Lupus Awareness 3-7-13




Good Afternoon, everyone today is going to be about Lupus Headaches and damn do they hurt.

Lupus Headaches

Symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, nausea, etc. are being caused by the Lupus, other minor medical conditions (i.e. a virus), or even medicine side effects.  Headaches are certainly no exception.  Many of the medicines used to treat Lupus list headache as a common side effect.  Some of these are NSAIDsPlaquenil,prednisoneCellCept, and Methotrexate.  People with Lupus, just like the general population, can get sinus headaches, tension headaches, and migraines unrelated to their Lupus.  Evaluation by your doctor is suggested for anyone who has regular headaches or headaches that interfere with your normal daily activities.

What is a Lupus Headache?

Lupus headache is very similar in characteristics to a migraine.  Those with Antiphospholipid Syndrome orRaynaud’s Phenomenon may be more likely to get these headaches.



Symptoms can vary greatly but some of the more common ones include moderate to severe pain lasting several hours to several days, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, sensitivity to smell, throbbing or pulsing pain, pain on one side of the head at a time, and pain that gets worse with movement.


Lupus headaches are thought to be caused by an abnormality in the way the blood vessels constrict.  They can also be caused by vasculitis



These headaches are treated in the same manner as typical migraines with the exception that corticosteroids are sometimes helpful distinguishing it from other migraines.  Typical migraine treatments vary depending on the severity and frequency of the headaches. 

Abortive therapy is used to get rid of a migraine after it has started.  Medications such as Imitrex, and Axert.  Narcotic pain relievers such as Hydrocodone can also be used but are not as specific and can be habit forming. 

Preventative treatment is used for patients that get migraines more often.  These are medications taken every day with the hopes of preventing migraines from ever coming on.  SomeAntihypertensives such as Inderal and Covera are sometimes used for preventative treatment.  Some Antiseizure medications such as Topamax, Neurontin and Depakote are also used for this purpose.  Some Antidepressants such as Elavil and Pamelor may be used as well.


Well some of us is not that lucky when i get to the point i can’t see , and have to go to the er and get pain med’s through an Iv  , I hope this doesn’t happen to you … OK everyone one I am out so everyone have a great Thursday all by the way new prize to add 




it is a size 7 and it was given to me for this event it is from jewerly tv ….   you have a good one Denise 



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