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How To Eat Healthy With Lupus
Have well controlled lupus& dysautonomia.Exhausted.My rheumMD suggested I could be depressed.I don't agree. I exercise,work,eat healthy.Now what?
Get 2nd opinion: Depression is not a "bright line" disease, where you clearly have it or you don't. It is a continuum of mood, with many people who are physically active and otherwise in good help having milder forms of it (dysthymia) while others are more severe afflicted (major depressive disorder and/or bipolar disorders). If you have a primary care doctor, get their opinion, or ask to see a psychologist. ...Read more
Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more
Have lupus & dyautonomia. I exercise & eat healthy. Struggle w/fatigue. Lupus is stable so MD assumed depression. Why? Is depression common with lupus
Depression: can be a response to any illness, including Lupus. Fatigue can be a symptom of depression. Chicken and egg. Please think holistically. Do what you can to eat well and move to the degree that you and your doc agree is ok. Fill your mind w/uplifting things through podcasts and books and interesting movies. Peace and good health. If depression persists seek support from a mental health pro. ...Read more
Can a vitamin D level of 20 contribute to depression/the blues and fatigue? I exercise daily, eat healthy, don't eat junk food. I also have lupus.
YEs: The level is low. I would suggest you try supplementing with Vitamin D3 ...Read more
I have lupus. On Plaquenil.Eat very health & exercise daily.My current labs & cholesterol look great & normal. Is it possible I no longer have lupus?
Unlikely: It's quite unlikely that you are now lupus free. I am not aware of any cases where patients have been able to resolve their lupus unless it started due to medications. You could have your lupus bloodwork repeated however I am not sure if that would be accurate. ...Read more
How much do genes play part in lipid panel?My total cholesterol 170, LDL 84, HDL 80, Triglycerides 63.I eat healthy & exercise daily & also have lupus
Genetics of lipids: Genetics are a powerful determinant of cholesterol metabolism. Some people eat super healthy and still have very high cholesterol requiring medicine to control. Others eat poorly and still have low cholesterol. By the way, treatment of lupus w/ steroid drugs can also contribute to development of heart disease. For personalized advice on this, talk to your doctor or a consultant here on HealthTap. ...Read more
Does a false positive ELISA mean I have lupus or a the disease? Or could i be healthy and just get these results?
Asked and Answered: Your question has been answered many times already. It is rude and inappropriate to keep asking the same question and ignoring the free and gracious experts who have given of their time and expertise to tell you that you are fully normal, fine and should go live your life. Please come up with something else to ask about or move on. You are HIV negative. Please go live grateful for that blessing. ...Read more
In lupus flare. 2nd one in 2 months. Missed 1 week of work.My employer is frustrated.How to get him to understand? I do what I can to stay healthy.
Doctor's note.: A doctor's note would validate your illness as well as inform your employer about the natural progression of the illness and necessary treatments. Ask your doctor to provide you with a letter about your condition and its ramifications. ...Read more
Diagnosised with igg4 deficiency & lupus (informally stage 2) on medication incl plasmoquine ,health is deterioating, dr is hestating on chemoth why?
Ask the hesitant why: This can only really be answered by the hesitant provider whom already knows you as a patient. Many factors can be involved, and the doctor is probably looking out in your best interest, including possible adverse reactions to treatment which might not yet be appropriate. Write down your questions for your MD...you sound quite intelligent....and don't fear demanding answers. Zmd ...Read more
I have been recently diagnosed with lupus. I was told to lose weight because it is critical to my current state of health. Any good weight loss advise?
See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Can lupus directly cause high cholesterol in active person of normal weight who eats healthy?I'm not referring to med related, wt gain, or domino effect
Sort of...: There is a "lupus pattern" of cholesterol that includes very high levels of triglycerides and a cholesterol particle called vldl and low levels of hdl. It can create an abnormal overall lipid panel. These changes seem to be present even in patients with inactive lupus, so it's probably a primary feature of the disease and not a secondary effect. Complicated question; hope that helps. ...Read more
SLE and insurance: Check with your states health department. Many states make arrangements to cover people who don't qualify with private insurers, usually through some kind of high risk health ins. Pool. It's expensive but probably not as expensive as a catastrophic illness without any coverage at all. ...Read more
What is the proper diet for lupus patients? What foods are good to eat if you have lupus? Are there any foods that should be avoided?
EAT HEALTHY!: Low starch, little sugar, high fiber, plenty of water, good proteins in adequate amounts. And eat your colored veggies and greens. Good nutritional support might also include 3-omega fatty acids found in fish and flax seed oil. Take a complete vitamin. Avoid saturated fats. Emphasize monosaturated fats! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most likely yes: However, your pregnancy would be considered high risk. Depending on your ob's comfort level with managing pregnant patients with lupus, you might also see a maternal-fetal specialist. They are specifically trained to manage pregnant patients with co-existing medical problems. ...Read more
Please clarify: Are you inquiring if your having discoid lupus will have effect on your child's health? If you have the disease, it not likely to affect the child. If the child has discoid lupus, it is, unfortunately, a life long affliction and may result in scarring of sun exposed skin. Preventing exposure to sun through proper clothing, hats, and sun screen should help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have sle lupus what medicine is best for me because I take plenty and what kind of food can I eat?
Varied meds: There are many different meds used for lupus depending on what features of the disease you have. They may range from anti inflammatory medication to steroids and many other drugs. You really need to be followed by a rheumatologist to determine the extent of your disease and which drugs are appropriate ...Read more
What are names of blood tests for lupus? I've had ongoing health issues, some matching symptoms and want to ask dr to test me
Any more risks with having lupus/sjogrens overlap syndrome than having lupus alone? Is it possible with good diet & exercise to be very healthy?
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