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What are the stages of Lupus? I have SLE and CNS. A lot of fluid retention lately and swelling. Actually the only thing good is my labs are all normal

What are the stages of Lupus? I have SLE and CNS. A lot of fluid retention lately and swelling. Actually the only thing good is my labs are all normal

Severity: Lupus has varying severity and manifestations. It can be active or inactive. We don't usually use the term "stages." What comes into question is the diagnosis of CNS lupus if your labs are truly normal. ANA lupus is rare given modern testing methods and with more severe lupus such as CNS lupus, one would expect positive dsDNA Ab and/or low C3, C4. Ask your doctor if that is your definite diagnosis ...Read more

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Dr. Aiman Shammas
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Fluid Retention (Definition)

Fluid retention is a clinical finding in which there is swelling in the body due to fluid accumulation. This can occur due to liver, ...Read more


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Premenstrual syndrome.What are the physical manifestations.Is bloating in abdomen and fluid retention in body one of it?

Premenstrual  syndrome.What are the physical manifestations.Is bloating in abdomen and fluid retention in body one of it?

It can be: Please see your gyn, your gyn can get you on meds to help with your symptomes and to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to reduce abdominal fluid retention?

Cause?: The cause of fluid retention should be determined first. In general, fluid retention may slow down with salt and fluid intake restriction. ...Read more

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How dangerous is excessive fluid retention and abdominal swelling?

How dangerous is excessive fluid retention and abdominal swelling?

It can be: Excessive fluid retention can be the result of a benign process such the result of a diet resulting in a lot of gasseous abdominal distention or fluid retention due to excessive salt. However, it can also be due to serious medical conditions that effect fluid balance such as heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure. Although rare in this country, severe protein calorie malnutrition is a caus. ...Read more

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My upper abdomen hurts and into upper back. I get rotten egg / sewer smelling burps and nausea. I'm weak and dizzy a lot. Have lupus and fibromyalgia?

My upper abdomen hurts and into upper back. I get rotten egg / sewer smelling burps and nausea.  I'm weak and dizzy a lot. Have lupus and fibromyalgia?

Possible causes : Include a parasite called giardia lamblia, or a bacteria called helicobacter pylorii slow gastric emptying time can also cause this due to the acid in your stomach causing breakdown of proteins releasing sulfur containing products such as methionine. The fact that you are having abdominal pain makes me think that the most likely cause is a h pylorii infection which can cause gastritis or a stomach ulcer. If you have severe abdominal pain lasting more than four hours, as a rule you should go to the emergency room for evaluation. If you develop severe diarrhea, the more likely cause is giardia. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can also cause this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab) .Urinalysis no bladder inf. ?

Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab) .Urinalysis no bladder inf. ?

Drug side effect: You may only be constipated. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). Abdominal pain is a common side-effect of this drug. Bowel obstruction and perforation have been reported much less frequently but can be much more serious. Persistent abdominal pain is a symptom you should report to the physician who prescribed rituxan. ...Read more

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Fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, swollen glands, bloated abdomen and legs, positive ANA test, negative lupus test, normal thyroid test...Help?!?

Fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, swollen glands, bloated abdomen and legs, positive ANA test, negative lupus test, normal thyroid test...Help?!?

See details: Your symptoms are not really specific but the positive ANA can be significant. See a rheumatologist. Is lupus possible in this setting? Yes, but that is only one possible diagnosis and the ANA by itself needs to be evaluated in the context of the entire clinical picture. ...Read more

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