3. How common is vertigo and dizziness in NPSLE? Why does it occur? Sausalito, CA
Vertigo is an uncommon problem in patients with lupus. More often than not it is caused by some other disorder. The frequency of this problem in lupus has not been systematically investigated, but it would appear to be rare. However, definite cases of vertigo, hearing loss, and the combination of both have been reported in those with lupus. Some cases may be caused by vasculitis (inflammation of the arteries which leads to their narrowing which restricts blood flow) or anti-phospholipid antibodies (which predisposes to the formation of blood clots which can also limit blood flow). Others may have antibodies to components of the inner ear which may disrupt its function. SLE is one of several causes of the syndrome which has been called immune mediated inner ear disease (IMIED).
Thats from 15 questions on the LFA website. It made me think of you because of that last part about the inner ear.
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Diagnosed: SLE, Raynauds, InterstitialLung Disease, GERD, Myositis, Vasculitis, Possible Sjogrens.
Medications: 400mg Plaquenil, 2000mg Cellcept, 10mg Norvasc, Nitroglycerin Patch, 20mg Prilosec, 10mg Flexeril, 4mg Medrol, 81mg Asprin.