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What are the typical symptoms of serositis? I have systemic lupus and get horrible abdominal pain.

What are the typical symptoms of serositis? I have systemic lupus and get horrible abdominal pain.

Horrible abd pain: If you have lupus and major pain, this needs an evaluation asap. There are several causes for severe abdominal pain in patients with lupus and some are really medical emergencies. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Autoimmune disease: Lupus (or sle or systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease that can cause many symptoms including joint pains, kidney disease, rashes, blood count disturbances and more. Your doctor can evaluate if you need to be tested. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

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Inflammatory disease: Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease [instead of your body fighting germs or bacteria, it starts to attack healthy cells] with unknown cause. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease and affects skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs , brain , blood and blood vessels . In lupus immune system makes antibodies to healthy cells causing inflammation leading to damage to organ or body system .Lupus is not contagious.It is not a cancer or related to hiv. It is a chronic inflammatory disease with ups and downs. With good care most can lead healthy life. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Autoimmunity: 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 hence the term lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.". ...Read more

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Auto-immune disease: Systemic lupus erythematosis: a complex disease. It is an "auto-immune" disease (production of antibodies attacking the sufferer's own body). Symptoms can include fevers, aches/pains, fatigue, weight loss, kidney disease, rash, easy clotting, many others. Treatment includes suppressing the immune system to reduce the antibodies. Discoid lupus has a rash, not necessarily other symptoms. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

It is: It is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your body. There are 4 forms: systemic, drug-induced, discoid, and subacute cutanenous. The lupus foundation's website has great educational material. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Autoimmune disease: The immune system causes inflammation in skin (often red cheeks after sun exposure), and/or joints, and sometimes organs like kidney, muscle, liver, blood vessels, brain. Treated with plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) antiinflammatories, other meds, and healthy habits like vaccines to prevent infections and exercise to stay fit. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

See details: Lupus is the name given to a group of autoimmune diseases in which the immune system become overactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. These tissues include skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, heart and nerves. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune collagen vascular disease. Can be cutaneous or systemic and is in the family of rheumatological disorders. ...Read more

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What is Lupus?

Lupus: It is a multi-system, chronic, inflammatory disorder that can primarily present as skin rash, shortness of breath, neuropathy or kidney disease. ...Read more

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What is lupus ?

Lupus: Hard to explain. Your own body produces antibodies against your own body. Causing multisystem/multiorgan disorders. Mostly affect the joints, skin, kidney, blood, nerves. May be prone to kidney disease, blood clots, and fatigue. Treatment is complex. This is when you really need to kow your doctor well. Females are more affected. www.lupus.org. ...Read more

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What causes lupus? 

What causes lupus? 

More than one reason: It is felt the lupus is the result of a combination of things some of which are not known. A combination of genetic wrists, environmental exposures, possible viral infections are all considered. There may be more than one cause of lupus. ...Read more

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What are lupus flares?

Worsening: Flares are worsening of lupus signs and symptoms. Stress reduction, a healthy diet, routine exercise, and avoidance of excess sun exposure all help to reduce lupus flares. If you smoke, you must stop as it is deadly especially in lupus. Speak to your doctor about which medications to avoid. Also ask if you should be on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) which has very few risks but offers significant protection. ...Read more

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How is lupus treated? 

Immuno-suppressants: Lupus is treated with immuno-suppressant medications, by rheumatology doctors, to block a patient's abnormal auto-immune reactions. ...Read more

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What exactly is lupus?

What exactly is lupus?

Autoimmune: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune illness. This means people have a immume response against themselves and their own tissues. The hallmark blood test is a positive anti-nuclear antibody or an ana. Depending on what tissue is involved results in the clinical symptoms such as rash, arthritis, kidney disease etc. ...Read more

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I think I have lupus maybe?

Lupus: Information provided is very minimal . Need further evaluation, exam and appropriate investigations by a rheumatologist or an internist for your concern. ...Read more

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What are the signs of lupus?

What are the signs of lupus?

Many possible signs: Lupus has many possible symptoms, depending on what part of the body is affected, and on how severe the condition is. Some symptoms are: fatigue, fever, weight changes, joint pain or stiffness, swollen joints, rash on the cheeks and bridge of the nose, skin rash from sunshine, sores in the mouth, hair loss, poor circulation in fingers or toes from stress or cold temperatures, etc... ...Read more

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What causes lupus to happen?

What causes lupus to happen?

NOT KNOWN...: No one knows the final "trigger-pull" that causes lupus. We do know genetics play some role. We do know that hormones play a major role (reason for female dominance and females rarely getting sle before puberty). But why some with similar factors get disease is not known at present. ...Read more

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