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  1. X-rays are a good start but they also don't show...

    X-rays are a good start but they also don't show everything (I had several recent spinal X-rays that were "normal" but my ortho sent me for an MRI (and a bonescan), low and behold a herniated disc...
  2. This to me sounds like some sort of nerve...

    This to me sounds like some sort of nerve compression taking place in the spine. I don't think I'm allowed to post links, but you can jump on google and search differed pain from the spine (I'd look...
  3. When you're in a low, what lifts your spirits?

    Although I'm doing really well for only being 1.5 weeks post op from my spinal surgery (degenerative disc disease) I'm finding the severe limitations in place are...well frustrating. It's not...
  4. Just thought I'd post an update for anyone who...

    Just thought I'd post an update for anyone who might find it helpful. I had my surgery Thursday March 6. They did have me stop my plaquenil & metho, they also did have me do 5 days of iv antibiotic...
  5. After skimming the info above I will add that I...

    After skimming the info above I will add that I also have antiphospilipid syndrome & raynauds, I'm not sure if this could be correlated to what I said, but I'd thought I'd mention it.
  6. I thought I'd just share my experience-like said...

    I thought I'd just share my experience-like said above I'm not a doctor nor Is everyone the same. However, about a year or two ago I began noticing similar symptoms you describe-the cognitive part,...
  7. Thank you both for the warm welcomes & well...

    Thank you both for the warm welcomes & well wishes! I've actually been here for awhile, just kinda disappeared after a lot of stuff was going on medically-good to be back :)

    Nmac: yes it has, I'm...
  8. Anyone have any experience with back surgery & lupus?

    I am scheduled for an "emergency" micro lamenectomy & disectomy (sp), I had a previous more complex surgery 4 years ago on the same level-but it was a much different procedure & my lupus was not in...
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    Update: had my spinal MRI Monday & followed up...

    Update: had my spinal MRI Monday & followed up with the spine specialist Tuesday (still my today) & had my scan done @ my Kidney dr. The first appointment...there really are no words to express how...
  10. I'm curious since you mentioned ovarian cysts if...

    I'm curious since you mentioned ovarian cysts if anyone has suggested pcos-or has done any further investigations on that route? Or have you ever been to see an endocrinologist?
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    I have a lot of kidney involvement with my sle-I...

    I have a lot of kidney involvement with my sle-I also suffer form stones non stop due to high uric acid. It could be possible you had a stone and passed it before the test was done-for me it's a dead...
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    Thank you to everyone has taken the time to read...

    Thank you to everyone has taken the time to read this. I know some things no one can answer, but having an outlet just to speak about it...well it's a burden lifter. I know I've strayed the last year...
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    Looking for a little help

    I'm posting this via mobile so I apologize for its composition-my mind isn't all here either so I also appogize if don't convey things appropriately. Over two months ago I had fallen on the ice &...
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    Zombie leg

    It's been awhile since I've posted-so much has happened health wise in the last year or so, I just haven't had the mental fortitude to make it back.

    But to make a long story short: since I'd...
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    Canadian-American here (was raised in Ontario...

    Canadian-American here (was raised in Ontario until my mid teens-27 now) and was teaching 6th until last year (5 years, tutored through special learning programs & local college before that) now I...
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    Recluse Spider bite

    Okay so it's not really lupus related (although I thought the whole poopy healing thing kinda factors in making this a good place to ask) has anyone ever had a recluse spider bite? (Not looking for...
  17. Risk other ligaments/tendons or submit to cadaver?

    I had posted a few weeks back about higher risk of ligament & tendon tears related to sle...
    I know I didn't get much feed back on prevention (although I've learned some things since such as...
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    I'm sorry to hear about your pain :( I too have...

    I'm sorry to hear about your pain :( I too have noticed increased pain in my feet, wrists etc but I was attributing them to RA. Is there anything that prevents tears/damage (I've always been super...
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    Another cause might be gout. When my Uric acid...

    Another cause might be gout. When my Uric acid climbs it feels as if someone's trying to pry my shins apart with a crowbar. Although restless leg syndrome, or tendinitis could be possible too. A back...
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    Tendon & ligament tears SLE

    I'm not quite sure how to ask my question, or rather I don't know all it is I want to know-so I'm gonna explain some things first and hopefully you guys can interpret what info I'm needing lol
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    Medical assistance

    I figure this is the best place to ask my question: is anyone familiar with the policies of billing associated with the medical assistance program (IL)?

    For the past few days I've been scrounging...
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    I dont know how aware I am lol but I guess when...

    I dont know how aware I am lol but I guess when any of us have a variety of pain for an extended period of time, we start focusing on the "types" of pain. At least for me it helps me in knowing...
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    Tgal: I most certainly will once the medical...

    Tgal: I most certainly will once the medical records open up from the holidays. I learned early in the game, the best keeper of your medical history is yourself. I have a personal binder of all test...
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    I don't have sjorgens, but I have had bone scans....

    I don't have sjorgens, but I have had bone scans. They can show a multitude of things. They are pretty well painless-minus having to lay still for quite awhile (if you "lock" up after an inactive...
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    My husband was this was for years, especially...

    My husband was this was for years, especially before dx. It created a huge void between us. But I began having him go to appointments & testing. I started pointing out the extra steps I was taking to...
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