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I am not diagnosed yet... my doctors are waiting until I present with more symptoms of either lupus or some other form of arthritis...but I was wondering. Today, I went to my GP with three spots (rashes) on my lower legs. They have been there for over a year now and I can't get them to go away on my own... so I went to my GP today.

I was told I had eczema (although it is not an itchy rash). I was wondering if that is something that is common with lupus patients. He explained that it was an autoimmune response. I told him I was in a very stressful situation last week, and I did notice it was worse then. He said stress can play a role in it. I have some steroid cream to put on it....

If is it arthritis related, and I have been taking Celebrex like mad... then wouldn't it show that it isn't working?? I don't know... I just wanted to ask here and be more informed next time I go see him. :)
 

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Hi,

I can't help a lot here but just wanted to say that celebrex is "only" an anti-inflammatory, so the only thing that it wll do is reduce inflammation which can reduce pain. That's it. It won't act on anything else that is going on.

Katharine
 

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Snap ((((Katherine)))), I was going to say that!

Willow - have you taken pictures of the rash for future reference and to show a specialist!

Lesley
 

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Well, so far the celebrex isn't even helping in that! I am awake all night these days and I am taking two 200mg per day. I should bring that up on my next visit with my GP.

That is a great idea about taking a picture of the rashes for future reference! I am going to do that asap before the steroid cream starts to work.
 

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As I just wrote in another post... it is pretty important for you to get into a dermatologist for an appropriate diagnosis of these rashes (which can also help you possibly get a dx if they are positive for lupus). GPs usually dx eczema as it is the most common sort of skin rash, even if the symptoms don't necessarily fit!
 

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Oh I hope you get the answers youre looking for, If I had been smart, I would have gone to get a biopsy done when my rash appeared.... Good luck
 
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