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What is the best climate for me. I have lupus scleroderma RA fibromyalgia and crest syndrome ?

What is the best climate for me. I have lupus scleroderma RA fibromyalgia and crest syndrome ?

The Mighty Vitamin D: You may do better in warmer climate closer tot he equator for 2 reasons: more vitamin D and more exercise . Receiving more sunlight would naturally raise your vitamin D levels. Adequate vitamin D is essential for fibromyalgia relief, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.More exercise, especially light walking or yoga on the beach would add to the benefit of vitamin D. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Dermatosclerosis (Definition)

Dermatosclerosis (also known as scleroderma), is a disease of the connective tissue, causing tightening and ...Read more


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Pos ANA 1:640 homogenous nuclear staining. Normal C3 and c4. What is going on? Most likely lupus? Scleroderma? Had slightly elevated ACE test.

Pos ANA 1:640 homogenous nuclear staining. Normal C3 and c4. What is going on? Most likely lupus? Scleroderma? Had slightly elevated ACE test.

Abnormal ana: There are a lot of rheumatologic or autoimmune causes for an elevate ana. You would have to corelate this with the clinical findings. Additional testing might be needed to confirm the diagnosis. I recommend discussing this with your pcp. ...Read more

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Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Yes: If you have autoimmune disease in your family - you are at increase risk to also develop Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. ...Read more

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Low amylase blood level, tryglerides 934, cholesterol 264, HDL 42, non HDl 226,creatine 1,09,bun 23, I have lupus/scleroderma ana positive, ifa pos.

Low amylase blood level, tryglerides 934, cholesterol 264, HDL 42, non HDl 226,creatine 1,09,bun 23, I have lupus/scleroderma ana positive, ifa pos.

Hyperlipidemia: Your serum lipids are very abnormal and require dietary and most likely medication for treatment. If untreated you are predisposed to cardiovascular complications. Very high triglycerides predispose to pancreatitis. Your physician and/ or rheumatologist will refer you to a dietitian and advise you on medications, avoidance of alcohol and the follow-up needed. ...Read more

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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Which symptoms 1st appear in someone with lupus or scleroderma?

Which symptoms 1st appear in someone with lupus or scleroderma?

It depends: There are several different symptoms that can appear, but it all depends on the patient. ...Read more

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Is low c3c and low c4c more indicative of lupus than scleroderma?

Is low c3c and low c4c more indicative of lupus than scleroderma?

Yes: Complement C3 and C4 are not indicators of scleroderma. Markers such as the centromere and the Scl-70 antibodies can be helpful in diagnosing scleroderma. However, they are not always positive in scleroderma. C3 and C4 can be low in lupus, especially if the disease is active. ...Read more

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Ana positive1.810 with a homogenous pattern what does this mean? What could i have? Few family members have lupus 1 scleroderma

See below: Your doctor will have to interpret the ANA in context to your symptoms. With you having a family history of autoimmune disease, you are at increased risk for developing one. However; false positive ANA can occur and we also know that a person who has family history of autoimmune disease may test positive for ana, but may never develop an autoimmune disease. It would be best to see a rheum dr. ...Read more

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I have lupus and scleroderma and now I'm being tested for osteonucrosis but it doesn't explain the pain I have everyday in my head, neck and back.

I have lupus and scleroderma and now I'm being tested for osteonucrosis but it doesn't explain the pain I have everyday in  my head, neck and back.

See ortho: I presume you are already under the care of a rheumatologist. If you cannot get an answer from him, either get a 2nd opinion or consult an orthopedist. Having autoimmune disorders does not preclude you from getting the usually bone issues. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Scleroderma (Definition)

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease characterized by tightening of the skin on ...Read more