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As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis ?

As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis ?

Inflamation: Pericarditis is inflamation of the sack around the heart. Pushing on your chest will not reproduce the pain. Some changes in position will. Costochondritis is inflamation in the chest wall. Applying pressure will cause the pain to increase. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Definition)

Costochondritis is a condition of rib cartilage inflammation. This can cause chest pain, especially when ...Read more


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What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

Acetaminophen NSAIDS: For symptom relief of pain you can use Acetaminophen or NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or o Naprooxen or Cox 2 Celebrex Along wih Antimalarials (Hydroxychlroquin) and low dose steroids ...Read more

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Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Not sure, I don't : think anyone knows for sure if its okay for sure. No study has been done on those supplement with SLE. I would recommend stay simple supplement with multivitamin, Vit D, B complex. At the most, protein shake for post work out. ...Read more

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Health insurance for lupus patients?

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

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How long can lupus patients live on dialysis?

How long can lupus patients live on dialysis?

A very long time: Since medical care has improved over the past three decades people can live a very long time on dialysis. There is also a possibility that the patient will be a candidate for a kidney transplant. Lupus symptoms often but not always go into remission when patients go on dialysis. ...Read more

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What is a good pain medicine for lupus patients?

What is a good pain medicine for lupus patients?

Depends: It depends on what medications you are on for your lupus. Acetaminophen is good for any, but non-steroidal inflammatory drugs have to be used with caution and G.I. protection with a proton pump inhibitor if on steroids. Opiods safer on major medications for lupus such as biologics and chemotheirapy drugs. ...Read more

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What causes loss of appetite in patients with lupus?

What causes loss of appetite in patients with lupus?

Multifactorial: A good number of people with lupus have gastrointestinal symptoms, both from the illness itself and the medications that are used to treat the illness. People also can have decreased motility of the esophagus, peritonitis (which can cause nauseas and loss of appetite) and peptic ulcer disease which can be exasperated by some of the meds used. All of these things can contribute to low appetite. ...Read more