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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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Do all lupus patients have the same symptoms? 

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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Are nose ulcers in lupus patients common?

Are nose ulcers in lupus patients common?

Nasal ulceration: Nasal ulcers can occur in either discoid or systemic lupus. They can be very painful and sometimes get infected. See your rheumatologist who might want you to visit with an ear, nose and throat doctor for continued care. ...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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Why is intestinal pseudo-obstruction common in patients with lupus?

Why is intestinal pseudo-obstruction common in patients with lupus?

Can occur, not c'mon: Systemic lupus is a disease that can affect blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue any place in the body. It can be a slowly progressive disease one lives with for many years, to a devastating disease that can aggressively ravage the kidneys, heart, nervous system, joints, lungs...That can shorten ones life to months. If nerves/muscles in the intestine are affected, pseudo-obst may occur, rarely. ...Read more

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If you have CNS lupus does that mean you have a poorer prognosis than the average lupus patient & is vertigo and headaches symptom of CNS lupus?

If you have CNS lupus does that mean you have a poorer prognosis than the average lupus patient & is vertigo and headaches symptom of CNS lupus?

Yes to symptoms: There are very many symptoms of CNS lupus and vertigo and headaches are common features. V cns disease and kidney disease are two of the more serious system involvements in lupus depending on all of the CNS symptoms will determine long term survival. ...Read more

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What specific blood/urinalysis levels are significant to kidney problems of diagnosis but untreated lupus patient. Symptoms? Failure or disease? Difference?

What specific blood/urinalysis levels are significant to kidney problems of diagnosis but untreated lupus patient. Symptoms?  Failure or disease? Difference?

See answer : Blood tests for bun, creatinine, and GFR are used to determine if you have chronic kidney disease (ckd) and what stage (1 thru 5) based on GFR result. Urinalysis helpful to detect microscopic blood and protein both of which are common with kidney disease with degree of each related to type and severity of kidney disease. If significant protein (>1+), then 24-hr urine collection done to quantitate. ...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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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