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01/20/2011 11:17 AM

Lupus and Plastic surgery

orchid27us
 
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Hi, I was recently diagnosed with lupus about two to three months ago. My doctor said I am getting back to normal very quickly. I only take plaquenil and I'm about to get off the prednisone 3mg. I feel normal, I even started working, continuing a normal life.

Before I got sick I was planning on getting breast implants because I am 33 and have four children, the body changes, so I wanted to better my appearance. Now, I dont know if it is safe!

Do people with lupus have plastic surgery? My sister has lupus and she had a tummy tuck because after being overweight from the steroids she is down to a size 1 and she really had loose skin everywhere. She came out just fine. I would like to hear different views...Is plastic surgery or implants okay?

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01/20/2011 03:34 PM
Hakuro
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Hello orchid27us.

This is a very good question. And I am very interested in knowing the answer myself because I have been contemplating breast implants myself for quite a while. I plan to ask my rheumy next week about that, so I'll come back and post what she says. It would be great if you ask from your side also...

I have read that surgery can be a trigger for lupus. And I am pretty sure that mine was triggered by a surgery. What I don't know is if once you have lupus, can it be a trigger for a flare...


01/20/2011 04:57 PM
mumeva
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Hi Orchard......I never thought of this but a very good question. I think it would be a good idea to talk with your rheumy about this. Please let us know what you find out.

Eva


01/20/2011 09:03 PM
Pandora74
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Hi Orchard, this is a great question and I also have no idea. I have also read that surgery can be a trigger for flares. The only thing I would be concerned with is if your immune system will react to the implants since it is a foreign object being placed in your body. I would research very well so you don't have any complications.

Let us know what you find out.

April


03/13/2011 05:52 PM
orchid27us
 
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Well my sister was going to have a breast lift, but canceled due to chest pain. But after researching I decided on getting fat transfer into my breast. It's safer and I would have no risk of my body rejecting the implant. I plan on the surgery for the end of this year. I havent seen my ruehmy yet but will ask about risks. Maybe by the end of this year I will be healtier. At the moment I feel awesome and havn't had any types of flares whatsoever. I feel myself getting stronger than i was a couple months ago. Will keep you posted on any updates.

03/13/2011 09:17 PM
unripping
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Interesting, when I had eye surgery several years ago, the receptionist wore glasses and said that she couldn't have the surgery because she had lupus. Eye surgery is laser surgery. I'm curious too. I don't think I'd ever have elective surgery again only because it seems like I'm allergic to something new every day. But if I had the money and it was safe for me, I wouldn't mind using plastic surgery to freeze time.

03/14/2011 09:00 AM
orchid27us
 
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I think it depends on the level of lupus that you have. Cuz there are people that I know that have lupus and they cant work or hardly do anything. I atleast go about doing all normal activities. I mean I used to have to take a nap atleast once during the day to recharge my energy. Mind you I have one year old twins, but now i only start to feel tired when its well past my bedtime. That would be by 2:00 or 3:00am. I just thank god that the meds have agreed with me.

05/31/2012 10:39 AM
robbiefelix
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I have lupus and have it for about 16 years. My case is mild except for some serious flareups, but my biggest probelms have been caused by medications to treat lupus, rather than the Lupus. I have had several cosmetic surgeries in the last few years withut much problem, but the plastic surgeon knows me and my case well.

I regret the laser suregery to not wear glasses because I developed sjogren's over the years and now my eyes are so dry that it is a constant problem. I would have kept wearing glasses if I had known how seriously it affected my eyes. They even put the block in to keep the tears in my eyes, but there are no tears even!


05/31/2012 12:52 PM
NURSEBLACK
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Robbiefelix: Thank you for sharing this information. I just wanted to share something that has worked for me ... my dry eyes. My eye specialist told me about "Dry Eye Omega Benefits" Physican Recommended Nutriceuticals Dietary Supplement. I'm very careful what I take ... so when I asked for him to recommend something and then it actually helped me ... that is the only reason I share this info. I didn't have to have anything inserted into my eye ducts to help me with dry eye as a result of this supplement.

05/31/2012 12:56 PM
NURSEBLACK
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orchid27US: I have also read that surgery can flare lupus. From my personal standpoint, I've had to have two surgical interventions over the last few years and both times the surgery seem to really turn up the lupus flare. Since you are doing so well right now ... my pearls of wisdom would be .... "Don't Rock The Boat!"
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