Lupus Support Group

Lupus is an auto-immune disease in which the immune system cannot distinguish between threats (like viruses and bacteria), and healthy cells and tissue. As a result, the body produces antibodies that inflict cell damage, most commonly targeting joints, skin, kidneys and the nervous system. Join the group and find support for coping with lupus.

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  • KatBugg18

    New Diagnoses

    Hi. I'M and 18 year old who just graduated. I was super excited for my senior yera, prom, and of course graduation.However, around the end of december, I started feeling extremely tired, and had slight join pain, not much. I personally thought it was just growin pain, since ive always had this problem growing up, but this was different. It was neverending, it kept just getting worse, although it...
  • mckvirginia

    New here

    Hi, I am new to this forum. I was just recently dx with lupus after nearly 3 years of worsening symptoms and "watching" my progress. I thought at first it may be RA, because I had no sx other than all over joint pain and my joints were twisting. I still think I may have early RA,  but a faint tell-tale malar rash and a rheumy who tested ANA finally revealed lupus.  I honestly didnt have lupus...
  • deleted_user

    Cellcept and anxiety/depression

    I have been on 5 mg of Prednisone and added 500 mg of Cellcept for three weeks. I started having anxiety (which I have with higher doses of Pred.) but the longer I took the Cellcept I got increasing anxiety, depression, crying spells, and abnormal thoughts. Even taking 3mg of Klonopin daily did not help and I finally stopped taking it under the advice of my therapist.Has anyone else had this...
  • deleted_user

    Question about Lupus and Testing

    I have a question. So you are tested for Lupus and you have Lupus. If your Lupus is in remission, and you are tested, will it show up as that you have Lupus, or will it be negative? I guess I'm saying, will your tests show that you have Lupus if you are in remission.Thanks
  • lisamarie77

    Struggling with Lupus

    What is the best resource to learn about lupus? I am sick all the time. I have had a second opinion. I feel like I'm drowning.
  • rcykb1


    Hi Everyone,I have been taking 400mgs of plaquenil and to day my rhumatologist infomed me that i should reduce the dose becaus the latest research shows that this dose can be toxic. He wants me to be on 300mgs, i should alternate 200mgs and 400mgs daily. Has anyone else been told this?
  • Hi All,I've had RA and lupus for quite a few years. My insurance will no longer cover my Opana ER that I use daily for pain. Dr has switched me to fentanyl patches. I did ok on them the first few weeks but have had this long lasting flare every since i was out in the sun too long last week.  I've slept away many of the last days during the week and just can't seem to get enough sleep. I've had...
  • rcykb1

    Extreme Heat and Lupus

    Hi, I know that I do not do well with extreme cold but I do not recall not doing well in the heat. I had a really difficult  winter, was not stable and in and out of the hospital with what was thought to be a neurological condition but my current rheumatologist thinks is actually my lupus mimicing a neurological condition. We are now having a heat wave and my lupus symptoms are terriable and I...
  • Katelyn

    Weight Gain/Moon Face??

    Hi everyone! My name is Katelyn, I am 17 years old, and I was diagnosed with Lupus in April. So far, it has kind of sucked missing school and what not but it definitely could be worse. My main concern as of now is how I look. I understand how superficial that sounds but I look in the mirror and almost don't recognize myself. I have stretch marks all over my body and I felt I just looked terrible...
  • ellycrys


    i've been waiting to fing a new gp to get a referral to a rheumatologist for almost a year...   my dermatologist is convinced i have sle based on my biopsy/symptoms/ rash on my face and has me on plaquenil and steroids, plud anti-inflammatories.  That has really helped.   I still have flare ups but they last less time and are less severe.    All of my triggers are the sun, and things that...
  • Michaeldoral

    The cure for lupus!

    First of all, the standard disclaimer, I am not a medical doctor, I am merely a philosopher, and you should always talk to a licensed medical practitioner about medical counsel, etc etc. Having said that, the cure for lupus is seaweed. Lupus is caused by toxic metal poisoning, especially from mercury. The cure is accomplished by chelating (Greek for claw grab absorb) the metal particles which are...
  • London


    Was wondering if anyone had a similar exsperience. I was a very healthy 20 something women with just hypermobility and thats it 6months ago. It seems to have all gone wrong since then. I had a early miscarriage 6months ago. Since then i started to get symptoms of lupus which are getting worse. I have no diagnosis as i am still waiting to see reumatoligist in a few months.My gp thinks pregnancy...
  • mysensitiveheart

    terrified and hopeless

    You can read my other post om this board for some backgound about me . Can someone telll me how they were 1st diagnosed ?. I have elevated ANS (?) levels found out through a specific blood screening . Would anyone be generous and kind enough to share your levels with me ? I zm terified since I have so many other medical issues that are draining every bit of my soul , am in constant chronic pain...
  • sweetpea15


    hello, I'm new to this group. I have Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and possibly FEVR or Premature Retinopathy. I have a almost 1 year old daughter. I just started doing Benlysta Infusions and was wondering how anyone else taking this medicine, how it effects them? And how long it takes to start feeling better. I haven't been on medication for 4 or 5 months prior to having my first infusion this...
  • casey1231

    Lab results question

    Hi all. I have been experiencing extreme pain and fatigue, and my blood work showed ANA of 1:640 and anti smith antibody of 36. I'm confused if the anti smith antibody is considered positive? It's hard to find a reference range and I can't get into a rheumatologist until 7/13. I have no rash. Any feedback appreciated thanks!