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Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease which affects any part of the body, including the skin, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The immune system attacks the cells and tissues of the body, resulting to inflammation and tissue damage.

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Sick of being Sick

Started by Julie in General. Last reply by hopeful 3 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Hi everyone I am not sure if I am writing to vent or get some great suggestions maybe a little bit of both. I have been having a hard time the last three years going from flare up to flare up. My doctor put me on methotrexate and it seemed to help…Continue

Anxious and Nervous!

Started by Louters in General. Last reply by poobie 23 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Saw a new rheumy. Today so far I like him. It's hard starting with a new one because they want to run their own tests. So it's like back to square one but I think I'll be happy with him!He had looked at my earlier labs and it showed that my kidneys…Continue

Mast cell response

Started by Roxy in General. Last reply by Heather Hicks 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

I had a minor surgical procedure to remove a spur under my extensor tendon which was creating an ulcer from rubbing on the shoe. The surgeon fashioned a water proof bandage by placing the adhesive used for IV lines over gauze. Within 24 hours my…Continue

beyond lupus

Started by dawncelest in General. Last reply by hopeful 26 minutes ago. 2 Replies

Had an appointment with my rheumatologist today, it's been 6 weeks since our last...in that time I've had a tendon tear in the ball of my foot, "gross"amounts of blood in my urine with clots, anemia with iron deficiency diagnosis, difficult lung…Continue

First Day back to College!

Started by Louters in General. Last reply by Louters 12 hours ago. 7 Replies

Wow! What a day! It was my first day back and I am completely exhausted! It was so much fun though being back into civilization for the first time in over a year. I was pretty nervous and antsy till I got through each class and got a feel for it…Continue

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Ben's Friends Monthly Newsletter - August 2014 Issue

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Off the Couch and Out of the Recliner

Posted by Ann A. on August 16, 2014 at 3:41pm 3 Comments

Ulcers are calm

Inflammation is down

I am up and in motion.

Classes start nextweek

The new pain management doc did a much better job of interacting with me on Friday

He decided that I should try Cymbalta and go…



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