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Board: General Health 07-27-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 111
Posted By ladybud
Re: What is going on with my health/body!!

You need to see your Dr. today if possible to check your finger. If you can't, take a picture of it. You have symptoms suggestive of an autoimmune disorder, such as lupus, with possible...
Board: Fibromyalgia 07-27-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 141
Posted By ladybud
Re: My health won't stop deteriorating suddenly...help!!

I feel much the same as you, but am much older and have lupus and RA. As bad as you are feeling, I would ask your Dr. on Wed. to recheck you for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, mixed connective...
Board: Anemia 07-25-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 111
Posted By ladybud
Re: Could ferritin be low if other tests are ok?

Ferritin measures your stored iron reserves in the liver. It can be low even if your hemoglobin and hematocrit are in the normal range. Since you have a history of anemia and were only treated for 2...
Board: Back Problems 07-25-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 134
Posted By ladybud
Re: Bilateral Foraminal Stenosis Due to Disc Bulges

Exercise that strengthen the back and abdominal muscles (core exercises) can help. The pressure in the disc is increased with prolonged sitting, standing, heavy lifting. I would avoid weight lifting...
Board: Anemia 07-25-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 82
Posted By ladybud
Re: How is the hemaglobin after doing a transfusion though.

After a transfusion the hemoglobin usually goes up about 1 point per unit of blood. This is approximate and can vary depending on gender (increases less in males).
Board: Aneurysm 07-25-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By ladybud
Re: ascending aortic aneurysm and abdominal aortic aneurysm

The usual criteria for surgery is 5 cm at widest width, or over 1/2 cm growth in width over course of a year. The risk of rupture increases from 1% to 10% at 5 cm and 25% at 6 cm. Controlling the...
Board: Menopause 07-25-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 136
Posted By ladybud
Re: How do you know if it's estrogen or progesterone problem

During perimeopause, estrogen declines, ovulation may skip or stop, which lowers progesterone. So typically, both hormones are deficient, especially in the months ovulation doesn't occur. This can...
Board: Lupus 07-20-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By ladybud
Re: Borderline Positive dsDNA

I think a rheum and derm consult would be great. You need those to put all of this together. I would save the biopsy for last if you can't get a diagnosis from the rheum based on symptoms and blood...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 07-20-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By ladybud
Re: Some Very Odd Symptoms ...

It may be that your anemia is causing you to have autonomic reactions during exertion. These are involuntary nervous system reactions that cause sweating, weakness, shortness of breath and make one...
Board: Lupus 07-20-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By ladybud
Re: Borderline Positive dsDNA

Your next set of blood tests will be helpful. The photos of your red arms and chest area are significant and should be shown to your Dr. It is possible a skin biopsy with immunofluorescent studies...
Board: Fibromyalgia 07-20-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 394
Posted By ladybud
Re: Help diagnosing?

I think this is a good list of tests. They cast a wide net over a lot of conditions that could cause your symptoms. They will either provide clues to follow or rule out some conditions that should be...
Board: Cancer: Stomach 07-18-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By ladybud
Re: Scared i have stomach cancer

If you are getting no relief from these meds, you need an endoscopy to see what is happening and possible biopsies. I would also make sure you have had blood tests for pancreatitis which can cause...
Board: Lupus 07-18-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 805
Posted By ladybud
Re: Help!

I think 25 mg Prednisone should be making SOME difference, if it is mostly inflammatory. Have you considered asking for Lyrica or Neurontin, used to treat fibro, to see if that helps? I personally...
Board: Hormone Problems 07-15-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By ladybud
Re: What is going on with my hormones, please help!

Cushings should be tested again, and with high ck levels you should be tested for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, myositis. This would be done by a rheumatology Dr. I think you should be checked...
Board: Lupus 07-15-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By ladybud
Re: Positive ANA + Elevated AST + host of other issues

In addition to what Vee has said, you might ask your rheum for xrays of your worst joints. If erosions are seen, it would confirm RA. Some people have a combination of lupus and RA, unofficially...
Board: Back Problems 07-14-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By ladybud
Re: New issue following XLIF

It is possible the disc at the level above your fusion is giving you trouble. When you fuse 2 vertebrae it puts extra pressure on the disc above. An MRI would be more helpful than an xray to evaluate...
Board: Heart Disorders 07-14-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 135
Posted By ladybud
Re: Echo

The septum is like a wall between the two upper chambers of heart (atrium) and the two lower chambers (ventricles). Some people have defects like small holes in the septum that allow blood to move...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 07-14-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By ladybud
Re: Need serious help with lab results

Your symptoms of dry eyes and mouth suggest possible Sjogren's, and not everyone with it has + blood tests for it (SSA and SSB). The muscle pain, hair loss, fatigue, joint pain could be consistent...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 07-09-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 343
Posted By ladybud
Re: I'm at my wits end

In addition to what Vee has said, a few things that come to mind are that you have seriously high blood pressure for a 23 year old. This has to be monitored frequently, at least daily, to see if it...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 07-08-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Posted By ladybud
Re: When to see a rheumatologist?

In view of your current symptoms, the previous ANAs may be meaningful. Sometimes the ANA is positive long before the symptoms start, and sometimes the symptoms are present long before the ANA turns...
Board: Lupus 07-07-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By ladybud
Re: New with questions

With your homocysteine so high and a + MTHFR mutation, I hope you are on a supplement of B12, folic acid, and B6 to get the homocysteine down. That is a risk factor for atherosclerosis, heart...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 07-07-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,804
Posted By ladybud
Re: Abdominal distention and breathing discomfort

I am glad you have some more information. Most people with fatty liver have no symptoms. Did they find anything else, and is your high BP under control now? High BP can cause fatigue, shortness of...
Board: Anemia 07-07-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,205
Posted By ladybud
Re: Does anemia always have an underlying cause?

Littlej00, You are right, you do not have celiac after all those tests! I do hope there is some explanation found, something not serious and easy to treat would be nice. It sounds like you are in...
Board: Lupus 07-06-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By ladybud
Re: New with questions

Welcome to the boards! Glad you decided to participate. Several of your symptoms fit with lupus or a similar AI disorder. It will be important to try to narrow it down to see which one it is. The sun...
Board: Anemia 07-06-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,205
Posted By ladybud
Re: Does anemia always have an underlying cause?

The definitive test for celiac disease, which causes severe iron deficiency anemia, is a small bowel biopsy done through upper endoscopy. Unless you have had that done, you have not had a complete GI...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-03-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 171
Posted By ladybud
Re: Hydronephrosis, kidney stones, or something else?

More likely to be a kidney stone trying to pass. That can cause hydronephrosis but not necessarily. It could also be an infection, but that normally causes pain with urination, frequency, maybe...
Board: Addison's Disease 07-03-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By ladybud
Re: Sodium alarm bells?

With BP that low you need to be on aldosterone or an equivalent. That will help you retain sodium to a normal level, retain water and restore your BP to safer levels. That is in addition to cortisone...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 07-03-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 194
Posted By ladybud
Re: Iron Weight Gain

There is no reason why iron would cause weight gain other than possible constipation. I suspect the weight gain is from something else unless you have been constipated, and if so, that should correct...
Board: Addison's Disease 07-03-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By ladybud
Re: Sodium alarm bells?

The normal range is 40-220 so yours is high. That means you are losing too much salt through your urine from lack of aldosterone, a hormone from the adrenals. If you have low Bp or low serum sodium,...
Board: Addison's Disease 07-03-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By ladybud
Re: Sodium alarm bells?

Sodium excretion in the urine is sometimes elevated in addisons and they measure that to see if you need mineralcorticoid treatment as well as glucocorticoid meds. Not everyone with Addison disease...
Board: Addison's Disease 07-03-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By ladybud
Re: Sodium alarm bells?

I believe those are the normal ranges to try to be within. There's always over and under numbers. This just happens to be mine (238) although unsure meaning.
Board: General Health 07-02-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By ladybud
Re: undiagnosed illness

I would be suspicious of an autoimmune disease such as lupus or Crohns. crohns usually causes diarrhea but not always
lupus attacks can occur after prolonged sun exposure, and may occur at night.
Board: Addison's Disease 07-02-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By ladybud
Re: Sodium alarm bells?

Addison's usually causes low sodium so high levels might indicate too high a dose of mineralcorticoid. High sodium can occur in diabetes insipidus from water loss and dehydration. What is the...
Board: Hernia 07-02-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By ladybud
Re: What type of doctor?

A general surgeon would be the specialist to fix it if you are looking for it to be repaired.
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 07-02-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By ladybud
Re: RA Dx 2yrs ago still havent taken meds - help?

There are lots of antibodies and other tests that can help in diagnosing lupus: anti-dsDNA, anti-Smith, anti-SSA and SSB, anti-CCP, RF, anti-cardiolipin, anti-RNP, C3 and C4, sed rate, CRP, urine...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 07-01-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By ladybud
Re: is this ok?

I think you definitely should wait until you see your Endo. T3 can be adjusted in tiny increments, like going down from 100mcg to 88 mcg. Best for you and your Dr to pay attention to your...
Board: General Health 07-01-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 737
Posted By ladybud
Re: Numbness/weakness in legs, affecting bladder. Any idea?

It normally takes 4 hr for bladder to get moderately full, and at 8 hrs, it is really full. That is not good for your kidneys. I would ask Dr. about a Foley catheter staying in temporarily, but they...
Board: Lupus 07-01-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 805
Posted By ladybud
Re: Help!

It is odd after showing elevated CRP and inflammation on bone scan that nothing in the anti-inflammatory category seems to help. Perhaps the dose on Prednisone wasn't high enough, and perhaps...
Board: Adrenal Disorders 06-30-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Posted By ladybud
Re: Tumor with symptoms but not showing elevated levels

The Mayo clinic can order tests to be drawn at a local lab near you in Minneapolis, with results sent to the Mayo or the blood tubes sent to the Mayo if they wan their own lab to run the tests.
Board: Adrenal Disorders 06-30-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Posted By ladybud
Re: Tumor with symptoms but not showing elevated levels

The tests done to check for pheo are sometimes not accurate because the hormones can be released excessively in waves, fluctuating between normal and abnormal. That is why symptoms occur in episodes....
Board: Brain & Nervous System Disorders 06-30-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,470
Posted By ladybud
Re: Desperately needing to see a neurologist for dystonia, no luck

It seems you have a problem that is unusual or rare enough that most Drs don't know how to recognize it. Rather than give up and just live with it, how about going to the Mayo Clinic or similar...
Board: General Health 06-30-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 737
Posted By ladybud
Re: Numbness/weakness in legs, affecting bladder. Any idea?

So glad you are getting some tests done and have a D. who believes something is wrong. The nerve conduction study is super important, and should provide evidence at least of a neurological disorder,...
Board: Raynaud's Syndrome 06-30-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By ladybud
Re: Symptoms

Personally, I would go see the rheum and be tested for autoimmune disorders. There are many, and many include Raynaud's. The purple blotchiness on your trunk and extremities may be livedo...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 06-30-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By ladybud
Re: RA Dx 2yrs ago still havent taken meds - help?

I have been on Placquenil for 20 + years, and have had absolutely no problems or side effects from it. I have both RA and lupus, the lupus being diagnosed first. I never knew at the beginning how...
Board: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 06-29-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 148
Posted By ladybud
Re: Implants.. Should they be replaced or removed?

The average onset of autoimmune disease from silicone implants is 7 years, which is quite close to the time of your symptoms. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is one of exclusion, meaning all other...
Board: General Health 06-29-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 737
Posted By ladybud
Re: Numbness/weakness in legs, affecting bladder. Any idea?

I am so sorry you are going through such difficulties, and them thinking it is in your head is because they do not know what is wrong, so that is the default button, unfortunately. Have they done any...
Board: Cancer: Throat 06-28-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By ladybud
Re: Husband just diagonised with throat cancer

Tracey, I am so sorry you and husband are facing such a serious decision and serious illness. The surgical option leaves one without the ability to talk normally, but a couple of options are...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 06-28-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 196
Posted By ladybud
Re: adjusting to new dosage

Hypothyroidism, especially if from Hashimoto's thyroiditis (autoimmune) can worsen over time as the antibodies against the thyroid destroy more of the gland. Usually people notice improvement within....
Board: Anemia 06-28-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By ladybud
Re: Anemia & Walking long distances in the sun

You will definitely feel the effects more, and I would be sure to take a sports drink with you and stay hydrated, otherwise you might get dehydrated and feel dizzy. This will be more pronounced with...
Board: General Health 06-27-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By ladybud
Re: Not sure what to do anymore, please help!

I would be concerned about the possibility of diabetes. Thirst, urinating frequently fatigue and craving sweets are classic signs. You need a blood sugar and hemoglobin a1c done on serum. That may...
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