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Doctor insights on: Is There Connection Between Ms And Lupus

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What symptoms or results separate lupus from ms?

What symptoms or results separate lupus from ms?

Many: Lupus can cause skin changes over face, joint issues, and has blood tests which can confirm. Certainly, there can be peripheral nerve problems, and involvement of internal organs. MS is a disorder of brain, spinal cord, and eyes, lacks useful blood tests, but has specific patterns, and can be confirmed by MRI changes. ...Read more

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What's wrong with me? I think I have lupus or ms.

What's wrong with me? I think I have lupus or ms.

Symptoms: Chances are you don't, because neither lupus, nor ms are common. They can happen but there are many other more common diseases that cause symptoms similar to those of lupus and ms. If you've not been feeling well, it warrants for you to see your doc. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosis with lupus diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms? My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms

Recently diagnosis with lupus  diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms?  My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms

Sort this out ASAP: Lupus is one of the diseases that may mimic MS, and very critical to pin down correct diagnosis. I do not have sufficient information to guide this, but if you are encountering uncertainty, get a second opinion ASAP. A rheumatologist could be very helpful regarding the lupus question. Might also, consider anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome in addition. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how lupus affecting the nervous system and MS differ?

Can you please tell me how lupus affecting the nervous system and MS differ?

SEE BELOW: Lupus may mimic ms and in evaluating a patient for ms, we commonly check lupus blood tests to make certain. But in general, this is a collagen vascular disease involving several organs in the periphery, not just brain or spinal cord, while ms is restricted to the central nervous system. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the effects of MS and lupus on the nervous system?

What is the difference between the effects of MS and lupus on the nervous system?

Deceptive likeness: Both lupus and ms are autoimmune disorders and both affect the central nervous system. Both causes apparently random, sudden and often bizarre symptoms. Treatments for ms long-term have now been primarily interferon-based. No such widely accepted treatment exists for lupus. Steroids are often helpful in both conditions in short term. Diagnostic tests can separate the 2 conditions often. ...Read more

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What to do if I have MS and I notice lupus has a lot of similarities. I was just curious which disease is worse to have?

Different disorders: Lupus can mimic MS, and rarely may co-exist. Severity of both can vary extensively. Cannot really compare one to another, but if you have MS only, best to use a potent medication such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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Is lupus attacking the nerves the same as ms? I know they’re different diseases, but when lupus affects the nervous system, does it do it the same way as ms? Are the symptoms the same?

One kind of lupus: Lupus has many ways of hurting and destroying organs, one kind of lupus of the nervous system is similar and may coincide with ms numbness poor function disconections of short circuits in electric system (nerves are like cables, with ms you loose the insulation, myelin). ...Read more

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My friend has ms&lupus she has no insurance. Right now she is having a relapse is there anything that i can do to help her besides the er?

My friend has ms&lupus she has no insurance. Right now she is having a relapse is there anything that i can do to help her besides the er?

Approaches: A relapse needs immediate treatment, as without intervention may not reverse, and could cause permanent brain or spinal cord dysfnctn. But the best long-term solution is to contact MS Society locally, and get information on compassionate drug programs. She should be taking an MS disease modifying agent of some sort. ...Read more

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My grandmother had MS & my aunt had lupus up until they passed, my mom got diagnosed recently w/both lupus&ms. What are the chances of me getting both?

My grandmother had MS & my aunt had lupus up until they passed, my mom got diagnosed recently w/both lupus&ms. What are the chances of me getting both?

Very uncommon.: Very unlikely. Can (has been reported!), but neuropsychiatric and central nervous system disease occurs not infrequently in sle. However, ms has some definte laboratory and radiographic findings and sle does as well, so proper experts in rheumatology, neurology, and radiology should be able to sort it out! ...Read more

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