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Doctor insights on: Beginning Naturopathy For Lupus

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Herbal life good for weight management , I have lupus, fibro.

Herbal life good for weight management , I have lupus, fibro.

Herbalife: I'm not sure whether you're testifying that "herbal life" is good, or asking about it? Herbalife is a multilevel marketing company that sells many different kinds of products, including some for "weight management." it is not a program that provides personal accountability like weight watchers or tops. This part is needed for success in any program, because it engages you towards your goals. ...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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Have lupus.Doing well.Labs good.MD says my lupus is doing great.Work full time.Active.Still need frequent rest.Fatigue likely not related to lupus?

Have lupus.Doing well.Labs good.MD says my lupus is doing great.Work full time.Active.Still need frequent rest.Fatigue likely not related to lupus?

Question?: I am glad that your lupus is under pretty good control but one can't rule out that lupus may or may not be a cause for your fatigue without exploring other probabilities. For example, anemia is a common feature in lupus and a common cause for fatigue. Make sure that you get a comprehensive evaluation on both the physical and psychologic aspects of your health. ...Read more

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What supplements are good for psoriatic arthritis beyond prescription of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

What supplements are good for psoriatic arthritis beyond prescription of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Anti inflammatory: There are numerous supplements that can have beneficial, antiinflammatory properties. Omega3is just one example. Rather than a specific supplement, though, I am a fan of the whole food, antiinflammatory diets. The results for many health conditions are well documented and can be pretty amazing. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for basic vitiligo in allopathy....Without the.Use of any.Steriods?

No: Some dermatologists have managed it with immunomodulators such as tacroliumus with some success. Vitiligo troubles some people who have it, while others are indifferent or consider it distinctive. Some of my healthtap teammates are interested in homeopathy as you are. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

SLE treatment: Systemic lupus erythematosus (sle) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. There is no cure for sle. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating discoid lupus?

Are there official recommendations for treating discoid lupus?

Yes: You already know to stay out of the sun / use sunblock / broad brim hat. You probably have a fluorinated glucocorticoid -- a little can go a long way. Some physicians will try oral antimalarials for discoid lupus. ...Read more

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I am considering benlysta (belimumab) for my sle. For those physicians that have used benlysta (belimumab) with their sle patients, what has been your experience?

Favorable: For aapropriate patients the experience with Benlysta (belimumab) has been good. There has been improvement in general features of fatigue with improvement in rash and joint pain. It's use has allowed me to lower the Prednisone dosage of patients and their serologies ( anti- dna and complemnent) levels have improved. ...Read more

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Why would a rheumatologist prescribe Fosamax , plaquenil , calcium with vitamin d for systemic lupus ? Is this the right treatment for moderate lupus

Why would a rheumatologist prescribe Fosamax , plaquenil , calcium with vitamin d for systemic lupus ? Is this the right treatment for moderate lupus

Not unusual but...: Placquenil is a standard treatment ; vit d is helpful in autoimmune disease ; can prevent osteoporosis (as can calcium). Those with lupus are at increased risk of osteoporosis (esp. If put on steroids) but it is questionable if Fosamax (alendronate) is helpful for preventing rather than treating it. I personally question Fosamax (alendronate) but would add vit. K- see http://bit.Ly/1a48ofs see my comments for other ideas:. ...Read more

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What are some benefits and dangers of prednisone in treating pmr - polymyalgia rheumatica?

What are some benefits and dangers of prednisone in treating pmr - polymyalgia rheumatica?

See answer: Benefits include resolution of pain. Risks include increase in cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, fragile skin and blood vessels, weight gain, mood changes, psychosis etc. Typically the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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On remicade (infliximab) for crohn's, would chinese herbal immune boosting medicine, be contraindicated?

On remicade (infliximab) for crohn's, would chinese herbal immune boosting medicine, be contraindicated?

Yes: Because the purity and exact ingredients are unknown, i would urge that you do not take this supplement while on Remicade (infliximab) or similar meds. ...Read more

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Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?

Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?

See below: Most infectious disease docs follow the guidelines of the idsa ; are either unaware of or willfully ignore a large body of sound science that proves without question that lyme infection can persist after what they consider to be adequate treatment.See http://bit.Ly/1px4fnq ; http://bit.Ly/1ffxjxl ; http://www.Lymeinfo.Net/lymefiles.Html ; http://bit.Ly/qcegra ; http://bit.Ly/orugxl for details. ...Read more

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What is a good pain medicine for lupus patients?

Depends: It depends on what medications you are on for your lupus. Acetaminophen is good for any, but non-steroidal inflammatory drugs have to be used with caution and G.I. protection with a proton pump inhibitor if on steroids. Opiods safer on major medications for lupus such as biologics and chemotheirapy drugs. ...Read more

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Is rituxcin a good medicine for sclerritis?

Is rituxcin a good medicine for sclerritis?

Rituximab: Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody against the protein cd20, which is found on the surface of b cells. Rituximab destroys b cells, and is therefore used to treat diseases with excessive numbers of b cells, overactive b cells, or dysfunctional b cells. This includes many lymphomas, leukemias, transplant rejection, and autoimmune disorders. Whether it is ok for your scleritis must be d/w doctor. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for systemic lupus erythematosus?

See rheumatologist: It is critical to see a rheumatologist, who can determine if it is lupus, if it actually compromises your health, what body systems are affected and if treatment is needed, to tailor the treatment to the risks they present. ...Read more

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Why would my rheumy prescribe plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for osteoarthritis? I can't find any research that supports it's use for OA.

Why would my rheumy prescribe plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for osteoarthritis? I can't find any research that supports it's use for OA.

Anti inflammatory : Plaquinal is used in cases of inflammatory arthritis such as rhiematoid arthritis and lupus because it has strong anti-inflammatory characterics. It certainly has a significant side affect profile as well. Presumably your rheumatologist thinks it is indicated for your OA to treat inflmation. Don't hesitate to discuss this with him and never hesitate to get second opinion. ...Read more