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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?

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?

Not a good idea: I understand your concern but I woud be cautious. WE need to know about your total health, Surgery may add addition scars. It depends on whether you have redundent tissue. You can discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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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?

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

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Can men have lupus?

Yes: Lupus is an auto-immune disorder that can affect various organs including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, etc. Males and females can get lupus. Check out lupus. Org for more information. ...Read more

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Can I fast in lupus?

See below: Without knowing your full history of lupus, I advise against it but your rheumatologist knows your more than we do. ...Read more

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How do you get lupus?

How do you get lupus?

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

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Ho do you treat lupus?

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

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How do you treat lupus?

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

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What can trigger lupus?  

Sun. Infections: Sunisa trigger and infections or low immune system may cause lupus to flare. Alternative physicians propose that sugar, carbs and dairy aggravate lupus and omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin c help. ...Read more

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How to deal with lupus?

How to deal with lupus?

Don't worry!: Virtually all sle patients can be remitted. Make sure your DX has been confirmed by someone in rheumatology. I see many pts with the DX who do not have systemic lupus! ...Read more

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Symptoms of lupus crisis?

It depends: The symptoms of a lupus flare depend on the exact organ systems involved and the extent of the involvement. ...Read more

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How many people have lupus?

How many people have lupus?

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

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How can a person get lupus?

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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

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Is lupus spread by touching?

No: Lupus is not a contagious disease, so is not spread from one person to another. Lupus is an auto-immune disease in which the ill person's immune system is reacting with his own body. ...Read more

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Why does a person get lupus?

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

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How can I tell if it's lupus?

Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease and you need to see your physician. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have lupus?

Check: With rheumatologist. There are physical findings, history and specific labs for the disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have lupus?

Criteria on: In person exam will include combination of symptoms signs blood tests and possibly imaging. Internal medicine specialists who are rheumatologists would be the place to start. There are lots of eye findings also for lupus. ...Read more

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What is main symptoms of lupus?

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

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What are some symptoms of lupus?

What are some symptoms of lupus?

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

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How do you know if you have lupus?

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

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Help me understand systemic lupus?

Help me understand systemic lupus?

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

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What are symptoms of lupus disease?

What are symptoms of lupus disease?

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

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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 current diagnosis for lupus?

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

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Is there a sero negative form of lupus?

Is there a sero negative form of lupus?

Yes: A small numbr of patients with lupus do not ana, i.e. Seronegative. ...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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What are symptoms of non-specific lupus?

We don't use these: We don't use the term non-specific lupus. Your physican will evaluate you and possibly have you see a rheumatologist to clarify this. ...Read more