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Lupus An Autoimmune Disorder – Possibly Misdiagnosed As CFS
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Lupus An Autoimmune Disorder – Possibly Misdiagnosed As CFS

The similarities of symptoms, Lupus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

In a previous article that I penned, giving the symptoms and ailments involved with patients suffering from CFS, I elaborated on the difficulty of diagnosing the ailment due to the underlying similarities between it and many other diseases. I also discoursed on the difficulty medical practitioners have with declaring a sufferer to suffer from the ailment because of those very reasons.

Lupus, an autoimmune disorder which causes the immune system to actually attack the healthy tissue. A case of the good killing the good. The early stage symptoms of lupus are like that of CFS; fatigue, a general feeling of discomfort and illness (malaise), chest pain, joint and muscular pain, sensitivity to light, headaches and visual problems, stomach, heart and lung problems. It is easy to see why the Doctors are reluctant to diagnose CFS as the ailment to which a patient might be suffering.

The prospects for a Lupus suffer is not good as is, but can you imagine if such a person diagnosed as CFS instead of Lupus, the prolonged period of the Lupus being allowed to progress without medication could be disastrous. Lupus treated early with anti inflammatory medication, an antimalarial drug and pain killers can relieve a certain amount of the suffering experienced, however advanced Lupus sufferers need more specialise treatment. They could experience life threatening symptoms such as low red blood cell counts (haemolytic anaemia) that can cause serious heart, lung and kidney involvement, as well as central nervous system problems, these need a specialised treatment prescribed by specialist physicians.

This treatment may involve high doses of cortisone, cortisone steroids and Cytotoxic drugs that block cell development, these medications in themselves can have terrifying side effects. So an advanced stage Lupus sufferer is going to experience more pain and discomfort, and if at the early stage incorrectly diagnosed as a CFS, the advancement to chronic will continue unabated.

The reason for the article is to remonstrate why immediate diagnosis of CFS is dangerous and why caution needed in declaring it as an ailment to which one is suffering. The dangers involved with an incorrect diagnoses could result in an early demise of the sufferer of another disease. CFS is not life threatening, whereas Lupus is. CFS is a debilitating ailment suffered by many that medical practitioners are wary to diagnose; and Lupus is a disease that is life threatening, that Doctors have difficulty diagnosing, again because of the many other ailments that can manifest similar symptoms.

Blood clots in the legs or deep vein thrombosis, red cell destruction, inflammation of the heart, fluid around the lungs with lung tissue damage, strokes and low blood platelets can all be life threatening. The real cause of this disease is unknown and it is incurable. Like CFS it affects women more than men, and the symptoms often can come and go, making diagnoses difficult. So it is easy to see why Doctors are reluctant to diagnose one, an ailment suffered and the other a possible terminal disease.

I am not a medical practitioner and most of the above gained from research undertaken by me due to a family member in-law suffering the disease. It is easy to understand, if in my boots, with a family member suffering Lupus and a friend having had CFS, why I would research both of these ailments. When talking with both, the similarities of the symptoms had me, an unskilled layman, confused at the diagnoses, in fact I found it difficult to understand how a medical practitioner could tell, the symptoms report by both, exactly the same.

Should you be experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned please seek early medical advice, it could save your occupation on the one hand and your life on the other.


Street Talk

Thanks for this important info Rob. Serious stuff for sure.

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  about 1 decade ago

A pleasure Shawn need to get back to the more light hearted stuff, this is difficult writing.

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  about 1 decade ago

I bet it is.

  
  about 1 decade ago

This is a very enlightening article, Rob. I was not aware that lupus could be mistaken for CFS. Now that I have read your article, I think a family member may have lupus. Thanks for the info.

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  about 1 decade ago

It is a difficult disease to identify when in its early stages due to the similarities of symptoms, Lupus develops far further into Kidney problems and one of the very differences is a blood platelet count. The problem with Lupus is it can also come and go, and manifests itself more in times of stress, the very thing that most CFS sufferers feel. CFS is just as difficult to diagnose as there are so many other factors of diagnoses through which one must go to cross things off the list so to speak. There are specialists that write on the internet of differing ways of telling the two apart, but as I am not of the expertise I have not tried to cover what I have read and researched. These three articles I wrote where done to try and make more people aware of the suffering that all three give and certainly not as a diagnostic article. Doctors have trouble but hell if one told they suffer from CFS and there are other feelings or complications the earlier you see a doctor the better. Then my articles may just have worked.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, Corticosteroids are used for an amazing variety of healing! Good idea with linking for helping others. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Cynthia, the last one should come through tonight or our tonight your day.

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  about 1 decade ago

Will watch for it. By the way, it's not a bad idea to publish elsewhere. Keep writing at Street Articles -- I don't mean neglect that! -- but diversification in your online portfolio is as good an idea as diversification of your other assets such as silver, gold, stocks, property, cash, whatever!

  
  about 1 decade ago
C4rmen  

Never ceases to amaze me how the body works or behaves. Thank you for this outpouring of your experience. Hopefully it will reach those who need to hear it or be aware.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks C4rmen, I hope it helps just one person, I was actually asked to write this and the other for someone else, but said they can use them but cross link to here. And that is why you are all getting a look at them with one more to come.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you for this timely article. I can see it's importance. I know a lady who was diagnosed with Lupus many years ago. She manages things by following a very strict health regime. While this doesn't always cure it seems obvious to me time and again that, with many many illnesses, taking responsibility for our our health is essential.

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  about 1 decade ago

Heather thank you for the comment, i received another from Ronnie that had me going back over saved research done when looking for things for Linda. I have just submitted another document for approval covering Behcets disease as well and I found once again body pH and blood oxygenation showing some importance. I have obviously covered this in the article but what does good pH and oxygen levels give you? a healthy body, and a healthy body combats disease easier. It all comes down to following a healthy life style. You will love the article as I have had to admit that smoking can cause disease. LOL

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  about 1 decade ago

It does? Is it the smoking or an immune system that's struggling? Is it the cigarettes or the likelihood that smokers also indulge in other bad habits (like not oxygenating their blood enough and eating foods that make the system acidic!). I had heard that the addiction of smoking is that the body starves of oxygen that the deep inhalation of smoking provides. Now, where is the study on the outcome of healthy people who also smoke? Hehehe... I'm simply amusing myself here but I enjoy that paradox. Probably difficult to find case studies to study!

  
  about 1 decade ago

Get your dig in Heather, enjoy, I might never admit it again

  
  about 1 decade ago

Rob, it's an interesting thought though, isn't it? Where are the studies on the effects of smoking on otherwise consistently healthy living people? Perhaps smoking isn't as bad as we're conned into believing?! Maybe it just stinks?! ;-)

  
  about 1 decade ago

No Heather I have to boldly admit here and hope no one else reads it, There is always something that suffers when healthy people smoke and that is those that surround them. How often Linda and I have wondered if my second hand smoke did not assist her cancer. Today I never smoke anywhere near her outside come rain or shine it has just become a bad habit that I cannot get my brain to admit it might not be doing bad now, or showing the bad now but surely it will in the future. If I could have a Doctor tell me now It is doing damage and show me I could talk myself into giving up. My drinking was easy to stop as I found out myself what it was doing to my brain, now to get that same reason then I would stop tomorrow, Strong willed enough if I have a reason.

  
  about 1 decade ago

Oh there's an article there waiting to happen. Discovering your 'why!'. Thank you for always being candid and honest. The communication of ideas and thoughts is very stimulating.

  
  about 1 decade ago
Lemuel  

As I was reading your article I made sure no symptom will escape my attention. Thank God I don't have the symptoms, but it looks like a real challenge for physicians. The "good killing the good" thing is scary.

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  about 1 decade ago

Yes Lemuel a nasty disease that I think in the end on turns over and succumbs to it.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob - I have been meaning to catch some quiet time to myself and begin to read your articles. Then this particular one did - LUPUS. I was diagnosed with BEHCETS in 1993, which is of a very similar strain to LUPUS. You may even notice that I have the, BEHCETS SUPPORT - SOUTH AFRICA page on Face Book. If there is any more info that you are able to share - I would appreciate it. Thank you so much.

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  about 1 decade ago

Ronnie welcome I have some info on Behcets and will definitly get back to you. Yes I did see your support group on FB. With all the research I've done with Linda's cancer and problems I have come across so many differing ailments it isn't true, I think my Doctor friends get tired of me sometimes with all the brow beating I do with them. It is also a semi immune disease problem, I will have to get out my notes

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  about 1 decade ago

Ronnie there is a suspicion of low blood pH and oxygenation associated with this disease, have you ever had blood or body pH testing done, most health shops can give you an idea of body pH, I would be very interested to see what that would be.

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  about 1 decade ago

I was interested in this article because I've been tested for lupus. I've had blood vessels rupture in my toes when walking through my house barefoot around when it was about 68 degrees F. I was told that it was pernia, or one of the signs of frost bite! So far, I have not tested positive for this or any other autoimmune diseases. Also, I have a friend who has suffered greatly from Lupus.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the read in. after my article on CFS I needed an article to show why Drs are so reluctant to diagnose it, this seemed the perfect way as I know people with both.

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  about 1 decade ago
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