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I Might Have Discoid Lupus Erythematosus What Is It Like To Be A Patient
Your personality: Discoid lupus is a relatively benign disorder and can usually be treated with medication. Different people have different reactions to a diagnosis and their responses vary as with any other life event. If your concern is about being a patient with dle, you should consider yourself fortunate that you do not have a more serious illness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Discoid lupus (think singer seal) is seen by itself or with systemic lupus erythematosus (sle). Abut 25% of sle pts have discoid symptoms. If discoid lupus is by itself, 5-10% of them will go on to have sle, but the disease is relatively mild. Discoid lesions are areas of inflammation that go through the dermal layer of skin, causing scarring (like stretch marks). ...Read more
Doctor thinks I have a rare autoimmune disease that isn't usually detected in testing? She is referring me to a rheumatologist? What might it be?
I don't know: as you didn't mention specifics, even though we won't be able to diagnose online. Rheumatologist would have more detailed history and physical exam, may order some tests, or may rule it out completely, good luck ...Read more
Can you explain in detail rosacea. I had thought it was just a skin disease per se. so is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?
Why would a dermatologist assume a Malar rash is Rosacea and not Lupus because it is not a raised rash? I have read Lupus can appear as flat lesions?
Is it possible for someone to have psoriatic arthritis without ever having the skin condition? Specially if a parent has psoriasis?
Septic joints: A septic joint is almost always very swollen, very painful , red and hot. The exception would be a patient who is immuno-compromised as they could have an infection without such severe symptoms ...Read more
Yes: Though the butterfly rash on the cheeks is common, it is not always present. Some patients may never have an evident malar rash (the technical name). Interestingly, the name of the disease, which is latin for "wolf, " is based on the fanciful idea that the rash makes faces look wolf-like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if my friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. If im a match, would it be possible to donate?
Can be manageable: It's wonderful you'd offer to donate for transplantation, but Addison's is quite manageable nowadays. He needs to carry a cortisol needle (learn how and when you might need to use it), and if you're ever both in an accident and he needs to be treated, let his phyiscians know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens if I have a the butterfly rash on face, is there is possibility that it is not lupus?
Systemic disease: The sin sle is systemic meaning it can affect multipleorgsn systems including skin, joints, kidneys, lungs , heart, etc. Although sweating is not a common occurrence, any symptom is possible in an unique individual. Depending on the area absorbent powder, evening antiperspirant may be helpful. Have your doctor evaluate you for internal involvement re kdneys etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ANA: positive ANA test indicates that there would a connective tissue disease, which needs confirmation by other tests and/or clinically, lupus is one sort of connective tissue disease, ANA is a good screening test 95 - 100% of the time, i.e. Has good sensitivity, meaning it is a good way to rule out connective tissue disease, but not to confirm it, hope that answers your question ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with pmr and gca is there any other treatment the steroids i also am going to a tempral arterie biopsy where exactly will it be?
Doubt the diagnosis: I have never seen this diagnosis in a 30 year old. Get a 2nd opinion. Have you seen a rheumatologist? ...Read more
I had a blood test and I've made an appointment with a doctor as it suggests I have a auto'immune condition. What is this and is it serious?
What do you suggest if my friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. if I'm a match, would it be possible to donate?
No : Hi. Addison's disease is not ever treated with organ transplant. It is very easily treated with medication and education about how to manage severe illness/stress. It's kind of you to think of donating an organ to help, but you get to keep your adrenals! You CAN, however, be listed as an organ donor on your driver's license in case you're killed. That's a nice thing to do for someone. ...Read more
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