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Does Lupus Shorten Your Life
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Two possible types of problems could be effects of lupus, including risks if recurrent infection, organ damage or heart disease; or side effects of medicines like Prednisone or nsaids. Close follow-up with a rheumatologist is important to avoid these problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone doesn't have Lupus in his past life.Why is it suddenly comes on at age 36?Is it a switch in the body turn on coincidently?Is it environment
Perhaps: Autoimmune diseases such as lupus are considered conditions from impairment in immune regulation (which tends to worsen as we age). Sun exposure has been known to trigger a lupus exacerbation but is not a cause. Perhaps environmental factors may have something to do with it but we have little knowledge of that. Increased abdominal fat many add to the inflammation. Female hormone may play a role. ...Read more
Depends: SLE (systemic lupus Erythematosis) starting at age 60 is usually milder than starting at age 25. This is based on an average disease severity. There have always been younger patients with mild disease and older patients with severe disease. Most of the time even severe life threatening parts of SLE can be controlled. Talk with your rheumatologist about your symptoms and your risk. Good luck ...Read more
What is your thoughts on the life expectency for someone having both multiple sclorosis and lupus ?
Not certain: Each person has to be individualized. Your sle and ms may have nothing to do with your life expectancy. ...Read more
It depends: Neurological lupus is a broad category. Criteria include: neuropathies, depression, cognitive dysfunction, seizures and other central nervous system involvement.(cns) in general the prognosis depends on what type of neurological involvement the patient has. CNS lupus has a poorer prognosis than depression and cgnitive dysfunction. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy for lupus patients? I was recently diagnosed with lupus. Does this mean i will die much earlier, or are there ways to live longer?
Everyone differs: Just because you have lupus does note mean a death sentence. Each person is different. It depends on your lupus and your treatment and how you respond. We will not live forever but how you do will help decide if you die from lupus or just die with lupus. Lupus alone is not a killer, but like any health problems some do better than others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impossible to say: The life span depends on the severity of the diseases. Most patients with these diseases have a normal life expectancy. ...Read more
Herbalife: I'm not sure whether you're testifying that "herbal life" is good, or asking about it? Herbalife is a multilevel marketing company that sells many different kinds of products, including some for "weight management." it is not a program that provides personal accountability like weight watchers or tops. This part is needed for success in any program, because it engages you towards your goals. ...Read more
What kind of life expectancy will a child diagnosed with lupus have? Also, what will be the quality of life in the mid to end stage?
I have no organ involvement in my lupus but its just a matter of quality of life, am i putting myself at great risk by starting methotrexate?
Not necessarily: You are lucky not to have internal organ involvement (for those in the us, nba legend kevin mchale lost his 22 yo daughter today from lupus), but Methotrexate does not significantly increase health risk as long as you maintain good followup with your rheumatologist. I would further argue that Methotrexate is a small price to pay to ensure that your lupus does not worsen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 31, single, &dealt w/lupus for yrs.It has affected my life so much.I've shed many tears.Since dx'd w/arthritis at 75my dad minimizes what i have.?
No easy answer.: A parent who cannot or refuses to understand how a chronic inflammatory disorder such as lupus affects your life must be very frustrating. Sit down and tell him how much he hurts you with his attitude. Give him some reading material about lupus and emphasize that his attitude makes it even more difficult for you to deal with this life-altering disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have lupus and luckily it's well controlled with plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and life style changes. Will it stay this way or is it unpredictable?
My mum has MS and doctors are starting to think she has Lupus too. If this is the case how would this effect her life and can it kill her?
Complicated: Not clear why a pt who has established MS would develop lupus, as more likely she has a biologically false positive ANA titer, which can occur from some medications and even infection (syphiiis). But if she has both, treatment becomes very complex, as some rheumatological agents can worsen the MS (those that block tumor necrosis factor alpha). Unlikely to kill her, but may affect quality of life ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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