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Anna Nicole Smith Drug Use to Combat Lupus?

Feb 28, 2007

Did Anna Nicole Smith have chronic autoimmune disease that at times can lead to death? According to a report, a long-time friend of Anna Nicole Smith, Frank Rodriguez, is claiming the former Playmate Beauty suffered from the autoimmune disease Lupus. "I never told anyone this," Rodriguez told "The Insider" in an exclusive interview. "She asked me to swear I would never, ever, ever tell anybody." Rodriguez states the only reason he is breaking his silence is because he is tired of everyone thinking Anna Nicole was "a drug addict."

Anna Nicole Smith Used Painkillers to Combat Lupus?

Anna Nicole Smith Used Painkillers to Combat Lupus?

Access Hollywood reports that according to Dr. Bob Lahita, a practicing physician and Chairman of Medicine at Jersey City Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School who has authored several books on the disease, about 60% of lupus patients develop a condition called Fibro Myalgia.

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That condition causes chronic and extreme pain across the body in muscles, tendons and ligaments and can make it hard for a patient to sleep. According to The Lupus Research Organization some of the most common symptoms include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints, unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems. These new revelations could shed some light on the reason Anna Nicole was prescribed and reportedly ‘hooked’ on a variety of painkillers.

As if the pain weren’t enough, Lupus.org, a Web site run by the Lupus Foundation of America, notes that pregnant lupus patients must also be concerned about. Antiphospholipid antibodies, which hurt the immune system can be found in many patients with lupus and "pose a particular risk" to pregnant patients by increasing the chance of a miscarriage. Dr. Lahita also told Access Hollywood that three months after birth symptoms of lupus can "really flair up."

 

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