17 year old female with chronic utis, with multiple joint pain and swelling, headaches, abdominal pain with bloating, sore throat and chest pain periodically for the last 6 months---could it be lupus. Not sexually active. It does run on my father's side of the family
She has been seen by her daughter and given referral for the otho doctor, but hasn't been. We don't have insurance. Last visit to ER was on Jan 6th, because of her fatigue, abdominal pain and headach and joints aching. They gave her cipro becaus they said she had a uti. She just finished meds in September for the same thing and before that in June.
Hi, and thank you for coming to JustAnswer.com with your question.The description you are giving can certainly be consistent with Lupus, especially because it runs in the family.One of the things that is almost always seen in lupus is a rash that is on the cheeks and makes it look almost like a big butterfly sitting on the cheeks.She really does need to se a rheumatologist about all these findings to see if she actually does have lupus.Please let me know if you have any further questions.G-d BlessIf you have any follow-up questions please feel free to ask them._________________________If you are satisfied with my answer, please push "accept" so that I can be paid. BONUSES and POSITIVE FEEDBACK are not expected, but are always appreciated.
She does not have this rash that you speak of. Could you tell me what else it may be besides lupus? What blood test should I request they take to determine what is going on with her. I just received a $600 dollar bill from the physician assistant - with more to come from the hospital - who saw her in the ER recently. Even then she was just given a prescription after failing a urine test. Is part of the diagnosis for lupus include getting utis two to five times a year. I am really concerned about her becoming so ill that I keep her home from school and work.
Hi,UTIs are not a common symptom of lupus, but there are many causes for UTIs and they happen more frequently than women than in men.Here is a link directly to a page that will tell you more about risk factors for getting UTIsAlso, once you've read that you can look at the left side of the page and click on 'causes' to read a bit more about it. It does sound like she might be having some type of autoimmune condition going on. There are blood tests that will test for autoimmune disease such as the antibody tests. There are tests for anti-nuclear DNA antibodies, anti-phospholipid antibodies etc. It will really depend on what the doctor thinks needs to be done once he physically examines her.When there is any autoimmune condition in the family, the chance of another person having an autoimmune condition (not necessarily the same one) is much higher.Autoimmune disease happen when the immune system of the body starts thinking that parts of the body are 'foreign' (such as it recognizes bacteria as foreign) and therefore starts attacking those parts of the body.There are other conditions such as sickle cell disease, or sickle cell trait that can be causing her symptoms.At this point it is too varied for me to try to hone in on one specific thing only.I hope this has helped, if not please continue to ask until you are satisfied.I hope the cause of her problems is found very soon.G-d BlessIf you have any follow-up questions for me please feel free to ask them.________________________If you are satisfied with the doctor's answer please click 'accept' so that she can be paid. BONUSES and POSITIVE FEEDBACK are not expected, but are always appreciated.
Hi,I haven't heard back from you and was wondering if you had any further questions, or any further test results that might help me answer your question further.G-d BlessIf you have any follow-up questions for me please feel free to ask them.________________________If you are satisfied with the doctor's answer please click 'accept' so that she can be paid. BONUSES and POSITIVE FEEDBACK are not expected, but are always appreciated.