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    Question Bi Pola & Lupus

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    Can someone please answer for me if lupus has anything to do with bi pola disorder?
    I know lupus causes depression (well known fact) but if "one" had bi pola then got diagnosed with lupus would "thier" bi pola be much more affected?


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    I've got Bipolar and it's connected to Lupus through SLE, it's caused me to have so many things with it.

    I've got manic depression through it and cleaning disorder, i'll add some info below for you on the condition's being related.

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    BIPOLAR AND LUPUS

    There are a number of physical disorders that can mimic the symptoms of bipolar. It is only after these disorders have been ruled out that a diagnosis of bipolar can be accurately made. Some of these disorders often occur along with bipolar and can mask symptoms making diagnosis and treatment more difficult. Some disorders with symptoms similar to those found in individuals with bipolar are discussed below...

    Thyroid Disorders:


    Overactivity of the thyroid gland is called hyperthyroidism; underactivity is referred to as hypothyroidism. Ten percent of patients diagnosed with depression suffer from thyroid dysfunction, and some individuals suffering from fluctuating thyroid function have symptoms very similar to those seen in bipolar disorder.

    Mononucleosis:


    "Mono" is an infection of the lymphatic system and the symptoms of this disorder often include fatigue, loss of energy, unexplained aches and pains, and changes in sleep and mood. Mono can be extremely difficult to recover from, and on good days the patient may attempt to make up for lost time. This swing from seeming depression into seeming hypomania could be mistaken for cyclothymia or bipolar 2 disorder.

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:


    This is a debilitating disorder of unknown origin. Some sort of virus or infection of the nervous system is the suspected cause. Symptoms are often very similar to those of depression and include irritability, extreme fatigue, unexplained aches and pains, and changes in sleep and mood.

    Multiple Sclerosis:


    MS is a progressive disease of the nervous system characterized by damage to the myelin sheath, the tissue that surrounds and protects the spinal cord and nerves. Early symptoms of this disease include fatigue, irritability, shaky movements, sudden muscle weakness, sleep disturbance and mood swings. The medication used to treat MS can also cause symptoms similar to those of bipolar disorder.

    Hepatitis:


    Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by infection with one of several hepatitis viruses or can be a side effect of other diseases. Because the liver is the body's center for eliminating toxic substances, all sorts of symptoms occur when it is not working properly. People suffering from hepatitis can suffer from mood swings that are generally in the direction of depression but some patients experience grandiose thinking, aggression, and other symptoms that could look like mania or hypomania.

    Hypoglycemia:


    Hypoglycemia is a deficiency of glucose in the bloodstream; low blood sugar. It can cause confusion, weakness, fainting, sudden loss of energy or fatigue, and agitation. It is treated by ingesting or injecting glucose, and since the results of suddenly raising blood glucose levels can cause hyperactivity, the ups and downs in mood and energy level of a hypoglycemic person can mimic bipolar disorder. Hypoglycemia can occur as a side effect of diabetes or alone.

    Cushing's Disease:


    Cushing's disease can result from a tumor on the pituitary gland. A related condition, Cushing's disorder, is often caused by a tumor on the adrenal gland, or by overuse of corticosteroid medication or illegal steroids. The adrenal gland becomes overstimulated by the hormone ACTH and causes symptoms similar to bipolar, including mood swings.

    Lupus erythematosus:


    Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation of the connective tissue, including the skin, organs, nervous system and brain. Symptoms include a scaly, red rash on the face, joint pain, fatigue, and mood swings. Lupus can be diagnosed via a blood test, and should be ruled out before a diagnosis of bipolar is given.

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    Cheers love!

    needed to check before "one" goes to the drs tmrw, such fun!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iseedeadmonkeys View Post
    Hello peeps

    Can someone please answer for me if lupus has anything to do with bi pola disorder?
    I know lupus causes depression (well known fact) but if "one" had bi pola then got diagnosed with lupus would "thier" bi pola be much more affected
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    Good Morning,

    I was actually reading a little about this a week or so ago. I will give you the link at the end of my post. From what I can gather there is no proof that the two go together however the symptoms so overlap (Anxiety, Cognitive Dysfunction etc) that if there is not a connection the symptoms strongly overlap each other (don't we get tired of hearing "overlapping diseases LOL).

    Hope this helps

    http://forum.wehavelupus.com/showthr...Pola-amp-Lupus
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    Yes it's connected with Lupus as my psychiatrist did a letter and as told me they're connected.

    Before you go to your doctor's here's the symptoms for Bipolar and it's no wonder i'm half mad.lol

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    BIPOLAR SYMPTOMS

    In everyday life, people have a variety of moods and feelings. These feelings include frustration, joy and anger. Usually these moods last one day rather than several days. For people with bipolar disorder, however, moods usually swing from weeks of feeling overly “high” and irritable to weeks of feeling sad and hopeless with normal periods in between.

    An important distinction between bipolar disorder and the normal emotions of life is that bipolar disorder results in an inability to handle daily activities. The person cannot work or communicate effectively and may have a distorted sense of reality (for example, unrealistically high or low opinion of one’s skills).

    Bipolar disorder often is not recognized by the patient, relatives, friends or even physicians. However, recognizing the mood states that occur is essential. Treatment can help a person with bipolar disorder avoid harmful consequences such as destruction of personal relationships, job loss and suicide.

    During a manic phase, symptoms include:

    •heightened sense of self-importance
    •exaggerated positive outlook
    •significantly decreased need for sleep
    •poor appetite and weight loss
    •racing speech, flight of ideas, impulsiveness
    •ideas that move quickly from one subject to the next
    •poor concentration, easy distractibility
    •increased activity level
    •excessive involvement in pleasurable activities
    •poor financial choices, rash spending sprees
    •excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
    During a depressed phase, symptoms include:

    •feelings of sadness or hopelessness
    •loss of interest in pleasurable or usual activities
    •difficulty sleeping; early-morning awakening
    •loss of energy and constant lethargy
    •sense of guilt or low self-esteem
    •difficulty concentrating
    •negative thoughts about the future
    •weight gain or weight loss
    •talk of suicide or death
    The main method used to diagnose bipolar disorder is a thorough interview with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional. Although there are written methods for documenting the severity and number of symptoms, those tests only complement a complete interview. They do not substitute for a face-to-face evaluation by a professional. There are not yet any blood tests or other biological tests that can be used to diagnose bipolar disorder.

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    I've been told by my long term psychiatrist that they are connected and he's well into knowing Lupus.

    Refering (don't we get tired of hearing "overlapping diseases LOL) a good many of us don't because we need to know what's going on to educate ourselves besides the suffering and pain we go through daily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peridot20_Gem View Post
    I've been told by my long term psychiatrist that they are connected and he's well into knowing Lupus.

    Refering (don't we get tired of hearing "overlapping diseases LOL) a good many of us don't because we need to know what's going on to educate ourselves besides the suffering and pain we go through daily.
    Dang! Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning! LOL

    What I meant by that was simply that sometimes it would be nice for them to say "this is what is wrong" instead of saying "it could be this or it could be that simply because the diseases overlap"
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgal View Post
    Dang! Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning! LOL

    What I meant by that was simply that sometimes it would be nice for them to say "this is what is wrong" instead of saying "it could be this or it could be that simply because the diseases overlap"
    Mari,

    Every morning whatever side i wake up is always a bad side.lol

    I did'nt mean anything intentionly towards you, quite the opposite refering overlapping diseases your right in what you quoted and through doctor's stating this constantley it makes we where knowledge costs alot for a large majority of us but it would be a lovely change to go and see a specialist with something different dropping out their mouths, as i'm totally sick and tied of the lot lately.

    (Blame my wrong side of the bed through depression)

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