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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Sle Antinuclear Antibodies Present
Not always: Unfortunately, there is no single laboratory test that absolutely rules in or out systemic lupus erythematosis (sle). Although a highly positive antinuclear antigen (ANA) is common in sle, diagnosis is based on a careful history, physical exam and laboratory evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do symptoms often show up yrs before labs (specific antinuclear antibodies, etc) in a diagnosis of lupus? I'm near diagnosis with only high +ana. What causes the sx?
Lupus is a mystery: Lupus is a famous master of masquerade--it can mimmic many disease states. Lupus symptoms may be present much earlier than when it can be diagnosed, thus lab measurement only provide a guide. This only means the lab has its limitation and medical science has only gotten this far. Don't rely on the lab, but rather rely on your bopdy--maybe something else is going on. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The doctor is checking me for lupus. First my C-reactive protein was high and my antinuclear antibodies was positive. So more blood work and urine. No?
Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If you have been on steroids recently for flare ups of sle, it could lead to post operative complications. Also, there is always a chance that there may be a latent cardiac problem that will only become apparent when you are under stress, like during a surgery. I would see and oral surgeon, and have him/her work with your physician to manage your case safely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: The reason that insurance exists is to spread the risk of any single person having any disease is divided among many healthy people with no disease.Our current system is prejudiced against anybody with a "pre-existing" illness such as yours and makes you pay extra.Makes getting insurance(or keeping it ) tough.It is a lose-lose;dr and patient, win for insurance company.My gripe with aca. ...Read more
Can active systemic lupus erythematosus be caused by prescription medication? Need expert opinions!
Drug-induced lupus: Yes, some prescription medications can definitely cause drug-induced lupus which often will resolve after the drug is stopped. Many of the drugs that can cause lupus do NOT cause lupus in the majority of people treated with them. There may be genetic susceptibility to drug-induced lupus and/or the right trigger. Many possible meds. Best way is to be evaluated by a board certified rheumatologist ...Read more
It depends: Lupus can cause both reversible and irreversible changes to the nervous system, and these can affect personality, memory, and other basic aspects of patients' lives. That said, simply being sick can aggravate depression, sleep deprivation, etc. Controlling pain and other disruptive elements of the disease, can improve quality of life and help people be more who they would like to be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have been dealing with active systemic lupus erythematosus. can it be caused by prescription medication?
Yes: Certain meds can cause a drug-induced lupus. Google the subject and you will find the complete list. ...Read more
Many but need doctor: The first thing to do is define your lupus, everyone with lupus is different.You need to contact your physician - see a rheumatologist, define your lupus and then you decide on your treatment. Not everyone with lupus needs meds, but you need good health habits - no smoking, exercise, etc defining your type of lupus will clarify the best medications for you to take. ...Read more
Prednisone is most likely to be indicated in the management of systemic lupus erythematosus due to what?
Antiinflammatory: Prednisone suppresses inflammation and thus it is intended to control the inflammation resulting from many diseases including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is not a cure or specific for any disease , just a temporary solution. Long term high-dose prednisone can lead to many serious side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A common symptom of sle is arthritis or joint pain and swelling which can involve just one hand. Usually there will be other symptoms as well such malar rash (red rash over the cheeks), increased sensitivity to sun, possibly hair loss and rash on the body, hands or knuckles or scalp. ...Read more
Labs for a + ANA: The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) is the initial screening test for lupus, but since it produces a lot of false positives, follow up testing for other auto antibodies is needed. The other tests in the panel are usually more specific for lupus, but less sensitive. Panels sometimes produce dubious results, so any positive test has to be taken in context. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An auto immune disea: Systemic lupus is a auto immune disease that can affect any part of the body.The immune system of the patient attacks its own body cells and tissues, and that causes inflammation and damage to the tissues it most often affecrs heart, skin.Joints, blood vessels, lungs, kidneys , liver and nervous system the incidence of sle is 9 times in women than men. ...Read more
No: Not necessarily, unless you have symptoms suggesting lupus. Let your doc know at next well visit. ...Read more
With acute diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis caused by systemic lupus erythematosus, why would a patient have uremia and hyperkalemia?
No cure but ...: Lupus cannot be cured but the symptoms can often be controlled. In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Lupus can be mild. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Lupus can be severe. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more
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