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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Are allergies and lupus associated with each other?

Are allergies and lupus associated with each other?

No: Lupus is an autoimmune disorder. Allergies are not autoimmune in nature. ...Read more

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Are there any similarities between lupus and aids?

Lupus and AIDS : Both of these medical conditions have a variety of possible symptoms that can lead one to think that they have similar affect on the human. These symptoms in an untreated situation can include fatigue, muscle aches, weakness, hot flashes and chills etc, if you have symptoms but are worried about having either diagnosis please do not let your worries prevent you from seeing a medical expert. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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Are pulmonary fibrosis and fibromyalgia at all related?

Are pulmonary fibrosis and fibromyalgia at all related?

No: Both are different disease or conditions. Rarely may occur together. Generally not together in one person. ...Read more

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What are the similarities between?Polymyositis and fibromyalgia?

What are the similarities between?Polymyositis and fibromyalgia?

Muscle pain: The only similarity is both conditions include muscle pain. The major differences are: polymyositis is an autoimmune disease in which the body inflames the muscles. The treatment with steroids and other rx works well. Exercise and wt loss do not help. Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease (no inflammation). Steroids do not work. Other rx only help a little. Exercise and weight loss do help. ...Read more

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Are there any links between rheumatoid arthritis, raynaud's syndrome and fibromyalgia? If so what and how?

Are there any links between rheumatoid arthritis, raynaud's syndrome and fibromyalgia? If so what and how?

Yes: Raynauds can be seen associated with rheumatoid arthritis or may be part of a syndrome of overlap or mixed connective tissue disease. It is important to see your rheumatologist for full evaluation fibromyalgia may also be seen secondary to rheumatoid arthritis due to the pain of the ra. ...Read more

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How are leukemia and lupus similar?

Lupus is: An autoimmune disease and leukemia is cancer of the blood forming elements. Lupus and leukemia patients can have low blood counts, and by contrast a lupus patient on steroids could have a high wbc, as could a leukemia patient. ...Read more

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What are some herbs and supplements that are helpful for lupus?

Lupus: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a very serious condition that needs to be managed with medicine to prevent serious consequences. Herbs and supplements oftentimes interact with medicine and one should always consult with not only your physician but a pharmacist. Not all interactions are even known. Please see this link from lupus.org: http://tinyurl.com/hr44p88 See comments please. ...Read more

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Are there certain autoimmune conditions that are associated with a high ANA titre (1:2560) more so than others? Like lupus?

Are there certain autoimmune conditions that are associated with a high ANA titre (1:2560)  more so than others? Like lupus?

Yes Lupus BUT others: This is characteristic of lupus and also other connective tissue diseases like scleroderma, overlap connective tissue disease, dermatomyositis. This is a high titer but even here we see this without lupus or a connective tissue disease ...Read more

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Are there any herbs that help with costachronditis as with fms?

Are there any herbs that help with costachronditis as with fms?

Arnica: Arnica is an herb that is made into a homeopathic remedy that can be quite useful for costochondritis. It is available in oral and topical forms, and can be purchased in health food stores and on the internet et cetera. ...Read more

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Is ANA and autoimmune hemolytic anemia are same or are related?

Is ANA and autoimmune hemolytic anemia are same or are related?

Possibly related: An ANA and hemolytic anemia are not the same. Hemolytic anemia is a anemia or low blood count secondary to the breakdown of red cells typically secondary to an autoimmune disease. An ANA is a blood test that can be seen in many rheumatic diseases and other illness but is not specific. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a true finding in an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Are ther any new treatments for Uticarian Vasculitis with related Asthma?

Are ther any new treatments for Uticarian Vasculitis with related  Asthma?

Vasculitis: Vasculitis is an inflammation of the lining of the vascular system, which is entirely different than classic urticaria. This is treated differently than typical urticaria, as well, and is usually managed by a rheumatologist whereas classic hives are treated by an allergist. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative therapies for sle (lupus)?

Yes: Organic whole food supplementation; elimination of acids from the diet; avoidance of known allergies including foods; taking large quantities of antiinflammatory herbs such as cats claw; nrf2 activator (protandim)--produces sod reducing oxidative stress levels to level of a 20 year old. See my link at www.Medacpc.Com. ...Read more

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Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Yes: Discoid lupus is confined to the skin while systemic lupus can affect literally any organ of the body including the skin. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with lupus with +ana homogenous pattern, inflammation shown in skin biopsy and symptoms that all point to lupus?

It depends: Nobody knows what lupus actually is, so it's diagnosed by criteria. http://www.rheumtutor.com/2012-slicc-sle-criteria/ i need to give you 2 heads-up -- homogeoneous ANA pattern may be a lab error, and people who think they have lupus but don't meet the criteria tend to have a favorable prognosis. Wishing you the best -- the "brain fog" does make me think of lupus. Be strong ; stay proactive. ...Read more

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What medications can help the forgetfulness associated with ms. I takw copaxone (glatiramer) daily. No other medicatiins. Lab work chemistries and thyroid are ok?

What medications can help the forgetfulness associated with ms. I takw copaxone (glatiramer) daily. No other medicatiins. Lab work chemistries and thyroid are ok?

Side effects: There are side effects related to the treatment of multiple sclerosis, as well as the effects of the disease itself on attention, concentration and memory. In some cases the addition of antidepressants will improve the cognitive effects and the low mood associated with the condition. A consultation with the psychiatrist could be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between systemic lupus and raynaud's phenomenon? Do people with lupus sometimes have raynaud's as part of the illness?

Is there any connection between systemic lupus and raynaud's phenomenon?  Do people with lupus sometimes have raynaud's as part of the illness?

Not always: Raynaud's phenomenon is an exaggerated vascular response to cold temperature or stress. It is not specific to any disease & can be associated with a long list of conditions. It can also occur without any underlying disease (so-called primary raynaud's). Only a small percentage of patients with lupus tend to have raynaud's phenomenon. ...Read more

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Are there interactions with thyroid tests and suboxone?

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Are there interactions with thyroid tests and suboxone?

Suboxone/Thyroid: Short answer is no. There are no data reports of such interactions. ...Read more

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Is sle (lupus) compatible with birth control pills?

Is sle (lupus) compatible with birth control pills?

Avoid it: Autoimmune diseases are often associated with a tendency to form blood clots and would be increased by birth control pills containing estrogen. Better alternatives would be a Progesterone implant or iud. ...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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How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

Not likely: Why worry about 3 disorders, as you likely possess one unifying diagnosis to explain your problems. A good place to start is with an endocrinologist to deal with diabetes and the complications secondary to this. Focus on these issues, and later, if things seem peculiar look into co-morbities. Lastly, if you possess diabetes and lupus, doubt you have ms in addition. ...Read more

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Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Rheumatologic issues: The specific diagnosis of lupus wouldn't run in families as much as the tendency towards rheumatologic conditions in general - that tendency runs in families - lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma. Can find all of these in family lineages. Have a good history/physical exam/blood testing coordinated by Rheumatologist. ...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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My dsdna double strand reference was 3.45 and very symptomatic.. S this a positive for lupus how is it scored?

Possibly: this is one of the many blood tests used to diagnose lupus..you should consult your rheumatologist to have them run a full battery of tests ...Read more

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This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... Im 27 i want to feel normal. But i don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?

See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...Read more

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Can I have Lupus if my ANA is positive, tired is 1:320 homogeneous diffuse, but ENA panel is negative. I do have some s/s?

ANA 1:320: Not all autoimmune disease are totally differenciated into discrete diseases and also markers may appear over time, not initially . What was your double stranded DNA? Complement levels? Rheumatoid factor? Can get false positive ANA from RA, mono , Crohns, viral infection, thyroiditis(check TPO,), meds , silicon implants and 5% healthy. f/u w/ rheumatologist ...Read more

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I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle). Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?

I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle).  Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?

Maybe: Not particularly worries about von willebrands disease. You are in fact immunocompromised with lupus i suspect degree of control and current medications. Will help your rheumatologist arrive at recommendations to help you make a decision regarding risk. ...Read more

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Can men have lupus?

Yes: Lupus is an auto-immune disorder that can affect various organs including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, etc. Males and females can get lupus. Check out lupus.Org for more information. ...Read more

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Can i fast in lupus?

See below: Without knowing your full history of lupus, i advise against it but your rheumatologist knows your more than we do. ...Read more

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How do you get lupus?

How do you get lupus?

Immune regulation: One's immune system requires a control center (regulatory lymphocytes etc) to keep it in balance. When the regulation is impaired, immune disorders such as allergic and autoimmune disorders develop. There is also a strong genetic and hormonal influences. Females or people with family history of autoimmune or allergic disorders are at a higher risk to develop these diseases. ...Read more

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Ho do you treat lupus?

Varied therapies: It depends on what manifestations of disease you have . Treatments may include anti inflammatory medications, steroids and many other treatments. These really depend on your symptoms with severe nervous system or kidney disease powerful drugs lime Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) may also be needed. ...Read more

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How do you treat lupus?

Complicated: If you have lupus, you should see a doctor specializing in careof that disease. The specialist here would be a rheumatologist. You may have a pcp who is very competent in caring for you, however. You may need to be followed by a dermatologist, nephrologist (kidney doctor) and neurologist. Can't give you the whole enchilada in 400 character space. (google a reputable web site). ...Read more

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What can trigger lupus? 

Sun. Infections: Sunisa trigger and infections or low immune system may cause lupus to flare. Alternative physicians propose that sugar, carbs and dairy aggravate lupus and omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin c help. ...Read more

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How to deal with lupus ?

How to deal with lupus ?

Don't worry!: Virtually all sle patients can be remitted. Make sure your DX has been confirmed by someone in rheumatology. I see many pts with the DX who do not have systemic lupus! ...Read more

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Symptoms of lupus crisis?

It depends: The symptoms of a lupus flare depend on the exact organ systems involved and the extent of the involvement. ...Read more

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How many people have lupus?

How many people have lupus?

Estimate: Numbers are difficult to obtain but the estimate for the United States is between 500, 000 and 1.5 million have lupus. Women greatly outnumber men with this disease. Black skinned individuals have the highest incidence. The peak ages are between 15 and 40. ...Read more

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How can a person get lupus?

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Autoimmune disease: Systemic lupus erythematosus (sle), or lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues of the body. This can occur from a number of different factors some of which is unknown. Certain medications are known to trigger sle in an otherwise healthy person. ...Read more

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