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gela
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   Posted 11/1/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
so i went to a dermatologist b/c i have had this weird rash for 2 months that no one seems to know anything about.  he asked me if i had been tested for lupus...i don't think so, so he ordered a ton of labs.  my white count was high, along with my c-reactive proteins. my ANA ( think that's what it's calle), was high which could indicate that i have lupus.
 
anyone else have uc and lupus?  i go have the ANA drawn again in one month.
 
also, what exactly is the c-reative protein tell me?  i know that it is always high when my uc is out of whack, which it has been for 5 months now....
Diagnosed in 1999, hospitalized once.  Not responsive to meds.  Currently on 12 Asacol, , 8 ampules of Gastrocrom, 6 grams Colestid, flagyl, remicade for my UC.  Also have migraines and take B-4, B-2, for the prevention of them.
Deciding whether or not to have surgery at this time.


DeniseW
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   Posted 11/1/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I spoke with this woman at the bookstore about my UC and she had a strange rash over a large part of her body just after getting over something else (I forgot what). Turns out it was some strange rash people are starting to get more and more from the "drug cocktails" we take nowadays. The last drug she took for her condition was just the final straw. I keep waiting to get one and am suprised more of us don't get them from all this crap we take for our UC. It took her forever to get over it too.
Probably totally unrelated, and I don't know anything about lupus, but just want people to be aware. :(
dx 4/05 with pancolitis UC after birth of my second child... meds worked randomly
SCD and vit e enema remission for 18 months and had another drug free baby 10/06
Let flare get out of control and even steroids wouldn't work 7/07 - docs wanted surgery
lialda x4 daily and started remicade 10/26/07
 
 


jujub
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   Posted 11/1/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   

C-reactive protein, or CRP, is a protein found in the blood when there is an acute inflammation of some sort in the body. It isn't indicative of UC or lupus or any other specific disease by itself, only that there is an inflammation somewhere.

The ANA (antinuclear antibody) test looks for specific antibodies that indicate the presence of an auto-immune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, UC or a host of other conditions.

Specific combinations of labs can point to one disease or another, but I don't know all the intricacies of that. There is a test called the LE prep that looks for certain cells that are specific to lupus and a limited number of other autoimmune disorders.

I don't know whether lupus can specifically mimic UC or not, but it does mimic a lot of other diseases. And it's pretty generally accepted that a person who has one autoimmune disorder is more likely to develop others. My private pet (completely unscientific) theory is that I have a disease called autoimmunity, which sometimes chooses to affect my airway and then is called asthma, sometimes chooses to attack my thyroid and is called Graves disease, and now is attacking my colon and being called UC.

Hope this helps, and good luck to you.
Judy
 
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/2/2007 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I sincerely hope you don't have Lupus on top of UC! I get tested frequently for both RA and Lupus and luckily all my tests have come back negative but I asked my doc why do I keep getting tested for these and she replied that having one autoimmune disease opens the "door" for others. So other then getting another ANA done, do you have to go see another specialist?


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gela
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   Posted 11/2/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
i don't have to go see anyone else right now.  i am currently seeing an infectious disease guy b/c of what happened to my skin before i got this other rash,,,they think fungal and am waiting on the cultures to grow.  it can take 8 weeks and i'm on week 5 now from when he took the cultures.  i also had an elevated tsh?  that may not be the right accronym since i don't have my papers with me here at work.  does that sound familiar to anyone?

Diagnosed in 1999, hospitalized once.  Not responsive to meds.  Currently on 12 Asacol, , 8 ampules of Gastrocrom, 6 grams Colestid, flagyl, remicade for my UC.  Also have migraines and take B-4, B-2, for the prevention of them.
Deciding whether or not to have surgery at this time.


dakotagirl
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   Posted 11/2/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
the elevated tsh sounds like the thyroid hormone. when you get your papers, try to google it :)
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