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Antibodies Lupus Cmg Virus
I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?
Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have lupus. Seem to catch virus every few months bad enough for me to miss few days of work. Currently have the flu. How to get work to understand?
FMLA: Have your primary care provider complete FMLA paperwork so your employer understands. Family Medical Leave Act. ...Read more
If someone's heart stops due to damage from a virus attacking the heart, or like lupus can a defibrillator get the heart started again ?
Depends on "stop": There is a misunderstanding about when a defibrillator works. Defibrillators work when there is erratic electrical activity in the heart (ventricular arrhythmia). The shock delivered actually stops the heart, then intrinsic electrical activity in the heart restarts it. If the heart is stopped already, the shock doesn't help. Having said that, regardless of cause, they work in the right situation. ...Read more
Have lupus& POTS. Got bad respiratory virus & both the lupus & POTS flared causing me to miss multiple days of work.How 2 prevent flare from virus?
The usual: Sorry to hear about your debilitating flare ups. There are many things that can trigger a Lupus flare up. You should consult your Rheumatologist for a specific action plan. For a respiratory virus I want to emphasize prevention. Good diet, vitamins if not, exercise as tolerated, adequate restful sleep, reduce stress, hand hygiene and avoid touching your face, avoid anyone who may have a cold. ...Read more
I have lupus & have bad respiratory virus. I have had body aches, severe fatigue, cough, etc.Missed week of work.Possible lupus flare from virus?
Possible: There is a terrible respiratory illness going around the Milwaukee area but often has responded to the Z pal depending on symptoms. In your case without more history and exam hard to tell if you have a lupus flare but I can tell you in normal people this illness can knock them out for over a week. You would best see a doc!! Hope you fee better real soon!! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have lupus.. Bad fatigue, malaise, joint pain,, aches for 1 week. All Normal Labs. My Rheumatoligist doesn't think lupus flare. Can I assume virus?
?viral: After a week of prodromal like symptoms,I would expect common viral infections to declare themselves with noticeable signs and symptoms like sore throat, cough, rash, diarrhea,etc. Absent such signs and lack of fever, your symptoms are nondiagnostic and treatment would be symptomatic with rest, adequate fluid intake and Tylenol as needed. If symptoms persist or worsen, reconsult your rheumatologis ...Read more
With lupus, is it normal 2 flare with a simple virus?I have stomach virus &have mild sharp chest pains, jt pains, dizziness, etc like I do w/flares.
Need more informatio: I would consider three things. The first is everything is a viral illness. The second is everything is a lupus flare. And third yes infections can cause lupus to flare. In science to get an immune response in the lab one thing we do is to use some type of stimulation. Over the years a substance called freunds adjuvant which is developed from infectious protein can stimulate immune reaction better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rehumy says borderline lupus maybe was just a virus despite negative ebv, and stds. Doctor says no to stay on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for remition. Who do I believe?
See below: I would be inclined to side with the rheumatologist, but perhaps you need a second opinion from a different rheumatologist to settle the issue. ...Read more
I'm an 18 year old male with severe thrombocytopenia and anemia discovered on a cbc. Bone marrow biopsy was normal. Cat was normal. No viruses. No offending drugs. No lupus. Any ideas of a diagnosis?
Have lupus. Had fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches for 1 week then & went away.All labs normal. My Rheumatoligist didn't 't think lupus flare. Virus?
Muscle aches + lupus: A viral infection could cause a temporary muscle achiness that could be unrelated to lupus. If the muscle pain has resolved, than that is reassuring. If you continue to have muscle pains, than evaluation with blood work to check on the muscle tests would be indicated. ...Read more
Have lupus.Bad fatigue,malaise, joint pain,muscle aches x1 week & went away.All Normal Labs.My Rheumatoligist didn't think lupus flare. Likely virus?
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
The result of my SS-A/Ro Antibody, IgG, Serum is 1.6 and it says High. What could this mean? I have many lupus symptoms.
Indeterminate: Anti-SSa/Ro autoantibodies are present in about 0.1-0.5 percent of people. There is an association with lupus but also biliary cirrhosis and Sjögren's syndrome. If you have this and other symptoms if lupus, as u say, it is possible you have lupus. You should consult with the doctor who ordered the blood work to determine for sure the next steps. Good luck! ...Read more
I have lupus &developed an autonomic problem after that. How does this occur. Do the antibodies attacking the nerves? Can this occur in stable lupus
SLE: During stable, treated Lupus should not be occurring. ...Read more
I see my rheum in a couple weeks, but would having ssb antibodies cause problems even if lupus or other diseases weren't present?
Anti-DNA antibody: People with lupus develop abnormal substances in their blood called antibodies. These antibodies attack various organs of the body and cause the signs and symptoms of the disease. Anti-dna antibody is one such substance. The exact reason why people develop these antibodies is not known but there is often a genetic component (family history). ...Read more
RA and lupus antibod: If the arthritis looks like RA and the RA antibodies are negative , the disease usually is less erosive and less distrctive to joints and can acrue more symptoms and signs of lupus. If the rheumatoid factor or ccp are positive, that makes the disease act more like ra. ...Read more
Depends...: Patients who only have lupus anticoagulant or other anti-phospholipid antibodies should not be routinely anticoagulated with warfarin unless they have had a clot. Patients who have not had a clot are best off just taking a baby Aspirin daily. If you have not had a blood clot but you are being prescribed warfarin for just having antibodies, seek a 2nd opinion by another rheumatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer