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What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms. ...Read more

Muscle Twitches (Definition)

The twitches you can see and feel in muscle are contractions of irritable muscle fibers. They are sometimes seen with muscle fatigue. I sometimes see young people with fasciculations who google the word and come in afraid they have ALS. There is also an entity called benign fasciculation syndrome that is sometimes accompanied by cramping. Caffeine and theophylline (in ...Read more


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Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

SLE treatment: Systemic lupus erythematosus (sle) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. There is no cure for sle. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms. ...Read more

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Systemic lupus erythematosus--what is sle?

Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read more

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Autoimmune diseases that can mess with brain? Like, memory and leg and muscle twitches. Not lupus. The dsdna was negative

Autoimmune diseases that can mess with brain? Like, memory and leg and muscle twitches. Not lupus. The dsdna was negative

Many things: One unusual cause is something called hashimoto encephalopathy. Other autoimmune disorders can cross-react with brain tissue. ...Read more

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Tired Muscle twitches, blood in stool sometimes and in urine. Lost 20 lb in 18 months. All imaging and ultrasound are good. Doc thinks lupus? Correct?

What about labs?: Still insufficient information, your doctor would suspect lupus, s/he is correct, but still a suspicion till proven right, other pieces of clinical puzzle/picture need to be put together for the final picture (diagnosis) to show, wish you all the best ...Read more

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Are muscle tics and fasciculations a lupus symptom? Some saying yes and some saying no.

Are muscle tics and fasciculations a lupus symptom? Some saying yes and some saying no.

Can be.: Lupus is a systemic inflammatory condition, SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. Nervous system is in charge of muscle tics and fasciculations. It can be a symptom. It could also be caused by something else. Just depends if the lupus hit the nervous system or not. ...Read more

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Can anxiety be responsible for muscle twitches and any sort of twitching in the face? (how about tics?)

Can anxiety be responsible for muscle twitches and any sort of twitching in the face? (how about tics?)

Anxiety gets bad rap: Anxiety is guilty of many things and often is at the scene when other symptoms act up - but I think it ought not be the prime suspect for facial tics or twitches. It sounds more like the tic/twitch can bring on anxiety about how you look and "what the heck is going on? " your doctor might refer you to a neurologist if it is bad or getting worse or spreading. Also, watch out for drug side efx. ...Read more

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Can Trileptal cause, or aggravate, tics or muscle twitches? What should I look out for. I'm taking 75mg, at the moment, for Bipolar 1 Disorder.

Can Trileptal cause, or aggravate, tics or muscle twitches? What should I look out for. I'm taking 75mg, at the moment, for Bipolar 1 Disorder.

?: It may cause tremors as a side effect, you are on a low dose though, at any rate, not all listed side effects should be be experienced. Keep a diary of your symptoms for next appointment with your doctor and discuss with him/her, as you are on other medications too, which don't seem to interact, good luck ...Read more

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What can I use for systemic lupus erythematosus symptoms if I don't have a new doctor yet?

Many but need doctor: The first thing to do is define your lupus, everyone with lupus is different. You need to contact your physician - see a rheumatologist, define your lupus and then you decide on your treatment. Not everyone with lupus needs meds, but you need good health habits - no smoking, exercise, etc defining your type of lupus will clarify the best medications for you to take. ...Read more

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Prednisone is most likely to be indicated in the management of systemic lupus erythematosus due to what?

Prednisone is most likely to be indicated in the management of systemic lupus erythematosus due to what?

Antiinflammatory: Prednisone suppresses inflammation and thus it is intended to control the inflammation resulting from many diseases including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is not a cure or specific for any disease, just a temporary solution. Long term high-dose prednisone can lead to many serious side effects. ...Read more

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Can systemic lupus erythematosus cause swelling in one hand?

Can systemic lupus erythematosus cause swelling in one hand?

Yes: A common symptom of sle is arthritis or joint pain and swelling which can involve just one hand. Usually there will be other symptoms as well such malar rash (red rash over the cheeks), increased sensitivity to sun, possibly hair loss and rash on the body, hands or knuckles or scalp. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus diagnostic panel?

What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus diagnostic panel?

Labs for a + ANA: The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) is the initial screening test for lupus, but since it produces a lot of false positives, follow up testing for other auto antibodies is needed. The other tests in the panel are usually more specific for lupus, but less sensitive. Panels sometimes produce dubious results, so any positive test has to be taken in context. ...Read more

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How much should people with systemic lupus erythematosus pay extra for the insurance in usa?

None: The reason that insurance exists is to spread the risk of any single person having any disease is divided among many healthy people with no disease. Our current system is prejudiced against anybody with a "pre-existing" illness such as yours and makes you pay extra. Makes getting insurance (or keeping it) tough. It is a lose-lose;dr and patient, win for insurance company. My gripe with aca. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is 'systemic lupus erythematosus' in clear details?

Docs can you explain what is 'systemic lupus erythematosus' in clear details?

An auto immune disea: Systemic lupus is a auto immune disease that can affect any part of the body. The immune system of the patient attacks its own body cells and tissues, and that causes inflammation and damage to the tissues
it most often affecrs heart, skin. Joints, blood vessels, lungs, kidneys, liver and nervous system
the incidence of sle is 9 times in women than men. ...Read more

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Can active systemic lupus erythematosus be caused by prescription medication? Need expert opinions!

Drug-induced lupus: Yes, some prescription medications can definitely cause drug-induced lupus which often will resolve after the drug is stopped. Many of the drugs that can cause lupus do NOT cause lupus in the majority of people treated with them. There may be genetic susceptibility to drug-induced lupus and/or the right trigger. Many possible meds. Best way is to be evaluated by a board certified rheumatologist ...Read more

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Is the cognitive dysfunction that results from systemic lupus erythematosus typically permanent?

It depends: Lupus can cause both reversible and irreversible changes to the nervous system, and these can affect personality, memory, and other basic aspects of patients' lives. That said, simply being sick can aggravate depression, sleep deprivation, etc. Controlling pain and other disruptive elements of the disease, can improve quality of life and help people be more who they would like to be. ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting your wisdom teeth extracted with systemic lupus erythematosus?

Depends: If you have been on steroids recently for flare ups of sle, it could lead to post operative complications. Also, there is always a chance that there may be a latent cardiac problem that will only become apparent when you are under stress, like during a surgery. I would see and oral surgeon, and have him/her work with your physician to manage your case safely. ...Read more

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How can one cure systemic lupus erythematosus?

How can one cure systemic lupus erythematosus?

No cure but. ..: Lupus cannot be cured but the symptoms can often be controlled. In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Lupus can be mild. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Lupus can be severe. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

SLE: Is a systemic disease and is a form of vascullitis, which means that there is inflammation in the blood vessels as a result it is a multi-system disease and can affect any organ in the body. When the brain is affected it can lead to changes in mood, psychosis and even coma. Leukopenia is a recognized feature of SLE at some point in the course of the disease. It can affect the kidneys, joints etc ...Read more

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Why is the butterfly rash in systemic lupus erythematosus?

Why is the butterfly rash in systemic lupus erythematosus?

Thin skin: Thin area around the nose/cheeks is very sensitive to sun and the first to show sle signs. ...Read more

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Is systemic lupus erythematosus a kind of cancer disease, and is it fatal?

Is systemic lupus erythematosus a kind of cancer disease, and is it fatal?

Not a cancer: Sle is an autoimmune disease that can affects multiple organ including kidney, brain, joints, skin, blood, eyes etc. It is not cancer. Yes, it can be very debilitating and lethal if not treated properly. You need to see a rheumatologist and discuss in detail with your md. ...Read more

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Does highly elevated antinuclear antibody result always mean systemic lupus erythematosus?

Not always: Unfortunately, there is no single laboratory test that absolutely rules in or out systemic lupus erythematosis (sle). Although a highly positive antinuclear antigen (ANA) is common in sle, diagnosis is based on a careful history, physical exam and laboratory evaluation. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for systemic lupus erythematosus?

See rheumatologist: It is critical to see a rheumatologist, who can determine if it is lupus, if it actually compromises your health, what body systems are affected and if treatment is needed, to tailor the treatment to the risks they present. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus?

SLE: Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs. ...Read more

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Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

It is magic?: 1the use of anti-malarials in autoimmune diseases was accidentally discovered in treating wwii vets for malaria. Those with RA improved. Chloroquine and ho-q were tested in sle, with very positive results. In the early 80's canadian researchers definitively showed fewer sle flares with ho-q. It is considered the rx of first choice for :sle. We now understand more of the mechanisms, but not all. ...Read more

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What are the tests for systemic lupus erythematosus?

What are the tests for systemic lupus erythematosus?

Positive ANA and...: Positive ANA and a positive double stranded dna antibody titer of significance. This coupled with clinical criteria is the least required for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is 'systemic lupus erythematosus' in clear tems?

Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more