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Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 08-27-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 142
Posted By ladybud
Re: PFT on Tuesday, wondering what I have

This certainly could be asthma. Most asthma is not "attacks" but a general short of breath feeling with exertion, dry cough, and a "tight" feeling in chest. It can be very subtle, yet respond...
Board: Lupus 08-27-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 386
Posted By ladybud
Re: Lack of response to prednisone

Not a silly question at all. Lupus may be progressive in some people, and not in others. In other words, it can stay on a fluctuating but stable course over time, or get worse over time. It all...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 08-27-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 201
Posted By ladybud
Re: Hashimotos and ... ?

The presence of anti-thyroid antibodies is the hallmark finding of Hashimoto's. Those antibodies, over time, destroy the thyroid gland from inflammation, and hormone levels become abnormal. It is...
Board: Sjögren's Syndrome 08-27-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 133
Posted By ladybud
Re: Not Yet Diagnosed. Where Do I Start?

Welcome to the boards, Candy. The one thing that strikes me in going over your list of symptoms that they are very widespread for SS. I would suspect you might have an underlying autoimmune disorder...
Board: Lupus 08-27-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 107
Posted By ladybud
Re: SLICC classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus

This is a very good summary of SLE findings. It would be helpful to have this posted as a sticky post at the top of the lupus board, if administrators approve. This is much more comprehensive than...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 08-27-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By ladybud
Re: Cannot get a diagnosis.

Unfortunately, early on in some autoimmune illnesses like lupus, blood tests are negative. They can take months or even years to turn positive after symptoms begin. This leaves everyone very...
Board: Lupus 08-27-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 470
Posted By ladybud
Re: plaquenil causing depression maybe?

Zoe, the anti-CCP is actually a more sensitive test that shows up earlier in the course of RA than RF, so it is always a good test to do when trying to diagnose these conditions. An xray of hip...
Board: Lupus 08-26-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 470
Posted By ladybud
Re: plaquenil causing depression maybe?

Zoe, I am in Colorado, so middle of the western half of US. I have been to a number of rheums over the years, some were good, some awful, but I am with one now that I really like. I have both lupus...
Board: Lupus 08-26-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By ladybud
Re: just diagnosed, really depressed

I agree with Vee that refusing treatment is counterproductive. You are still reeling from the recent diagnosis, which is completely normal, and it will take some time to incorporate this new...
Board: Lupus 08-26-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 144
Posted By ladybud
Re: Not Diagnosed: Blood Tests

Sorry you are going through this. Can you elaborate on what you've been going through for years (any recurrent symptoms and abnormal findings) that has you seeking a diagnosis? Currently, the high...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-25-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 266
Posted By ladybud
Re: Unexplained Tachycardia Events - Help??

I am glad your Dr. visit was helpful and reassuring, and that he is checking you for lupus, which can cause autonomic abnormalities, including heart rate and BP fluctuations. I think your plan going...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 08-25-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By ladybud
Re: Cannot get a diagnosis.

Hello, and welcome to the boards! I hope you find some help and support here. The story you share makes me wonder about a few things. Was your respiratory perhaps Epstein Barr or Cytomegalovirus? ...
Board: Lupus 08-25-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 470
Posted By ladybud
Re: plaquenil causing depression maybe?

Zoe, low lymphocytes are a classic sign of lupus, and I don't think the hematologist will be able to differentiate it from drug induced low lymphocytes. The anti-CCP would be a helpful test to get...
Board: Lupus 08-24-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Posted By ladybud
Re: Positive ANA tests since 2012

Wow you have had a tough time for a long time. Many of your symptoms could fit with lupus or something close in the autoimmune or connective tissue disease family. Here are some suggestions: See if...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-24-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 266
Posted By ladybud
Re: Unexplained Tachycardia Events - Help??

Yes, lupus is an autoimmune disorder, the classic one, occurring in about 1 out of 150 people, women 9X more likely than men to have it. It would require doing some initial blood testing, then more...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-23-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 266
Posted By ladybud
Re: Unexplained Tachycardia Events - Help??

I had forgotten you had an echo that showed a pericardial effusion. That can be another sign of lupus.(pericarditis). The inflammation causes irritability of the heart and is probably related. I...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-23-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 266
Posted By ladybud
Re: Unexplained Tachycardia Events - Help??

Heart block refers to a slowing of the pacing signal through the AV node between the atrium and ventricles of the heart.(1st degree block) In itself, this is not anything to worry about. 2nd degree...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-22-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 266
Posted By ladybud
Re: Unexplained Tachycardia Events - Help??

Your bradycardia (low heart rate at baseline) is likely due to either the Atenolol or possible episodes of second degree heart block, since you have 1st degree block known. This will show up on your...
Board: Lupus 08-22-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 470
Posted By ladybud
Re: plaquenil causing depression maybe?

Hi Zoe, I'll chime in here with a brief comment. I always feel a bit depressed when I have a flare. It may be a direct result of the cytokines (chemicals released from inflammation) or just the...
Board: Lupus 08-22-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By ladybud
Re: Possible SLE case?

In reviewing the beginning of this thread, a few things come to mind. Your chest pain sounds pleuritic, which is pain in chest upon taking a deep breath. It is often stabbing, sharp pain and is...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 08-18-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 817
Posted By ladybud
Re: Bronchiectasis ?

Thanks for asking. I am doing pretty well right now pulmonary wise, taking QVar 2 puffs a day seems to keep my bronchospasm controlled and allows me a little more exertion. Having some localized...
Board: Lupus 08-14-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By ladybud
Re: Do you suffer from these BM issues?

Chronic pancreatitis can be autoimmune, so I would think it is related as long as other causes such as gallstones have been ruled out.
Board: Lupus 08-14-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By ladybud
Re: Do you suffer from these BM issues?

Hi. I think some rheums are using imcd as indeterminate mixed connective tissue disease. Hopefully the boatload of labs will shed some further light on it.
Board: Lupus 08-12-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By ladybud
Re: Diagnosed as "Some Type of Autoimmune"

In addition to what others have said, an ANA titer of 1:320 is considered clinically significant by most rheums, and a CRP of 15 is definitely showing inflammation in your system. He mentioned...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 08-12-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By ladybud
Re: Bloodwork

The 3 positive ANA's, iron deficiency, B12 deficiency can all be present in autoimmune disorders. It would be helpful to know how high (titer) the ANA's are, and what your ferritin level (stored...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 08-10-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By ladybud
Re: Kappa & Lambda

With MGUS or MM, only one light chain is elevated. When both are, more likely is a autoimmune or connective tissue disorder, not necessarily MS, any that cause inflammation. Yours are apparently...
Board: General Health 08-10-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 449
Posted By ladybud
Re: Unusual causes of fluid retention?

I would ask to have your serum proteins checked(blood test). If low, that could result in pitting edema and low blood pressure. They act like water sponges, keeping water in the blood, not the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-07-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 244
Posted By ladybud
Re: 38mm Nodule on Thyroid

Fasting is not required for the anti-thyroid antibodies (anti-TPO and anti-TG) or the hormone levels (TSH, free T4 and free T3). You could be normal, low or high on the hormone levels. A chest xray...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-07-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 244
Posted By ladybud
Re: 38mm Nodule on Thyroid

When you say you are bringing up blood, are you vomiting or coughing it up? That is serious and needs looked into. Your urine should be checked for blood as well, and if positive, a CT scan done of...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-07-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 244
Posted By ladybud
Re: 38mm Nodule on Thyroid

The nodule you have is large and in my opinion, should be biopsied. Then the question will be, what to do to relieve your symptoms. You definitely need to have thyroid antibody and hormone levels...
Board: Fibromyalgia 08-07-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By ladybud
Re: Upper arm, shoulder, neck and upper back pain HELP!

I agree it is unlikely to be myositis, BUT, in mild myositis, the CK can fluctuate between elevated and normal. I think it is worth repeating the CK and getting an aldolase checked when you are in a...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 08-07-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 620
Posted By ladybud
Re: Totally lost.

Sorry you didn't get more answers, but treating the symptoms may at least help you feel better. I suppose you will have a follow-up appointment with the rheum to complete that process and get more...
Board: Lupus 08-03-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 386
Posted By ladybud
Re: Lack of response to prednisone

Welcome to the boards! I think lupus is a possibility to consider and should be kept on the radar. Joint pain, fatigue and particularly photosensitivity can be symptoms. It would be interesting to...
Board: Lupus 08-02-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By ladybud
Re: Positive ANA- Looking for answers

Welcome to the boards. It COULD be lupus, but could be RA even with a negative blood test or another disorder in the same category. Interesting, lupus can cause meningitis, but is aseptic meningitis...
Board: Headaches & Migraines 07-30-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 231
Posted By ladybud
Re: Consistent tension headaches for 7 months

The cause of tension headaches is muscular tension/spasm in the back of neck. Once it starts, it can be hard to stop. I would ask the neurologist about trying a muscle relaxant, one that is not...
Board: Cancer: Colon 07-30-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By ladybud
Re: 44-yr old male worried sick

The short answer is yes, BUT, diverticular disease affects the left side of colon MUCH more commonly and causes pain/discomfort. Cancer in the colon usually causes changes in bowel habits, like...
Board: Arthritis 07-29-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 703
Posted By ladybud
Re: What do these symptoms sound like? RA, OA, Lupus?

Yes it makes sense to feel relieved at normal results but disappointed at no answers to what is ailing you. Many of us have experienced this same frustration, so you are not alone. The CCP test is...
Board: Arthritis 07-29-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 703
Posted By ladybud
Re: What do these symptoms sound like? RA, OA, Lupus?

I can tell you that up to 40% of people with RA have negative RF test results. Other tests that are helpful are anti-CCP, sometimes positive earlier in RA disease, and xrays or MRI of affected...
Board: Lupus 07-28-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 232
Posted By ladybud
Re: Lupus

Welcome to the boards. You might find the sticky posts at the top of the lupus board helpful. It generally requires 4 or more of the criteria for classification to be diagnosed with lupus. It sounds...
Board: General Health 07-27-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 189
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: 8
Views: 509
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: 241
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: 217
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: 123
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: 4
Views: 531
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: 346
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: 375
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: 323
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: 375
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: 31
Views: 1,133
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...
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