it's me again....more confused and depressed than ever!
Sorry to bother anyone. I posted a message awhile ago. I been having ALOT of pain in my left leg....since March....it started when I walked but when I got off it....it was better. Then...it was shorter distance when it hurt and still hurt when off of it. I asked my lupus dr. and she told me she didn't know! "I can't give you an answer" So I couldn't take the pain anymore and went to medical dr. who listened to my legs for pulses...I have no pulse behind my left leg...and very faint at the bottom...He sent me to a heart dr. who gave me a doppler. I do have plaque in both legs but I have blockage in my stomach.. so now looking at surgery...From what I'm told I have to get a stent put in stomach. The heart dr. seemed very concerned about my lupus...and sjrogren's syndrome. Does anyone know how much or if any lupus can be a factor in this??? I called my dr. the next day of my doppler results...and her exact words were that she was "totally shocked"....if anyone has any infomation...it would be DEEPLY APPRECIATED! Please help!
It's normal to be confused and upset
when your body starts doing things you can't control - it's scary - don't ever feel you need to apologize for that!
Your doctor is probably talking about your homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that has linked to increased risk of premature coronary artery disease, stroke, and thromboembolism (venous blood clots), even among people who have normal cholesterol levels. Abnormal homocysteine levels appear to contribute to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in at least three ways: (1) a direct toxic effect that damages the cells lining the inside of the arteries, (2) interference with clotting factors, and (3) oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).
Blood for measuring serum homocysteine levels is drawn after a 12-hour fast. Levels between 5 and 15 micromoles per liter (µmol/L) are considered normal. Abnormal concentrations are classified as moderate (16-30), intermediate (31-100), and severe (greater than 100 µmol/L).
The connection between homocysteine and cardiovascular disease was suspected about 25 years ago when doctors noticed that people with a rare condition called homocystinuria often develop severe cardiovascular disease in their teens and twenties. In this condition, an enzyme deficiency causes homocysteine to accumulate in the blood and to be excreted in the urine. Recent studies suggest that elevated blood homocysteine levels are as important as high blood cholesterol levels and can cause cardiovascular disease even in people with normal cholesterol levels. Some 10% to 20% of cases of coronary heart disease have been linked to elevated homocysteine levels.
Folic acid can reduce elevated homocysteine levels in most patients. The usual therapeutic dose is 1 mg/day. When this is not effective, vitamins B6 and/or B12 can be added to the regimen. Your doctor will probably monitor your homocysteine levels regularly.
Hope this helps clear up some of the confusion.