil or other medications?
Going on just the info you presented above, my guess would be that you have an ear infection or other ear issue. That is generally the case when I have vertigo. (However, I also had 3 months of vertigo that was related to my Lupus.)
Unless other things are ruled out, I would certainly not go straight to Lupus. Remember, Lupus is diagnosed by having 4 of 11 symptoms - which I don't think you have. There is not a simple test for Lupus, it's a complicated disease.
Typically, four or more of the following criteria must be present to make a diagnosis of systemic lupus.
The “Eleven Criteria”
1. Malar rash: butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
2. Discoid (skin) rash: raised red patches
3. Photosensitivity: skin rash as result of unusual reaction to sunlight
4. Mouth or nose ulcers: usually painless
5. Arthritis (nonerosive) in two or more joints, along with tenderness, swelling, or effusion. With nonerosive arthritis, the bones around joints don’t get destroyed.
6. Cardio-pulmonary involvement: inflammation of the lining around the heart (pericarditis) and/or lungs (pleuritis)
7. Neurologic disorder: seizures and/or psychosis
8. Renal (kidney) disorder: excessive protein in the urine, or cellular casts in the urine
9. Hematologic (blood) disorder: hemolytic anemia, low white blood cell count, or low platelet count
10. Immunologic disorder: antibodies to double stranded DNA, antibodies to Sm, or antibodies to cardiolipin
11. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA): a positive test in the absence of drugs known to induce it.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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