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Doctor insights on: Does Lupus Shorten Your Life

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Will lupus shorten my life span ?

Will lupus shorten my life span ?

Not usually: Not unless there is major internal organ involvement or severe infection. ...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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How will having lupus mess up my health later in life?

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 more

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Can i live a full life with lupus? Im 27. All I am reading on google is bad things

Can i live a full life with lupus? Im 27. All I am reading on google is bad things

Yes: Lupus is often mild and controlled with fairly non-toxic meds. In the absence of severe kidney, neurologic or other internal organ involvement, lupus patients can have a normal life expectancy. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had come up positive. I share some of the symptoms of lupus. How hard will my life be if I have lupus?

Not enough info: What came up positive? What symptoms do you have? Have you seen a rheumatologist? It is impossible to answer a question such as this when no specifics are given. ...Read more

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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

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

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Is lupus less life threatening at the age of 60?

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

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What is the expected length of life for someone with neurological lupus?

What is the expected length of life for someone with neurological lupus?

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

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Please I need help. I have most symptoms of lupus but negative ANA so no one wants to help me. Life is going down fast. Almost always bed fast. ?

See details: Have you seen a rhematologist? If not, do so. If you have, get a second rheumatology opinion. If the doc has ruled out lupus ask for your diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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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 more

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Life span of someone diagnosed with parkinsons/lupus?

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

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Herbal life good for weight management , I have lupus, fibro.

Herbal life good for weight management , I have lupus, fibro.

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

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How can sle or lupus can be cured? How can a patient live longer and healthy life?

How can sle or lupus can be cured? How can a patient live longer and healthy life?

No cure: There is no cure for sle. The key is to control the underlying inflammation as well as possible. Then the symptoms will also be much less severe and the chances of a longer and healthier life will increase. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Very treatable: Lupus is a very treatable disease and does not have to necessarily reduce life expectancy or quality of life. People with lupus should be followed by a rheumatologist life long. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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 more

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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?

Lupus Control: Lupus is a disease than can be serious and difficult to control. Forming a relationship with a rheumatologist is the best place to start. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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