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Any Way For A Good Life With This Lupus Disease
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 to be tailored to the involvement and needs of the person with lupus. The person with lupus needs to take charge. People with lupus are normal people who happen to have lupus. This should be the guideline but personal responsibility is tops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can my wife life a full life good quality life with restrictive lung disease. Shes 27 doesn't smoke. Eats well 5'4 133 lbs and has lupus . Both scared?
She's got you!: No doubt, this will not be an easy life but it can be of good quality and by some definitions even full. Being scared is fair. Try to find a supportive therapy. The various lupus fdtns might have referral lists for family groups, couple therapists, etc. With support you both might have a very wonderful experience learning and loving. Duration may not be a good measure of "full". My very best 2u2. ...Read more
Wife scared that she has interstitual lung disease at 27 shes had normal chest xrays/ct of chest, good flow meters, just gets sob she has lupus/pots?
I hate my life and how I have to be afraid of my medical illness's at 27. Lupus. P.O.T.S. Now maybe lung disease! yes u can see im anxious w/ my questions but i just want to be ok for once. Just ok.
Find a therapist: Having chronic illness can put a lot of strain on a person and cause depression and anxiety. Feeling like you are always having some medical issue is very frustrating. Talk with your doctor about a referral to a good therapist. Finding better ways to manage your stress can help you manage your illness better as well. It won't make your disease go away, but may help you feel better! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can become inactive : Lupus is a poorly understood autoimmune disease which requires long term treatment and monitoring. The best results come when patients work well together. Each person is different. Not unusually, there will be periods of disease activity followed by long periods of inactivity. Many cases stay inactive and are considered "burnt out" as opposed to those that continue to "flare". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi .What is lupus disease? Is it dangerous? How can we fight it and is there a way to recover from it?
The answer: Here's a good overview of lupus that should answer your questions: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/. ...Read more
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 by a rheumatologist with experience in this disease. It is most commonly confused with other autoimmune diseases and other types of arthritis. It is also often missed in fibromyalgia which occurs with it. I hope this is the information you ...Read more
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 the immune system. When it gets confused and attacks the body it leads to autoimmune diseases. Common symptoms of sle include: fatigue, joint pain, rashes, mouth sores, dry eyes and mouth, and depression. Every sle patient has unique symptoms. ...Read more
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 sensitive and specific for lupus. Other auto-antibodies can help to confirm the lupus diagnosis. Anti-Smith is highly specific for lupus but not very sensitive. Anti-dsDNA is also highly specific and tends to be seen in lupus with kidney involvement. ...Read more
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