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nrslab posted:
I have been diagnosed with Lupus for about 3 months. I was started on Plaquinel and it has taken away most of my swelling and I had a heart cath for the chest pain and was started on Cardizem for my arterial spasms. Now my Lymph nodes have begun swelling more than usual and one at the base of my skull became hard and very painful. I called my Doctor and she started me on an antibiotic which is taking care of the problem but I am still so tired constantly and feel that I cannot function. If I attempt to do anything for a few hours I end up very tired, get hoarse, begin chilling and have difficulty breathing. Does anyone else do this?
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allie_bf responded:
You will find out that anytime you have an infection, or any flare up of your inflammatory symptoms, that you will be "wiped out," and have a lot of difficulty keeping up with daily tasks. As the fever, swelling, and pain resolve, so too should your overall enegy level. Unfortunately, Plaquenil works slowly, and since you have been on it only 3 months, you should find that you will continue to improve as the months go by. As to your other symptoms: some of them sound like they may be related to the Cardizem so it might be worth calling the doctor who prescribed it. If you have severe difficulty breathing, call 911, but the minor hoarseness and swollen lymph nodes could be medication side effects that might dictate a change in treatment, or just more close observation.


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