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Wondering if symptoms are at all consistent with Lupus or something else?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 24, 2008
  • 08:49 PM

Hi everybuddy, my names Nicolette and I'm 20 years old...

I'm not sure at all what's going on with my body, but I've just got the feeling something isn't quite right and I can't help but wonder if all the issues I've got are related...

I've had Raynaud's phenomenon in my hands and feet for as long as I can remember, and I do notice somewhat frequent "canker sores" in my mouth. I've never had a butterfly rash or severe photo sensitivity though. I do have some early signs of arthritis, particularly my fingers have been slowly getting kind of crooked, particularly finger tips on my middle fingers are just becoming crooked and bent outward at the knuckle..the joints feel stiff and sometimes quite achey, especially first thing in the morning. it seems completely absurd for such a thing to happen to somebody my age =(

Over the past year, I've been in and out of my pediatrician (time for a regular doctor i think!) and the emergency room about 5 times with flank/abdominal pain. I was told by my pediatrician that the pain was probably a kidney stone, and was treated with antibiotics a few times, despite not having had a urinalysis for infection and not having found any visible stones in my urine...the pain flared up again about 5 months later and resulted in an ER visit where a catscan and an ultra sound showed "hydronephrosis" of one side, basically an enlarged swollen kidney with no visible obstructions (IE stone, tumor, cyst). I returned to the urologist for a follow up this week where they performed a renal scan with radio active dye to see if any of the valves were collapsed and would require a stint...but the "plumbing" seems to be okay, with no visible problems there...the hydronephrosis or swelling seems to come and go with no real explaination, and is helped a lot by anti inflammatories like motrin.

I'm not sure what they tested me for in the ER, they did take blood and urine samples but only told me that I didn't have any definitive signs of bacteria to point to a bladder or UT infection....I'm not sure if my blood counts were off at all, they didn't really tell me much about the labs. I wish I had questioned them a bit more about it, but I was so exhausted and miserable that I just didn't know what to ask.

I guess what I'm wondering is if my symptoms are remarkable enough to be consistent with Lupus? I'm puzzled because part of me feels like if it was a possibility, my doctor would have let me know and persued some tests? I guess I just feel a bit dumb self diagnosing, but I can't help but feel that it just isn't normal to have kidney problems, Raynauds and joint pain at 20 years old! I'm not overweight, I don't drink, smoke or do drugs, and I am honestly not one to complain about minor aches and pains, I just feel totally confused by my body right now!

Any input/suggestions/enlightenment on the subject would be very very appreciated.
Thanks all! xo

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  • Hello Nicolette... is response to your question, yes it could be possible that you have lupus. My symptoms begin in my early twenties {childbearing age} but I wasn't corrected diagnosed with lupus and Raynaud's phenomenon until almost 20 years later {I'm now 45 years old} Lupus can go into remission and not everyone has the same symptoms. I would suggest you speak with your physician and have him/her give you an ANA test. This test will test the antibodies in your blood and it's the only test that can identify wheather you have Lupus or not. Good luck...if you have any other question just hit me up at my email address monicamc225@msn.com
    Girlies225 2 Replies
    • December 24, 2008
    • 11:30 PM
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  • Common Symptoms of LupusPainful or swollen joints and muscle painUnexplained feverRed rashes, most commonly on the faceChest pain upon deep breathingUnusual loss of hairPale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud's phenomenon)Sensitivity to the sunSwelling (edema) in legs or around eyesMouth ulcersSwollen glandsExtreme fatigueSymptoms of lupus can range from mild to severe and may come and go over time. Other symptoms of lupus include chest pain, hair loss, anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), mouth ulcers, and pale or purple fingers and toes from cold and stress. Some people also experience headaches, dizziness, depression, confusion, or seizures. New symptoms may continue to appear years after the initial diagnosis, and different symptoms can occur at different times.
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    • December 25, 2008
    • 10:47 PM
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