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Diseases That Mimic Lupus
Fibromyalgia: Lupus can cause almost any symptom so it often mimics other diseases. It is diagnosed by a list of clinical and lab criterea. It is best diagnosed by a rheumatologist with experience in this disease. It is most commonly confused with other autoimmune diseases and other types of arthritis. It is also often missed in fibromyalgia which occurs with it. I hope this is the information you ...Read more
Variety of Symptoms: Lupus (sle) is an autoimmune disease that can effect essentially any organ in the body. Autoimmune means "friendly fire." the body's army is called the immune system. When it gets confused and attacks the body it leads to autoimmune diseases. Common symptoms of sle include: fatigue, joint pain, rashes, mouth sores, dry eyes and mouth, and depression. Every sle patient has unique symptoms. ...Read more
SLE diagnosis: Systemic lupus erythematosus is best diagnosed by an experienced rheumatologist. It is an autoimmune disease. A high-titer ANA, >1:320 is both sensitive and specific for lupus. Other auto-antibodies can help to confirm the lupus diagnosis. Anti-Smith is highly specific for lupus but not very sensitive. Anti-dsDNA is also highly specific and tends to be seen in lupus with kidney involvement. ...Read more
Yes: Coping with a chronic disease is always important. There may be limitations but the majority of my patients lead a great life. The treatment needs to be tailored to the involvement and needs of the person with lupus. The person with lupus needs to take charge. People with lupus are normal people who happen to have lupus. This should be the guideline but personal responsibility is tops. ...Read more
Top four: The top four symptoms are fatigue, joint pain, fevers, and skin rashes. Look for a fact sheet at www. Lupus. Org. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Lupus is can be an multisystem inflammatory disease and may involve skin discoid lupus, facial rash, joint involvement, lung involvement, etc. Recovery depends on the site, and severity of the disease. It can be kept quiet with the help of nsaids, antimalarials, oral steroids, chemotherapy and immunomodulants. ...Read more
Can be, not usually: In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more
Unknown: Genetic, hormonal, immunologic, and environmental factors may play a role but the overall cause of lupus is unknown. The immune system becomes activated and attacks the body itself hence the term autoimmune. ...Read more
Hi. What is lupus disease? Is it dangerous? How can we fight it and is there a way to recover from it?
The answer: Here's a good overview of lupus that should answer your questions: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/. ...Read more
Diagnosed with Lupus 4yrs ago I've seen a specialist &the medication has not been working getting worse. What other disease or disorder could it be?
Many.: Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease. There are several different types of Lupus and they usually cause many symptoms that other diseases have (nonspecific). When a patient is suspected of having Lupus or an autoimmune condition, they get special labs and they usually see a rheumatologist. Medications can stop working and there are other medications that could improve your symptoms. ...Read more
For many years now, I have been suffering from connective tissure disorder. I had a lupus panel twice but it was never confirmed. What could be my prob?
Impossible to say: How can you expect anyone to begin to answer your question when you provide no specifics? ...Read more
Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs. It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna, sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus. Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read more
I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle). Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?
Lupus: Lupus can involve pretty much any organ system in the body ...Read more
Most are in remissio: Most of my patients are in clinical remssion. ...Read more
One of my sisters inherited lupus disease from my father. Is it possible that brother could have it too?
Possible: Yes, he should get evaluated.Get a more detailed answer ›
What to do if I have MS and I notice lupus has a lot of similarities. I was just curious which disease is worse to have?
Different disorders: Lupus can mimic MS, and rarely may co-exist. Severity of both can vary extensively. Cannot really compare one to another, but if you have MS only, best to use a potent medication such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more
Post VTE and extensive testing the only abnormal result is a highly elevated b2glycoprotein IGA. Lupus and other diseases have been ruled out. Cause?
Sometimes: We never know. Some people for some reason just get them. ...Read more
I have classic lupus symptoms, worse over time. I had a + ANA test last year. It's normal this year. Could I still have lupus? What else mimics lupus?
Is lupus attacking the nerves the same as ms? I know they’re different diseases, but when lupus affects the nervous system, does it do it the same way as ms? Are the symptoms the same?
One kind of lupus:
Lupus has many ways of hurting and destroying organs, one kind of lupus of the nervous system is similar and may coincide with ms
numbness poor function disconections of short circuits in electric system (nerves are like cables, with ms you loose the insulation, myelin). ...Read more
SLE: All diseases are terminal....In fact, life is terminal. Whichever doctor tells you that lupus is a terminal disease.....Well, I would get a new doctor. ...Read more
Varied symptoms: Each autoimmune disease can present with multiple symptoms. Common ones are rashes, joint pains, hair loss, ulcers in the mouth, irregular menstrual cycles, , photosensitivity, joint swelling etc. Usually its constellation of of signs and symptoms that suggest autoimmune disease. Then it is confirmed by blood tests ...Read more
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