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I have had a false positve syphills test since the age of 18 could I possibly have lupus?

I have had a false positve syphills test since the age of 18 could I possibly have lupus?

Need further test: False positive RPR may suggest antibodies in the blood that is cross reacting with RPR test reagent. Common antibodies are antiphospholipid antibodies that gives false positive RPR. Lupus is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms PLUS presence of ANA antibodies in the blood. You can ask your MD to check for these antibodies by blood tests. ...Read more

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If someone doesn't have Lupus in his past life. Why is it suddenly comes on at age 36? Is it a switch in the body turn on coincidently? Is it environment

Perhaps: Autoimmune diseases such as lupus are considered conditions from impairment in immune regulation (which tends to worsen as we age). Sun exposure has been known to trigger a lupus exacerbation but is not a cause. Perhaps environmental factors may have something to do with it but we have little knowledge of that. Increased abdominal fat many add to the inflammation. Female hormone may play a role. ...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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Is lupus less life threatening at the age of 60?

Is lupus less life threatening at the age of 60?

Depends: SLE (systemic lupus Erythematosis) starting at age 60 is usually milder than starting at age 25. This is based on an average disease severity. There have always been younger patients with mild disease and older patients with severe disease. Most of the time even severe life threatening parts of SLE can be controlled. Talk with your rheumatologist about your symptoms and your risk. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the average age of death for a lupus patient?

What is the average age of death for a lupus patient?

Difficult to say: Life expectancy has improved over the years for lupus patients. Used to, patients with lupus were more apt to die from complications of their disease and infections as a result of the therapies.

Now with better recognition and therapy for lupus, we are beginning to see more death as a result of cardiovascular disease. Thus; it all the more important to have follow with your primary and your rheu. ...Read more

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With a strong family history of lupus, and some symptoms arising would it be wise to be tested for it at the age of 27?

Yes it is wise to...: Lupus is so called the master of disguise. It can mimic so many different diseases and can cause quite a bit of disability if left untreated. It is not curable but treatable. Testing is simple and so it is wise to do so since you are reporting to have some symptoms already. It can have a negative impact on pregnancy as well. So, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the effect of daily cocktail drinking on a person (age 63) w/ lupus?

Nothing good!: As we age, our bodies can no longer break down the alcohol as it once did. Add to that the med regimens for the lupus and for whatever other meds you take and it's easy to see your liver being overwhelmed. It's time to stop. ...Read more

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I got tested for rheumatoid factors. My results was 12 UI/mL I'm 19 yr old and my mom has lupus. I was told this is a high number for my age? True?

I got tested for rheumatoid factors. My results was 12 UI/mL I'm 19 yr old and my mom has lupus. I was told this is a high number for my age? True?

Depends on the lab: The result may be normal. The level depends on how the lab does the test and what their normal levels are. Remember that relatives of people with Rheumatoid Arthritis can also have positive Rheumatoid Factor and not have Rheumatoid Arthritis. This suggests that there are some genetic factors or immunogenetic (immunology of the genetic system) factors that are invovled ...Read more

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My sister, aged 48 was diagnosed lupus nephritis, ANA ve in nov 2009, as on date no significant sle related symptoms, is it mis-diagnosis? Sug tests?

My sister, aged 48 was diagnosed lupus nephritis, ANA ve in nov 2009, as on date no significant sle related symptoms, is it mis-diagnosis? Sug tests?

Kidney biopsy.: Abnormal blood or protein in urine and other blood tests can suggest lupus nephritis even if there are no other "extra-renal" symptoms of lupus. Only a kidney biopsy can definitively diagnose or rule out lupus nephritis. Your sister should discuss these questions with her nephrologist. ...Read more

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How risky is attempting pregnancy at the age of 40, mild lupus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome currently taking coumadin (warfarin)?

How risky is attempting pregnancy at the age of 40, mild lupus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome currently taking coumadin (warfarin)?

Risks: The risks as you describe them, are many, but they are not insurmountable. First, having a baby at 40 is more of a health hazard than having a baby at 20. This might be the biggest hurdle. Second, any chronic disease must be well controlled. Lupus should be quiet before attempting pregnancy. Third, any medications should be reviewed - you are likely aware that warfarin causes birth defects. ...Read more

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At age 30 dxd w/narcolepsy. At 31 got Lyme and parvovirus at same time. In 4 yrs since diagnosis w/raynauds, crohns, psa, as and lupus. Could Lyme cause all?

At age 30 dxd w/narcolepsy. At 31 got Lyme and parvovirus at same time. In 4 yrs since diagnosis w/raynauds, crohns, psa, as and lupus. Could Lyme cause all?

Does not make sense: No one could have that many diagnoses. Something is grossly wrong. Start from the beginning and get another opinion. See a rheumatologist (or another rheumatologist). ...Read more

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Need an md that treats lupus in fort lauderdale florida my daughter was diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago at age 28.She is unable to tolerate high doses of prednisone. She is currently having benlysta treatments which she is possible allergic to. What now

Need an md that treats lupus in fort lauderdale florida my daughter was diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago at age 28.She is unable to tolerate high doses of prednisone. She is currently having benlysta treatments which she is possible allergic to. What now

The: The treatment of rheumatic diseases is somewhat, a little more, complex. Rheumatic diseases, and lupus specially needs atention and desicions related to the severity of the disease and related to the organs involved. The decision on wich drug to use has to do with what's going on and what body system is involved and how.
The equation lupus = therapy or latest therapy does not apply. Is not like high blood sugar = latest diabetes pill or latest insulin. In diabetes that equation does apply. ...Read more

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Symptom:ringing in the ear, stopped- up ear, yellow runny mucus with foul smell. Taking allergy medicine on daily basis. What's up female age 61, breast cancer survivor, lupus

Symptom:ringing in the ear, stopped- up ear, yellow runny mucus with foul smell. Taking allergy medicine on daily basis. What's up female age 61, breast cancer survivor, lupus

Hello,: Hello, you may have an upper respiratory tract infection. Congestion can place pressure against the eustacian tubes, so that they are not draining the ears of fluid and pressure with resultant pain and ear ringing (tinnitus). The congestion can also cause a headache. The mucus could be coming from a variety of places including your nose or a sinus. Recommend that you see an ear/ nose/throat specialist. I hope you are feeling better soon. Take care. ...Read more

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Could I have Lupus? Age 34 female symptoms, fatigue, migraines, joint pain, numb hands & toes, bruise easy, oral thrush 5 times in 3 months flu symp

Could I have Lupus? Age 34 female symptoms, fatigue, migraines, joint pain, numb hands & toes, bruise easy, oral thrush 5 times in 3 months flu symp

It's hard to say: Clearly you have symptoms that are affecting your quality of life. Although fatigue and joint pain can be associated with an autoimmune disease like lupus, it is difficult to tie all of your symptoms into that disease. Please see a doctor to get your symptoms checked out. ...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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Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Not sure, I don't: Think anyone knows for sure if its okay for sure. No study has been done on those supplement with SLE. I would recommend stay simple supplement with multivitamin, Vit D, B complex. At the most, protein shake for post work out. ...Read more

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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?

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