Is It Lupus? (By Dr. Grahm Hughes)

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   Posted 8/24/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
The following article can be found at:

Is it Lupus? - The St. Thomas' Hospital "Alternative Criteria"

Post edited to remove the entire quote and refer members directly to the website containing the entire paper.

Post Edited (AlwaysRosie) : 8/24/2007 8:26:15 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Rosie -

Thanks for the information -- good stuff.

I did want to remind everyone of a couple of our Healing Well rules --

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I think you were feeling too well too join us, Rosie, but over the last 8-10 months resources for the web server that hosts Healing Well have become scarce. Several of our services (like 'mark all read') are currently inactivated to conserve resources. The biggest problem, by far, is the space that each post and signature takes up. We have been asked to limit signatures to 10 lines -- and longer articles like these take up space...this is a part of why the site was so slow and bogged down yesterday.

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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Rosie, this is a great article and shows how docs need to look beyond the "textbook" cases of lupus and see all the other symptoms that are there. Reading the article was so interesting because I saw a lot of myself in there. The scary thing is that both of my kids already have some of those symptoms too. My son is already ANA positive with arthritis, but so far my daughter is healthy. She does go through periods of fatigue and growing pains when she is growing and she is also super sensitive to bug bites. I had never heard about the bug bites before, but I'm really sensitive to them too.
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   Posted 8/24/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful article, thank you.  My opinion is that it is right on target.  My daughter (now), and I (when I was a child/teenager) would definitely fit these classifications.  I was really suprised to see this.  It is quite an eye-opener.  Thanks again - Kristin
  Dx:  Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - kidney disease, enlarged heart, MVP/regurg, dementia; GERD; vision loss, narcolepsy, rheumatic arthritis, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, inflam. liver/spleen. Rx:  Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin  Previous-rashes, hemi-pelagic migraine, sensory loss, amnesia, PTSD/Dep., host of neuro problems, pregnancy compl., False pos. syphilis, fine speck & homogen ANA; IgM; staph/strept infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, Hashimoto's, dyspnea, hyper/hypotension, lipedemia, ulcers, pneumonia, anemia, Scleroderma symptoms, vein swelling, etc.  

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   Posted 8/24/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much Lynn . . . . I'm going to edit the post to include the link only. I'll also change it in Lupus Resources. I sure don't want to minimize the efficiency of the board.

Hippi . . . so sorry your son is showing +ANA . . . I hope his "maleness" helps him stay well.

Kristin . . . glad it helped. Dr. Hughes is a world renowned Lupus Dr.

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