Re: PLEASE HELP ME. High protein in urine
Hi, csaved. I'm very sorry to read about your mother & about your own health problems. I'll try to say a few things about lupus in plain language, then, hopefully, others here will add more soon.
Lupus is an immune system disorder in which the immune system is overactive but aberrant: it mistakenly produces antibodies that damage your own body. It ranges from mild to severe. It affects, depending on the patient, anything from a narrow to wide range: skin, joints, blood, kidneys, central nervous system, heart, lungs, joints, ETC.---or just "constitutional" problems (fatigue, etc.)
There are three useful "sticky posts" at the top of the thread list. One includes the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria. A person must meet at least 4 of the 11, but not necessarily all at once, to be diagnosed with *systemic* lupus. Also listed are common symptoms.
(An aside: The two autoantibodies on the criteria list, anti-ds-DNA & anti-Sm, are NOT the only ones seen in lupus. There are actually as many as 16 or more. The two listed, however, are considered so specific for lupus that they made the list.
(Another aside: The criteria in the "sticky" apply to SYSTEMIC lupus. There are also other, typically lesser, "subsets" in which a patient meets fewer than 4 of the criteria.)
Another "sticky" describes antiphospholipid syndrome, a clotting disorder that is common in lupus patients but may also exist standalone.
One "sticky" includes what its world-famous author calls "alternative criteria": problems commonly seen in lupus that aren't included in the formal criteria.
Finally, somewhere in the "test results" sticky you'll see tests usually performed if lupus is a possibility. There's a separate resource cited.
After you read the "stickies", I hope you post more! Also---are you being treated for your diabetes? By an endocrinologist? Is it considered under control? Bye for now, with best wishes, Vee