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What Factors Contribute To Developing Sle
Unknown: Why the body attacks itself is a mystery however, some medications such as the antibiotic Doxycycline can cause drug- induced lupus. These reactions will typically resolve when the drug is stopped. Autoimmune disease often run in families suggesting that genetic factors are at play. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will weight training and aerobic exercise contribute to inflammation and joint pain with sle or will increased strength help?
Strike a balance: Arthritis, especially inflammatory type (like lupus or rheumatoid) responds well to moderate exercise. You have to find the right amount for your body. I encourage you to do weights and aerobic exercise but I urge you to get help with it at first. See a physical therapist or sports med trainer and explain your situation. You don't want an injury and you don't want to over do it at first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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What is the description, conditions, symtoms, risk factors & treatments assocated with discoid lupus?
Discoid Lupus (DLE): DLE is a chronic cutaneous autoimmune skin disorder characterized by DLE cerythematous-to-violaceous, scaly plaques with prominent follicular plugging that often results in scarring and atrophy (see the images below). DLE may occur in the absence of systemic disease, or it may occur in association with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Read this:emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1065529-overview ...Read more
Being tested for auto immune conditions, what possible environmental factors can cause RA or lupus?
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
Can a vitamin D level of 20 contribute to depression/the blues and fatigue? I exercise daily, eat healthy, don't eat junk food. I also have lupus.
YEs: The level is low. I would suggest you try supplementing with Vitamin D3 ...Read more
Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic
What is sle?
Lupus: Sle = systemic lupus erythematosis. This is a complex disease. It is an "auto-immune" disease, which means that many symptoms are due to the production of antibodies that attack 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sle is thought to be caused by an immune reaction that erroneously attacks the body. There are many different "disease-modifying agents " that can help turn off these reactions. Rheumatologists are the medical specialists that treat these types of diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History physical lab: It takes an involved evaluation. We do it with a complex consultation looking at history, physical, laboratory evaluation + imaging. It takes a lot of work. Of interest the government stopped paying for consultations with medicare patients. It has deemed that it is too confusing to use it but we as rheumatologists need it to evaluate complex rheumatology patients like those with lupus. Go figure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Less likely: When I was in medical school, 25% of lupus patients died within 5 years of diagnosis and 75% eventually died from it. It is far less likely to kill nowadays. Lupus is a particularly cruel disease, especially because you do not appear as sick to other people as you feel yourself. Be brave, and walk this hard road with your physician and friends as guide. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can afffect any organ system. Most commonly, joints become inflammed (painful and sometimes swollen). Skin rashes are common as well, especially on the face; when distributed over the cheeks, this rash is called a malar rash. Oral ulcers are sometimes noted and fever can be present as well. Pleuritic chest pains that worsen with deep breaths can occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: The new medication that is specific for lupus is benlysta (belimumab). It is given intravenously intially every two weeks for 3 shots then every 4 weeks. It is specific for lupus with a unique method of action targeting certain cells that make most of the antibodies seen in lupus. It is not useful in people with severe kidney or neurologic disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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