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is lupus a real disease

A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
37 years experience Rheumatology
Fibromyalgia : Lupus can cause almost any symptom so it often mimics other diseases. It is diagnosed by a list of clinical and lab criterea. It is best diagnosed ... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
25 years experience Rheumatology
Variety of Symptoms: Lupus (sle) is an autoimmune disease that can effect essentially any organ in the body. Autoimmune means "friendly fire." the body's army is called t ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amit Golding
19 years experience Rheumatology
SLE diagnosis: Systemic lupus erythematosus is best diagnosed by an experienced rheumatologist. It is an autoimmune disease. A high-titer ANA, >1:320 is both sens ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Coping with a chronic disease is always important. There may be limitations but the majority of my patients lead a great life. The treatment needs ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Top four: The top four symptoms are fatigue, joint pain, fevers, and skin rashes. Look for a fact sheet at www.Lupus.Org.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Totally different: Lupus is an autoimmune disease whereas Wilson's is a metabolic one.
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Taj Jiva
Dr. Taj Jiva answered
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on severity: Lupus is can be an multisystem inflammatory disease and may involve skin discoid lupus, facial rash, joint involvement, lung involvement, etc. Recover ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
15 years experience Rheumatology
Sometimes: People can die from complications from lupus such as renal failure, heart attacks, stroke, infection, medications etc. But many people also live long ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
39 years experience Psychiatry
SLE: Unfortunately, no. It is chronic, but meds can help control or reduce symptoms.
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Heston
29 years experience Family Medicine
The answer: Here's a good overview of lupus that should answer your questions: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/.
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