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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Could there be a relationship between lupus and beta thalassemia minor?

Could there be a relationship between lupus and beta thalassemia minor?

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.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What is the reason for lupus panel? Make money for somebody?

What is the reason for lupus panel? Make money for somebody?

Why so cynical?: A lupus panel consists of tests for several autoantibodies that can be seen in lupus and also in other connective tissue disorders. In the proper clinical situation, these tests provide important data to help confirm a diagnosis.

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Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is there a reason why a person with lupus should worry about bruising?

Is there a reason why a person with lupus should worry about bruising?

Like most things: It depends on the degree. Mild bruising no biggie. Moderate bruising common on prednisone. Severe bruising would bring in possibility of low platelets from disease or drug and would require further evaluation.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Could coming off prednisone be the reason why my lupus came back?

Could coming off prednisone be the reason why my lupus came back?

Yes: Prednisone is a very potent antiinflammatory and stopping it could cause the underlying lupus to flare.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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My AST was slightly elevated (39) for no known reason. I also have lupus. Only on Plaqunil. When to recheck?

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.

Dr. John Leander Po Dr. Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
14 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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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?

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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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?

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 if the least common. See a dermatologist.

Dr. Kalyani Perumal Dr. Perumal
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
25 years in practice
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Kilpauk Medical College
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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)?

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)?

Needs monitoring: Yes. You could have positive ANA without any symptoms. However you are at high risk for developing lupus as you have strong family history. Your doctor should monitor for any symptoms of lupus.

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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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

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.

Dr. Robert Lowe Dr. Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology
13 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

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

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Dr. Nolan Segal Dr. Segal
Orthopedic Surgery
years in practice
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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?

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.

Dr. Cesar Sturla Dr. Sturla
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena
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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?

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?

Could be: There are many reasons for weaknes in legs and arms. From cervical spondylosis and pathologies to muscular and vascular conditiosns. You need to be check ou thoroughly.

Dr. Jeffrey Miller Dr. Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
47 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Any reason other than brain inflamm/cerebritis that prednisone always helps my lightheaded, fogginess/confusion? Md doesn't know cause. I have lupus.

Any reason other than brain inflamm/cerebritis that prednisone always helps my lightheaded, fogginess/confusion? Md doesn't know cause. I have lupus.

Lupus: Lupus brain disease (cerebritis) can be helped in unusual cases by steroids. If you have been on steroids a long time, your body may need them to function.

Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Dr. Riley Alexander Dr. Alexander
Pathology
7 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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?

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.

Dr. Carol Van der Harst Dr. Van der Harst
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
31 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Can you qualify for permanent disability with lupus?

Can you qualify for permanent disability with lupus?

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.

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Dr. Troy Ross Dr. Ross
Occupational Medicine
20 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Need doctor's help! Will lupus be certified for disability?

Need doctor's help! Will lupus be certified for disability?

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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can I get disability for lupus anticoagulant disorder.

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.

Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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I have just been diagnosed with a connective tissue disease (lupus arthritis). Can I claim disability?

I have just been diagnosed with a connective tissue disease (lupus arthritis). Can I claim disability?

Insurance: You are asking an insurance question. You must know the terms of your policy to answer. If you are talking about ssi, contact your social security office and ask what their criteria is regarding this disorder.

Dr. Michael Engel
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