Most patients with lupus do not have high blood pressure. If hypertension or an elevated blood pressure is identified in a patient with lupus it may be a coincidence and represent the co-occurrence of both lupus and what is known as essential hypertension. In this scenario there is often a history of high blood pressure in other blood relatives. High dose steroids are occasionally complicated by a rise in blood pressure and this risks is greatest when very high doses, especially administered in intravenous rather than oral forms, are given. Finally, perhaps the most serious circumstance occurs when a patient with lupus has significant kidney involvement, either inflammation or scarring, as this can be associated with high blood pressure. It is essential to control the blood pressure in this situation as failure to do so can contribute to further kidney damage. Classes of medication for blood pressure that may be especially helpful in this setting are ACEI, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, and ARB, angiotensin receptor blockers.
Many patients with lupus do not have high blood pressure. However, it can often occur as a side effect of steroid treatment for the disease.
I am still reviewing his medical reports I left of in 2002. He first started having generalized weakness, cough, vomiting and abdominal pain back in 2000. The toxicology report is still pending.
I'm wondering if I could have Sj?gren?s syndrome but I don't know how I would find out. Can you help me??
She sees a doctor every 2 months. I expressed my concern to him. He didn't think it would be a problem to have a TB test. I'm concerned.
Why are SLE lupus autoantibodies divided into organ specific and non-organ specific antibodies?
I have been diagnosed with ringworm by one doctor and diagnosed with lupus by another doctor, how can i know for sertain what i have before i take a drug that may harm me?
I am currently diagnosed with UCTD with a high probability of Lupus. No major organ involvement. For months i had a fever of 99-100 F, this eventually led to the diagnostic tests that revealed the high ANA titer, referral to Rheumatologist and diagnosis.
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I am currently also dealing with colostridium difficile, or C. diff. It is exhausting to say the least.
Currently I have been off of the prescribed vancomycin for 9 days. I am having a small increase in BM and stomach bloating. I also have a 99.1-99.5F temp off and on throughout the day.
How can a physician determine if it is once again the lupus or autoimmune condition causing the raise in temp, or the c.diff?
Also, I seem to notice an increased temp during ovulation and premenstrually, would lupus have anything to do with this?
I seem to be having a hard time fighting off infection, and I imagine this too has to do with the autoimmune condition. My WBC is low (3.7)