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Diseases With Symptoms Similar To Lupus
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.
Top four: The top four symptoms are fatigue, joint pain, fevers, and skin rashes. Look for a fact sheet at www. Lupus. Org.
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).See 1 more doctor answer
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 testsSee 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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?
Autoimmune: Autoimmune phenomena are frequently tough to diagnose health problems. It is common to have symptoms of more than one autoimmune disease. Overlap means you have symptoms characteristic of both SLE and Sjogrens that don`t fit into one disease category as you stated above.See 2 more doctor answers
Tremors,: Parkinson disease: tremors at rest, decreased speed of motor action, cogwheel rigidity, small step shuffled gait, dysphonia, depression, sleep disturbance. Grave disease:anxiety irritability difficulty sleeping fatigue 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.
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 ›
Lupus in pregnancy caused me similar symptoms as when not pregnant. Isn't this a time of fewer problems?
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 relaxSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Do you think all connective tissue diseases (lupus, sjogrens, scleroderma) are more alike than doctors realize since they tend to overlap so much?
Yes and no: Autoimmune diseases are all as different as the people who get them. These conditions all result from the body's immune system attacking different parts of your cells and tissues. Each person's disease will reflect the tissues that are being damaged. It is likely that everyone who has one of these conditions has a different spectrum of tissue damage which may be similar in some ways..
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
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.
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?
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).See 2 more doctor answers
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