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Hello Everyone,

I actually joined up a while back but kept postponing introducing myself. I had a bad lupus attack several years ago - near kidney failure, blood clots, a heart attack (from the blood clots) and suffered a lot of side effects on the medication. I think I was on 17 meds at one time!

Now I'm doing better thanks to the medication and my doctors. I've been on chemo - cytoxan (didn't help) but the Rituxan seems to have helped, particularly my kidneys. I am currently taking Cellcept, Plaquenil, Enalpril (for blood pressure for the kidneys) and Coumadin (for blood clotting). I am also on clonapin for anxiety and about to start Welbutrin for depression. I'm going through early menopause (the cytoxan destroyed my ovaries and I couldn't get the injection that protects them because it thickens the blood) and trying to find out if estrogen therapy is bad for lupus. So far I've read that it is; the lack of estrogen in my body is really driving me crazy!!! :( If anyone has personal experience with this or can direct me to the right thread I would appreciate it.

I hope to find support and information here and also provide the same. I've been through the ringer and hope that I can be helpful to others.

Take care,
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Katharine;538965 said:
Hello Cynthia and welcome :)

I'm afraid I don't have any experience with your specific questions but just wanted to say hello and welcome you here.

bye for now,

Hi Katherine,
Thanks for the welcome!
KarolH;538966 said:
Hi Cynthia and glad you decide to jump in and join us. Wow, you sure have been through a lot and for that I am sorry.

I was on Lupron injections years ago but for female issues, however, I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 36 and it put me right into menopause. It was not fun, one heck of a roller coaster ride for sure.

I do not take estrogen, never did, but I am sure your gp or rheumy could better advise you if you can safely take it with lupus and the other drugs your currently taking.

I hope your health is more stable now and life is a little kinder to you these days. Come join us in the chat room sometime.

Hope to get to know you better. You will find this forum a awesome place to hang out, full of great info, support and good people.
Hi Karol, thank you so much. I'm curious why you didn't take estrogen? Sorry to hear about the menopause; how long did it last and how did you deal with it? Definitely a rollercoaster ride!
ROSJAC;538975 said:
Hi Cynthia, Boy you sure have been thru the wringer! We share a few things ..I am on Cellcept and Klonopin. Tried Welbutrin but could not keep it down. I have had Lupus For 11 years. In 1982, I had a hysterectomy. I did fine for years, without hormone replacement. After I was dx with SLE, I started having terrible hot flashes, being a teacher and turning red and sweating profusely was not good!! Anyway, I was on estrogen for several years up until the controversy started about the side-effects, the OBGYN took me off of them.Have you talked to an OBGYN. about your problem? Best Wishes, Rosie
Hi Rosie, thanks for replying. Oh the hot flashes are the worst! I used to hear about it and think 'what's the big deal, it could be fun'. It's the weirdest feeling, like you're a furnace burning up from the inside. Did you find that the estrogen helped you through the menopause while you were on it?

I talked to my lupus dr. this morning and she told me I also shouldn't go on it because it causes blood clotting; she set me up with a gyno but that isn't for another 2 months. The menopause feels so awful though!
Thank You Everyone

Hi again,

Thank you for all the warm welcomes and advice! :):):) I look forward to chatting with you. This is a great board - wish I had come here a lot earlier!

Take good care everyone,
onetay;539004 said:
Hi and welcome to the site, You poor thing it sounds like you just need a group hugs so here is one from me to you. I have not had things as bad as you but did have my 2 children and then under went a hist. at age 22. I know that the body can do weird things and all I can tell you is to ride it out for the mean time. You might ask about some natural hormone supplements that might not be so bad for the lupus. I know there are a couple on the open market in the US. I would ask the doctor first.
There is a chat room that I hope you will join us in and share with us and feel free to ask all the questions you want. You will find a lot of people in there that you will grow very close to in a matter of minutes. I hope you start feeling better soon and that you find away to do everything you would like to do.
Hi Tammy, hug back. :) Did you go into menopause right after your hist? My dr. told me not to go on estrogen because of the blood clotting, but to try out progesterone cream to help balance the estrogen. I actually did that, along with soy powder a couple of years back when I was on cytoxan - my periods had disappeared for a while but with that it came back. Not sure why the progesterone would work now because my estrogen levels are so low but I'm giving it another try. Sorry about the blabbing. Other questions about early menopause - how long did it last, and did you notice any skin changes? My skin has gotten dryer and I've gotten some age spots.

I would love to join in on the chat room and will do so when I'm feeling less crazy!
Lily;539017 said:
Hi Cynthia and welcome,

It sounds like you have had a pretty horrible time with your Lupus but I am glad that the Rituxan seems to be helping things a lot for you now.

Do you have APS (clotting antibodies) or have you ever had a TIA/Stroke/Thrombosis episode? If the answer is yes then they usually consider taking estrogen based HRT a nono...........if the answer is no then it's generally considered quite safe to take it, unless you have strong family history of clotting events or breast cancer.

Hi Lily, unfortunately I do have lupus dr. really doesn't want me to go on estrogen. If the soy powder and progesterone and lifestyle changes don't work I am wondering if I should take the risk and do it (maybe increase my blood thinner?) - quality of life vs. quantity...
ROSJAC;539083 said:
Me again. Yes the estrogen did control the hot flashes,but now I have terrible night sweats from Cellcept. As they say "If it's not one thing, it"s another"! Take care, Rosie
Hi Rosie, I'm sorry to hear that, I didn't know that was a side effect from Cellcept. I was at the Vitamin Shoppe today and noticed they have vitamins specifically for hot flashes...
lazylegs;539100 said:
:welcome: Cynthia,

I am glad you decided to join us.

Sorry to hear you are having such a difficult time with hot flashes. Your doctor might be able to help with other things besides HRT. I have read the drug Neurontin has been successful for some. Many people go the natural route using soy products, cutting out caffeine, increasing their exercise level, and so on. I hope you will be able to find something that works for you.

Take care,
Hi Lazylegs, I'm not sure if I want to go on another med, but thanks, I will check it out. Definitely no more coffee for me. I'm also quite sedentary and know I need to get off my lazy butt! I'm sure exercise will make a difference.
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