Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Lupus vascular instability?
    akmom3kids posted:
    Just recieved results of brain MRI back. Results showed few small areas that may be demyelinating process or process such as vascular instability as can b seen with vasculitis, severe migraines,(which I don't have) and lupus. I have had many symptoms that mimic both ms and lupus that is why this test was done. Is it possible to have both? If areas are related to lupus what could these areas in my brain mean? I am being referred to neurologist but curious about what lupus vascular instability means And could that b what is causing my numbness burning and tingling down arms legs and hands feet. My left pinky finger always numb! I'd Appreciate any comments. Thanks
    R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR responded:
    Lupus can cause many non-specific white matter changes and you are right that a lot of these may be the result of vascular issues. Due to inflammation, blood vessels may become permeable and leaky, additionally, blood clots due to anti-phospholipid syndrome (often associated with lupus) can cause white matter changes.

    Often, it is hard to differentiate lupus from MS. A careful workup is required. This may involve an MRI of the blood vessels (MR angiogram), examination of the CSF (fluid covering the brain) obtained via a lumbar puncture and a PET scan.

    These lesions could definitely cause the symptoms that you are describing, depending on the location of the lesions. Seeing the neurologist is the correct first step. All the best!
    akmom3kids replied to R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR's response:
    Thanks. Yeah my symptoms have become worse since I wrote this post. My circulation him legs have been pretty bad with left leg very cold and painful and difficult walking on. Both legs are very weak and cold and swollen. Doc doesn't think blood clot . It's really strange. Waiting to get into neurologist but looks like will be end of feb. having bad headaches and 4 reflex legs (abnormal per primary doc) Can't wait for this to go away! Got a 5 yo that needs mommy and been hard to even walk...I am usually very active so this is real bummer!

    With Lupus

    WebMD's Day2Night will help you develop personal coping strategies for living with lupus – at home,
    at work, or with family
    and friends.
    Visit Lupus Day2Night

    Helpful Tips

    Vitamin DExpert
    Lupus patients are rightfully told to avoid the sun since it can flare the disease. But guess what... by doing so you are setting yourself ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    94 of 124 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.