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Shingles Be A Symptom Of Lupus
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more
No!: Eczema is not associated with lupus. In my practice I have many patients with psoriasis & eczema with positive anas.They do not have arthritis, and clearly not lupus or related disease. On the other hand, both eczema and psoriasis affect 10% of the population. With that, one would think that 10% of sle patients have these skin diseases, but though common, just by chance, but they are not related. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Learning more : A recent publication in the journal of allergy and clinical immunology described a subset of patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who have connective tissue disease. Musculoskeletal pain and hypermobility of the joints were described in these patients. We hope to learn more and more is further research gives us more answers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: This would make you "immune" to a disease. Seriously, most autoimmune diseases have many symptoms. Most patient may lack one or more features of the disease, or the symptom may be subtle and less pronounced than other features of a condition. This is vitrutally true for most autoimmune diseases! ...Read more
Not necessarily: We know most often we can identify a significant medical treatment, illness or psychosocial stressor as a trigger. Cancer is known to be a trigger but though we all have seen patients who had shingles and then soon after were diagnosed with cancer, most with shingles don't get a cancer diagnosis in the following months. ...Read more
Only possible: While cancers can present variable depending on patient, type of cancer, areas involved and many things we don't understand, depression can result or be enhanced by a malignant process occurring. I'd caution though that there are more causes of depression unrelated to cancer than causes due to cancer. Talk to primary care doc as a start. ...Read more
NOT REALLY: Optic neuritis is often an initial sign of multiple sclerosis, but may well be an isolated event. An MRI of brain can clarify potential future risk issues. However, optic neuritis is not a part of fibromyalgia. Hypersensitive skin or even allodynia might be due to many conditions and could be part of the multiple trigger zones in fibromyalgia. Your diagnostic picture needs clarification. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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