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  • Posted By: rockexrolloh
  • April 13, 2008
  • 05:30 AM

Hello everyone. My mom has had constant problems for the past year and a half. She has severe joint pain and was thought to first have ankylosing spondylitis then lupus. Those diagnoses went nowhere. Her SED rate was extremely high when it was last checked a few months ago. She still has horrible joint pain but now she is having kidney pain on her left side. She has always had fluid retention in her legs and ankles. Lately, she has been very restless. She can sleep for hours and still be tired. She did a urine test at work and found that there were high amounts of protein and bilirubin in her urine. She has since become anemic and her hair is coming out in clumps. She also urinates quite frequently. She has hypertension as well. Could this be glomerulonephritis? We are at a complete loss. The high SED rate and joint pain leads us to believe it is a disease/disorder involving the bones and joints. However, now with the kidney pain, anemia, and high protein levels, we are so confused! We have yet to find a doctor that will actually take the time to listen and find a diagnosis. I'm really worried about her. Any feedback would be really appreciated. Thanks!

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  • I have been researching glomerulonephritis, because my son has been having complications and one doc thinks this may be a possible diagnosis.Large amounts of protein in the urine definitely sounds like a kidney situation. Also edema (swelling) is another sign. I"m sure the swelling itself could cause pain. www.medicinenet.com and www.mayoclinic.com have good information on health issues.I wish you and your mom the best!
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  • Hi I have focal segmental glomerular scelerosis. I have been on dialysis for 10 years now. I was dianosed with glomerular nephritis when I was 18yrs old. My symptoms were swelling over my entire body, spilling protein in my urine, hypertension.
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