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Lupus

Could I have lupus

03/08/2004

Question:

I am 44 yr old female and having some generalized problems. I have red skin over my cheeks and nose, I have stiff fingers, neck, and etc. I have had problems with my heart, lungs and most recently with a inflamation problem with my head(occipital nerve) when I was in the hospital I had some abnormal lab work (elevated sed rate, anemia, abnormal mri and ct head scans. I am seeing my neruologist this week. what do I need to ask him when I go in? Should I be tested further for Lupus?

Answer:

Yes, these symptoms warrant investigations for systemic immunological diseases such as lupus and vasculitis.

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Response by:

Ram Raj   Singh, MD Ram Raj Singh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati