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Lupus And Medical Shcool
Lupus anticoagulant: Lupus anticoagulant (LA) are a group of autoimmune antibodies directed against phospholipids in the body. The name is confusing because its name comes from lab tests used to detect it in blood samples since it prevents normal clotting outside of the body. LA actually increases risk for developing blood clots within blood vessels. IgA is one of several types of antibodies -others are IgM, IgG, IgE ...Read more
Flare: Lupus is not caused by a trauma however any type of trauma can lead to a lupus flare once the diagnosis is already established. Best wishes ...Read more
Treated for lupus for 5 years and then changed to fibromyalgia I believe is not possible, since I have medical records saying its lupus. Could my dr just want nothing more to do with me as a patient?
Drastic change.: Lupus is diagnosed based on symptoms and physical exam, lab tests are only secondary. There are no lab tests for fibro, just tender points on exam. A skilled rheumatologist should have no trouble telling one from the other. If your lupus is in remission, your current doctor may only be seeing fibro (having both is common.) ask your doctor. Consider 2nd opinion with different rheumatologist. ...Read more
I'm suddenly experiencing intense pain near my right shoulder blade that worsens when I move. I have Lupus. Should I seek medical attention?
I think So: Joint pains are part of the clinical syndrome of Lupus so I'm not surprised at your symptoms. Of course, there could be other reasons but I would let a medical professional make that call. ...Read more
I have a second superior vena cava and I also have lupus and other health issues. I'm just curious if my heart annomoly has anything to do with my medical issues.
Vena cava: No known association between 2 vena cavae and lupus, other issues weren't named by you. ...Read more
I hate my life and how I have to be afraid of my medical illness's at 27. Lupus. P.O.T.S. Now maybe lung disease! Yes u can see im anxious w/ my questions but I just want to be ok for once. Just ok.
Find a therapist: Having chronic illness can put a lot of strain on a person and cause depression and anxiety. Feeling like you are always having some medical issue is very frustrating. Talk with your doctor about a referral to a good therapist. Finding better ways to manage your stress can help you manage your illness better as well. It won't make your disease go away, but may help you feel better! ...Read more
Is there evidence to support ANA negative lupus? If the patient has all symptoms and certain positive antibodies. Your medical opinion to this?
If im on blood thinners for a pulmonary embolism and currently diagnosed with lupus what difficulties should I expect later down the line medically?
I'm desperate for a clear cut DX and treatment plan. I'm losing everything. My medical care has been all over. Dx'd with inflammatory polyarthritis of unknown origin first, then lupus, ra and as mentioned, now psa but it's not clear. Says Ana neg so not l
Arthralgias: If you like, I can take a history regarding your polyarthralgias, if that is indeed your chief complaint. I can also do a patient-guided physical. I can review the lab studies already performed, as well as any radiographic study reports. Let me know if you would like this kind of help from me. ...Read more
Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease and affects skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood and blood vessels. In lupus immune system makes antibodies to healthy cells causing inflammation leading to damage to organ or body system. Lupus is not contagious. It is not a cancer or related to hiv. It is a chronic inflammatory disease with ups and downs. With good care most can lead healthy life. ...Read more
Autoimmunity: Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. The immune system attacks the patient's own body (autoimmunity) and can inflame the skin, joints, kidneys, nervous system, lungs, mucous membranes, and other internal organs. A red rash is often but not always present hence the term lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.". ...Read more
Auto-immune disease: Systemic lupus erythematosis: a complex disease. It is an "auto-immune" disease (production of antibodies attacking the sufferer's own body). Symptoms can include fevers, aches/pains, fatigue, weight loss, kidney disease, rash, easy clotting, many others. Treatment includes suppressing the immune system to reduce the antibodies. Discoid lupus has a rash, not necessarily other symptoms. ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: The immune system causes inflammation in skin (often red cheeks after sun exposure), and/or joints, and sometimes organs like kidney, muscle, liver, blood vessels, brain. Treated with plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) antiinflammatories, other meds, and healthy habits like vaccines to prevent infections and exercise to stay fit. ...Read more
Lupus: Hard to explain. Your own body produces antibodies against your own body. Causing multisystem/multiorgan disorders. Mostly affect the joints, skin, kidney, blood, nerves. May be prone to kidney disease, blood clots, and fatigue. Treatment is complex. This is when you really need to kow your doctor well. Females are more affected. Www. Lupus. Org. ...Read more
More than one reason: It is felt the lupus is the result of a combination of things some of which are not known. A combination of genetic wrists, environmental exposures, possible viral infections are all considered. There may be more than one cause of lupus. ...Read more
This answer will change as we know more about lupus. We believe that for a person to get lupus, from the limited genetic information we have now, about 10% is from known genetic causes and remaining 90% unknown genetic causes and environmental causes.
Environmental causes are largely undefined but important. Think about this: only 30% of identical twins develop lupus together. ...Read more
No: Lupus in all its various presentations is treatable but it is not curable nor reversible. In some cases, lupus may go into remission but if it does go into remission, it does so on its own and does not go into remission as a result of treatment. ...Read more
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