Symptoms for Lupus
Dear Ted, I read your posts and i think you are doing such a great service!Thanks - you have given me hope! I am a 42 year old Asian female and was recently diagnosed with Lupus by my rheumatologist (one month ago). About 1.5 years ago I started having many painful mouth sores on my tongue and inner lips and cheeks - my general practitioner thought it was herpes simplex 1 and prescribed acyclovir (did not do any tests) - i think acyclovir helped with severity and number of sores but cannot be sure- i noticed i had more sores when i was stressed or around my periods. I have been taking acyclovir on and off for the last one year. When i stopped (once several months ago) and once last month (since i had no sores) - i noticed hip and leg pain while sleeping and general stiffness in other joints. I told my doctor this last month and she ordered blood tests where my ANA count was 167 - she sent me to Rheumatologist who ordered many other tests - all my vitals are great, lipids, sugars, proteins, urine, stool, chest x-ray, pelvic x-ray - everything is normal. the only additional thing he found is high ss-A antibody (249). He does not think it is Scogren's since i do not have dry mouth or dry eyes. he thinks it is a beginning case of lupus and wants to start me on Palenquil - i think that since i have hardly any symptoms it may not be lupus and even if it is i would rather cure it by natural means than by drugs. I read about the alkaline diet and started on that and also restarted my acyclovir and my symptoms have greatly reduced (mouth sores and muscle/joint pains). Do you think this is lupus? What should i do? I eat very healthy and walk regularly (unless i am in pain). Thanks.