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Can Lupus Go Into Remission
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 (hydroxychloroquine) 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 (hydroxychloroquine) 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
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
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
Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... Help
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
Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... So confused
Yes can be controlle: either lupus or Sjorgen's, but why do you think you have either? first you have got to be diagnosed which is often hard to, and needs an experienced rheumatologist, check with your doctor first who might refer you if necessary, good luck ...Read more
Can depression occur as result of trying to manage chronic condition(lupus)even after it's in remission with meds.I exercise but am always fatigued?
Yes, definitely: This is a very common condition. And it's something that can be helped. Don't simply seek an anti-depressant however. A complicated condition like Lupus requires careful mgmt of Rx(s) and a good Health Psychologist w/ experience in chronic condition self-mgmt will be helpful but best if they can coordinate w/ your medical Dr. Be hopeful - this is often very successful. Best! ...Read more
If lupus went into remission & person no longer needed methotrexate, would methotrexate likely cause leukopenia (in someone with normal higher wbc)?
Currently ANA positive, ANTISCLERODERMA-70 ANTIBODIES is 3.7, and my ALT (SGPT) is 50. Diagnosed with Lupus years ago (rash only) Remission 10yr+?
Unclear question: You could be in a long lasting remission. If you have any symptoms, it would be prudent to consult a rheumatologist. Avoid sunlight, take vitamin D. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
I was told prev blood work showed I have lupus, but now am in remission. I've had severe body aches and mouth sores again. Am i having a flare up?
Lupus: Lupus is a chronic autoimmune systemic disorder and can have quiet periods with acute intermittent flares. Mouth sores with severe body aches necessitates reevaluation for acute flare . Though mouth sores and severe body aches could be from other sources, evaluation for lupus flare could help control inflammation with early intervention to minimize symptoms improve healing if it is lupus induced. ...Read more
I've been having a fever (99.7-100.9) every night for 4 months, I've been on Humira (adalimumab) over a year for Crohn's, in complete remission. Negative to Lupus or RA. The only other symptom I have is night sweats, and fatigue and back pain.
CROHNS ON HUMIRA (adalimumab): That is good news the CROHNS is in remission. I would recommend an exam and retesting of labs. Recheck autoimmune panel/Thyroid screen/sarcoidosis screen/Immunoglobulin levels. HUMIRA (adalimumab) can sometimes weaken the immune system and cause diseases to reactivate(TB/Fungal Infection ). Discuss tapering HUMIRA (adalimumab) , it rarely has been linked to Lymphoma. If SX. Persist CT OF CHEST/ABD/PELVIS IS WARRANTED. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have lupus and am remission. I have a sore on my ear , a fever, a large node in front of my ear and jaw pain. Can a swollen lymph node cause jaw pain. Dentist said teeth are ok. Derm says ear infec?
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