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Lupus and back pain

afraidknotaafraidknot Posts: 2
edited 10/20/2014 - 4:51 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi all. New here trying to find some answers. I have been trying to find out if autoimmune disorders such as lupus, sjogren's syndrome, etc have any link at all to the trouble I have with my back. I put off seeing my rheumatologist for about 3 yrs (huge mistake) due to medical issues with my son. Finally the pain in my hands & back were off the chart & I saw the rheumatologist who did some xrays and found several issues with my back, these include anterior wedging at T12 & L1, facet arthrosis @ L3-4 & L5-S1, multilevel degenerative disk & facet disease along with dextroscolisis in my lower back and compression fracture @ L4. Needless to say I am in a lot of pain. The rheumatologist is treating the autoimmune w plaquenil and said i should see my pcp for any pain mgmt. The pcp has referred me to a neurosurgeon and a pain mgmt dr but neither can see me until December...glad i'm not dying :/
Thanks for any input y'all can share
have an awesome day :)


  • But I do have Sjogrens Syndrome and am also on Plaquenil. I had a triple fusion last year and need a shoulder and knee replacement (both are bone on bone). At 59 I sometimes feel 89. I've always wondered if the dryness from Sjogrens can dry out disks and cartilage like it dries out the rest of our moisture glands. Who knows? Good luck with your journey.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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  • Hi Afraidknot,

    This sounds exactly like what I am going through. I know that this was posted a long time ago, so I am hoping you get this! Did you receive a diagnosis from your rheumatologist? 

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