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Can lupus cause excruciating knee pain?

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  • Posted By: knoxmom
  • August 30, 2008
  • 06:44 PM

My 13 yr old son is still undergoing testing for a diagnosis. The drs think he may possibly have a Rheumatological disease (Lupus, Stills, etc). He may be having a "flare up" presently. He came down with a virus and 2 days later his knees began to hurt. They have been hurting so severely now for a week he hasn't been able to walk on them. Can Lupus or any other Rheum. disease cause this?

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  • I am so sorry to hear about your son. Lupus is not a fun disease. My thought is that he might have fibromyalgia. It seems like most of us who have Lupus also have fibro. All they do is give you meds to help with the symptoms. I would definately have your son checked by a rheumatologist. Mine is willing to check out any pain that I tell him about. I have had knee pain but I am a lot older than your son. I will need a knee replacement it just will be put off until I can't go anymore. Fibro brings pain all over your body & it can change all of the time. Good Luck!
    kookaburra2 1 Replies
    • September 9, 2008
    • 11:55 PM
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  • Yes he could have pain in his knees if he has Lupus but it is managerable with the right medication. I have Systemic Lupus which affects all my body functions, I've had it every since 96. I use to get fluid in my knees and elbows which would cause a lot of pain and I would have to get cortisone shots to drain it and take prednisone for the inflammation, I could not bend my knee or elbows at time and yes steroids can make you feel weak at times but then again your flare or being out of remission goes away.Stress is my biggest problem when it comes to FLARE-UPS OR BEING OUT-OF-REMMISSION. It's rough but I deal with it from day to day different because it a unpredictiable disease but don't worry yourself until all the tests are in and you know exactly what it is. It is hard to diagnose because it can look like syphillis and it was even harder for me back then because I had Double-Pneumonia at the same time which weaken my immune systen even more. If your son does have it, he still could have a normal life and do the same activities just he will not be able all the time to push hisself like he use too in any activity and it depends on also which form of Lupus he has, SLE which I have, messes with all your systems in your body but at different degrees with each person. There is discoid Lupus which goes away when you stop using certain drugs and there is neonatal Lupus which occurs or can happen when a pregnant woman who already has Lupus has a child, not to say women can't have children but with any thing you have to be extra careful. Right now I'm having chest pains off and on and my doctor has scheduled me for a EKG and X-rays.
    HILLQUEEN 2 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 03:15 AM
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  • This sounds like classic Lyme to me. It is almost textbook!!! Please research and find a Lyme literate doc and get the proper testing for Lyme. It is hard to diagnose correctly. I would just rule this out. I suggest getting acupuncture treatments so he can get relief from his pain. Acupuncture works! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 04:00 AM
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  • My 13 yr old son is still undergoing testing for a diagnosis. The drs think he may possibly have a Rheumatological disease (Lupus, Stills, etc). He may be having a "flare up" presently. He came down with a virus and 2 days later his knees began to hurt. They have been hurting so severely now for a week he hasn't been able to walk on them. Can Lupus or any other Rheum. disease cause this? Knoxmom... I know this was a few years ago, but did you determine the cause of your son's pain. My 8 year old has the same symptoms you mentioned above. He woke up with severe knee pain and could not put weight on it. He ended up with pain in both his knees. They first thought it was strep knee. Afer a couple weeks they put him on an antibiotic and he improved. A year later (last week) the knee pain came back (overnight). He woke up and could not move. He tested negative for strep. There is not swelling. We treated him with an antibiotic again and he improved back to normal. However, we are very concerned that we don't know what's causing this and we really want to determine the cause to ensure we're taking proactive steps to prevent this from coming back. Appreciate any info you have or any info anyone on the site can provide. Thank you,
    DadfromMaine 2 Replies Flag this Response
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