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I have sjögren's syndrom.What test can show if my brain is inflamed or if my heart is? Also have fiber myalgia and waiting for lupus blood work.
See below: The first step is basic bloodwork in order to see if see you have elevated inflammation levels. Lumbar punctures are performed as well as MRI but only if you are have certain neurological symptoms. For your heart an echo and ekg would be performed if your were having symptoms to warrant a workup. ...Read more
Fibro/Depression/Rx: According to a well-designed research study, 34% of people with fibromyalgia syndrome [fms] are also depressed. That implies that 66% of fms are not depressed. Some authors have predicted that the depression in fms is caused by the pain but other evidence indicates that they are independent. Cymbalta [duloxetine] is the only drug which is separately fda-approved for both fms and for depression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fiber: Fiber has to be ingested to do the body good. As such, I know of no good way to get fiber if you don't either get it in the diet or via supplementation. Bran, beans, berries, whole grains, peas, greens, nuts, seeds, squash, and potatoes are all possible dietary methods to get fiber. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Eating more cooked vegetables: And grains. Bulk laxatives also have fiber, but your best source is from food. Whole foods like fruit and vegetables. Apples have pectin and a lot of fiber. So do root vegetables like beets and carrots. Stay away from gluten (wheat), especially if you're gluten sensitive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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