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Doctor insights on: Diseases That Mimic Lupus

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What other diseases mimic lupus?

What other diseases 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

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What are symptoms of lupus disease?

What are symptoms of lupus disease?

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

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What other illnesses does Lupus mimic?

What other illnesses does Lupus mimic?

Numerous ones: The specific disease mimmicked depend on the specific organ systems involved. ...Read more

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What kind of disease is lupus? What causes it?

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

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Any way for a good life with this lupus disease?

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

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What are the most common symptoms for lupus disease?

What are the most common symptoms for lupus disease?

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

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What is lupus? Is it possible to recover from that disease?

What is lupus? Is it possible to recover from that disease?

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

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Is lupus a fatal disease?  

Is lupus a fatal disease?  

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

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Hy. Is there any cure for lupus disease?

SLE: Unfortunately, no. It is chronic, but meds can help control or reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes the autoimmune disorder called lupus?

What causes the autoimmune disorder called lupus?

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

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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

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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

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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

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

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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?

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?

Maybe: Not particularly worries about von willebrands disease. You are in fact immunocompromised with lupus I suspect degree of control and current medications. Will help your rheumatologist arrive at recommendations to help you make a decision regarding risk. ...Read more

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Can a tick bite cause lupus disease?

Can a tick bite cause lupus disease?

Tick Bite: In north america, the following diseases are caused by tick bites:
lyme disease,
human granulocytic and monocytic, ehrlichiosis,
babesiosis,
relapsing fever,
rocky mountain spotted fever,
colorado tick fever,
tularemia,
q fever,
tick paralysis,
but not lupus. ...Read more

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On average which is more serious Stills disease or Lupus?

Lupus: Lupus can involve pretty much any organ system in the body ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

LUPUS: It is very important to find out what kind of lupus you have. Is it discoid or systemic? Your lab should be positive to lupus test not only ana. The worse one is when it affects your kidney. Please see your md for advice. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How are fifth disease and lupus different?

How are fifth disease and lupus different?

Very easily: Simple blood tests will tell you for sure. You need to have parvo titers checked. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause tooth resorption? Can lupus cause Crohn's disease?

Can lupus cause tooth resorption? Can lupus cause Crohn's disease?

Definitely, no: The studies show that dentin is not recognized as a self structure by the immunologic system, being the component of the tooth makes it impossible. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What is the difference between fifth disease and lupus?

Totally unrelated: Fifth disease or erythema infectiosum is a viral infection caused by parvovirus b19. Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease that is not an infection. ...Read more

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Why do some doctors say lupus sle is a terminal disease?

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

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What are the symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases?

What are the symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases?

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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What's the difference between connective tissue disease and lupus?

What's the difference between connective tissue disease and lupus?

Not the same.: Systemic lupus is one of the so called "connective tissue diseases, " which includes many other diseases, some related to sle, and other's which are not. The term connective tissue disease more broadly means autimmune disease and the term is somewhat antiquated! ...Read more