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Diseases That Mimic Lupus Symptoms
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
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
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
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
Can you explain in detail rosacea. I had thought it was just a skin disease per se. So is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?
How are the symptoms different from lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? What would clue the dr on testing one disease over the other?
JIA more limited: JIA presents with swollen joint (s) & often morning stiffness for more than 6 weeks. Most labs in JIA are normal--there is no lab test for JIA, it is a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical exam. Lupus can involves many signs & symptoms: rash, arthritis, fevers, fatigue, muscle pain, abnormal CBC, ds-DNA/Smith Ab, high ESR, others. If multiple organ systems are involved, unlikely JIA. ...Read more
My rheumatologist diagnosed with lupus/sjogrens overlap. Does that mean my symptoms don't fit into one disease category perfectly or that I have both?
Parkinson disease: tremors at rest, decreased speed of motor action, cogwheel rigidity, small step shuffled gait, dysphonia, depression, sleep disturbance.
a rapid or irregular heartbeat
a fine tremor of your hands or fingers
an increase in perspiration or warm, moist skin
sensitivity to heat
weight loss, despite normal eating habits. ...Read more
What autoimmune disorders are not as commonly tested for and ruled out? I have +ANA and other severe symptoms but no culprits yet, (also not lupus).
What symptoms?: Conditions like MCTD, Wegeners, PANGet a more detailed answer ›
Ebola is now in Cleveland, I work in a Cleveland hospital. Scared out of my mind, I also have lupus which mimics early symptoms, help!
Ebola: I know that it is frightening that a nurse who was involved in treating Ebola patient zero in Dallas traveled to Cleveland (& has now been diagnosed w Ebola) What needs to be remembered is that a person can't spread Ebola unless they have active symptoms. (Although, there can be contamination of objects - like syringe/ needles).Because Ebola virus is not airborne & is only transmitted once > ...Read more
Blood work done and my AnA was high at 1.320 could I have lupus I have no symptoms except for one I'm so scared as I know it a serious disease help?
Not Lupus yet: Yes, your ANA is elevated and you have one symptom (not sure what it is) but that most likely is not enough for the diagnosis of Lupus. There are specific criteria for the diagnosis of lupus and typically requires 4 issues to be present for the diagnosis. Also ANAs can be seen in people with no specific disease. The ANA needs to be evaluated with further labs. See a rheumatologist and try to relax ...Read more
I think I have had many symptoms of lupus, Crohn's or a mixed connective tissue disorder for over a year. Can I have one if all tests have been neg.?
Health psychologist: Most lab tests have some degree of error, but they are probably correct. In any case, it might really help to have sessions w/ a therapist specializing in challenging, elusive physical symptoms and medical diagnosis problems. There are many patients who have difficulty finding DX and tx - learning to deal with it is often helpful. ...Read more
Learning more: A recent publication in the journal of allergy and clinical immunology described a subset of patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who have connective tissue disease. Musculoskeletal pain and hypermobility of the joints were described in these patients. We hope to learn more and more is further research gives us more answers. ...Read more
Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. Help control, reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?
Possibly: There is some evidence that anti inflammatory diets can help improve symptoms of auto immune diseases. Certainly eating an diet high in antioxidants will note harmful. But always check with your physician before you make a drastic changes to your diet. You should ensure that you get enough protein, carbs and fats along with micronutrients and vitamins. ...Read more
Lupus like symptoms resolved on Methotrexate. Current diagnosis in chart is undifferentiated connective tissue disease. My rheumMD say we don't have name yet. Unusual?
Actually: This is very common... Until symptoms are more typical and laboratory tests are confirmatory ...Read more
What specific blood/urinalysis levels are significant to kidney problems of diagnosis but untreated lupus patient. Symptoms? Failure or disease? Difference?
See answer: Blood tests for bun, creatinine, and GFR are used to determine if you have chronic kidney disease (ckd) and what stage (1 thru 5) based on GFR result. Urinalysis helpful to detect microscopic blood and protein both of which are common with kidney disease with degree of each related to type and severity of kidney disease. If significant protein (>1+), then 24-hr urine collection done to quantitate. ...Read more
Can nerve conditions mimic lupus symptoms? I have high ANA but no other positive lupus test. Severe muscle pain and all over itchiness for 1 year.
I have fibromyalgia. I have many symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Lupus & RA test normal. ANA & CRP test are positive and elevated. What does this mean?
Exam: You should see a rheumatologist to undergo a full history and exam. No single test can diagnose a rheumatological disease. ANA alone is not indicative of sle. The titer and type is imp. High CRP again in a non specific sign of inflammation. So should see a rheumatologist and have this a exam. ...Read more
Might methotrexate help w/dysautonomia symptoms caused by autoimmune disorder like lupus when standard tx (floninef & salt)don't' work but prednisone does?
May not be best: Dysautonomia due to lupus could be due to neurological involvement such as autonomic neuropathy, or due to adrenal suppression as a consequence of prolonged steroid treatment. In the first case Methotrexate might not be a strong enough immunosuppressor; its role in lupus is mainly limited to treating arthritis. In the second case, the treatment would be supplemental steroids such as florinef (fludrocortisone). ...Read more
How can lupus/undiff connective tissue disease affect the cerebral spinal fluid & cause CNS symptoms? My md thinks it's causing my neuro symptoms
Cerebritis: Your doctor may be looking for lupus cerebritis. ...Read more
Can invasive spine surgery with lots of neck and arm pain and stress on body bring on symptoms of MS or lupus? Can is allow a disease to manifest?
VERY DIFFERENT: Both ms and lupus are immune mediated inflammatory disorders, and your neck issues most likely due to degenerative or traumatic etiologies. None of these are related to each other, and in fact, your symptoms may indeed be due to post-operative complications such as scarring. An expert neurologist can readily sort out and categorize your issues, and may be worthwhile to have a consultation. ...Read more
Is it likely that I have ANA (1:640 nucleolar, 1:320 speckled) just because my mother had lupus/MCTD and ctd's ran in her family? Should I be screened for cancer (MRIs etc.) as I read case studies of ANA+ca? No symptoms of any disease, blood etc. Ok.
Not cancer: Your blood test findings and a history of autoimmune diseases in our family indicate a higher risk in developing an autoimmune disease. I am not aware of any link to cancer however. Instead of worrying yourself sick about this risk, just be aware of the probability and inform the doctors re. This finding should you develop symptoms suggestive of an autoimmune disorder. ...Read more
What can mimic lupus, ANA and sdna r both neg but have all the same symptoms including rash pain brain fog ocular migraines fatigue?
What conditions mimic lupus, specifically with symptoms of extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, daily headaches, confusion, bruising, nosebleed?
Lupus: Positive ANA tests are often seen in hashimotos disease which causes a lot of the symptoms you described. It's autoimmune thyroid disorder. Check your platelet count and clotting factors for possible autoimmune disorder causing these as well. Autoimmune disorders often run together. Let me know! ...Read more
I have slight red across cheeks&nose with broken veins underneath. Have had odd symptoms since 15 (eg blood in urine). Lupus? Family-graves disease+ms.
Lupus: This sounds like a diagnosis of lupus. Finish and additional work up and be seen by a rheumatologist and. Other needed sub specialist. All the best. ...Read more
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