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Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 11-20-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 168
Posted By ladybud
Re: Increased absolute monocytes?

Pookie, monocyte levels like his are just borderline and likely insignificant if he is healthy and has no symptoms of illness. These levels are not nearly high enough to worry about leukemia. It's...
Board: Lupus 11-20-2017, 12:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 100
Posted By ladybud
Re: Clogged ears, speech difficulties and swallowing issues - new Lupus diagnosis

Hi Jamielynn. Since lupus is such a complex disease that affects many different systems of the body, I would highly recommend you get a good book that explains the illness and the many symptoms that...
Board: Lupus 11-13-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 135
Posted By ladybud
Re: Finally getting a diagnosis

Kooze, since you are just getting diagnosed and have not started any treatment, it's normal to feel frightened and just want to escape the reality of having a chronic illness. Unfortunately it will...
Board: Arthritis 11-12-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By ladybud
Re: Does this sound like arthritis?

Yes, your symptoms sound like arthritis and at your age, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus would be two major conditions to consider and be tested for. I would ask specifically about that if...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 11-12-2017, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 169
Posted By ladybud
Re: I need finding a rheumatologist, please

Unfortunately the symptoms of autoimmune diseases can precede the labs showing evidence of something by months or years. It took my ANA ten years after my symptoms started to turn positive and then...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 11-07-2017, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By ladybud
Re: Genetic Testing

As for the second mutation, her immunoglobulin levels (all of them, IGG, IGM, IGA, IGE) should be measured in serum and if her IGA or others are low, she can be treated with immune globulins IV,...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 11-06-2017, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By ladybud
Re: Genetic Testing

Hi Daniell, these are very rare genetic mutations that cause disease symptoms consistent with your daughters symptoms. The two mutations are very complex in their effect on the immune system. In the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-06-2017, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,143
Posted By ladybud
Re: Goiter? Hashitmots Suffere. Please Help

Hashimoto disease (autoimmune thyroiditis) causes inflammation and slow destruction of the thyroid gland. The inflammation causes swelling and enlargement of the gland, which causes the abnormal...
Board: Hepatitis 11-03-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 185
Posted By ladybud
Re: Quick question about Labs and a Liver Biopsy

I am wondering why a liver biopsy was recommended for you. Were your liver enzymes elevated? I would not be overly concerned about the antibody result unless you've had higher levels in past or have...
Board: Lupus 11-01-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Posted By ladybud
Re: Lupus diagnosis? Positive ANA & Anti-DsDNA then negative ANA retest?

I do hope you get an appointment soon. If you are not on rx naproxen, you might ask your pcp for it. Since it is helping some, the rx dose is more than double the OTC dose, and insurance may cover...
Board: General Health 10-31-2017, 05:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 429
Posted By ladybud
Re: Positive ANA

Your clinical picture is still in the very early stage of diagnostic process, and this could take some time and a lot of patience. You can have a positive ANA with colitis and other symptoms outside...
Board: Lupus 10-31-2017, 04:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Posted By ladybud
Re: Lupus diagnosis? Positive ANA & Anti-DsDNA then negative ANA retest?

First let me say I am sorry you have been sick for so long without having been tested for lupus long ago. It's quite common for ANA to fluctuate between positive and negative, which invariably causes...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 10-27-2017, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By ladybud
Re: Vasculitis

Pandasmommy, I am sorry you are suffering from more pain and disability from the vasculitis. The common type in children is HSP or now called IGA vasculitis. It's more common in kids but does occur...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 10-26-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By ladybud
Re: How many problems can trace back to autoimmune disorder?

Angnix

Your symptoms could all be related to autoimmune diseases and a thorough workup should be done by a rheumatology expert. Lupus is one disorder that can cause myositis, an inflammation of...
Board: Endocrine Disorders 10-08-2017, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 549
Posted By ladybud
Re: 2 Adenomas

Your headaches sound like classic cluster headaches, a variant of migraine. A neurologist that specializes in headaches may be able to help you prevent them or treat them successfully when they...
Board: Raynaud's Syndrome 10-08-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 825
Posted By ladybud
Re: Surgery for Raynaud's?

Raynauds severe enough to cause fingertip ulcers and gangrene are common in scleroderma, but not Sjogrens. I hope he has a good Dr that will help keep the circulation optimal to his fingers and toes.
Board: Raynaud's Syndrome 10-05-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 825
Posted By ladybud
Re: Surgery for Raynaud's?

Raynauds is caused by spasms in the muscles of the arterioles, small arteries supplying the extremities and other tissues. Raynauds typically affects the hands/fingers and feet/ toes. It can be...
Board: Skin Problems 10-05-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 369
Posted By ladybud
Re: Red Spots on Legs

It's impossible to guess what they might be. Best thing to do is see a dermatologist who will most likely know and give you some answers. Usually the anxiety of not knowing is worse than finding out...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 09-25-2017, 06:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 416
Posted By ladybud
Re: advice needed, worried about lab results

I agree with your cousin that this is likely an autoimmune disease. The sun sensitivity is pretty classic of lupus. You should have more specific tests done related to autoimmune diseases and if it...
Board: Men's Health 09-25-2017, 05:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 213
Posted By ladybud
Re: Low Testosterone

Your symptoms sound in excess of what low T would cause. This level of fatigue could be from adrenal insufficiency and I doubt they tested you for that. It requires a blood test (serum cortisol),...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-25-2017, 04:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 385
Posted By ladybud
Re: TPO Antibodies 11 - is it Hashimoto's, or could it be something else?

Since your TPO antibodies were only slightly elevated, I would ask for TG antibodies to be checked. Either one if elevated, can indicate Hashimoto disease, and it may be that your TG antibodies are...
Board: Lupus 09-16-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 609
Posted By ladybud
Re: Lupus??? Anxiety 18yr

I am curious about why you are worried about lupus. Do you have a family history of it? There are specific tests done on the blood for lupus. Do you know what tests your Dr did and if they included...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-14-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By ladybud
Re: TPO antibodies 419 should be below 9

Hi Nola, your TPO antibodies are indicative of Hashimoto disease of thyroid, which is an autoimmune disease that destroys the thyroid gland over time. It's possible that your current dose of...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 09-14-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 359
Posted By ladybud
Re: Anca pos but nothing else

Yes, I would pursue this test result in addition to your symptoms. The anca test is for vasculitis, which can cause many problems and you need to be on top of it
A good rheumatology Dr, perhaps at...
Board: Kidney Disorders 09-10-2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By ladybud
Re: Urine Creatinine is 32.1 mg/dL

Cathy, many of these issues are related and I will try to draw some connections for you. The high protein and creatinine in urine could be related to your SLE or to a recent strep infection that you...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 09-09-2017, 07:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 486
Posted By ladybud
Re: Enlarged liver/pancreatitis? MRCP findings

Riedels lobe is an anatomical variant that generally causes no symptoms. It's an elongation of the right lobe of liver made up of normal tissue. I would think your symptoms are from the bile back up...
Board: Neuropathy 09-09-2017, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,147
Posted By ladybud
Re: NON Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

With your fatigue being so severe and having Hashimoto disease, I would want thyroid hormone levels done to make sure you are on an adequate dose of thyroid replacement. I would also ask for testing...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 09-03-2017, 08:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By ladybud
Re: Thats it Ive had it Im done

With all the muscle spasms you are having, I wonder if your calcium or magnesium might be low. These can be measured in blood and can be supplemented for symptom control. B12 deficiency is common in...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 09-01-2017, 09:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By ladybud
Re: Checking back in - posting in correct area

You have many symptoms and labs consistent with autoimmune disease and sometimes People have more than one. Your rheum sounds like a good Dr and your test results should clarify what is going on....
Board: Lupus 09-01-2017, 09:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 510
Posted By ladybud
Re: Lab results and confused by all of the info out there

I can confirm too, this isn't in your head. Your symptoms and labs are very suggestive of lupus and I would research this and seek a referral to a good rheumatology Dr. There are other tests that can...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 09-01-2017, 07:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By ladybud
Re: High ANA??

I agree you absolutely need to see a rheumatology Dr. I would call office again and ask to be put on cancellation list. The other alternative is to call every few days to see if an opening has...
Board: Candida 09-01-2017, 07:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By ladybud
Re: Diflucan/Nystatin...sick...need input

Hopeful, you very well may have an autoimmune disorder that just has not shown up in your blood tests yet. It's common for autoimmune symptoms to precede lab evidence, so labs need to be repeated...
Board: Neuropathy 08-30-2017, 04:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,147
Posted By ladybud
Re: NON Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

It might be that your autoimmune disease is the cause, but I would still want to be tested for treatable causes, namely low thyroid hormone levels, and vitamin b12 and folate deficiency. These often...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 08-30-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 331
Posted By ladybud
Re: Looking for thoughts/opinions please.

I think you are getting some good tests done and some clues will likely show up. I would ask if they would do a CK test with bloodwork because of the muscle weakness. It's a muscle enzyme that is...
Board: General Health 08-29-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By ladybud
Re: Questions about lab results.

Cindy, welcome to the board! A positive ANA often occurs in Hashimoto disease (autoimmune thyroid disease), and you need to have two antibody tests - anti TPO and anti TG. These tests will show if...
Board: Lupus 08-29-2017, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 485
Posted By ladybud
Re: worried about lab test results

Even though your uric acid is high, your symptoms sound more like autoimmune disease. Low positive Ana is significant in the presence of symptoms like yours. I would see a different rheum, especially...
Board: Brain & Nervous System Disorders 08-17-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 292
Posted By ladybud
Re: Cannot Sit Down without Migraine Occurring/Extreme Head Pressure

Your symptoms are suggestive of increased intracranial pressure which can be caused by several things. You need an MRI, a retinal exam to look for swelling of the optic nerve and possibly a lumbar...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 08-15-2017, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By ladybud
Re: Please help. I don't know what else to do anymore.

I hope you have been checked for mono, a common viral infection that can last for 2-3 months. It can also cause sinus infections which show up on sinus CT scan. I hope you get to the bottom of this....
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 07-29-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 280
Posted By ladybud
Re: Help!

You do have several symptoms suggestive of autoimmune disease. I wonder what your other blood tests look like, as well as urine tests. Do you have any results of anti dsDNA, anti Smith, anti...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 07-21-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 260
Posted By ladybud
Re: What is an ANA panel?

No, the ANA panel includes tests that are more specific for autoimmune diseases such as lupus. The anti-TG and anti-TPO antibodies are tests for autoimmune thyroid disease known as Hashimoto disease....
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 07-18-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By ladybud
Re: autoimmune & teeth

Sjogrens causes dry mouth from lack of saliva, and saliva has antiseptic properties. Without enough saliva, the bacteria in the mouth increases, leading to cavities, which can cause tooth fracture.
Board: General Health 07-14-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 351
Posted By ladybud
Re: First thought running issue, then MS and now Lupus

It is so hard to be in the diagnostic process with more than one possibility in mind. A neurologist (MS specialist) and rheumatologist are essential for figuring this out. Symptoms of MS and lupus...
Board: Lupus 07-14-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By ladybud
Re: Help please anyone else have this dsdna result 887

Whoops my response posted before I was done. Anyway, antibodies to dsDNA are specific to lupus and levels this high would predict kidney involvement at some point. If no kidney involvement is present...
Board: Lupus 07-14-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By ladybud
Re: Help please anyone else have this dsdna result 887

Obviously no one can diagnose this but your Dr, butdsDNA
Board: Arthritis 07-12-2017, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By ladybud
Re: Need some help!

Normal xrays are a blessing so rejoice that your joints do not show damage. That alone lessens the likelihood of rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus typically does not cause joint damage like RA, but does...
Board: Arthritis 07-12-2017, 07:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By ladybud
Re: Need some help!

ANA can be positive in a number of conditions. It is rather nonspecific, but with this titer level, pattern and your symptoms, I doubt it is a false positive. The other tests and xray results should...
Board: Lupus 07-10-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 570
Posted By ladybud
Re: Is this SLE?

I would absolutely see another rheum, with your symptoms and results. One not need every lab result to be positive or every symptom. Anti Smith is very specific for lupus and lupus and RA can...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 07-04-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By ladybud
Re: Underdevelopment due to malnourishment

I don't know of a more specific term if your small size is from malnourishment, as opposed to dwarfism. High autoimmune markers are nonspecific and may be related, if some kind of malabsorption, like...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 06-22-2017, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By ladybud
Re: Uctd

It is common for ANAs to fluctuate or be different one time to the next because of different lab people interpreting the results (the titer is a visual test). ANA does not correlate well with symptom...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 06-21-2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By ladybud
Re: Uctd

I agree that mixed connective tissue disease is a major consideration. It's a combo of lupus (positive Ana and dsDNA), scleroderma, and polymyositis ( muscle pain and weakness and elevated CPK...
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