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Symptoms of lupus crisis?

It depends: The symptoms of a lupus flare depend on the exact organ systems involved and the extent of the involvement. ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms of lupus?

Signs and symptoms of lupus?

Variety of Symptoms: Lupus (sle) is an autoimmune disease that can effect essentially any organ in the body. Autoimmune means "friendly fire." the body's army is called the immune system. When it gets confused and attacks the body it leads to autoimmune diseases. Common symptoms of sle include: fatigue, joint pain, rashes, mouth sores, dry eyes and mouth, and depression. Every sle patient has unique symptoms. ...Read more

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Ana positive strong family history of lupus. Lupus symptoms. Could it be sarcoidosis instead of lupus.

Maybe: ANA positive diseases are related. Diagnosis is based not just on serologic testing, but also on your clinical symptoms. You should be evaluated by a rheumatologist in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and then receive the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of lupus disease?

What are symptoms of lupus disease?

Variety of Symptoms: Lupus (sle) is an autoimmune disease that can effect essentially any organ in the body. Autoimmune means "friendly fire." the body's army is called the immune system. When it gets confused and attacks the body it leads to autoimmune diseases. Common symptoms of sle include: fatigue, joint pain, rashes, mouth sores, dry eyes and mouth, and depression. Every sle patient has unique symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus?

What are the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus?

Many: People with lupus may have joint pain, skin rashes, chest pain, heart probelms, hair loss, fingers changing color in the cold, rash in the sunshine, neuro-psychologic problems. These are only soemof the symtpoms peopel can have. They can also have none of these. Your physician will evaluate all of these, get labs tests and imaging. ...Read more

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Are Parkinson's symptoms & post-polio syndrome symptoms similar?

Are Parkinson's symptoms & post-polio syndrome symptoms similar?

They are different!: Post-polio symptoms emanate from neural changes in the spine, while Dopamine depletion in the substantia nigra is the cause for parkinson's. Stumbling and awkward motion can be common to both, but in the end they are distinctly different. ...Read more

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Anxiety, depression, weakness, fasciculations, neuropathy sensations, tinnitus along with lupus symptoms. Possible to have CNS lupus with negativeana?

Anxiety, depression, weakness, fasciculations, neuropathy sensations, tinnitus along with lupus symptoms. Possible to have CNS lupus with negativeana?

Complex question : Large differential diagnosis here. See a neurologist and rule out ms and other neurological, tumors, toxic, metabolic, infectious causes .... Labs and imaging studies. ...Read more

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Can stress cause lupus symptoms?

Can stress cause lupus symptoms?

Indirectly: Stress can cause lupus to flare or lupus symptoms to worsen. However, stress by itself cannot cause to lupus to develop. ...Read more

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Lupus and chronic hives, related?

occasionally: Occasionally people with lupus get hives, but most people with hives do not have lupus. ...Read more

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Cancer symptoms mistaken for pregnancy symptoms?

Cancer symptoms mistaken for pregnancy symptoms?

No: The cancer symptoms depend to type of cancer and location, and is not mistaken for pregnancy ...Read more

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How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

How are systemic lupus erythematosus, coma & leukopenia related?

SLE: Is a systemic disease and is a form of vascullitis, which means that there is inflammation in the blood vessels as a result it is a multi-system disease and can affect any organ in the body. When the brain is affected it can lead to changes in mood, psychosis and even coma. Leukopenia is a recognized feature of SLE at some point in the course of the disease. It can affect the kidneys, joints etc ...Read more

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Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Yes: Discoid lupus is confined to the skin while systemic lupus can affect literally any organ of the body including the skin. ...Read more

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Symptoms and signs of hashimatos?

Symptoms and signs of hashimatos?

Usually none: Until your thyroid becomes significantly enlarged and visible from the outside, or your thyroid hormone production drops below normal and you develop hypothyroidism. Check the american thyroid association website or aace.Com. ...Read more

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Can lupus be diagnosed on clinical symptoms alone?

Can lupus be diagnosed on clinical symptoms alone?

Yes: There's a list of 11 criteria to help diagnose sle. A person needs to satisfy at least 4 out of the 11 criteria before the diagnosis can be pinpointed. Of the 11 criteria, 7 relate to symptoms, and 4 have to do with lab tests. So it is possible to make a diagnosis of sle with just clinical symptoms as long as you have at least 4 from the list. ...Read more

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Neg methacholine & stress test but get winded,wheeze with exertion,URI or humidity. diangosis UCTD -symptoms Lupus &Sjogrens. Could UCTD cause windedness?

Neg methacholine & stress test but get winded,wheeze with exertion,URI or humidity. diangosis UCTD -symptoms Lupus &Sjogrens. Could UCTD cause windedness?

Dyspnea: The differential diagnosis list is long and not excluded by the important tests reported done;keep engaged with your physician,or see a cardiac and/or pulmonary physician to pursue a diagnosis and hopefully treatment plan. ...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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What makes sunlight make lupus symptoms worse?

What makes sunlight make lupus symptoms worse?

Ultraviolet!: It is not sunlight per se, but the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. They penetrate the skin and alter dna in white cells in small blood vessels causing a flare, usually cutaneous. Patients should always wear suntan lotion, uv-30 or better and never use tanning beds! ...Read more

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Can stress cause lupus symptoms?

Indirectly: Stress can cause lupus to flare or lupus symptoms to worsen. However, stress by itself cannot cause to lupus to develop. ...Read more

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Heard white on toenails mean unhealthy. Is it true?.6 yrs now i've had all lupus symptoms & toenails r white

Many reasons: This could even happen from simply wearing nail polish.. Let a doctor examine i person. Sometimes a sample go the did colorized nail is sent to a lab to be tested..... ...Read more

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I have classic lupus symptoms, worse over time. I had a + ANA test last year. It's normal this year. Could I still have lupus? What else mimics lupus?

I have classic lupus symptoms, worse over time. I had a + ANA test last year. It's normal this year. Could I still have lupus? What else mimics lupus?

LUPUS: It is very important to find out what kind of lupus you have. Is it discoid or systemic? Your lab should be positive to lupus test not only ana. The worse one is when it affects your kidney. Please see your md for advice. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but have a lot of lupus symptoms. My ANA test came back as "indeterminate". What does this mean?

I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but have a lot of lupus symptoms. My ANA test came back as "indeterminate". What does this mean?

Better test: Still the better test to determine the difference between lupus and fibromyalgia (fms) is a history and physical exam done by a rheumatologist. Lupus and fms have some similar symptoms but are very different. Lupus - autoimmune disease. Fms - not autoimmune. The ANA is not the deciding factor between the two. The ANA never makes a definite diagnosis. Other blood tests (by rheumatologist) can help. ...Read more

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What are the physical manifestations of anorexia, if any, that could be mistaken for lupus symptoms if a patient isn't forthright about eating bxs?

What are the physical manifestations of anorexia, if any, that could be mistaken for lupus symptoms if a patient isn't forthright about eating bxs?

A patient with: Combined lupus and anoerexia nervosa would be challenging. I am not sure, has she had a diagnosis of lupus? Anoerexia refers to no appetite and can be a part of illness, anoerexia nervosa is a body dysmorphic disorder, a psychiatric condition. If she is very thin and eats little while being preoccupied with calories, may be that but needs a psychiatrist. If its appetite loss it's different. ...Read more

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Can SLE cause POTS syndrome? I have both. My POTS symptoms started when my lupus symptoms developed. My lupus is controlled but POTS causes problems

Can SLE cause POTS syndrome? I have both. My POTS symptoms started when my lupus symptoms developed. My lupus is controlled but POTS causes problems

Yes, likely related: POTS is more common in individuals that are anemic, have an autoimmune disorder like lupus, are diabetic, or have had a significant illness like mono, hepatitis, or lyme disease. The actual cause is not known and, unfortunately, it is difficult to treat. Adequate fluids and regular exercise are basid, however. ...Read more

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I think I might have lupus and I'm pretty sure a flare just ended. Should I wait to go to the doctor until next flare up? Flares have lupus symptoms.

See doctor: You need to see your doctor now for a thorough exam and evaluation the arthritic family of diseases is best diagnosed clinically. In other words from your history and exam ...Read more

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If ones lupus currently shows normal labs(other than high ana)does that mean they shouldn't have any bad lupus days or lupus symptoms & feel fine every day?

No: Lab tests are only one indicator of sle activity. You and your doctor are the best ones to judge how active your disease is and whether your symptoms are related to sle or another cause. ...Read more

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Does plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent/slow down organs from being attacked, or just mask lupus symptoms?

Does plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent/slow down organs from being attacked, or just mask lupus symptoms?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): or hydroxychloroquine is actually an antimalarial medication but it is useful in treating inflammation such as found in lupus. It works by shutting off part of the immune system, so it's not really masking the symptoms- it's stopping the disease process in your case. Be sure to have regular check ups while on this medicine, esp eye examinations. That's one of the dangerous side effects 2 look out4 ...Read more

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The result of my SS-A/Ro Antibody, IgG, Serum is 1.6 and it says High. What could this mean? I have many lupus symptoms.

Indeterminate: Anti-SSa/Ro autoantibodies are present in about 0.1-0.5 percent of people. There is an association with lupus but also biliary cirrhosis and Sjögren's syndrome. If you have this and other symptoms if lupus, as u say, it is possible you have lupus. You should consult with the doctor who ordered the blood work to determine for sure the next steps. Good luck! ...Read more

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1280 ANA, -ENA and compliments. lupus symptoms, but rheum said no lupus because I have Blau Syndrome, rare autoinflammatory, doesn't cause ANA. Help!

1280 ANA, -ENA and compliments. lupus symptoms, but rheum said no lupus because I have Blau Syndrome, rare autoinflammatory, doesn't cause ANA. Help!

Talk to your MD: Blau syndrome, systemic granulomatous syndrome, is a rare autoimmune disease affecting many organs. It can simulate, at least initially, other autoimmune diseases. There is effective treatment for most patients with the disease. Either talk with your rheumatologist or go to a tertiary medical center. ...Read more

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Positive ANA borderline low C4 and lupus symptoms over 9 months. Is this enough to make a diagnosis?

Depends: Hi, SLE has 11 criteria and for diagnosis you need 4 out of 11, read below the criteria: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0041704/ note than C3 and C4 are not part of diagnostic criteria, they just been followed to monitor response to the treatment. ...Read more

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Ana positive strong family history of lupus. Lupus symptoms. Could it be sarcoidosis instead of lupus.

Maybe: ANA positive diseases are related. Diagnosis is based not just on serologic testing, but also on your clinical symptoms. You should be evaluated by a rheumatologist in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and then receive the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Began experiencing lupus symptoms following double root canal surgery. Considering having them removed by a biological dentist. Thoughts?

Began experiencing lupus symptoms following double root canal surgery. Considering having them removed by a biological dentist. Thoughts?

Not related: Root canal rx done to eliminate bacterial infection. Bacteria, and the materials used to seal the bacteria out of the teeth, does not cause the auto-immune disease lupus. You have been fed irrational and erroneous information. Please see rheumatologist to manage your lupus. If "biological dentist" had the answer, wouldn't that unproven path have been adopted the intellectually adept? ...Read more

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Complement C3 and C4 tests done 3 times due to lupus symptoms. C3 always normal but C4 borderline low twice, now normal. is this a deficiency?

Disease activity: I assume that the diagnosis of sLE has been confirmed. The concentration of C4 is much lower than C3. As C4 is ow normal, there is no deficiency. When sLE is active, C4 concentration may decrease because of it being used up by immune complexes in the blood. When disease activity lessens, less C4 is being used. ...Read more