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I've been having bloody mucus in stools for 2 months. Colonoscopy was negative. Would you get 2nd opinion? Taking 1000 mg cell cept daily for lupus

I've been having bloody mucus in stools for 2 months. Colonoscopy was negative. Would you get 2nd opinion? Taking 1000 mg cell cept daily for lupus

2nd opinion: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Have lupus cerebritis. Prednisolone over 2yrs. On ppitoo. Been constipated. Blackstools over 2years. Recent bloodyblack stool. Recent abdominalpain? So

Have lupus cerebritis. Prednisolone over 2yrs. On ppitoo. Been constipated. Blackstools over 2years. Recent bloodyblack stool. Recent abdominalpain? So

Go Get Seen: Black and/or bloody stools may indicate a serious condition. It is possible that long term steroids have left the stomach vulnerable and bleeding is occurring. Do not wait, be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Have lupus sle, just started ab. Swelling and bloated very loose stools?

Have lupus sle, just started ab. Swelling and bloated very loose stools?

See rheumatologist: Your symptoms could be related to your lupus or you could have a second, unrelated problem. Be sure to see your pcp or rheumatologist promptly for a full history, physical exam, and needed laboratory or imaging studies. Treatment will depend upon making a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause malabsorption. I have lupus, and pots and a lot of weight loss sometimes yellow stool sometimes constipated but undigested food, I've lost a lot of weight. Many gastro tests no answer?

Lupus and gluten: Lupus is an autoimmune disease that many people think may be linked to intestinal imbalances. Wheat and gluten can make autoimmune diseases worse. Whether or not you are celiac you should try going off gluten for 2 - 3 months. ...Read more

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Tired Muscle twitches, blood in stool sometimes and in urine. Lost 20 lb in 18 months. All imaging and ultrasound are good. Doc thinks lupus? Correct?

What about labs?: Still insufficient information, your doctor would suspect lupus, s/he is correct, but still a suspicion till proven right, other pieces of clinical puzzle/picture need to be put together for the final picture (diagnosis) to show, wish you all the best ...Read more

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Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Not sure, I don't: Think anyone knows for sure if its okay for sure. No study has been done on those supplement with SLE. I would recommend stay simple supplement with multivitamin, Vit D, B complex. At the most, protein shake for post work out. ...Read more

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Can I have Lupus if my ANA is positive, tired is 1:320 homogeneous diffuse, but ENA panel is negative. I do have some s/s?

Can I have Lupus if my ANA is positive, tired is 1:320 homogeneous diffuse, but ENA panel is negative. I do have some s/s?

ANA 1:320: Not all autoimmune disease are totally differenciated into discrete diseases and also markers may appear over time, not initially. What was your double stranded DNA? Complement levels? Rheumatoid factor? Can get false positive ANA from RA, mono, Crohns, viral infection, thyroiditis (check TPO,), meds, silicon implants and 5% healthy. F/u w/ rheumatologist ...Read more

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I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle). Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?

I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle). Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?

Maybe: Not particularly worries about von willebrands disease. You are in fact immunocompromised with lupus I suspect degree of control and current medications. Will help your rheumatologist arrive at recommendations to help you make a decision regarding risk. ...Read more

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What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

Acetaminophen NSAIDS: For symptom relief of pain you can use Acetaminophen or NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or o Naprooxen or Cox 2 Celebrex
Along wih Antimalarials (Hydroxychlroquin) and low dose steroids ...Read more

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How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

Not likely: Why worry about 3 disorders, as you likely possess one unifying diagnosis to explain your problems. A good place to start is with an endocrinologist to deal with diabetes and the complications secondary to this. Focus on these issues, and later, if things seem peculiar look into co-morbities. Lastly, if you possess diabetes and lupus, doubt you have ms in addition. ...Read more

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Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Rheumatologic issues: The specific diagnosis of lupus wouldn't run in families as much as the tendency towards rheumatologic conditions in general - that tendency runs in families - lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma. Can find all of these in family lineages. Have a good history/physical exam/blood testing coordinated by Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My hemoglobin is always slightly low (in the 10's all the time) my RDW is always high, every other lab normal- is this related to lupus?

May be: Lupus is reaponsible for several types of anemia. Chronic disease, iron deficiencymhemolysisn. Your dr needsnto study the type of anemia you have and givebthe proper therapynor find out what isbthe reason fornthe anemiantomunderstand what is going on. ...Read more

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Why do I have a lupus flare during my menstrual cycle most of the time? Also my p.O.T.S symptoms worsen during this time how can I help this?

Why do I have a lupus flare during my menstrual cycle most of the time? Also my p.O.T.S symptoms worsen during this time how can I help this?

Inflammation: Lupus and the pre-menstrual phase of the cycle are both known for being states of increased inflammation, so it makes sense that you might have this and notice it during your menstrual cycle. I would speak with your rheumatologist regarding medications that are safe to take to diminish the flare symptoms, as some anti-inflammatories are harmful for kidneys. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Iam an S.l.e Lupus patient, & I want to try suppliments, With my workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic. Will it cause harm to my body?

Not worth it: There is no scientific proof that these supplements are beneficial for your SLE but there are unknown risks which may be harmful. I'd advise against taking this step. ...Read more

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Is lupus rare?

Yes: It occurs in about 1 in 700 Caucasian women and 1 in 300 African American women. ...Read more

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Who all gets lupus?

Who all gets lupus?

Genes, environment: 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

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Is Lupus reversible?

Is Lupus reversible?

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

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Is lupus hereditary?  

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

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What is systemic lupus?

What is systemic lupus?

Autoimmune disease: 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. Thus, it was named lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.". ...Read more

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What are lupus symptoms?

See details: There are 11 diagnostic criteria for lupus. Google them. ...Read more

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How is lupus diagnosed?

Multiple factors: The diagnosis of lupus is made based on a constellation of clinical and laboratory criteria. That is there are a number of pre-determined symptoms, physical signs (things a Dr. Sees when examining you), and findings on bloodwork. A minimum number of these must be present in order for the diagnosis to be made. So, you would need to have a physical exam and have blood work drawn. ...Read more

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What are tests for lupus?

See details.: Start with an ana. If that is positive check for dna, ena, ssa and ssb antibodies. If the ANA is negative, I strongly suggest that no other tests be done. ...Read more

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What is the cause of lupus?

What is the cause of lupus?

Genes, environment: 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

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What are symptoms of lupus?

What are symptoms of lupus?

Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. The diagnosis is best made by a rheumatologist who sees a lot of lupus patients. ...Read more

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What is lupus and symptoms?

What is lupus and symptoms?

Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have lupus?

How to tell if I have lupus?

See a rheumatologist: I would see a rheumatologist. To have lupus, you have to have symptoms compatible with the diagnosis and lab results to help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to know if I have lupus?

See details: You see a rheumatologist. If the history and blood work are compatible with the diagnosis, you have lupus. ...Read more

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Top ten signs you have lupus?

See below: There is not really a top ten list for lupus where one sign is more important than another. Check out the lupus foundation of america's website which is a great informational source for patients. ...Read more

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What are they signs of lupus?

Many and different: No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent. Fatigue and fever, joint pain, butterfly-shaped rash on the face,
skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure, shortness of breath,
shortness of breath
chest pain
dry eyes
headaches, confusion, memory loss, fingers and toes burnning. ...Read more