As far as I know I don't have lupus, although there's always that question of what my symptoms might lead to. But I do know that I never really had a problem with allergies until my arthritis symptoms started 4.5 years ago. I took sulfa antibiotics my entire life (long history of UTI's); never had a sulfa allergy until I took sulfasalazine for my arthritis. Had mild seasonal allergies that get worse and worse every year--this year's gonna be a doozy. I called Enliven Services once about
my allergies, thinking that the enbrel was making my allergies worse. The nurse told me that enbrel has nothing to do with it. People with AI disease of any kind tend to have lots of allergies. Always wore cheap earrings, necklaces, etc... Nary a problem, but now? My ears do feel better now--I've been two days without earrings, and I put a heating pad on my right ear last night. Now if I could just get my husband to buy me some nice earrings....
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan