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Can I treat my lupus my self without going to the doctors.

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Not recommended: Would recommends working with your doc to make sure your symptoms are well controlled. ...Read more

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What are the things that make doctors think a person could have lupus?

What are the things that make doctors think a person could have lupus?

Multiorgan SLE: Typically, persons with systemic lupus erythematosis (sle) report joint swelling and pain. Others have a characteristic facial rash on both sides of their nose called a malar or "butterfly" rash. Some persons develop sharp chest pains that worsen with breathing call pleuritic pains. Sle can efffect kidneys, liver, brain and many other organs. ...Read more

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Is there a quick , simple test I can have at the doctors for Lupus - having a few symptoms of it over the years ?

No: A diagnosis of Lupus is made with a combination of blood tests and symptoms. There is not one simple test that will tell you for sure. ...Read more

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What doctor diagnoses lupus?

Rheumatogist: Lupus, SLE, or Systemic Lupus Erythematosis is mainly cared for by rheumatologists. ...Read more

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What do doctors do with discoid lupus?

What do doctors do with discoid lupus?

Several Rx's!: Discoid in some patients is easy to manage and in others hard. One thing the pt. Can do is avoid uv light. I typically put pts on Hydroxychloroquine @ 6mg/kg of body weight, and use Methotrexate subcutaneous 20-25mg/wk. I occasional add ridaura. Some patients do well with azathioprine. Others do well with cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil). Topical steroids and oral steroids are always options. ...Read more

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Why are doctors so hesitant to diagnose lupus? I have several symptoms and positive sjogren's ss-a.

Why are doctors so hesitant to diagnose lupus? I have several symptoms and positive sjogren's ss-a.

Prob u don't have it: Systemic lupus erythematosis is one of dozens of diseases grouped into the category of autoimmune connective tissue diseases. Many of these do not fit nicely into one, so that one can have a 'mixed' connective tissue disorder, or have an overlap of signs & sx. It may take years of following one of these unclear disorders to see a pattern. U probably have sjogren's disease, period. C rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How can my doctor tell whether I have lupus?

Examination: It will take a history, physicial, lab tests, imaging - this combination is used to help make the diagnosis. A screening test is the ANA test but it must be done by the correct technique - immunofluorescence. There are other tests labs offer that are not correct. A + ANA does not by itself make the diagnosis of lupus. A + ANA is found in a lot of other conditions - rheumatologist will help. ...Read more

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Will I need to see a special doctor for my lupus?

Will I need to see a special doctor for my lupus?

Yes: Several doctors will likely help take care of a lupus patient: a primary care doctor to coordinate referrals to specialists, and to take care of non-lupus issues; a rheumatologist to take care of general lupus problems; and then other specialists to help take care of problems with certain organ systems (such as nephrologists to treat kidney failure, or ophthalmologists to treat eye problems). ...Read more

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Why do some doctors say lupus sle is a terminal disease?

SLE: All diseases are terminal....In fact, life is terminal. Whichever doctor tells you that lupus is a terminal disease.....Well, i would get a new doctor. ...Read more

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