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Lupus New Treatment
Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more
What the point to biopsey I have lupus, why do I have to have a biopsey. My blood levels have been adnormale for 4 months. I want to take all these new drug treatment for lupus other then predison.
Mild lupus-no pred!: Most of my patients with systemic lupus respond quite well to Plaquenil and ridaura ( oral gold). Imuran also works well, as does methotrexate. All are not "new" drugs, which the vast majority do not need! Prednisone is used for severe systemic issues in high doses, or small doses for rescue therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What type of treatment can be given when lupus-like symptoms do not quite warrant a diagnosis? Do I have to wait for a true diagnosis to get relief?
A correct diagnosis: Get a correct diagnosis now. People with lupus can have a variety of symptoms that can be present in other conditions. If you do not have lupus you have something else. This needs to be defined and then you get help now. Waiting for a diagnosis that you may never get is not going to help you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many!: Many options, depending on severity and your current treatment. Pulsing IV steroids at high dose, cellcept, benlysta, azothioprine, cyclophosphamide, azothioprine, Methotrexate are all options, alone or in combination. Your treatment should be coordinated by someone in rheumatology and/or nephrology! ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you refuse treatment. How long could you live for?
It depends: It depends on the organ involvement. Talk to your rheumatologist who knows your case best and he or she could give you a better estimate. ...Read more
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