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I'm going for a consult for Lasik in 2 days. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 1993 and symptom-free and no meds since 1996. Can I have Lasik?

I'm going for a consult for Lasik in 2 days. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 1993 and symptom-free and no meds since 1996. Can I have Lasik?

LASIK: I would leave that up to the operating ophthalmologist. They will advise you about their experience with lupus patients. I would get a few opinions. Make sure urge the surgeon has a wealth of experience in these types of patients. Ask them specifically how many they have done in lupus. Good luck. Feel better! ...Read more

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How will an anti-inflammatory drug regimen affect my lasik surgery outcome? I am suffering from systemic lupus and take steroid anti-inflammatory drugs daily for a few years. These have noticeable side effects for me and wonder how my medication regimen w

It: It is unlikely the anti-inflammatory will have an impact. However, having lupus might influence your recovery rate, you may need more time for healing than a person without lupus. Usually, we recommend that patient not be in an acute inflammatory state with their lupus, symptoms are minimal at the time of lasik surgery. Be sure you lasik surgeon knows you have lupus, also discuss your upcoming lasik surgery with the provider monitoring your lupus. ...Read more

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Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Not sure, I don't: Think anyone knows for sure if its okay for sure. No study has been done on those supplement with SLE. I would recommend stay simple supplement with multivitamin, Vit D, B complex. At the most, protein shake for post work out. ...Read more

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What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

Acetaminophen NSAIDS: For symptom relief of pain you can use Acetaminophen or NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or o Naprooxen or Cox 2 Celebrex
Along wih Antimalarials (Hydroxychlroquin) and low dose steroids ...Read more

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Iam an S.l.e Lupus patient, & I want to try suppliments, With my workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic. Will it cause harm to my body?

Iam an S.l.e Lupus patient, & I want to try suppliments, With my workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic. Will it cause harm to my body?

Not worth it: There is no scientific proof that these supplements are beneficial for your SLE but there are unknown risks which may be harmful. I'd advise against taking this step. ...Read more

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Why can't lupus patients stand up?

Muscle weakness: This would be a severe case of systemic lupus and the treatmentvwould need to be individualized by an expert rheumatologist to prevent progression and decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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What is a good diet for lupus patients?

SLE + diet: Lots of fresh fruits and veggies, excellent grains, lean meats with high protein, fish, etc...Simply put a good diet will always provide the body with the best building blocks to help. ...Read more

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How do you determine a patient has lupus?

History/physical lab: Systemic lupus erythematosis (sle) is a multiorgan disorder. Patterns of disease, including hair loss, rash (often "butterfly" on cheeks), joint pains, seizures, chest or abdpain, anemia, low platelet count, fatigue, canker sores in mouth or vagina, rash to sunlight, protein in urine, abnormal blood tests, e.g. Ana, rf, double strand dna, ENA tests. Pcp may diag rheumatologist definitely can. ...Read more

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Do all lupus patients have the same symptoms?  

No: The disease can vary greatly. Some have skin involvement only while others never develop skin involvement. Others have arthritis only. Followup with your doctor is important to monitor your ideas and treatment. Lupus can be self limited and burn it itself out. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for lupus patients?

Indoor: Lupus you need to usually avoid sun. Listen to your body and work with your doctor what is safe. I usually tell people to do a little more today than you did yesterday, for 15 minutes. Do this *every day* unless injured (then stretch), and slowly build strength, which improves immune function. Indoor swimming would be ideal in most instances. ...Read more

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Can you tell me all the syptoms of a lupus patient?

See below: •Profound fatigue
•Low-grade fever
•Severe joint pain and muscle aches
•Skin rash on the face or body
•Extreme sun sensitivity
•Weight loss
•Mental confusion and seizures
Chest pain on taking a deep breath
•Nose, mouth, or throat sores
•Enlarged lymph nodes
•Poor circulation in fingers and toes
•Bald patches and hair loss ...Read more

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Are there any specific diets that a lupus patient should follow?

Are there any specific diets that a lupus patient should follow?

Not necessarily: There may be restrictions with kidney disease. Certain nutritional products should be avoided such as echinacea. It may stimulate the immune response. ...Read more

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Are there certain symptoms that all lupus patients have in common?

Are there certain symptoms that all lupus patients have in common?

Every person differs: Although lupus is a diagnosis, it is not one set of symptoms each person with lupus is like a snowflake. Each person is different just like a snowflake and no two snowflakes are the same. Some people have similar problems like those which are highlighted in the american college of rheumatology classification criteria, ie, skin, joints, labs, etc. ...Read more

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What is a good pain medicine for lupus patients?

What is a good pain medicine for lupus patients?

Depends: It depends on what medications you are on for your lupus. Acetaminophen is good for any, but non-steroidal inflammatory drugs have to be used with caution and G.I. protection with a proton pump inhibitor if on steroids. Opiods safer on major medications for lupus such as biologics and chemotheirapy drugs. ...Read more

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Is Bikram yoga safe for lupus patients?

Is Bikram yoga safe for lupus patients?

Bikram yoga: If any should help with joint pains, fatigue, better mobility, feeling of well being. Lupus nephritis patients and renal failure patients should consult with their doctors prior to undertaking Bikram ypga due to fluid loss and dehydrates toon as a result if heat associated with Bikram yoga. ...Read more

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Can an ANA be negative in lupus patient?

Lupus: ANA negative lupus is rare. Doctors use the term ANA negative lupus for a small sub set of patients who have classic features of lupus but are ANA negative. Such patients may exhibit features of lupus on a kidney biopsy or skin biopsy. Such patients may have positive lupus anti bodies for for sm antigen, double stranded anti dna anti bodies etc.. See an experienced rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Why do lupus patients run fevers at night?

Fever: Sle is an inflammatory condition in which fevers are not uncommon. Would not, however, make the assumption that the fever in any given individual is due to their sle, since they are more susceptible to infection than the normal person, and the drugs they are taking may make them even more liable to infection. They should be seen by a doctor and evaluated thoroughly. ...Read more

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Help docs, is honey good for lupus patient?

Yes and no: No it doesn't directly affect lupus. Yes it's a healthier sweetener than refined sugar. ...Read more

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Can gardisil cause herpes in lupus patients?

Can gardisil cause herpes in lupus patients?

No: Gardasil does not cause herpes. Period. Hope this helps, good wishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe for lupus patients to do a full body detox?

For the most part..: If done properly, it should not harm. But does it do good. No. If someone is trying to sell you this bill of goods, run away! ...Read more

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Do lupus patients experience torn tendons more easily than non lupus patients?

Not normally: Tendinitis is more common but torn tendons are not a typical feature of the disease. They can sometimes occur after injections, with steroid therapy, or with certain other medications. Sle can also cause almost anything even though this would be unusual. ...Read more

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How can sle or lupus can be cured? How can a patient live longer and healthy life?

How can sle or lupus can be cured? How can a patient live longer and healthy life?

No cure: There is no cure for sle. The key is to control the underlying inflammation as well as possible. Then the symptoms will also be much less severe and the chances of a longer and healthier life will increase. ...Read more

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What are the pathways that enable misguided antibodies to attack in lupus patients?

What are the pathways that enable misguided antibodies to attack in lupus patients?

Complex but: The most likely explanation is a loss of immune regulation allowing your immune system to attack the tissues of your own body. The immune system is the pit bull in our body which tries to fend off outside invaders. When the owner can no longer control the pit bull, bad things are apt to happen. ...Read more

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Interested to learn more about integrative medicine, especially how it could benefit patients with lupus.

Interested to learn more about integrative medicine, especially how it could benefit patients with lupus.

Benefit in many ways: For an overview see http://www. Drweil. Com/drw/u/art02054/andrew-weil-integrative-medicine. Html
integrative docs would look for underlying causes of lupus such as chronic infections (candida, lyme), environmental toxins such as mercury, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies ; stress. Along with drugs treatments might include nutrients, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, stress reduction, chi gong etc. ...Read more

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Wat is the meaning of high Ch50 in a lupus patient? Blood counts are slighly low as usual, otherwise no problems. Thanks!

Wat is the meaning of high Ch50 in a lupus patient? Blood counts are slighly low as usual, otherwise no problems. Thanks!

Not bad: Normal or high CH 50 is not an issue. Low CH 50 may indicate disease activity.
Wish you good health!
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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When your a lupus patient and you haven't taken any medication is your hair supposed to fall out and if so for how longor how do I stop it?

When your a lupus patient and you haven't taken any medication is your hair supposed to fall out and if so for how longor how do I stop it?

It can, but...: There are many reasons for it to fall out, some related to lupus, and others not, which may co-exist. If you have lupus, why would you not take medication. I hope, that if this is so, it is because your disease activity is minimal. B vitamins, including biotin, can help hair loss! I did notice you are on medication. Methotrexate can cause hair loss, not ho-q. Folic acid can minimize this! ...Read more

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What are the physical manifestations of anorexia, if any, that could be mistaken for lupus symptoms if a patient isn't forthright about eating bxs?

What are the physical manifestations of anorexia, if any, that could be mistaken for lupus symptoms if a patient isn't forthright about eating bxs?

A patient with: Combined lupus and anoerexia nervosa would be challenging. I am not sure, has she had a diagnosis of lupus? Anoerexia refers to no appetite and can be a part of illness, anoerexia nervosa is a body dysmorphic disorder, a psychiatric condition. If she is very thin and eats little while being preoccupied with calories, may be that but needs a psychiatrist. If its appetite loss it's different. ...Read more

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Just out of curiosity, how often do rheumatologists come across a new patient they diagnose with lupus? Is it rarely? A couple times/year on average?

Room For More Rheum: Here's the set-up, you do the math: on average, about 5 cases per 100, 000 adult population in the U.S. get diagnosed with Lupus each year. There are about 250 million adults and 5000 rheumatologists in the U.S.
And the answer is: a)3 b)30 c)300 d)3000 e)all f)none
If you calculate (or guess) right, you win an all expenses paid trip to your favorite rheumatologist for any tests you'd like taken ...Read more

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How many times does the ANA test is positive in a lupus patient? How long does it stay positive? And does the test needs to be repeated over the years

How many times does the ANA test is positive in a lupus patient? How long does it stay positive? And does the test needs to be repeated over the years

Positive ANA test: The ANA once positive, usually stays positive for life. The ANA can be helpful to diagnose an autoimmune disease like lupus. Once lupus is diagnosed, however, there is no need to repeat the test. ...Read more