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Is Shrimp Good For Lupus
Indoor: Lupus you need to usually avoid sun. Listen to your body and work with your doctor what is safe. I usually tell people to do a little more today than you did yesterday, for 15 minutes. Do this *every day* unless injured (then stretch), and slowly build strength, which improves immune function. Indoor swimming would be ideal in most instances. ...Read more
Excellent drug: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is extremely important in controlling the common symptoms of lupus but also helps to reduce the risk of more serious complications occurring in the future. Most rheumatologists consider Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) to be an essential therapy for lupus even if other meds become necessary. ...Read more
What is the proper diet for lupus patients? What foods are good to eat if you have lupus? Are there any foods that should be avoided?
EAT HEALTHY!: Low starch, little sugar, high fiber, plenty of water, good proteins in adequate amounts. And eat your colored veggies and greens. Good nutritional support might also include 3-omega fatty acids found in fish and flax seed oil. Take a complete vitamin. Avoid saturated fats. Emphasize monosaturated fats! ...Read more
Are there any more risks with having lupus and sjogrens together vs just having one or other? Possible with good diet & exercise to be very healthy?
One may mean more:
"Rheumatic" disorders can overlap and co-exist in same patient! The risks are SEPARATE and "additive" (no"multiplication" of risks) A healthy life ALWAYS helps your general medical situation and may help LIMIT your RISKS!
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Yes: Coping with a chronic disease is always important. There may be limitations but the majority of my patients lead a great life. The treatment needs to be tailored to the involvement and needs of the person with lupus. The person with lupus needs to take charge. People with lupus are normal people who happen to have lupus. This should be the guideline but personal responsibility is tops. ...Read more
The lupus book: a guide for patients and their families
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Your gut feeling: It is hard to define " Good Rheumatologist". It is your gut feeling when you talk to the doctor, You should feel comfortable about talking about your problems. You should feel that doctor is genuinely listening to you and discussing your issues. ...Read more
Is it common for one 2 yrs into lupus -like diagnosis to have 1 or 2 bad days every week? Have good days & better than before but still get bad days.
Yes: Good days and bad days are characteristic of lupus, and even when symptoms are controlled you might always feel that some days are better than others. ...Read more
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
Just diagnosed with lupus. Seeing rheumatologist soon. What are some good questions to ask? Does this mean I might end up in a wheelchair?
Many: As lupus is a multisystem disease many organs can be affected and your questions should be geared to this. Overall your concerns should go to short term and longer term prognosis based on current findings and what your treatment options are. You always want to use the least amount of medication that is effective. ...Read more
Any more risks with having lupus/sjogrens overlap syndrome than having lupus alone? Is it possible with good diet & exercise to be very healthy?
Several: Get adequate rest, use sunscreen and protection from the sun, get regular exercise, don't smoke and eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains. ...Read more
Herbalife: I'm not sure whether you're testifying that "herbal life" is good, or asking about it? Herbalife is a multilevel marketing company that sells many different kinds of products, including some for "weight management." it is not a program that provides personal accountability like weight watchers or tops. This part is needed for success in any program, because it engages you towards your goals. ...Read more
Yes but: Unless you have a vitamin deficiency I am uncertain they will change things musch. Since you may be styaing out of the sun you may be gettign a vitamin d insufficiency and this needs to be corrected. Ask your physician if you are low in vitamin d. I general vitamin can also be helpful. ...Read more
What can I do to deal with rashes from lupus? Are there any good remedies for skin rashes caused by lupus?
Is it normal w/lupus that even if treatment is working, most days are good, &labs look good to still get occasional bad days related to condition? Why?
Not enough info: What do you mean by bad days and what specific issues do you mean? But yes, there can be occasional days with increased symptoms even if the control is otherwise good. ...Read more
I have been recently diagnosed with lupus. I was told to lose weight because it is critical to my current state of health. Any good weight loss advise?
See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Do most others with lupus feel good daily except when they have a flare a few times a year or have good & bad days (pain, fatigue) in addition 2 flares?
For the most part: You can have good days and bad days. Keep a journal to see if you can pinpoint what triggers your bad days. ...Read more
Most are Fine: Dry skin, along with dry eyes and mouth are common in lupus patients. The dry skin tends to be worse in the winter months because of the cold dry air outside and forced hot air inside. I would use a cold water humidifier in your bedroom. Most of the over the counter skin moisturizers are safe to use in lupus patients. (Curel, Eucerin, Etc). ...Read more
Ok turmeric and ala don't work - what are alternative OTC vitamin/herbs good for lupus to go with my medications :)?
None, but...: There aren't any otc herbs, vitamins, or supplements that treat lupus, but that may be a good thing. Once a person has lupus, she has an autoimmune disease. Her immune system is no longer working right. However, it would be quite frightening if companies were selling over-the-counter herbs, vitamins, or supplements that were strong enough to alter the function of people's immune systems. ...Read more
Hello I asked you about effective medicine for lupus and you answered me plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is good for this problem. Is it counter medicine or not? What kind
See details: It is a prescription med and it needs to be prescribed and monitored by a rheumatologist. ...Read more
How do you detect pneumonitis in lupus patients? How is it treated? I went to the ER for sob, chest x-ray, echo, CT chest, d-dimer, CBC and bmp and it all came good. I feel I have"air hunger." I also have p.O.T.S. There has been no answer.
Lupus pneumonitis: Pneumoniitis isvinflammation with in the lung itself. It is not uncommon in lupus patients. It can be caused by auto immune basis and also by viruses, bacteria and fungi either by themselves or in conjunction with lupus and or from lowered immunity due to meds used in lupus. Diagnosis is by cxr, ct scan and at times by bronchoscpy with cultures etc. Treatment is directed against cause. ...Read more