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Friday, August 1, 2014
USE OF QUININE FOR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AS YET AN UNKNOWN TYPE OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. I HAVE HAD ONE POSITIVE ANA, ONE POSITIVE DNA DOUBLE STRAND, A CONSISTENTLY HIGH SED RATE, AN ELEVATED ALDOLASE, AND HIGH C-REACTIVE PROTEIN. I GET LESIONS ON MY FACE, SHOULDERS, AND OVER THE JOINTS. I HAVE HAD THE LESIONS BIOPSIED AND THE LAST ONE CAME BACK AS "LUPUS CANNOT BE RULED OUT". THE "FLARE UPS" I HAVE HIT MY HANDS, LEGS, AND ARMS. I RUN A FEVER AND THE FATIGUE IS SO BAD IT IS HARD FOR ME TO FUNCTION. I HAVE BEEN TO SO MANY DOCTORS I HAVE LOST COUNT. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT, DESPITE MY LAB WORK, I JUST NEED A GOOD PSYCHIATRIST AND THAT NOTHING IS WRONG WITH ME. I FINALLY HAVE A DR., WELL, SHE IS A P.A.-C THAT BELIEVES I AM NOT CRAZY. I RESPOND WELL TO STEROIDS, BUT HAVE HAD MAJOR SIDE-EFFECTS FROM THEM. SHE JUST WENT TO A SEMINAR IN CALIFORNIA WHERE SHE LEARNED JUST PLAIN QUININE IS BEING USED TO TREAT AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. IS THIS DANGEROUS? I`M WILLING TO TRY JUST ABOUT ANYTHING AT THIS POINT. ALSO, I QUESTION WHY ARE SOME DOCTORS AFRAID TO GO OUT ON A LIMB AND GIVE A DIAGNOSIS? RIGHT NOW, MY DISEASE IS BEING CALLED "POLYMYOSITIS". ARE THESE DISEASES REALLY HARD TO DIAGNOSE? THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
Autoimmune diseases can be difficult to diagnose particularly if the classical symptoms and signs are not present since they can mimic other conditions. I am not aware of the use of quinine for the treatment of autoimmune diseases it generally is used to treat leg cramps.
Anne-Barbara Mongey, MD
Formerly, Director, Arthritis Clinic, Univerity Hospital
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati