Posted 7/1/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -6)
Proteinuria actually filters out protein from your blood.  Protein molecules are larger and normally not filtered out into urine.  One telltale sign of it is "frothy or bubbly" urine.
 
 
Anybody with lupus should see a nephrologist and have your kidneys checked out.  Too many people wait and then find out they have damage to them.  Better safe than not.
 
Cardiovascular conditions can cause swelling as well. 
 
Bill
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Posted 7/2/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -6)
Thank you all for your responses! I actually did get qn 80 mg shot of prednisone two weeks ago for a flare, so maybe that is the culprit. The ankles seem somewhat better, today, but I will definitely call the doctor if they get worse, again.
Thank you, again,
Fran
Take care,
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Posted 7/2/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -6)
I would not assume that prednisone is the culprit.  The swelling from it is actually redepositing fat, not edema.  There is usually some other mechanism that causes edema.  The redistribution of fat by pred takes some months in most cases.  It took about 9-10 months to be noticeable on me and now has returned to normal.
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
 
Meds: prednisone (7mg & tapering), 100mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
 
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
 
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."  Helen Keller
 
 

Posted 7/2/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -6)
When I first saw your post, I was thinking about swelling due to proteinura also. I agree with Bill about checking it out just to make sure. I would definitely call your rheumy and let him/her know that you are concerned. Hope everything turns out okay.

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