Hi. 7 years ago I became extremely ill - pleurisy, pericarditis, acid reflux, painful swollen joints - and it ended up with ambulance and emergency care in the cardiac care unit for a week. I was diagnosed with drug induced lupus - a reaction to a biological drug, infliximab, which I had been receiving for over 6 months.
I was told that with stopping the drug, the lupus would go too.
I now have a really bad throat, and flu like symptoms - but along with those, I am getting the same pains in my elbows, shoulders, stomach and mild (but there most of the time) chest pains similar to those I had when the lupus first reared its head.
I have had one blood test around a year ago which showed no markers for lupus so I thought I was now clear. Could it be re-triggered?
Or is the bug I have just aggravating some old scars left by the lupus?
My gp cant see me until wednesday, although I can call first thing ttomorrow to get an emergency appointment, I just wanted to know if anyone out there had recurring drug induced lupus, or if it does just go when taken off the drug which triggered it.