Patient Comments: Henoch-Schonlein Purpura - Symptoms

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Comment from: Markik, Male (Caregiver) Published: March 08

So I was at a wedding party with my family and one if my cousin's leg started hurting. When we were about to leave her she vomited on the floor and said it really hurt bad. My uncle was going to drive her to the hospital because we were in Rochester and her legs got swollen. My uncle and aunt were thinking she got something contagious from the waterpark they went to a week before hand. Later they realized my cousin has HSP and I got scared cause if that gets into your kidneys you may need surgery (since she was very young that would be sad). The next day we found out instead of relaxing in the hotel, sadly she was in the ER feeling good which was good news. Just too bad we didn't get to say goodbye to her when we left. Hopefully she will get better.

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Comment from: loving, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 21

My 6 year old son was diagnosed with Henoch-Schonlein purpura almost a week ago. A week ago today he was diagnosed with strep throat. Two days later the rash developed and stomach pain. His doctor said he has HSP. The next evening we ending up in the ER with joint swelling (he couldn't walk), abdominal pain and rash. He had a cat scan and they ruled out surgery, but his bowel was thickened. We came home from the hospital two days later and was able to eat the B.R.A.T diet, but has been in extreme pain with vomiting sine. His rash came back and is worse. With all the stories I am reading my heart goes out to all those children and families. The worst thing to go through is watching your child suffer and there is NOTHING I can do.

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Comment from: Amy, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 24

You never want to go through Henoch-Schonlein purpura, but if you do, be prepared. And if you see things that are not normal, you're not crazy! I had to experience this nightmare. Today my daughter is doing great. But when she was little she lost so much weight and nearly died from weight loss. You get an endocrinology doctor, we did and he was the best. Referred us to Children Hospital and we had to go there weekly.

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Comment from: henspeaking, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 24

My husband was diagnosed with Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) about a month ago. It began in his ankles and the rash broke out. He has arthritis and diabetes. He is 43 years old and is in some terrible pain. He was hospitalized for three days and came home with medications such as pain relievers, naproxen, stomach and Benadryl. His lesions were healing up and then the outbreak came again. The steroids they gave him in the hospital made his sugar go sky high and now he is on insulin. His legs look really bad and now they have an odor to them. I have been trying to do some research and to no avail. I have taken pictures to document this ongoing study. We have no idea of what to do or where to go next. Funds are limited.

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Comment from: michelle, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 19

My daughter is 15 and was recently diagnosed with Henoch-Schonlein purpura. It started out as a rash on her legs and swollen legs. She's going through her exams at the moment, and she has now got swollen elbows and her wrists are swollen. She's in bed and cannot move. She's in so much pain and cannot move. She cries all the time. It started out from a cough. I guess it's in its early stages

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Comment from: Lucy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I was six when I got HSP. I didn't have a rash but had blood in my urine and my ankles swelled. The pain in my stomach was constant and I have to say I have not experienced anything as bad since, even childbirth! I ended up in hospital as did two of my classmates, whose kidneys were affected. School didn't know how we had all got HSP at the same time. Once I was given the correct medicine I felt better immediately.

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Comment from: cclaiborne, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 12

When my son was 2 years old his knee was huge swollen and he had these red dots all over his arms, legs, and abdomen. We took him to the ER and they ran x-rays and could not find anything so they sent us home. A couple days later the rash got worse and he got a lump on his back spine as well as his knee. The ER put a full length cast on his leg because they could not figure out what was wrong with him. Several days later his other knee swelled up so we rushed him to the ER. While in ER they went to take a urinalysis and his scrotum was bright purple and the size of a grapefruit. They admitted him and ran test after test after test. They had no clue what was wrong with him. They finally sent him to a doctor in UCLA and that doctor diagnosed him with HSP within five minutes. We opted out of doing the steroid treatment and his symptoms lasted him around 2 months. Things that would swell up was his knees, his scrotum, his elbows, his spine and the side of his head with the red dots all over his body. He was unable to walk when his knees and scrotum were swollen. He is now almost 16 years old and is as healthy as can be.

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