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Doctor insights on: Other Diseases That Look Like Lupus

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What does lupus erythematous-like syndrome look like?

What does lupus erythematous-like syndrome look like?

Each person differen: t one time it is said there are 1400 different types of lupus. It can be skin, blood vessel inflammation, mucus membranes, brain, lungs, heart, kidney and a variety of laboratory tests from a + ANA, antinuclear antibody, low blood counts, urine protein and casts, etc. Your physicians can help you or have you see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosis with lupus diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms? My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms

Recently diagnosis with lupus  diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms?  My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms

Sort this out ASAP: Lupus is one of the diseases that may mimic MS, and very critical to pin down correct diagnosis. I do not have sufficient information to guide this, but if you are encountering uncertainty, get a second opinion ASAP. A rheumatologist could be very helpful regarding the lupus question. Might also, consider anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome in addition. ...Read more

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What is lupus emphysema? And can lupus have systums that look like emphysema

What is lupus emphysema? And can lupus  have systums that look like emphysema

May be confusion?: Lupus can affect the respiratory system in a variety of ways, but I am not clear what is meant by this phrase "lupus emphysema" and suspect that there may be a misunderstanding here. Lupus can be associated with inflammatory reactions of the lung tissue or lining of the lung, lung scarring ("fibrosis"), or diaphragm. A consultation with a pulmonologist (lung specialist) may be needed to clarify. ...Read more

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What does lupus look like in mouth?

What does lupus look like in mouth?

Mouth sores!: Usually painless, but can hurt. Frequently associated with low white count. Systemic lupus is the great mimick! ...Read more

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What does lupus look like in mouth?

What does lupus look like in mouth?

Painless ulcers: Mouth ulcers are sometimes the first signs of lupus and occur in 10-45 % of lupus patients. The are usually painless sores. Some lupus patients have gingivitis if they have dry mouth. ...Read more

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What other diseases mimic lupus?

Fibromyalgia : Lupus can cause almost any symptom so it often mimics other diseases. It is diagnosed by a list of clinical and lab criterea. It is best diagnosed by a rheumatologist with experience in this disease. It is most commonly confused with other autoimmune diseases and other types of arthritis. It is also often missed in fibromyalgia which occurs with it. I hope this is the information you ...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 kind of disease is lupus? What causes it?

SLE diagnosis: Systemic lupus erythematosus is best diagnosed by an experienced rheumatologist. It is an autoimmune disease. A high-titer ANA, >1:320 is both sensitive and specific for lupus. Other auto-antibodies can help to confirm the lupus diagnosis. Anti-Smith is highly specific for lupus but not very sensitive. Anti-dsDNA is also highly specific and tends to be seen in lupus with kidney involvement. ...Read more

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Any way for a good life with this lupus disease?

Yes: Coping with a chronic disease is always important. There may be limitations but the majority of my patients lead a great life. The treatment needs to be tailored to the involvement and needs of the person with lupus. The person with lupus needs to take charge. People with lupus are normal people who happen to have lupus. This should be the guideline but personal responsibility is tops. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms for lupus disease?

What are the most common symptoms for lupus disease?

Top four: The top four symptoms are fatigue, joint pain, fevers, and skin rashes. Look for a fact sheet at www.Lupus.Org. ...Read more

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What is lupus? Is it possible to recover from that disease?

What is lupus?  Is it possible to recover from that disease?

Depends on severity: Lupus is can be an multisystem inflammatory disease and may involve skin discoid lupus, facial rash, joint involvement, lung involvement, etc. Recovery depends on the site, and severity of the disease. It can be kept quiet with the help of nsaids, antimalarials, oral steroids, chemotherapy and immunomodulants. ...Read more

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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read more

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What chronic/autoimmune/genetic diseases have flare-ups like Lupus?

Many: There are many that can have flares. That is a hard question to answer if you are looking for a diagnosis based on just having a flare...? ...Read more

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Is lupus a fatal disease? 

Is lupus a fatal disease? 

Can be, not usually: In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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Hy. Is there any cure for lupus disease?

SLE: Unfortunately, no. It is chronic, but meds can help control or reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi .What is lupus disease? Is it dangerous? How can we fight it and is there a way to recover from it?

The answer: Here's a good overview of lupus that should answer your questions: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Lupus 4yrs ago I've seen a specialist &the medication has not been working getting worse. What other disease or disorder could it be?

Many. : Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease. There are several different types of Lupus and they usually cause many symptoms that other diseases have (nonspecific). When a patient is suspected of having Lupus or an autoimmune condition, they get special labs and they usually see a rheumatologist. medications can stop working and there are other medications that could improve your symptoms. ...Read more