Doctor insights on:
Wegeners Granulomatosis And Lupus Coexisting
Autoimmune disease: Like all autoimmune diseases, the cause is not really known, but likely a combination of genetic factors and environmental exposures (e.g., infections, chemicals, pollutants). Treatment depends on how severe disease it is. Typically steroids (e.g. Prednisone) and if severe, Cytoxan or rituxan (rituximab). If limited disease (just nasal/upper airway involvement), Methotrexate may be sufficient. ...Read more
Yes: Wegener's granulomatosis with polyangiitis is an incurable form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) that affects the lungs, kidneys, and other organs. Due to its organ damage, it is life-threatening and requires long-term immunosuppression. Five-year survival is up to 87%, with some of the mortality due to toxicity of treatment. Since that is an average figure, some will live longer. ...Read more
WG: Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) is a rare disease that causes the walls of blood vessels to become inflamed (called vasculitis). This limits blood flow to tissues and can affect any organ. WG is a type of autoimmune disease. This means the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. Its cause is unknown. ...Read more
I developed p.O.T.S and lupus post pregnancy , my BP also drops when standing, is there ever a chance of it getting better?
P.O.T. S: P.O.T.S and lupus post pregnancy needs thorough evaluation and management due to associated symptoms of dizziness , near syncope , palpitations to name a few with changes in posture. Lupus by itself needs careful evaluation and management by a rheumatologist due to its multi system involvement . With full understanding and proper management symptoms of p.O.T.S has better prognosis in younger pts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 IgA results of low 50's I have lupus, I experience swollen painful lymph nodes, painful breathing etc can low IgA cause symptoms, what should I do?
No: This would not have accounted for your symptoms. Make sure you get a lung function test to find out whether asthma is the only cause for your breathing impairment . Another remote possibility is a drug reaction from the many drugs you have been taking to control your autoimmune disorder. If your rheumatologist can't help you, get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more
How come I can jog 2.5 miles without any issue or shortness breath but I walk a flight of stairs and feel out of breath, I have P.O.T.S and MILD lupus
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