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Doctor insights on: Antibodies Lupus Cmg Virus

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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?

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 more

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Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more


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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 ?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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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.

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 more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Weather or fibro: There is a cross over of fibromyalgia is 1/3 patients with lupus. You need to be examined for that diagnosis, as there are several proven Meds to improve your symptoms. Weather changes are NOT your friend, and can produce your symptoms too. ...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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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

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What does it mean to be positive for lupus antibodies?

What does it mean to be positive for lupus antibodies?

Not much: Having the antibody does not mean having the disease. You may be predisposed to it. Why did your doctor test for it in the first place? It all depends on what symptoms you have. A test by itself does not carry much meaning. ...Read more

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I see my rheum in a couple weeks, but would having ssb antibodies cause problems even if lupus or other diseases weren't present?

I see my rheum in a couple weeks, but would having ssb antibodies cause problems even if lupus or other diseases weren't present?

See details: Positive ssb antibodies by themselves (when the ssa antibody is negative) have little clinical significance. They can be falsely positive. If the ANA and other tests for lupus are negative, i would disregard the ssb results. ...Read more

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How does anti DNA antibody come from lupus?

How does anti DNA antibody come from lupus?

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

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Rheumatoid arthiritis, + lupus antibodies, what does this mean?

Rheumatoid arthiritis, + lupus antibodies, what does this mean?

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

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I had a positive lupus antibody and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this safe?

I had a positive lupus antibody and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this safe?

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 more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more