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How do I know if I have pleurisy or lupus?

How do I know if I have pleurisy or lupus?

See details: Pleurisy can be a component of systemic lupus. If that is your only issue and you have no other diagnostic criteria for lupus, then it is just pleurisy. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Pleuritis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of the pleura- lining ...Read more


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How 2 not take it personally when someone thinks i overexaggerate when i say I have to go home & sleep after work (lupus/dysautomia) or if I have 2 call in sick d/t pleurisy?This irritates me 2 no end

How 2 not take it personally when someone thinks i overexaggerate when i say I have to go home & sleep after work (lupus/dysautomia) or if I have 2 call in sick d/t pleurisy?This irritates me 2 no end

Overexaggerate?: I'm not sure who this "someone" is, but unless s/he is your supervisor or boss you really owe no explanation. Also, you cannot control what someone else thinks. If this is someone whose opinion you value you can have a discussion with him/her about the facts -- knowing that this may not change his/her opinion. You can also find more fulfilling things to do than worry about others' unkind comments. ...Read more

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I have pleurisy from my lupus in the morning my mouth is so dry that my tongue gets stuck to the back of my mouth and its painful is this a side affec?

I have pleurisy from my lupus in the morning my mouth is so dry that my tongue gets stuck to the back of my mouth and its painful is this a side affec?

Lupus: Dry mouth is related to lupus. Involment of the salivary glands, a side effect of your meds, or systemic effects of lupus may lead to the dryness, especially breathing problems, mouth breathing at night. You should have a complete evaluation to see what might help best. Treatment may be a mouth moisturizer or a humidifer at bedside. A breathing test for sleep apnea may be needed. ...Read more

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SLE pt. Bouts of pleurisy and pericarditis. Dr says I am now low on IgG and IgA. IgM on lower side of norm. Low C3 for yrs. Norm for lupus?

SLE pt. Bouts of pleurisy and pericarditis. Dr says I am now low on IgG and IgA. IgM on lower side of norm. Low C3 for yrs. Norm for lupus?

Lupus: Low C3 is expected in lupus due to disease activity and consuming up complement proteins cascade, which C3 is one of these proteins, the low immunoglobulins can very well be secondary to the immuosuppressants you're on, please keep a close follow up with your doctor and possibly an immnologist input would help, up to your rheumatologist ...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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My dsdna double strand reference was 3.45 and very symptomatic.. S this a positive for lupus how is it scored?

Possibly: this is one of the many blood tests used to diagnose lupus..you should consult your rheumatologist to have them run a full battery of tests ...Read more

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This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... Im 27 i want to feel normal. But i don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?

See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...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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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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Dr. Nisha Surenderanath
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Pleurisy (Definition)

Inflammation of the tissues that line the ...Read more