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My dsdna double strand reference was 3.45 and very symptomatic.. S this a positive for lupus how is it scored?

My dsdna double strand reference was 3.45 and very symptomatic.. S this a positive for lupus how is it scored?

Possibly: this is one of the many blood tests used to diagnose lupus..you should consult your rheumatologist to have them run a full battery of tests ...Read more

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This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... Im 27 i want to feel normal. But i don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?

See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...Read more

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What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

Acetaminophen NSAIDS: For symptom relief of pain you can use Acetaminophen or NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or o Naprooxen or Cox 2 Celebrex
Along wih Antimalarials (Hydroxychlroquin) and low dose steroids ...Read more

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How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

Not likely: Why worry about 3 disorders, as you likely possess one unifying diagnosis to explain your problems. A good place to start is with an endocrinologist to deal with diabetes and the complications secondary to this. Focus on these issues, and later, if things seem peculiar look into co-morbities. Lastly, if you possess diabetes and lupus, doubt you have ms in addition. ...Read more

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Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Rheumatologic issues: The specific diagnosis of lupus wouldn't run in families as much as the tendency towards rheumatologic conditions in general - that tendency runs in families - lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma. Can find all of these in family lineages. Have a good history/physical exam/blood testing coordinated by Rheumatologist. ...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?

Signs: Feeling tired all the times, have hypersensitivity to the sun, may have facial rash in the shape of a butterfly ( that is over the nasal bridge and on the chicks) , may develop anemia, may have joints pain. Contact you doctor for further evaluation if you have these signs and symptoms. ...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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How is lupus treated in you?

Different treatments: Systemic lupus can be a very severe disease, especially in children.Plaquenil alone may be sufficient to help prevent flares of disease once it is in remission, but to put it into remission almost always involves oral ;/or IV steroids.Depending on organs affected (kidney ; brain disease most severe), patients may need methotrexate, Rituximab (biologic), cytoxan, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) Imuran or a combo of these. ...Read more

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What are the signs of lupus?

What are the signs of lupus?

Multiple: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune connective tissue disease where the body attacks its own healthy tissue. Lupus difficult to diagnose and can present with rash, joint pain, light sensitivity, muscle, renal failure, neurologic and hematologic abnormalities. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of lupus?

Variable, see below: Fatigue and fever, joint pain, stiffness and swelling, butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose, skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure, raynaud's phenomenon
shortness of breath, chest pain, dry eyes
headaches, confusion, memory loss
for additional information consult this site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lupus/ds00115/dsection=symptom. ...Read more

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Is lupus curable?

Unfortunately, no: Unfortunately, lupus is incurable. The best chance for success lies with meaningful partnership with a caring and able rheumatologist with experience in lupus. ...Read more

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Is lupus cancerous?

Not really but...: Significant immune disease such as lupus, sjogren's, and rheumatoid arthritis are associated with an increased frequency of non-hodgkin's lymphomas. Cause and effect...Not sure, but many think a weakened immune system may be the cause, particularly lymphomas! ...Read more

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Is lupus like aids? 

Is lupus like aids? 

Not infectionq: Lupusis not an infection. It is autoimmune disease that the body causes inflammation in the joints, skin and other organs. It intreated with anti-inflammatory drugs, not drugs for retrovirus. Lupus patients can live a long time and the disease can burn itself out. ...Read more

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Is lupus ever fatal?

Can be, not usually: Can be, but usually not and usually controlled with appropriate therapy. ...Read more