Thank you for the suggestion, I see your point. However, I posted the link because only one company makes them, and I was replying to a question.
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Paula, with insomnia keepimg me up, I started doing some research for you amd found an abstract from a study done by nih on progesterone effectively treating hot flashes without withdrawals. It may be of interest to you, so here’s the link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22849758 Also, I read an article a few months back about lyrica/neurontin and how detrimental they are to the formation of brain synapses.
I get them from Swanson online. For more info here is the link. https://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-condition-specific-formulas-fibro-essentials-90-veg-caps
I’ve read that most people with TLE have the bumps you mentioned, but I do not. Apparently it is rare to have tumid lesions/bumps below the waist, and my biopsy came from my leg. Do your bumps only form in areas exposed to uv radiation? Before plaquenil I could be wearing jeans, sneakers, a long sleeved shirt, and a jacket while wearing spf 100 sun block with helioplex and get lesions on my back, arms, legs, and feet. Multiple small lesions would form in an area of about 6″×6″ before turning into one giant red plaque. They would then swell, making my arm twice it’s normal size, ang my arm would turn fire engine red and be hot to the touch. Since tumid lupus bumps are mucin deposits in the subcutaneous tissue that are the result of a reaction with uv radiation, thus inflaming the surrounding tissue (as well as trapping and inflaming the collagen in the region), and the huge plaques would press on my nerves. Thankfully, I have not dealt with those in over a year. Do you get the sunburn feeling everywhere? The closest symptom I’ve had to yours would be the butterfly rash. I have a Swanson Health Products account, which is where I get all of my supplements. They are generally way cheaper, and they tell you the units of the ingredients, so I think they’re more trustworthy. My boyfriend’s mother has hashimoto’s and fibro, and sent me home with a week supply of most of the supplements I mentioned. My mother and I take the same supplements, and she says they’ve helped her tremendously. She has tumid lupus with positive ANA and fibromyalgia. For hot flashes you may want to look into valerian root, black cohosh, and/or licorice root. They are natural as well, and my mother says black cohosh helped lessen the intensity of her hot flashes. I’m just throwing out ideas, so I’m sorry this post is so long. If you try them out, I’d love to know how they work for you. It took me exhausting all other options before I gave in and decided to give supplements a try as well. I hoped this helped!
I take plaquenil, cymbalta, neurontin, and then supplements (they’re my saving grace). To help with cognitive function and energy I take ginko biloba and korean red ginseng root. Klamanth blue green algae is great, because it effectively removes all of the built up toxins and toxic heavy metals that the body can’t do naturally. Those are the main three supplements that i swear by, although I take l glutathione, fibro essentials (made for those with fibromyalgia; I know it includes b12 and magnesium), and probiotics. I have found that fluorescent lights are much worse for my lupus activity than the sun. I wonder if it has something to do with the sun being natural as opposed to artificial. I have hot flashes, but I also have periods where I’m freezing; I think it’s my sensitivity to temperature. Unfortunately, I have not made any headway in that arena. I have searched all of the tumid lupus academic journals I had access to, and it seems scientific research is finally picking up speed.
I was diagnosed with Tumid Lupus last April (two days before my 20th birthday), followed my fibromyalgia, ibs, and degenrative arthritis in my shoulders, wrists, fingers, hips, and knees. I tried the natural approach, but the huge plaques, pleurisy, etc had me reaching for my bottle of plaquenil religiously. I haven’t had any side effects, and I’ve been on it for a year. Have you found that your lesions change? I’ve had a ton of different phases of lesions. Right now my lupus is mimicking dishydrotic eczema. Before that it mimicked panniculitis, and prior to that MRSA lesions. I swear by my supplements. I take fibro essentials, l glutathione, ginko biloba, probiotics (because 70% of the immune system is in the stomach), and klamanth blue green algae. They have changed my life. How has the garlic treated you? I’ve read that it can make some worse.
Hi Paula, I was diagnosed with Tumid Lupus in April of 2016, two days before my 20th birthday. I have symptoms that fall outside of the norm as well. I have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, degenerative arthritis (although it is looking more and more like Rheumatoid Arthritis), IBS, and Dishydrotic eczema. I am highly uv sensitive, had plaques-but they change form, shape and type everytime I flare (mimicking other skins disorders), as well as the butterfly rash, pleurisy, temperature sensitivity, neuropathy, swelling joints (shoulders, wrists, fingers, hips, and knees), muscular pain and spasms, migraines, fatigue, etc. Up until I started sesing my current rheumy, I was told it was impossible to have symtoms that were not skin-related. I did not have all of these symptoms at first, but they have been getting worse. My mother has tumid lupus with positive ANA. What are your symptoms? I hope you’re doing well.