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Is There A Virus That Does Exactly Like The Lupus Disease
If someone's heart stops due to damage from a virus attacking the heart, or like lupus can a defibrillator get the heart started again ?
Depends on "stop": There is a misunderstanding about when a defibrillator works. Defibrillators work when there is erratic electrical activity in the heart (ventricular arrhythmia). The shock delivered actually stops the heart, then intrinsic electrical activity in the heart restarts it. If the heart is stopped already, the shock doesn't help. Having said that, regardless of cause, they work in the right situation. ...Read more
With lupus, is it normal 2 flare with a simple virus?I have stomach virus &have mild sharp chest pains, jt pains, dizziness, etc like I do w/flares.
Need more informatio: I would consider three things. The first is everything is a viral illness. The second is everything is a lupus flare. And third yes infections can cause lupus to flare. In science to get an immune response in the lab one thing we do is to use some type of stimulation. Over the years a substance called freunds adjuvant which is developed from infectious protein can stimulate immune reaction better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have lupus& POTS. Got bad respiratory virus & both the lupus & POTS flared causing me to miss multiple days of work.How 2 prevent flare from virus?
The usual: Sorry to hear about your debilitating flare ups. There are many things that can trigger a Lupus flare up. You should consult your Rheumatologist for a specific action plan. For a respiratory virus I want to emphasize prevention. Good diet, vitamins if not, exercise as tolerated, adequate restful sleep, reduce stress, hand hygiene and avoid touching your face, avoid anyone who may have a cold. ...Read more
I have lupus & have bad respiratory virus. I have had body aches, severe fatigue, cough, etc.Missed week of work.Possible lupus flare from virus?
Possible: There is a terrible respiratory illness going around the Milwaukee area but often has responded to the Z pal depending on symptoms. In your case without more history and exam hard to tell if you have a lupus flare but I can tell you in normal people this illness can knock them out for over a week. You would best see a doc!! Hope you fee better real soon!! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have lupus.. Bad fatigue, malaise, joint pain,, aches for 1 week. All Normal Labs. My Rheumatoligist doesn't think lupus flare. Can I assume virus?
?viral: After a week of prodromal like symptoms,I would expect common viral infections to declare themselves with noticeable signs and symptoms like sore throat, cough, rash, diarrhea,etc. Absent such signs and lack of fever, your symptoms are nondiagnostic and treatment would be symptomatic with rest, adequate fluid intake and Tylenol as needed. If symptoms persist or worsen, reconsult your rheumatologis ...Read more
Rehumy says borderline lupus maybe was just a virus despite negative ebv, and stds. Doctor says no to stay on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for remition. Who do I believe?
See below: I would be inclined to side with the rheumatologist, but perhaps you need a second opinion from a different rheumatologist to settle the issue. ...Read more
I'm an 18 year old male with severe thrombocytopenia and anemia discovered on a cbc. Bone marrow biopsy was normal. Cat was normal. No viruses. No offending drugs. No lupus. Any ideas of a diagnosis?
Have lupus. Had fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches for 1 week then & went away.All labs normal. My Rheumatoligist didn't 't think lupus flare. Virus?
Muscle aches + lupus: A viral infection could cause a temporary muscle achiness that could be unrelated to lupus. If the muscle pain has resolved, than that is reassuring. If you continue to have muscle pains, than evaluation with blood work to check on the muscle tests would be indicated. ...Read more
Have lupus.Bad fatigue,malaise, joint pain,muscle aches x1 week & went away.All Normal Labs.My Rheumatoligist didn't think lupus flare. Likely virus?
Lupus and scleroderma are connective tissue diseases but eds is also. What exactly is connective tissue disease? Is lichen sclerosis related
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