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How long can you live with lupus?

How long can you live with lupus?

It depends: Lupus treatment has improved over the past two decades. Most patients are living longer. Some have a severe life threatening form of lupus that can have a shorter life expectancy. This is the case if lupus causes organ damage such as the kidneys or brain. Some of the medications, especially prednisone, can also cause damage. Patients die from lupus itself, infections, and heart attacks/strokes. ...Read more

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How long can I survive if I have lupus?

How long can I survive if I have lupus?

A long time: Lupus severity can vary greatly. Some suffer badly much of the time, and they can be more likely to encounter dangerous complications. Many, though, will have milder and more occasional symptoms (rashes, achiness, fatigue). Taking Hydroxychloroquine and finding a careful rheumatologist will almost certainly improve the quality of your life - and may also help you to live a normal lifespan. ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose lupus ?

It depends: This is impossible to answer because lupus can present in so many different ways. If you think you may have lupus, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How long can a person live for with lupus?

Decades: Depending on severity and extent of disease, and how responsive you are to medication the disease can often go into remission. There are people with severe cases as with any other disease, bit treatment is helpful in a very high percent of cases. ...Read more

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How long on average do people go with lupus before being diagnosed?

How long on average do people go with lupus before being diagnosed?

No average: It varies by severity of lupus. I have seen people who have fever and a rash on the face who are found to have kidney disease in the initial blood work that lead to a lupus diagnosis almost immediately. Others have non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, pleurisy type pains with a normal chest X-ray and "borderline" lupus blood tests who go years before a firm diagnosis is established. ...Read more

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On average how long does it take to get a diagnoses of Lupus? I heard it takes years

It depends: It most often can be made early if the doctor suspects it is present and orders appropriate tests. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can continuing to poke lymphnodes make them irritated and not go away? And if you have lupus how long after meds does it take for them 2 go away

No: If you poke any tissue it would be more irritated , there is no time limit when l/nodes would go away , ithink you meant swelling of l/nodes please donot pke. ...Read more

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I've been tested 3 times now for lupus within a year does it really take that long to show up in your blood?

I've been tested 3 times now for lupus within a year does it really take that long to show up in your blood?

No: If your ANA and other autoantibodies are negative, it is highly unlikely that you have lupus. Constant retesting of lab will not change anything. ...Read more