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Do most patients with lupus have atleast some psych disorder (depression, anxiety, bipolar, personality disorder, etc). I read so much on this. Why?

Do most patients with lupus have atleast some psych disorder (depression, anxiety, bipolar, personality disorder, etc). I read so much on this. Why?

Lupus: Some with autoimmune diseases can develop mood changes, anxiety or psychotic features. Not clear if it is direct effect of the chronic disease process or an effect of the medications used to treat it. ...Read more

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Anger (Definition)

Anger is a symptom in which a person has too much anger, gets angry too quickly, gets angry too easily, or is angry for too long, when compared to the average normal person who experiences a similar situation. Anger is a strong feeling ...Read more


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Can lupus sle make your mood change?

Can lupus sle make your mood change?

Yes: ANY CHRONIC DISEASE is a "mood changer" until one has acceptance and is dealing with it in a constructive way. In addition CNS involvement (RARE in SLE but possible) must be ruled out! (You should be seeing a Board Certified Rheumatologist!!!!) Hope this helps and good luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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I was just prescribed hydroxychloroquine for lupus. When is it going to start working and what changes should I expect?

I was just prescribed hydroxychloroquine for lupus. When is it going to start working and what changes should I expect?

Disappointed: I am staggered that the doctor treating your lupus dose not have enough decency to discuss this with you in detail. He/she would no doubt be angry if you go back for advice. Please have a friend or two give you some idea of a better doctor. Please let me know what develops. ...Read more

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What could cause my INR to be 1.9 last week, and 4.4 this week with no diet or medication changes? Can lupus anticoag. Do it?

What could cause my INR to be 1.9 last week, and 4.4 this week with no diet or medication changes?  Can lupus anticoag. Do it?

Changing INR : It is relatively common for inr to change even though a person keeps taking the same dose of Coumadin (warfarin) and is careful with diet, taking the same amount of green foods (salads, green vegetables). Lupus antibodies do raise inr but unless there is a change in the level of lupus antibodies, it would not affect the inr. Some individuals have a very labile (changing) inr for no apparent reason. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of lupus....Stress related...Genetic.....Hormonial changes?

What could be the cause of lupus....Stress related...Genetic.....Hormonial changes?

Yes and more: Environmental and medication side effects need also to be evaluated. Stress is not a cause, but there is an estrogen effect and increased family occurrence. ...Read more

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I have lupus and luckily it's well controlled with plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and life style changes. Will it stay this way or is it unpredictable?

Lupus Control: Lupus is a disease than can be serious and difficult to control. Forming a relationship with a rheumatologist is the best place to start. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Personality Changes (Definition)

Personality change is a symptom in which a person's personality (the sum of his traits, emotions, behaviors, and thought patterns) has altered. Temporary changes can be due to fatigue, hormonal changes, drug abuse, medication side effects, etc ...Read more