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Can Lupus Go Into Remission
Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more
Yes: If a person has lupus, the disease can go into remission. The antibody that over 99% of lupus patients have is the antinuclear antibody (ana). That antibody can become negative but its absence does not correlate with disease activity or remission. The tests that correlate more closely with disease activity are the double-stranded dna antibodies and serum complements c3 and c4. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tough question: I have always felt that the risk of plaquenil is less than the risk of lupus flaring up but a very tough call. Depends on the severity of lupus, antibody status, pt age, etc. Also no guarantee that a flare will respond to plaquenil 2nd time around. I usually recommend continuing 200mg a day indefinitely. ...Read more
If my lupus is "in remission" does that mean my immune system is functioning normally? Or will it still funct differently than a normal immune system?
Still abnormal: Lupus in remission does not equal normal immune seem. Unfortunately, the system is now primed to react to various proteins in the blood, and the disease pattern will be heterogenous. Good medical care can substantially reduce the morbidity associated with lupus so even if you feel reasonably well you need to keep up with your physicians! ...Read more
Autoimmune treatment: Uusally treatment for each involves the use of steroids, to dampen the effects of the immune system, attacking the body. Each syndrome consists of particular symptoms, which can be individually treated to limit distress from them, such as treating dry eyes in sjorgren's to using various pain medications for the multiple joint pains. Most of the symptoms improve with steroids. See Rheumatology. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Since getting a tattoo is purely an option and not an urgent need, i would wait. Though a small tattoo may not cause a problem, getting a tattoo is a stress on the body and it creates inflammation. Lupus is an inflammatory disease that worsens with stress so why test it if the lupus is currently active. ...Read more
Hi my lupus has been in remission for 5 years but after a recent op i got hospital acquired MRSA in my wound and from then on my lupus has flared up?
Stress related: Lupus or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) symptoms can vary from person to person. Anytime the body goes through a surgery-especially one with postop infection- significant stress is incurred. This stress can weaken the bodies normal ability to function properly. Please communicate your symptoms to your doctor and follow up. ...Read more
If lupus went into remission & i no longer needed methotrexate, would it likely cause leukopenia or not?
Lupus can cause leukopenia: Lupus can cause leukopenia. Methotrexate can cause leukopenia. So the reason you might have it depends on the rest of the manifestations of your lupus. Other reasons besides Methotrexate lupus can also cause leukopenia. Thus your evaluation would try to clarify all of this. ...Read more
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