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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
Probably yes: There is no reason why Lisinopril cannot be used to treat high blood pressure in patients diagnosed with lupus nephritis. In fact, it may be the drug of choice in lupus patients who are also spilling protein in their urine. It may be need to be used with some caution in those patients with more advanced cases of lupus-related kidney disease as it may contribute to high levels of potassium. ...Read more
Mysterious lupus: It is not known what causes lupus erythematosus. Referring to antiquity, lupus was used to describe several different rashes. It could be autoimmune, where the body attacks itself such as lupus erythematosus or discoid lupus. It could be caused by tuberculosis infection such as lupus vulgaris. It could be related to another inflammatory disease such as sarcoidosis which causes lupus pernio. ...Read more
No specific diet: To my knowledge there is no specific diet recommended that can help the course of lupus nephritis. However, most people with kidney damage are placed on certain dietary restrictions such as salt, potassium and fluid intake. Much of this depends on the degree of kidney damage involved. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most PCPs and endo: Most internists and endocrinologists are familiar with the disorder. It is an autoimmune disorder that often leads to an under active thyroid. It is the most common cause of low thyroid hormone levels. There is no treatment for hashimotos per se, but the thyroid hormone levels can be kept normal with medication. ...Read more
Yes: Organic whole food supplementation; elimination of acids from the diet; avoidance of known allergies including foods; taking large quantities of antiinflammatory herbs such as cats claw; nrf2 activator (protandim)--produces sod reducing oxidative stress levels to level of a 20 year old. See my link at www.Medacpc.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
P-Anca positive, negative MPO??? Wegener's vasculitis suspected due to clinical symptoms. 6 yr old with juvenile arthritis.
Autoimmune: The positive ANCA test supports the diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder but with a negative MPO test (of one the proteins in the neurophils targeted by the disease) the possible diagnoses are many including Wegener's, RA, and others. Further testing including a biopsy may be required. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Presented w/ inability to walk, joint/muscle pain, hairloss, positive ana, high ssdna, dsdna, ssa (ro), histone, sed rate, could this be lupus?
Yes: It certainly could be lupus. See a rheumatologist as soon as possible. ...Read more