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Doctor insights on: What Diseases Imitate Lupus

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What are symptoms of lupus disease?

What are symptoms of lupus disease?

Variety of Symptoms: Lupus (sle) is an autoimmune disease that can effect essentially any organ in the body. Autoimmune means "friendly fire." the body's army is called the immune system. When it gets confused and attacks the body it leads to autoimmune diseases. Common symptoms of sle include: fatigue, joint pain, rashes, mouth sores, dry eyes and mouth, and depression. Every sle patient has unique symptoms. ...Read more

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Is lupus a fatal disease? 

Is lupus a fatal disease? 

Can be, not usually: In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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Hy. Is there any cure for lupus disease?

SLE: Unfortunately, no. It is chronic, but meds can help control or reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi .What is lupus disease? Is it dangerous? How can we fight it and is there a way to recover from it?

The answer: Here's a good overview of lupus that should answer your questions: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Lupus 4yrs ago I've seen a specialist &the medication has not been working getting worse. What other disease or disorder could it be?

Many. : Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease. There are several different types of Lupus and they usually cause many symptoms that other diseases have (nonspecific). When a patient is suspected of having Lupus or an autoimmune condition, they get special labs and they usually see a rheumatologist. medications can stop working and there are other medications that could improve your symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes the autoimmune disorder called lupus?

What causes the autoimmune disorder called lupus?

Unknown: Genetic, hormonal, immunologic, and environmental factors may play a role but the overall cause of lupus is unknown. The immune system becomes activated and attacks the body itself hence the term autoimmune. ...Read more

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I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle). Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?

I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle).  Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?

Maybe: Not particularly worries about von willebrands disease. You are in fact immunocompromised with lupus i suspect degree of control and current medications. Will help your rheumatologist arrive at recommendations to help you make a decision regarding risk. ...Read more

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What other diseases mimic lupus?

Fibromyalgia : Lupus can cause almost any symptom so it often mimics other diseases. It is diagnosed by a list of clinical and lab criterea. It is best diagnosed by a rheumatologist with experience in this disease. It is most commonly confused with other autoimmune diseases and other types of arthritis. It is also often missed in fibromyalgia which occurs with it. I hope this is the information you ...Read more

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What kind of disease is lupus? What causes it?

SLE diagnosis: Systemic lupus erythematosus is best diagnosed by an experienced rheumatologist. It is an autoimmune disease. A high-titer ANA, >1:320 is both sensitive and specific for lupus. Other auto-antibodies can help to confirm the lupus diagnosis. Anti-Smith is highly specific for lupus but not very sensitive. Anti-dsDNA is also highly specific and tends to be seen in lupus with kidney involvement. ...Read more