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Lupus And Stretch Marks
Due to lupus nephritis I had swollen legs that left stretch marks 8 years ago! I'm sick of the appearance and want it gone. Can it be done by surgery?
Deep aches in my thighs and bones. Stretching, baths, Advil, (ibuprofen) &fluid don't help. I have lupus. Recent c3 & c4 were normal so rheum said not my lupus.?
See MD ASAP: 39 year old woman with Systemic Lupus Erethematosus & deep aching pain in thighs and legs. Do you have night pain? If your pain is persistent and not managed w meds, see an orthopaedic surgeon for a physical exam and imaging tests. A careful history, physical exam, and imaging will elucidate the cause of pain. Rule out stress fractures or avascular necrosis setting of SLE & steroid treatments. ...Read more
I wore loosely fitted socks that fit and they caused marks on my legs, ankles, and feet. Could this be swelling or a lupus flare, have SLE?
Lupus flare: Lupus flare is diagnosed based on how you feel, doctor's exam and blood work as well. It is unlikely that what you are describing is a lupus flare. Best wishes ...Read more
I have very painful and swollen joints in both wrists and ankles. I occasionally have red marks on my face, arms, chest, and legs. Ra or lupus?
Sounds Like: Possible lupus but check with rhematologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Immune regulation: One's immune system requires a control center (regulatory lymphocytes etc) to keep it in balance. When the regulation is impaired, immune disorders such as allergic and autoimmune disorders develop. There is also a strong genetic and hormonal influences. Females or people with family history of autoimmune or allergic disorders are at a higher risk to develop these diseases. ...Read more
Varied therapies: It depends on what manifestations of disease you have. Treatments may include anti inflammatory medications, steroids and many other treatments. These really depend on your symptoms with severe nervous system or kidney disease powerful drugs lime Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) may also be needed. ...Read more
Complicated: If you have lupus, you should see a doctor specializing in careof that disease. The specialist here would be a rheumatologist. You may have a pcp who is very competent in caring for you, however. You may need to be followed by a dermatologist, nephrologist (kidney doctor) and neurologist. Can't give you the whole enchilada in 400 character space. (google a reputable web site). ...Read more
Estimate: Numbers are difficult to obtain but the estimate for the United States is between 500, 000 and 1.5 million have lupus. Women greatly outnumber men with this disease. Black skinned individuals have the highest incidence. The peak ages are between 15 and 40. ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: Systemic lupus erythematosus (sle), or lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues of the body. This can occur from a number of different factors some of which is unknown. Certain medications are known to trigger sle in an otherwise healthy person. ...Read more
Lupus causes: Normally, during the early development of the immune system, blood cells the could potentially harm the body, by making antibodies that bind to "self" antigens are destroyed. Other times these cells are prevented from harming us because "suppressor" cells keep them under control and inactive. The loss of this immune control can cause an auto-immune disease, why this occurs is unknown. ...Read more
Possible answer: Systemic symptoms are common. Fatigue, fever, and weight loss are typically present at some time during the course of the disease, occurring in 50 to 100 percent. Sometimes weight gain can occur from treatment w/prednisone, or kidney damage and salt retention. Lupus can affect a lot of organs such as the joints, mucus membranes, GI, lungs, heart, nerves, eyes, blood cells. ...Read more
See below: The symptoms of lupus are multiple and can't all be listed here. The more common problems include skin rashes, with the classic butterfly appearance of rash on the face, photosensitivity, joint pain and swelling, fevers, fatigue, mouth and nose sores, problems associated with the heart and lungs that can lead to chest pain and shortness of breath. Kidney problems that can be severe and many others. ...Read more
See a Rheumatologist: If you suspect you might have lupus see a rheumatologist. Diagnosis is based on symptoms, history, physical exam and laboratory tests. The earlier you get diagnosed the sooner you can get the proper treatment. ...Read more
S L E:
Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune disease, that can affect skin, joints, kodneys, brain, and other organs. Auto immune means bodys immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues
symptoms vary from person to person and may come and go. It is diagnosed with history of symptoms and blood tests for several antibodies
it is treated with steroids and non steroidal meds, avoid sun and wear protect. ...Read more
Variety of Symptoms: Lupus (sle) is an autoimmune disease that can effect essentially any organ in the body. Autoimmune means "friendly fire." the body's army is called the immune system. When it gets confused and attacks the body it leads to autoimmune diseases. Common symptoms of sle include: fatigue, joint pain, rashes, mouth sores, dry eyes and mouth, and depression. Every sle patient has unique symptoms. ...Read more
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
Yes: Technically there are classification criteria, but these are used to help guide the diagnosis. There can be a variety ways to diagnose lupus and almost like snow flakes there are over 1400 different combinations. Not all of these items are in the classification criteria. Your rheumatologist can help clarify the diagnosis. ...Read more
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