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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Inflammatory disease: Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease [instead of your body fighting germs or bacteria, it starts to attack healthy cells] with unknown cause. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of lupus desease?

What are some symptoms of lupus desease?

Many things: Lupus can effect any organ, so many symptoms are possible with lupus. The most common are general symptoms of fatigue, malaise, low grade fevers, joint pain, and then specific organ symptoms such as rash, hair loss, arthritis, mouth ulcers, chest pain, breathing problems, lupus can be a very difficult disease to diagnosis because it has so many potential symptoms and presentations. ...Read more

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How is one diagnosed with lupus?

How is one diagnosed with lupus?

Examination, Labs: Lupus has many faces. It is a diagnosed by an appropriate examination - both history and physical, confirmatory laboratory tests that are done correctly by the laboratory. Lupus can have a variety of manifestations and we need to put them together to make the diagnosis. It is not simple and requires careful evaluation before the diagnosis is made. Lab is important and a poorly run lab:problem! ...Read more

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What medicine is used to treat lupus ?

Many: There are many therapies for lupus. First of all it depends on what ype of lupus one has and how bad it is. Some patients need no treatment. We still use medications that have been around for years which include drugs like advil, (ibuprofen) Prednisone and drugs called dmards such as Plaquenil and methotrexate. There are a host of other medications also. Talk with your md. ...Read more

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Are there any medications people with lupus should avoid? 

Are there any medications people with lupus should avoid? 

Drug induced lupus: There is a fairly lengthy list of drugs that can induce a lupus-like syndrome, which can exacerbate lupus in a patient. The list includes anesthetics, antibiotics, anti-seizure drugs and others. So long as you always make sure that you doctors and dentists know that you have lupus, they will make sure that you don't get these meds. ...Read more

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Is lupus hereditary? 

Somewhat hereditary?: Sle (lupus) is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own body. The inflammation from the immune system reaction leads to symptoms. It is believed to be partly genetic or familial (some people may be genetically more likely to get sle) and partly environmental (something happens in a person's life that sets off the auto-immune reaction). ...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

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This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... Im 27 i want to feel normal. But i don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?

See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Autoimmune disease: Lupus (or sle or systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease that can cause many symptoms including joint pains, kidney disease, rashes, blood count disturbances and more. Your doctor can evaluate if you need to be tested. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Inflammatory disease: Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease [instead of your body fighting germs or bacteria, it starts to attack healthy cells] with unknown cause. ...Read more

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