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Is Lupus And Thalassemia Reasons For Disability
No: Lupus is not related to Alpha or beta thalassemias. The thalassemias cause "intrinsic" anemia, meaning the anemia is due to a problem inside the red blood cells. Lupus is an autoimmune disease and causes "extrinsic" anemia, meaning lupus is acting on the red blood cells from the outside and causing them to be destroyed. ...Read more
My AST was slightly elevated (39) for no known reason. I also have lupus. Only on Plaqunil. When to recheck?
No need: Your AST is barely elevated and given your health state, I would not worry about the AST level. Let your doctor decide if and when to retest. ...Read more
Reason for full body tremors-woke up this morning I have postural orthostatic tachy syndrome all symptoms good cept shaky all over :/ also have lupus?
High Complex questn: Your diagnoses of dyes autonomia could cause your symptom, but having lupus means you may also be on medications that alter your immune system- this means your symptoms could be due an infection. Talk to you doctor to discuss these and other possibilities, depending on the specifics of your condition. ...Read more
My skin is lightly red on my cheeks like im breaking out. I have eczema but scared it may be lupus. Is this enough reason to suspect lupus?
See details: There numerous causes of facial rash and lupus is actually one of the least common. See a dermatologist. ...Read more
Dr. S says I have pos ANA but can’t find reason why. My mother has lupus & pos ana. Could my ANA result simply be inherited by her (w/out disease)?
Can chronic gastritis (not from hpylori) be from my lupus? Egd multiple times shows gastritis but no known reason... I wish I could drink coffee again
Chronic gastritis: Lupus is a possibility if no other cause found. It's an autoimmune disorder and there are causes of autoimmune gastritis causing acid producing cells to due resulting in gastric cell lining thinning and atrophy. A biopsy during egd may be helpful to determine the cause of gastritis. ...Read more
What is scientific reason 4 lupus fatigue when not in flare & labs are great? I burn out so quickly & have 2 lie down to rest. Never used 2 like this.
Many possibilities: We don't fully understand what causes lupus but we do know from recent studies that even if your lupus is not flaring, your immune system is not like someone's who does not have lupus. You may continue to have low grade inflammation that can cause fatigue. You may also be deconditioned (out of shape)& trying to get back to same level of activity as before too quickly.Sleep and diet may need improving ...Read more
I'm 25 with avascular necrosis (bilateral) and I don't have lupus, sickle cell disease, never used steroid medication, nor never injury a bone! Reason?
ETOH?: Trauma is a common cause. Steroid use & etoh abuse are next. Heredity and other diseases can cause it as well. Otherwise it is idiopathic. ...Read more
Suspected lupus in jan14 - can this be the reason for proximal weakness in both arms and legs, with the result, my leg 'gives way' when I walk?
Any reason other than brain inflamm/cerebritis that prednisone always helps my lightheaded, fogginess/confusion? Md doesn't know cause. I have lupus.
Can lupus be the reason for weight loss/malabsorp swollen glands, flu like symptoms, headaches, ? Dr. Left message stated with lab draws may have sle
Possibly: If you have not seen a rheumatologist, you may want to see one to confirm. ...Read more
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My 3yr old daughter has an Alpha thalassemia trait which I found she inherited from me. We're the same blood type could that have been the reason?
Inheritance: Both are inherited characteristics and are simply due to the fact that you are her mother (and were also affected by the father)...they aren't "linked" together. Thalasemias are due to production defects in hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying part of your red blood cells. Blood type (A, B, O) is due to carbohydrate groups on the red cells. Whichever type you have is your blood type. ...Read more
Depemds: Disability is a legal determination that you cannot earn money and qualify (by working sufficient years or "quarters") for cash benefits. At your age you wold also need a determination that you are unable to train for a more friendly job for the treatment of your chronic health condition. If treatment is not complete, or you have worked in the past 12 months, you will be ineligible. ...Read more
Uncertain: Whether a medical condition is considered a disability depends on many factors. First is the condition optimally treated and stable? What is the long-term prognosis? What are the essential duties of your job? Are there accommodations or can the job be modified? It's a good idea to discuss all of this with your treating doctor. ...Read more
Impossible to say: It depends on many factors, not just on a diagnosis. If you are able to work, you are not disabled no matter what the underlying medical issues. ...Read more
I have just been diagnosed with a connective tissue disease (lupus arthritis). Can I claim disability?
Is it safe to get pregnant with a hemoglobin level of 10.6? I have thalassemia and lupus and want to get pregnant.
It's a good start: For lupus, it's ideal to go without a flare for at least six months before conceiving. Before you start trying, it's worth seeing a maternal fetal medicine doctor who can look over your records and make sure you are on medicines that are ok in early pregnancy. It would also be good to test your partner to see if he's a thalassemia carrier. ...Read more
Immune regulation: One's immune system requires a control center (regulatory lymphocytes etc) to keep it in balance. When the regulation is impaired, immune disorders such as allergic and autoimmune disorders develop. There is also a strong genetic and hormonal influences. Females or people with family history of autoimmune or allergic disorders are at a higher risk to develop these diseases. ...Read more
Varied therapies: It depends on what manifestations of disease you have. Treatments may include anti inflammatory medications, steroids and many other treatments. These really depend on your symptoms with severe nervous system or kidney disease powerful drugs lime Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) may also be needed. ...Read more
Complicated: If you have lupus, you should see a doctor specializing in careof that disease. The specialist here would be a rheumatologist. You may have a pcp who is very competent in caring for you, however. You may need to be followed by a dermatologist, nephrologist (kidney doctor) and neurologist. Can't give you the whole enchilada in 400 character space. (google a reputable web site). ...Read more
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