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What doctor diagnoses lupus?

What doctor diagnoses lupus?

Rheumatogist: Lupus, SLE, or Systemic Lupus Erythematosis is mainly cared for by rheumatologists. ...Read more

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How can my doctor tell whether I have lupus?

Examination: It will take a history, physicial, lab tests, imaging - this combination is used to help make the diagnosis. A screening test is the ANA test but it must be done by the correct technique - immunofluorescence. There are other tests labs offer that are not correct. A + ANA does not by itself make the diagnosis of lupus. A + ANA is found in a lot of other conditions - rheumatologist will help. ...Read more

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Will I need to see a special doctor for my lupus?

Will I need to see a special doctor for my lupus?

Yes: Several doctors will likely help take care of a lupus patient: a primary care doctor to coordinate referrals to specialists, and to take care of non-lupus issues; a rheumatologist to take care of general lupus problems; and then other specialists to help take care of problems with certain organ systems (such as nephrologists to treat kidney failure, or ophthalmologists to treat eye problems). ...Read more

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Why do some doctors say lupus sle is a terminal disease?

SLE: All diseases are terminal....In fact, life is terminal. Whichever doctor tells you that lupus is a terminal disease.....Well, I would get a new doctor. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! Will lupus be certified for disability?

Need doctor's help! Will lupus be certified for disability?

Uncertain: Whether a medical condition is considered a disability depends on many factors. First is the condition optimally treated and stable? What is the long-term prognosis? What are the essential duties of your job? Are there accommodations or can the job be modified? It's a good idea to discuss all of this with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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Should I go see a doctor if I am developing symptoms of lupus?

Should I go see a doctor if I am developing symptoms of lupus?

Absolutely: If you believe you may have lupus you need to have lab work done to check for autoantibodies related to lupus and other connective tissue disorders. Depending on the symptoms and lab results you may need to consult a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What does a full lupus work up means? How does a doctor perform a lupus work up?

What does a full lupus work up means? How does a doctor perform a lupus work up?

Lots of blood tests: Your Family Doc can order lab tests to check for lupus & other rheumatologic maladies. Check out http://www. Lupus. Org/answers/entry/lupus-tests and http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/lupus/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20019676 ...Read more

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My doctor explained to me that he thinks I have lupus but it hasn't fully manifested yet. Is that normal?

Yes: Lupus can evolve over years and become a more obvious diagnosis as time goes on. I personally do not believe in the concept of undifferentiated connective tissue disorder. The majority of these cases eventually turn out to be lupus. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been diagnosed with fibro 8 years but have have a few friends (with the condition) say I my have lupus. How do I ask my doc to check?

Just ask: Lupus is usually easily to screen out with a couple of blood tests. Raise the subject with your doctor to find out if such tests should be considered. ...Read more

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I think I might have lupus and I'm pretty sure a flare just ended. Should I wait to go to the doctor until next flare up? Flares have lupus symptoms.

See doctor: You need to see your doctor now for a thorough exam and evaluation the arthritic family of diseases is best diagnosed clinically. In other words from your history and exam ...Read more

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I have lupus and I've bewn diagnosed for almost 2 years a I don't feel like im getting any better and im not comfortable with my doctor what should I do?

I have lupus and I've bewn diagnosed for almost 2 years a I don't feel like im getting any better and im not comfortable with my doctor what should I do?

See below: You do not have plaquenil/hydroxychloroquine listed as a medication---it makes a world of difference for lupus patient if you can tolerate it and it is a maintenance drug for lupus. If this has not been prescribed without a good reason, you might want to seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are the things that make doctors think a person could have lupus?

What are the things that make doctors think a person could have lupus?

Multiorgan SLE: Typically, persons with systemic lupus erythematosis (sle) report joint swelling and pain. Others have a characteristic facial rash on both sides of their nose called a malar or "butterfly" rash. Some persons develop sharp chest pains that worsen with breathing call pleuritic pains. Sle can efffect kidneys, liver, brain and many other organs. ...Read more

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What do doctors do with discoid lupus?

What do doctors do with discoid lupus?

Several Rx's!: Discoid in some patients is easy to manage and in others hard. One thing the pt. Can do is avoid uv light. I typically put pts on Hydroxychloroquine @ 6mg/kg of body weight, and use Methotrexate subcutaneous 20-25mg/wk. I occasional add ridaura. Some patients do well with azathioprine. Others do well with cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil). Topical steroids and oral steroids are always options. ...Read more

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Why are doctors so hesitant to diagnose lupus? I have several symptoms and positive sjogren's ss-a.

Why are doctors so hesitant to diagnose lupus? I have several symptoms and positive sjogren's ss-a.

Prob u don't have it: Systemic lupus erythematosis is one of dozens of diseases grouped into the category of autoimmune connective tissue diseases. Many of these do not fit nicely into one, so that one can have a 'mixed' connective tissue disorder, or have an overlap of signs & sx. It may take years of following one of these unclear disorders to see a pattern. U probably have sjogren's disease, period. C rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How does a doctor check for lupus?

History physical lab: The history and physical or very important and after that your physician will do laboratory studies to help clarify what you have lupus or not. The presence of an endocrine about is important. It is not diagnostic of lupus but it is very consistent. When that is found there are variety of other antibodies in the nucleus of the cell there also tested. The test you for a loop is your visitation may The history and physical or very important and after that your physician will do laboratory studies to help clarify what you have lupus or not. The presence of an about is important. It is not diagnostic of lupus but it is very consistent. When that is found there are variety of other antibodies in the nucleus of the cell there also tested. The test you for lupus your visitation may also have you see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What doctor should a lupus patient see?  

A rheumatologist: Several doctors will likely help take care of a lupus patient: a primary care doctor to coordinate referrals to specialists, and to take care of non-lupus issues; a rheumatologist to take care of general lupus problems; and then other specialists to help take care of problems with certain organ systems (such as nephrologists to treat kidney failure, or ophthalmologists to treat eye problems). ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! Could lupus lead to leukemia?

Maybe: There is an increased risk of cancer if you have sle. This is especially true for lymphoma. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! Could lupus cause lymphodema?

Need doctor's help! Could lupus cause lymphodema?

Unlikely: While any disease that causes impairment of lymphatic drainage can cause lymphedema, I could find no reports of this association. ...Read more

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Can I ask my doctor to test my 4 year old for lupus?

Of course!: You can ask your doctor for specific testing but be prepared with a family history or symptoms of concern that warrant any specific test. Your doctor will take this information and combine it with physical findings to decide if the testing is warranted. ...Read more