Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system cannot tell the difference between unhealthy and healthy cells.
|Joint pain or swelling||Joint pain or swelling|
|Muscle pain||Muscle pain|
|Red rashes||Red rashes that often occur on the face. These are also called the "butterfly rashes". These rashes are often painless and do not itch.|
|Anemia||Anemia is a deficiency of hemoglobin.|
|disorder details||Frequent bouts of extreme fatigue.|
Hi Jacquie I think you might be right. Wheat based products do tend to make things worse. I once cut all processed food out of my diet for about a month, it was much like the atkins diet, I felt fabulous. I then started to introduce new things starting with wheat.Tto my suprise this made no difference however when I introduced milk I was immediately ill. I saw a specialist who said I was lactose intolerent I now try to avoid lactose which is difficult when you are on so much medication. I still think there is a link to wheat though i'll give it another go and see if it helps. Katrina x
Hi Katrina Something that can cause abdominal pain (especially from when you are young and getting worse as you get older) is an allergy to gluten. i.e. wheat and other "flours" If you have it bad it is called Celiac disease but some people are not allergic just sensitive to it. You can't eat anything with wheat, rye, barley, oats(unless they are marked gluten free) More and more people are discovering that they have a problem with gluten and more places are carrying gluten free products. e.g. rice or bean flour breads, pasta etc. I get a lot at health food stores but regular grocery stores are carrying some things now too. There has a big increase in the last two years. Even many restaurants have gluten free items e.g. pizza & pasta/ I found a book in the library by a young woman who sounded like what you say you are going through. Her book tells how to go about becoming gluten free. It is amazing how many things have wheat in them. e.g. gum, ketchup, popsicles, At my doctor's suggestion, I have gone without gluten for two years now and it has been a big help to me to control my steroid induced diabetes with no medicines. Jacquie
Hi Jacquie I've always been like that since I was a child however it hasn't gone away and is becoming much worse. Not opening my bowels for weeks and then not having any control of my bowels when I have to take copious amounts of laxatives. The abdominal pain is becoming quite unbearable. It may be something else not connected to the lupus so they have agreed to me having a general anaesthetic to investigate. The problem is lupus does tend to get the blame for everything. I'll let you know how I get on. Katrina x
If you have to take prednisone to control the Lupus, how low a dosage will be effective? When taking Hydroxyquine & Methotrexate I had a flare of Lupus which caused me to have Shrinking Lung Syndrome and I lost half the capacity of my lungs. A combination of Prednisone and Immuran have settled everything down but I am having side effects from too much prednisone.
|Lupus Foundation of America||
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus.
Formed in 1987 through the association of Canadian lupus organizations, Lupus Canada was federally registered as a non-profit charity in February 1988 and incorporated in March 1989 with the objectives of encouraging cooperation among the lupus organizations in Canada and promoting public awareness and general education about lupus.
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