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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
Absolutely: When it comes to GI health you should always have hope: high fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, propbiotics and enzymes for digestion. Fiber helps to bind and eliminate toxins from the bowel and will lower cholesterol. It softens the stool and bulks it up for a healthy daily bowel movent, and it speeds transit time thus lowering your risk of cancer, diverticulitis and hemorrhoids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Top Fiber Foods: Here are some ideas: -deep green, leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, broccoli, etc -beans are a rich source of fiber: navy beans, lima beans, lentils, garbanzo, split peas, etc -whole grains including oats, bran, buckwheat, millet, rye, popcorn, wild rice, amaranth, and others -all berries are high fiber fruits because of their many seeds. -vegetable: artichoke, parsnips, sweet potato, pumpkin. ...Read more