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Average Life Expectancy With Lupus
What is the life expectancy for lupus patients? I was recently diagnosed with lupus. Does this mean i will die much earlier, or are there ways to live longer?
Everyone differs: Just because you have lupus does note mean a death sentence. Each person is different. It depends on your lupus and your treatment and how you respond. We will not live forever but how you do will help decide if you die from lupus or just die with lupus. Lupus alone is not a killer, but like any health problems some do better than others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of life expectancy will a child diagnosed with lupus have? Also, what will be the quality of life in the mid to end stage?
I have lupus & just found out i also have parkinson's, i will get the full stage of where I am tomorrow but does this decrease my life expectancy any?
No answer: There are way too many variables that I don't have the information on to answer that. Obviously, you are anxious deliberating this at age 25. You can live a normal life span with lupus. You can also live varying amounts of time with dilated cardiomyopathy - it depends on severity, co-existing conditions, your general health otherwise, & most important, your willingness and ability to live healthy. ...Read more
Difficult to say : Life expectancy has improved over the years for lupus patients. Used to, patients with lupus were more apt to die from complications of their disease and infections as a result of the therapies. Now with better recognition and therapy for lupus, we are beginning to see more death as a result of cardiovascular disease. Thus; it all the more important to have follow with your primary and your rheu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: It most often can be made early if the doctor suspects it is present and orders appropriate tests. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more
My WBC is 2000 consistently. I have lupus. Could that be "normal" & non concerning for an average person, or just "normal" in someone with lupus?
Just out of curiosity, how often do rheumatologists come across a new patient they diagnose with lupus? Is it rarely? a couple times/year on average?
Room For More Rheum: Here's the set-up, you do the math: on average,about 5 cases per 100,000 adult population in the U.S. get diagnosed with Lupus each year. There are about 250 million adults and 5000 rheumatologists in the U.S. And the answer is: a)3 b)30 c)300 d)3000 e)all f)none If you calculate (or guess) right, you win an all expenses paid trip to your favorite rheumatologist for any tests you'd like taken ...Read more
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