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Minor exertion makes stomach muscles feel sore, back pain. Diagnosed of lupus. How to deal with pain ?

Upon minor exertion such as washing dishes or sweeping a floor my stomach muscles feel sore and cause very bad pain in the lower part of my back. I was recently diagnosed with lupus and exposure to tb. I am a 66year old female who also smokes approx 5 cigarettes a day and do not drink alcohol. Any idea what would cause this or how to deal with the pain?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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Hi and thanks for the query,

It might be most useful knowing how well you do follow the treatment for lupus, the response you experience with drugs you are using. This is of utmost importance for appropriate lupus management on its won could improve symptoms. The back might in some situations be unrelated to the lupus. Getting an X ray and back Ct scan done could potentially be very helpful.
Blood electrolyte levels and micronutrient screen, considering the lupus and age could be potentially useful. Blood Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D and B12 levels are recommended tests to be done. An appropriate diet (rich in fruits and vegetables, rest, physiotherapy) coupled with a complete medical consultation could be very useful. I suggest you consult your rheumatologist or internist. Thanks and kind regards as I wish you good health.

Kind regards,
Bain LE, MD.
Answered: Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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