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Doctor insights on: Is Mthfr And Lupus The Same Thing

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I am 31, positive mthfr and lupus anticoagulant, chronic pain and swelling of joints&muscles but no rash. If it's not lupus, what is it?

I am 31, positive mthfr and lupus anticoagulant, chronic pain and swelling of joints&muscles but no rash. If it's not lupus, what is it?

MTHFR Gene mutation: If you'd like to do more reading on the health effects of mthfr gene mutation, here's a great article. .. http://doccarnahan. Blogspot. Com/2013/10/whats-big-deal-about-methylation-update. Html. ...Read more

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Is lupus the same thing as collagen vascular disease. If not what's the difference?

Is lupus the same thing as collagen vascular disease. If not what's the difference?

Yes: Lupus is a collagen vascular disease. Like a cold is an upper respiratory infection. Cvd is a general term that includes many diseases including lupus. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as drug-induced lupus?

Is there such a thing as drug-induced lupus?

Yes: There are certain medications that cause lupus like illness this type of lupus is not like regular systemic lupus erythematosus. If you stop the drug that causes drug induced lupus the lupus usually resolves. Regular lupus has many manifestations not seen in regular lupus especially kidney involvement and neurological involvement. They also have different laboratory tests. ...Read more

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Is there any thing I take to stop me sleeping so much I have lupus I sleep 15hrs a day?

Could have: You may have obstructive sleep apnea which can excessive daytime sleepiness---talk to your doctor to see if this diagnosis fits and whether your need testing. ...Read more

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Just what causes the lupus butterfly rash? It's the craziest thing. Ever since dx, I get the rash but mine's flat. Looks like too much blush.

Just what causes the lupus butterfly rash? It's the craziest thing. Ever since dx, I get the rash but mine's flat. Looks like too much blush.

Dilated blood vessel: The redness is due to the increased blood flow with an increased number of tiny blood vessels. If you magnify the rash you will see these vessels. It is related to the inflammatory response to the skin with the lupus. Not all red facial rashes is lupus. Sometime the lupus rash can also be raised. Sun exposure emphasizes the rash and can increase it. ...Read more

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Is low bp and lightheaded spells a common thing in people with lupus? I never had this issue before I had lupus?

Is low bp and lightheaded spells a common thing in people with lupus? I never had this issue before I had lupus?

Side effects: This could be side effects from medications we use for lupus rather than direct effects from lupus itself. Stay well hydrated, use suncreen, and follow up with your doctors as recommended. Best wishes ...Read more

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Yes I have butterfly redness across my face. Dermatologist says its not rose. She put some type of thing to my face and said my skin reacts like lupus?

Yes I have butterfly redness across my face. Dermatologist says its not rose. She put some type of thing to my face and said my skin reacts like lupus?

Time for diagnosis: You have three questions to ask the dermatologist. 1. Do I need further testing to arrive at a definite diagnosis? 2. What is the diagnosis? 3. What treatment is indicated? If you get vague answers, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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What are the stages of Lupus? I have SLE and CNS. A lot of fluid retention lately and swelling. Actually the only thing good is my labs are all normal

Severity: Lupus has varying severity and manifestations. It can be active or inactive. We don't usually use the term "stages." What comes into question is the diagnosis of CNS lupus if your labs are truly normal. ANA lupus is rare given modern testing methods and with more severe lupus such as CNS lupus, one would expect positive dsDNA Ab and/or low C3, C4. Ask your doctor if that is your definite diagnosis ...Read more

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Have lupus &athletic. Even on good days & no flare, I'm exhausted by 6pm &have no choice but to nap. Same thing after my 5 mile runs. Never had 2 before?

Have lupus &athletic. Even on good days & no flare, I'm exhausted by 6pm &have no choice but to nap. Same thing after my 5 mile runs. Never had 2 before?

Call your doc: See if there are other issues, e.g. Anemia due to any number of causes, including iron deficiency in a menstruating young woman (with or without lupus); see if meds related, other. Check dietary intake-enough calories, protein, vits, minerals. Call your doc. ...Read more

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Dxd w/ MS in 2010, tried avonex (interferon beta 1a) & copaxone but it was stopped b/c bad reactions. Same thing w/ plaquinil for my lupus work up. What could do that?

Dxd w/ MS in 2010, tried avonex (interferon beta 1a) & copaxone but it was stopped b/c bad reactions. Same thing w/ plaquinil for my lupus work up. What could do that?

OK, let's sort out.: Do you really have ms or do you have lupus, which can mimic, or do you have both? You need an experienced expert at a good medical school to sort this out. Once all is clarified and confirmed, and indeed if you have ms, do not use the old washed out drugs; rather, consider one of the orals or tysabri (natalizumab). Regardless of diagnosis, you should be taking supplemental vitamin d. Get a new opinion. ...Read more

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Abd pain, nausea for months. Med history includes lupus. MD wants to look at gall bladder, etc Ordered NM PET scan. Is that the same thing as HIDA scan?

Abd pain, nausea for months. Med history includes lupus. MD wants to look at gall bladder, etc Ordered NM PET scan. Is that the same thing as HIDA scan?

Almost: Used to assess function and structure of hepatobiliary tract (including gallbladder), wish you all the best ...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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How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

Not likely: Why worry about 3 disorders, as you likely possess one unifying diagnosis to explain your problems. A good place to start is with an endocrinologist to deal with diabetes and the complications secondary to this. Focus on these issues, and later, if things seem peculiar look into co-morbities. Lastly, if you possess diabetes and lupus, doubt you have ms in addition. ...Read more

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Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Rheumatologic issues: The specific diagnosis of lupus wouldn't run in families as much as the tendency towards rheumatologic conditions in general - that tendency runs in families - lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma. Can find all of these in family lineages. Have a good history/physical exam/blood testing coordinated by Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My dsdna double strand reference was 3.45 and very symptomatic. S this a positive for lupus how is it scored?

Possibly: This is one of the many blood tests used to diagnose lupus. You should consult your rheumatologist to have them run a full battery of tests ...Read more