Patient Comments: Vasculitis - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with vasculitis.

Comment from: Maria, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

My mom is 63 years old and she is currently in the hospital. She has been in an ICU for 25 days. She was diagnosed with vasculitis. I am her daughter, and I don't know much about this condition, but I am very scared. She went into the hospital with shortness of breath and in 24 hours she had all sorts of IVs and tubes hanging everywhere. That's when they told us she could die. Her lungs were filled with blood and it was very hard for her to breathe. She is still here fighting this disease.

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Comment from: Amy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I have been living with allergic vasculitis for almost 13 years now. I have tight, itchy, swollen legs and feet. It's really horrible because after an episode, I can barely walk. I can't wear shorts or dresses; it's miserable. I've been on prednisone and azathioprine, and neither has worked very well. I don't know what else to do.

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Comment from: Donna, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 25

My mom has just died from cerebral vasculitis, and she was only 65. They thought she had encephalitis, but it was actually this cruel disease. She knew there was something wrong. She would grab her head and cry out with the pain. We lost her within two weeks of going into the hospital for something completely unrelated. She had massive brain hemorrhages and was pronounced brain dead. She also suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and the doctors tell me this is a contributing factor. I can't help but think that if they'd discovered it earlier, she might still be here.

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Comment from: Kalia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have vasculitis, and when I have an episode, the swelling, itchy, very-tight skin hurts to touch. I can't walk for weeks at a time, sometimes a month. It is so painful. I am not able to walk for long distances or sit for long periods of time either. I am just not able to do the things I wants was able to do, such as tennis, walks on the beach, running with my dog, bowling, etc., Living with vasculitis is just a nightmare!

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Comment from: Summer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

Over the past 12 years I have had recurring vasculitis. It starts with spots on feet, legs, arms and upper chest area. By day 3 I usually have excessive swelling of the feet and hands and cannot walk. I spend a couple of weeks in bed sleeping with fevers, tremors, sweats and migranes. I try to keep my body as cold as possible and stay out of the sun light. I take pro-biotics as well as prescribed Prednisone. This can last up to 2 months and sometimes if I overexert myself or become stressed it comes straight back and puts me out of action for another month. I am yet again recovering from another bout of vasculitis after traveling to Bali for a holiday. For anyone experiencing this form of vasculitis, please tell your story in case there is more that I can learn about controlling this nightmare.

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Comment from: Peter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 27

I get confusion; feeling like my head is in a vice, mild pressure in the head. I went to the emergency room not long ago; they put me on an IV and almost instantly everything cleared up. I could once again think clearly. I left and then found myself back in the emergency room all over again. Same results.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

My first time of experiencing vasculitis was when the tips of my fingers were swollen, blood red, extremely hot and painful. At first the doctor didn't quite know what to make of it, after tests came back it was diagnosed as vasculitis. I was treated with steroids and all went back to normal. The second time it occurred was in the front of my lower leg. The pain was so bad I felt like someone had hit me with a baseball bat and I couldn't walk. Again steroids were administered and all went back to normal. During these times, I had un unusual blood test on my liver. My leg is always tender and sometimes I find little sore like blisters on it. I also have SLE and a hypoactive thyroid.

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