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  1. I found a yummy liquid glucosamine...REALLY!

    I know this sounds weird...and I hope I don't sound like an infomercial...but I discovered some thing good and want to share it...I can't swallow those huge horse pill glucosamine/chondroitin...
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    Here's my most recent... You know you have...

    Here's my most recent...

    You know you have Lupus when...
    You are at the ATM machine getting money and the computer asks you for your PIN...you instantly type in your PIN from 14 years ago and are...
  3. How do I know if Plaquenil is failing?

    Recently I have had a significant increase in joint pain,.. more than I've ever had... and more frequent episodes of fatigue/flaring. I have been on Plaquenil since December. It seemed to help...
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    Exercise and Pain

    Hi, I just posted a similar message on the RA web site I visit...I'm trying to get some words of exercising wisdom here... I just started walking on my treadmill after recovering from my second hip...
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    question about fevers

    Does anyone know...If I normally run a very low body temperature(+/- 97.1) would I calculate my temperature with that as a base? I tend to add a degree and a half to my temp. to make it "normal"....
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    Here's mine... You know you have lupus if your...

    Here's mine...

    You know you have lupus if your six year old is able to make a 3 course meal from scratch because you can't get off the couch.(sad but true...hmm..maybe she'll be the next Emeril??)...
  7. Someone correct me if I'm wrong...But my...

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong...But my understanding is that these 11 criteria are the "differential diagnostic" criteria, meaning that they are the things that help differentiate Lupus from...
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    Do meds affect blood work?

    I was wondering if anyone knows...Do the meds you take affect things like ANA or antibody tests? I can imagine they would affect inflammatory tests like sed rate and CRP...but does anyone know about...
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    Please don't yell at me...

    Ok, I know everyone will yell at me...and I won't do this...I am just thinking out loud...I have been on Plaquenil for about 7 mos. I feel really good and I tend to question myself whether or not I...
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    You shouldn't even be looking for results from...

    You shouldn't even be looking for results from the Plaquenil for at least 6 weeks. It builds up in you system gradually and will be at its peak at 6 mos. (which is where I am). I began noticing some...
  11. How do you identify a "blush" malar rash?

    Does anyone have a "blush " malar rash? From reading this is not a full blown malar rash...just , as the name says...a blush. I get a light redness in the malar area(I'm trying to watch and see if it...
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    I survived my hip surgery!

    Well, Last Tuesday I went to Boston and had my (second) arthroscopic hip surgery. It went well, though a bit tougher than the first bout. I had a different Doctor and he was much more...agressive. I...
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    Hi , I just asked my male rheummy and he said it...

    Hi , I just asked my male rheummy and he said it is very common to have hormonal "mini" flares. Mine start 3-4 days before and seem to die down as the next week progresses. Gotta love them hormones!...
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    I'm a definite low cold tolerance kind of...

    I'm a definite low cold tolerance kind of gal...(Right now I am FREEZING! Granted, I live in Maine and it is drizzling out!)My family (kindly) laughs at me when I wear polar fleece while they are in...
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    muscles burning

    My upper arms seem to burn and get tired very fast when I do things like fold laundry or comb my hair in the shower. I don't know if I should bring this up to my rheummy or not. I might just be...
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    I have been seeing my Rheummy for about a year,...

    I have been seeing my Rheummy for about a year, and I like him, but he has NEVER done a urine test(which I wondered why but didn't say anything). Can they just go by the blood tests, and only test...
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    ugghh...makes me wanna crawl under a rock. Still...

    ugghh...makes me wanna crawl under a rock. Still feeling fatigue from Thursday's sun (today is Saturday)...I'm going to go nap now...boo hoo
    Junebug
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    sun...flares?

    I am well aware that sun is not the friend of Lupies...But can it cause other reactions besides skin issues? I seem to have a mini flare every time I go out in the sun. I get about 3-4 hours of...
  19. Ugghh, Change some minor details and I feel like...

    Ugghh, Change some minor details and I feel like I could have written your post. I have been the biggest DITZ lately (the past year or so) I forget everything and sometimes trying to make a simple...
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    Will Surgery cause a flare?

    I am schedueled for arthroscopic hip surgery in May and am concerned that I will flare. I started Plaquenil in Dec. and in Jan. began feeling really great. (Though I started a mild/moderate flare in...
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    I've had itchy bumps on the back of my head for...

    I've had itchy bumps on the back of my head for as long as I can remember. I really don't think this is connected. The itchy bumps wax and wane with shampoos...so I think that is just common...
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    Scalp pain???

    I know this sounds weird...but does anyone have a sore scalp? It was really itchy for a while (a month or two) ...now my scalp feels bruised...(like I had a really tight ponytail all day and took it...
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    Funny you should post this question...I was just...

    Funny you should post this question...I was just going to ask the same thing! I have just started logging my flares, on the advice of a nurse friend. Plaquenil has helped me greatly , but I notived...
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    thanks

    Yes...that is what I read,the only weird thing is that the papular blotch was singular(though the brusies were multiple)...my two Docs didn't seem concerned because there was not more than one of...
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    Eyes

    HI , As of yet , I only have a vague "possible lupus" diagnosis. No evidence of organ involvement as of yet(though I get palpitations nad chest pains during flares). I saw my Opthamologist last week...
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