03-12-2007, 07:11 AM
hi everyone, im new to this board. I hope i am posting in the right spot. My son has been having health problems for over an year now. Last yr he came down with bronchial asthma, and always tired. He also came down with black spots on his big toe, drs and feet drs had no idea what they were. We had lots of test run, but nothing ever came out of the test. Now again this year, he has been very tired and has major stomach pain and joint pain. We had him tested for celiac, only the IgG test came back very high. He gets sores in his mouth all the time, and is always tired, he has missed many days of school this quarter. And he has dark circles under his eyes.
Does this sound anything like lupus? If so what test should be run?
Any help would be appreciated
03-12-2007, 03:06 PM
Hi Confused :lol:
There is no wrong place to post here. But, your questions are about symptoms, so you are in the right place.
Asthma has occured in people with SLE due to damage caused by the deposit in the tissues of complexes of antigen and their antibodies. Lupus is a disease that causes inflammation in various parts of the body and inflammation is the underlying cause of asthma. There are many Lupus sufferers who also suffer from asthma.
The symptoms that you've described have all been seen in Lupus patients. However, they are also present in persons with other auto-immune disorders. Mouth sores, joint pain, and fatigue are all quite common to Lupus and many of us have what we call "racoon eyes" eg. dark circles under and around our eyes.
Below are the criteria doctors use to determine if a lupus diagnosis will be made. Your son should have at least four of the following criteria (which includes blood and lab tests):
Malar Rash........ Rash over the cheeks
Discoid Rash ......Red raised patches
Photosensitivity...Reaction to sunlight, resulting in the development of or increase in skin rash
Oral Ulcers ........Ulcers in the nose or mouth, usually painless
Arthritis .............Nonerosive arthritis involving two or more peripheral joints (arthritis in which the bones around the joints do not become destroyed)
Serositis ...........Pleuritis or pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the lung or heart)
Renal Disorder ...Excessive protein in the urine (greater than 0.5 gm/day or 3+ on test sticks) and/or cellular casts (abnormal elements the urine, derived from red and/or white cells and/or kidney tubule cells)
Neurologic Disorder ....Seizures (convulsions) and/or psychosis in the absence of drugs or metabolic disturbances which are known to cause such effects
Hematologic Disorder.....Hemolytic anemia or leukopenia (white blood count below 4,000 cells per cubic millimeter) or lymphopenia (less than 1,500 lymphocytes per cubic millimeter) or thrombocytopenia (less than 100,000 platelets per cubic millimeter). The leukopenia and lymphopenia must be detected on two or more occasions. The thrombocytopenia must be detected in the absence of drugs known to induce it.
Antinuclear Antibody....Positive test for antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in the absence of drugs known to induce it.
Immunologic Disorder.....Positive anti-double stranded anti-DNA test, positive anti-Sm test, positive antiphospholipid antibody such as anticardiolipin, or false positive syphilis test (VDRL).
I would say that you should probably ask your son's doctors to test him for Lupus or other auto-immune disorders. Especially since he appears to have some of the criteria.
I wish you the very best. Please let us know what you find out!
Peace and Blessings