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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Could lupus cause enlarged optic nerves?

Could lupus cause enlarged optic nerves?

Lupus can...: Systemic lupus erythematosus can cause optic neuritis which can enlarge the nerves secondary to inflammation, but you would have eye and/or visual issues as well. Simply seeing this on MRI may mean nothing at all. ...Read more

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Is it possible for lupus to cause enlarged optic nerves?

Is it possible for lupus to cause enlarged optic nerves?

Lupus-optic nerve: Lupus can cause optic neuritis or autoimmune inflammation of the optic nerve. Lupus can also cause optic neuropathy due to small blood vessel vasculitis. Both are serious and can compromise vision and both should be under the care of a good ophalmologist. ...Read more

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What causes nerve-twitchy stomach -lupus?

What causes nerve-twitchy stomach -lupus?

Unlikely: If you have lupus this could be related to medication for your disease or to the lupus. The stomach problem you describe is not a typical feature of sle or other forms of lupus. ...Read more

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Is lupus attacking the nerves the same as ms? I know they’re different diseases, but when lupus affects the nervous system, does it do it the same way as ms? Are the symptoms the same?

Is lupus attacking the nerves the same as ms? I know they’re different diseases, but when lupus affects the nervous system, does it do it the same way as ms? Are the symptoms the same?

One kind of lupus: Lupus has many ways of hurting and destroying organs, one kind of lupus of the nervous system is similar and may coincide with ms numbness poor function disconections of short circuits in electric system (nerves are like cables, with ms you loose the insulation, myelin). ...Read more

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Does optic nerve vasculitis mean I have lupus?

Does optic nerve vasculitis mean I have lupus?

No: Vasculitis of the actual nerve is very very rare. More likely things are nerve swelling ie pseudotumor cerebri, or papilledema. The answer is in the actual findings on opthalmologic tests and patient should be seen both by a rheumatologist and a neuro-opthalmologist. Treatment for actual vasculitis is more difficult, and the diagnosis usually requires a cerebal blood vessel angiogram. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause gastroparesis or vagal nerve damage?

Unusual: Gastroparesis is more typically seen when there is a autonomic neuropathy condition as can be seen in diabetes. Connective tissue disorders on occasion can also cause gastroparesis but those disorders are usually really to scleroderma conditions. In lupus you may see a complication called vasculitis in which there is inflammation of the blood vessels supplying a nerve. It would be unusual to see this affecting this nerve ...Read more