Hope Foundation - Creating an awareness of Lupus, Sickle Cell and Arthritis

When should I call the Doctor?

You should call the doctor about any change in symptoms or worsening of your lupus as soon as possible. You should also be aware that there are certain symptoms that may require that you see your doctor immediately. These symptoms or signs include the following:

  • Blood in your stool or vomit -you should call your doctor and let him/her know immediately
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Seizures
  • New onset of a fever or if your fever is much higher than it usually is
  • Excess bruising or bleeding anywhere on your body
  • Confusion or mood changes
  • A combination of symptoms such as severe headache with neck stiffness and fever. This combination could be serious and you need to let your doctor know immediately.

There are other reasons why you should call your doctor. For example, if the doctor has put you on a new medication and you've been taking it as prescribed, and for the period of time prescribed and your symptoms are no better or they are worse, you need to let the doctor know.

Living with Lupus

  • I was diagnosed with systemic lupus. Are there any do's or don'ts with regard to: +

    Diet - There is no such thing as a lupus diet. People with lupus should consider following a diet that is Read More
  • Flares. How can I tell if my lupus is active? +

    When a lupus flare occurs, people will usually notice a return of the symptoms they experienced previously, but sometimes they Read More
  • When should I call the Doctor? +

    You should call the doctor about any change in symptoms or worsening of your lupus as soon as possible. You Read More
  • How long will a flare last? How long will a remission last? +

    There is no way of predicting how long a flare will last when it comes, nor is there any way Read More
  • I've had lupus for 2 years and haven't had a remission yet. Is this possible? +

    Yes. Lupus takes a highly variable course. Some people will have a course where their lupus flares-up and then simmers Read More
  • What can I expect in the future? Will I be able to have a family? +

    Unless there is moderate to severe organ involvement or if a person must take immunosuppressive/immunomodulating medications that would place the Read More
  • Will I be able to continue working full-time? +

    Many people who have lupus are able to continue working full-time. However, since lupus affects people to varying degrees there Read More
  • Will I live long enough to see my children grow up? +

    The majority of people living with lupus today, in fact 80-90% of them, can expect to live a normal lifespan Read More
  • Will I become crippled and end up in a wheelchair? +

    People are frequently concerned that the arthritis associated with lupus will result in crippling deformities. Lupus arthritis generally does not Read More
  • Is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain when the pills don't seem to work and I can't get in to see the doctor for a few days? +

    Some people find relief from heat, some people find relief from cold. Others find that if they can find a Read More
  • I have heard that dental fillings may trigger lupus. Is there anything to this? +

    At the present time, we do not have any scientific data that indicates that dental fillings may act as a Read More
  • I have heard that hair dyes may trigger flares in lupus. Does this mean I should stop dying my hair? +

    One study indicated an association between the use of hair dyes and lupus symptoms, but subsequent studies found no association Read More
  • Can lupus cause memory problems? +

    At some point during the course of their lupus, up to 50% of lupus patients describe feelings of confusion, fatigue, Read More
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