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  1. Thread: Shingles?

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    I have never read anywhere that plaquenil affects...

    I have never read anywhere that plaquenil affects immune function, either positively or negatively. Anyone else on that one?

    I didn't get shingles until I was off the plaquenil for about 3...
  2. Thread: Shingles?

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    Negative for HPV here. Just some interesting...

    Negative for HPV here.

    Just some interesting things I have come across:

    Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)has been linked to other types of cancer although not cervical. EBV is a herpes virus, most of...
  3. Thread: Shingles?

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    Deb, you may find this interesting and your post...

    Deb, you may find this interesting and your post gets me wondering how much is a result of the meds, and how much a result of the deranged immune system.

    December before last I had cervical...
  4. Thread: Shingles?

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    I wasn't on anything like methotrexate, just...

    I wasn't on anything like methotrexate, just plaquenil and anaprox. I've been off the Plaquenil at least 3 months, the anaprox I still take but not every day, only when I need it.

    For me, I don't...
  5. Thread: Shingles?

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    Oh, another person with shingles! I don't know...

    Oh, another person with shingles! I don't know if you're still watching this post tho. Have you been diagnosed yet?

    I started with shingles last week, diagnosed yesterday. On my chin of all...
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    Mary, thank you for the information. I already...

    Mary, thank you for the information. I already stmbled across much of it in my internet searches.

    Unfortunately, my shingles did not present as a text book case, and I did not realize that is...
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    Hi Kay, I guess that whether or not blood...

    Hi Kay,

    I guess that whether or not blood tests are needed to prove Lupus depends on the physician doing the diagnosing, but diagnosis should not be based completely on the results of blood tests....
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    Lupus and the Shingles

    Hi All,

    I haven't been here in a while, things have been going pretty well. I've been off the meds I was on for a while now, plaquenil and anaprox, saw my rheumie in Sept., and was told that my...
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    catlady, a PIC or PICC line is a peripherally...

    catlady, a PIC or PICC line is a peripherally inserted central catheter. Here is a good link to find out more about it:

    http://www.cancerbacup.org.uk/Treatments/Chemotherapy/Linesports/PICCline
    ...
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    lapointe, I had no problems with plaquenil and...

    lapointe,

    I had no problems with plaquenil and my stomach. In fact it seemed to help calm down all the stomach acid I had, strange but true. I have been on 200mg/day for about 2 years. No side...
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    It never hurts to take vitamins, your body just...

    It never hurts to take vitamins, your body just excretes what it doesn't use of the water soluble ones. Your body can be depleted of them during illness. Some of the lupus meds can deplete vitamins...
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    I am on plaquenil too, for about 2 years now. I...

    I am on plaquenil too, for about 2 years now. I had eye twitching before I went on it and after, so I don't think it has to do with the medication. It probably has to do with muscle strain or just...
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    cherim, Is it your Pap smear that is showing...

    cherim,

    Is it your Pap smear that is showing inflammation? That would indicate that something cervical is going on.

    Sounds like you might have Vulvovaginaitis if it is only external. That...
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    Just a Curiosity Question?

    How many others here have been diagnosed with Chronic Epstein Barr virus prior to being diagnosed with Lupus?

    Thanks and Smiles,

    Kathy
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    Solesinger, The beginning of all my symptoms...

    Solesinger,

    The beginning of all my symptoms started with what the doctor thought was a recurrent sinus infection. Headaches, pressure, sore throat, earaches, fatigue I was on several courses of...
  16. Thread: Aching Legs

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    Aching Legs

    Just a curious question.

    Does anyone else have problems going up stairs? My legs usually ache by the time I've gone up the 14 steps in my house. Sometimes the aching is worse than others and...
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    I very recently had problems with cervical...

    I very recently had problems with cervical dysplasia. In fact it was severe dysplasia and I had to have the cells removed by LEEP procedure, and then have PAP smears every three months for a year. ...
  18. The only thing I found on the change in the ANA...

    The only thing I found on the change in the ANA test was that it used to be done on animal cells and now it is done on human cells. But this change has not been recent. It changed sometime after...
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    ANA and birth control?

    I have read that the birth control pill can affect your ANA. Does anyone here know how? I'm interested in this because only a few things changed between my positive ANA and my negative ANA. One...
  20. I also have IBS (or irritable bowel syndrome)....

    I also have IBS (or irritable bowel syndrome). Irritable bowel is also noninflammatory and related to abnormal intestinal motility or a malfunctioing autonomic nervous system. It is very common for...
  21. Thread: Newbie

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    Welcome Cinnamon, I'm new here too. Was...

    Welcome Cinnamon,

    I'm new here too. Was actually just given the diagnosis about 2 weeks ago after 6-7 years of symptoms and various other diagnoses. My husband hasn't been the most understanding...
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    I just read "The Lupus Book" by Daniel J....

    I just read "The Lupus Book" by Daniel J. Wallace, M.D. I found it pretty informative and accurate. It was written in 1995, updated in 2000, and in 2005. The latest edition I found at Amazon, I'm...
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    Saysusie, thank you for the welcome. Your flare...

    Saysusie, thank you for the welcome. Your flare symptoms sound much like mine. I'm on Plaquenil and Anaprox. When I get over-tired, stressed, or ill my symptoms worsen. That's probably pretty...
  24. Ethel, I don't know anything about the new test,...

    Ethel, I don't know anything about the new test, but my ANA was positve about 2 years ago, and negative last week when tested. The rheumie told me I appeared to be in remission. Funny thing is that...
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    Hippimom and Solesinger, thank you for the...

    Hippimom and Solesinger, thank you for the welcome.
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