Lupus & Gallstones

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   Posted 1/5/2017 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
in 2002 i was told i had lupus polymyositis/scleroderma overlap and Ra. my scleroderma is (morphea) i have it head to toe. I have two drs one was for the lupus, scleroderma. one was a family dr. i wasn't on any medicines for them.. i was at my family dr i brought up lupus. she said who told u that u had lupus. i have seen her for years and i know i have told her. that truly upsets me. then my rheumatologist said I have no symptoms of lupus. well i took him medical file showing him what it said. he ordered lab work it came back saying i had lupus. he still says he thinks i dont have it. the last 4 months i was under alot of stress and i had a surgery. then i started getting bad neckache and bad headaches. I tried to get into the dr. but i had to wait to get in . i was lashing out, mood swings, i have bad brain fog. I became so depressed that i cried a hour for no reason. it truly scared me. finally got into the dr she gave me lithium 150mg twice a day and lamotrigine 25mg. 3 weeks on them and I feel so much better. (stable) my right side started hurting for 3 or 4 days. I ended up going to the Er. I found out i have gallstones. so now i have to have surgery. well i have stomach pain and lower back pain. i think both are from the gallstones. xray i had done 2002 said i had loss of normal cervical lordosis in my neck. i have had a neck pain for 4 month Everyday & headaches. (still in pain) i had pain that shot down my arm to my fingers. shoulder pain. my rheumatologist is sending me to physical therapy. my family dr seen the xrays and says something is moving in my neck. she wants a MRI but now she has to wait until after the physical therapy. has anyone else tested postive for lupus and has no symptoms? can lupus or the inflammation hurt my gallbladder. i just find it weird that it happens when i have been in so much pain the last 4 months

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Post Edited By Moderator (Lynnwood) : 1/10/2017 12:17:53 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/10/2017 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Lab work doesn't really finalize a Lupus diagnosis. Typically, four or more of the following criteria must be present to make a diagnosis of systemic lupus.

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.

Lupus can attack ANYTHING in the body, including the gallbladder. Whether that would include gallstones or not I have no idea, but I do know several of us have had our gallbladders removed since being diagnosed with Lupus.

I hope you are feeling better now.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
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