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Lupus symptoms ? hair falls out , terrible headaches ...

I'm not sure if I have I have lupus, but I have alot of the symptoms. Maybe someone could advise me on what to do, who to see? I go through periods of times when my hair falls out, it gets very thin. I get terrible headaches, where I have to take pain medication several times a day(i am otherwise not big on taking anything unless I really need it). I also get very tired . When I go out in the sun without sunscreen I get little bumps sort of like pimples or blisters and they itch so bad I practically scratch my skin off, they last for a week or 2. Some of my joints hurt. Specifically my knees, fingers and some parts of my feet. My back hurts everyday upon rising. I thought maybe I was getting arthritis. But i'm only 41. I rarely have day when I do not have diarrhea and heartburn. My memory is shot. My husband thinks i've become an airhead. I do too. About 4 months ago I thought there was something really wrong with my heart. I had some pain. It was fluttering. Very often. I went to a gp, he did a bunch of tests. Said my liver and thyroid were good. Cholesterol levels were ok, 192. Sent me to a hospital to have a stress test which they said was fine also. By the way I didn't tell the gp about all the other symptoms because I didn't think they were related. I did tell him that I had stopped using anything with aspartame because I thought that was the cause of the headaches and hairloss. When I quit using these products my headaches lessened and my hair started growing in thicker. I thought it was the aspartame. But 3 weeks ago my hair started falling out again. Again the headaches. And all these other symptoms. So I went online singly checking on different things, photo sensitivity, hair loss etc and lupus is what I see in common. I am scared. Who do I see? What kind of doctor do I see? I have good health insurance. Blue cross ppo.

There is one more symptom that really scares me. At night when I lay down in bed, it feels like there is alot of air or liquid moving around just below my ribs. It kind of feels like when you are 9 mos. Pregnant and the baby is moving around under your rib cage. Feels very strange. The worst thing is I don't know what it is. Does anyone else have that?
I've had some of these symptoms for years.

Please advise me.
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replied June 17th, 2009
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replied June 19th, 2010
I agree that you are talking about Lupus its so hard to get a diagnoses. Took me 3 primary and 4 rheumatologist for a team to figure me out!The heart racing happens your blood is inflamed. The feeling is fluid buildup around you lungs Pleurisy. I had all this happen months all blood came back good negative for Lupus then went to a specialist everything changed on test. ANA positive etc then now my labs are all negative but still high sed rate ( inflammation in your blood) you need to find a good doc to listen your not loosing your mind it effects your mind and its just a terrible disease to have I hope you dont and find out your allergic to something that would be great but you sound so much like me.
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replied July 1st, 2010
Im 15 and i have lupus, my hair falls out heaps and heaps , and i get severe head aches, so i think we are sailing in the same boat. i think the best solution is to consult a doctor and they will do some tests to see if you have lupus or not, its good if you dont delay this and go as quick as possible because its better to find out now rather than when your old aged. My hair use to be soo thick and now becuase of lupus my hair falls out alot and they have gone thin Sad and i get head ahces and always feel like sleeping Sad
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