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I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

I have  recurring flares of  rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back.  My ANA is 6:40.  I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Advice please symptoms: red rash & spider ang. On chest & face, cvi, raynauds, joint pain stiff.& muscle aches, diffuse hair loss. Rf & sr low ANA - ?

Advice please symptoms: red rash & spider ang. On chest & face, cvi, raynauds, joint pain stiff.& muscle aches, diffuse hair loss. Rf & sr low ANA - ?

Mixed CTD: Sure sounds like a possible mixed connective disease syndrome even though serologies negative --- would refer to rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What could be wrong. Weight loss, hair loss, tired, joint pain, weakness, and much more. Hgb 17.3 hct 50.7 iron 240 and iron saturation 75%?

What could be wrong. Weight loss, hair loss, tired, joint pain, weakness, and much more. Hgb 17.3 hct 50.7 iron 240 and iron saturation 75%?

What's wrong: The symptoms and labs you describe are concerning for iron overload or hemochromatosis which is the most common inherited genetic disease in caucasians. I would certainly suggest seeing your physician to clarify your diagnosis and for possible referral for treatment. Once the diagnosis were confirmed, you may wish to have family members screened for the disease as well. ...Read more

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Joint pain/aches, tendonitis, mouth ulcers, hair loss, fatigue, swollen fingers, finger rash in summer. neg ANA slightly elevated RF. very frustrating?

Joint pain/aches, tendonitis, mouth ulcers, hair loss, fatigue, swollen fingers, finger rash in summer. neg ANA slightly elevated RF. very frustrating?

Understanding: These symptoms certainly seen in many rheumatic disease with lupus on the list. Many immune symptoms are frustrating but also can be treated. I certainly rec seeing a rheumatologist for a full evaluation and treatment if you have not gone yet. Please try to have patience since medications may take a few weeks to a couple months to be quite helpful but you will feel better. ...Read more

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What are the more common side effects of Oral Etotposide? Are joint pain and dizziness? What about total hair-loss?

What are the more common side effects of Oral Etotposide? Are joint pain and dizziness? What about total hair-loss?

Etoposide: Etoposide is prescribed for treatment of cancers and if you have a cancer you must follow your doctor's advice. There are some things that can minimize pain and also dizziness. Hair loss is also a known complication of cancer treatments. If you have this condition and not fully understood the management you should make another appointment to see your cancer doctor to discuss in more detail. ...Read more

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I am a 38 year old, overweight, caucasian women. I recently developed acne, severe joint pain and hair loss. Why and how do I get help?

I am a 38 year old, overweight, caucasian women. I recently developed acne, severe joint pain and hair loss. Why and how do I get help?

Medical society: referral service. Certainly time to get to a physician for a comprehensive medical exam ti include blood and urine analysis. ...Read more

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I have hair loss, joint pain , fatigue, rib cage pain. What might be wrong with me?

I have hair loss, joint pain , fatigue, rib cage pain. What might be wrong with me?

Fatigue: Did you check your thyroid level? How about arthritis, anyone in your family has it? You need to see a doctor and have a full check up to figure it out. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more