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Lupus patients and h1n1 flu shot- is it safe?

Lupus patients and h1n1 flu shot- is it safe?

Absolutely: Due to your autoimmune disease, you are an absolute perfect patient to receive the vaccination. Make sure you get the flu shot not the nasal mist. ...Read more

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Are doctors required to treat patients with sars and swine flu?

Are doctors required to treat patients with sars and swine flu?

If you are on call: You are on call. In fact, during an outbreak many physicians may have a duty to report to various hospitals and simply stay on. Pulmonologists, intensivists, and infectious disease physicians all expect to deal with potentially deadly infections, and take precautions. As a caveat, i took care of 28 patients in the h1n1 outbreak that were confirmed positive. ...Read more

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Could a 88 years old patient get swine flu without fever if he is known asthmatic and had a respiratory arrest?

Could a 88 years old patient get swine flu without fever if he is known asthmatic and had a respiratory arrest?

Yes: The elderly don't always run fever with viral illnesses. Any eldery person with the flu and any asthmatic with the flu is at increased risk of death from respiratory failure. ...Read more

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Please help. what's the best medication I can take for the flu or sinus infection that is safe with irregular heart beats and lupus and sjogrens ?

Please help. what's the best medication I can take for the flu or sinus infection that is safe with irregular heart beats and lupus and sjogrens ?

Fluids,Tylenol (acetaminophen): A majority of illnesses you described are caused by viruses. Since antibiotics only treat bacteria and not virus infections, the immune system does the brunt of the work-, recommend supportive measures such as drinking plenty of fluids and judicious use of pain/anti-fever meds. NB-lupus and Sjorgren's, maintain a low threshold to see your doctor especially if your difficulty breathing worsens ...Read more

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Can a lupus flare feel like the flu? I had a headache for 2 weeks, now i just feel fluish- i just got diagnosed 2 months ago- very new to this stuff, and if it is do I call the rheumo? Or wait it out

Can a lupus flare feel like the flu? I had a headache for 2 weeks, now i just feel fluish- i just got diagnosed 2 months ago- very new to this stuff, and if it is do I call the rheumo? Or wait it out

See below: Sometimes it can feel like the flu, but see your doctor whether it is your primary or rheumatologist to make certain your blood pressure is normal since you are having headaches---however the headaches could be from other things such as sinus problems. ...Read more

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Flu. I suffer from lupus but I have different aches all over with bad fatigue. What can I do to help relieve some of the aches? Should i go to hospit

Flu. I suffer from lupus but I have different aches all over with bad fatigue. What can I do to help relieve some of the aches?  Should i go to hospit

See your doctor: It is unclear what is going on. Your medication , if you are on some, may need to be evaluated in light of your symptoms. The flu may well need to be treated if that is what it is because of your underlying disease. ...Read more

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Lupus are the flu its hard to tell when yoy have lupus?

Lupus are the flu its hard to tell when yoy have lupus?

No no no: No lupous is not flu ( virus ) it is an autoimmune disease local or systemic , if kidney not invoved the 1st time and then they are not . Bad immune system is active its like wolf skin as connective tissue is involved . Immunologist and rheumatologist work hand in hand. ...Read more

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What tests are done for lupus sle please son is 20 in itu for 7 weeks with viral flu and fuo rheumatic fever when 8 had loads of antibiotics ?

What tests are done for lupus sle please
son is 20 in itu for 7 weeks with viral flu and fuo rheumatic fever when 8 had loads of antibiotics ?

The ANA: The ANA is the best screening test. If that test is negative, you can usually stop there. If it is positive other tests for more specific autoantibodies can be performed. ...Read more

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With lupus, i don't get rash after out in sun- i get solid red hot on my feet, then next day get flu-ish aches. Can lupus symptoms vary in this way?

Lupus: Not all patients present with the text book description of any condition. If your have other signs and symptoms and positive serological test for lupus and getting this kind of reaction to sun exposure, then yes it is possible your body reacts this way to sun exposure from lupus. ...Read more

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Upper rgt chest swellng & dull ache-sinusitis-reoccurring heartburn-was just sick w lupus fl, bronchitis & flu-xray/us & mammo clear-wbc18 ER senthome?

Upper rgt chest swellng & dull ache-sinusitis-reoccurring heartburn-was just sick w lupus fl, bronchitis & flu-xray/us & mammo clear-wbc18 ER senthome?

Your WBC is high: A WBC of 18 is high. This could mean bacterial or viral infection or inflammation, or maybe you are taking Prednisone for your lupus. Prednisone or other steroids cause a high wbc. It sounds like you should check in with your rheumatologist as soon as possible. The swelling you describe needs to be examined by a doctor who knows you and your chronic health history. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Constant flu symptoms/fatigue, hair loss. Saw endo, derm, rheum, hema docs. Tests for lupus/major illness, nothing found. Always feel ill, need advice?

Constant flu symptoms/fatigue, hair loss. Saw endo, derm, rheum, hema docs. Tests for lupus/major illness, nothing found. Always feel ill, need advice?

Mystery Illness: I recommend you find and work with a functional medicine physician to look for the root causes of what you are experiencing. See www.functionalmedicine.org and choose a provider who is "certified through their program. ...Read more

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My skin is sore, my joints feel like they have the flu, I have a headache for over 10 days & my doctor says my blood test for lupus is normal.?

My skin is sore, my joints feel like they have the flu, I have a headache for over 10 days & my doctor says my blood test for lupus is normal.?

Many possibilities: Unclear as to absolute diagnmosis as these are several non-specific symptoms. They range from simple viral disease to more serious possibilties. The most troubling is a headache lasting this long. More information is needed to guide you but follow up with your primary care and possibly seeing a neurologist is suggested. ...Read more

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