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What Is The Difference Between Lupus And Hiv
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
It depends: Some people with severe lupus require strong immunosuppressive drugs and this can cause the HIV to become worse. Other lupus patients with mild disease who only need mild medicines, like plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) do not have any impact on their hiv. It is strongly recommended if you have lupus and are concerned about HIV that you get tested and, if positive, see a rheumatologist and infectious disease specialist. ...Read more
Wbc 2.0, absolute neutrophil 0.6. Lymph are high. Negative for hiv, hep, autoimmune, lupus, vitamin b. Bone marrow biopsy yesterday. What could it be?
2 months ago had sex w lady w lupus. Used condom. No oral sex but, she'd also bite my lip. Vag fluid on hands. Might have touched my eye. I've been feeling achy last 2 days. Is this likely from being run-down or HIV? I've been out last 4 nights.
Lupus not contagious: If you haven't had your 8 hours of sleep the last 4 nights, you have good reason to be tired! Also, if your partner was HIV positive, spread is unlikely via saliva with lip injury and or transfer from hands to the conjuncitiva of your eye. Also, AIDS symptoms are delayed months or years from date of contracting the virus. ...Read more
2009- ELISA HIV test- positive, western blot- neg. 2010-oraquick negative. 2014- elisa-indeterminate wb- neg. Low risk for hiv. Could I have lupus?
Not a test for lupus: The HIV test is not a test for lupus. What's clear is that you don't have hiv. You'll never know why your elisa was positive and then indeterminate, and it's not worth investigating. False positive elisas are not uncommon; that's why they have to be confirmed with western blot. ...Read more
Sometimes oral temp normal while skin is fever? 12 weeks of 99.4-102.9 skin temp. 5 antib, blood work (lupus, hiv, hep, ra) neg. Day 7 of doxy tmp 101.2
Well, that's a tough: One. You have a fever of uncertain origin, maybe. It seems as though you are checking it a lot though. I would stick with oral temp only. Do you feel bad? Chills, night sweats? Did u get chest x-ray? If not feeling bad and oral temps normal, I would try to get on with it. Cont abx but go just with oral, if normal consider that no fever if having no illness. Keep seeing doc though. ...Read more
Hemoglobin dropped 9.8 to 8.9 in less than 2 mos. Iron, B12 ok, no hep, no hiv. Now being checked for lupus-already have psoriasis. If that's negative then do bone marrow biopsy. Is this really bad?
Check for bleeding:
Occult blood loss can also cause HGB to drop as can unfortunately, some types of cancers. I don't mean to scare you but have you had an abdominal ultrasound, checked for hidden blood in stool, etc. If not, you should.
Are you also fatigued or have any abnormalities? Ask doctor to be very diligent in your work up. Have you had an serum protein electrophoresis. You should have complete anemia check. ...Read more
Is a slight swelling of the lymph glands in the neck (but not in the armpits or groin) a common side-effect of lamotrigine? I do not have influenza, a cold, HIV or lupus?
Lymph node: Lymph swelling not common with lamotragine. Probably some type of viral process. If you otherwise feel OK keep an eye on it. If symptoms or if you have persistent swelling let your provider know about it. ...Read more
Is it possible to have lupus and a negative ANA? Muscle, pain, swillwn nodes, rash, brain fog on and off for 8 yrs Negative for HIV, lymes, cancers.
Yes: Yes, there is a term called "seronegative spondyloarthropathies" and all it really means is a group of disorders that act like inflamnatory arthritic conditions, but there blood tests are negative. Many patients in this group will ultimately "convert" years later when their blood tests turn positive. This includes people who are later diagnosed with RA and Lupus, among others. ...Read more
Smoke/alco free 15 months. New labs show high ldh + lipase; borderline low amylase + globulin. Already ruled out ibd, celiac, mono, hep, hiv, tb, lupus, ra. July ct=normal liver/kidneys/panc. Cancer?
MRCP: Looks like you have pancreatitis, but if you have not had alcohol, need mrcp to see if there any pancreatic duct abnormalities. Need more info, were you drinking before and did you have multiple pancreatits before? Mrcp followed by eus would help. Ercp may be needed once acute episode is resolved, or if you find any stricture in the duct. ...Read more
Similar: "lupus-like syndrome" is a term applied to illnesses that may share many features of lupus (rash, sensitivity to sun, arthritis, chest pain, fatigue) but occurs in the setting of using certain other medications, cancers, or infections. Systemic lupus erythematosus usually has no identifiable trigger and requires a certain number of features be present to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
Very different: There are differences - especially less kidney involvement, different serology to name some things. It mostly resolves after stopping the drug involved. ...Read more
Deceptive likeness: Both lupus and ms are autoimmune disorders and both affect the central nervous system. Both causes apparently random, sudden and often bizarre symptoms. Treatments for ms long-term have now been primarily interferon-based. No such widely accepted treatment exists for lupus. Steroids are often helpful in both conditions in short term. Diagnostic tests can separate the 2 conditions often. ...Read more
Different medical: Granulomas are a type of inflmmation and not the type seen in lupus ...Read more
Big difference: Rosacea tends to be a reactive process in response to various stimulants that may eventually produce long term skin changes such as rhinophyma that are commonly treated with avoidance and antibiotics whereas lupus is associated with a "butterfly" rash that is a manifestation of an underlying autoimmune disease that are commonly treated with steroids. ...Read more
These are three totally different conditions.
Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune connective tissue disorder.
Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease, refers to ulcerative colitis, crohns disease, and indeterminate colitis)
ibs refers to syndromes of abdominal pain, and irregular bowel habits that occurs in the absence of other diseease not found on routine evaluation. ...Read more
Yes: A rheumatologist should be able to make this distinction fairly easily. ...Read more
Labs are coming back suggestive of Lupus or Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. What is the difference between the two?
Mystery of....: rheumatology! Lupus difficult to diagnose because of many manifestations and wide range of severity. No clear diagnostic criteria. Diagnosis made on clinical grounds with supporting labs- requires a great deal of expertise and exclusion of other causes for symptoms. If your doc cannot confidently diagnose lupus then you may be given an alternative Dx such as MCTD or undifferentiated CTD. ...Read more
How do you diagnose lupus? What is the difference between multiple sclerosis and lupus? Which disease causes tooth loss?
See details: Neither causes loss of teeth unless there is a secondary sjogren's syndrome associated with the lupus. Lupus is diagnosed by specific clinical criteria and confirmed by positive blood tests. There are numerous difference between ms and sle. ...Read more
They: Sjogren's is in some ways a milder disease but it can have significant organ involvement. Sjogrens's typically affects the moisture glands in your body causing dryness, whereas lupus does not. Sometimes they can coexist together. Lupus can have significant organ involement compared to sjogren's and often is worse than sjogrens in terms of organ involvement. ...Read more
They are similar: Both are autoimmune diseases and to varying degree, they have overlapping symptoms. Patients with lupus can have symptoms of sjogrens and vice versa. Both can lead to very serious, life threatening disease. More often, however, they are relatively well managed. In summary, severe lupus is probably worse than severe sjogrens, but there are exceptions. ...Read more
Serious vs, not:
Systemic lupus affects multiple organs and is a serious auto-immune disorder. Discoid lupus is mostly limited to sun exposed skin areas. See the sites below for details.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1065529-overview. ...Read more
Autoimmune: Lupus is an autoimmune condition in which antibodies are made against your own body. Sun can trigger a flareup of rashes associated with lupus. Pmle on the otherhand is a variable rash on sun exposed areas such as the arms and chest that occurs early in the sunny season of the year. This does not have autoantibodies associated with it. These can be distinguished via blood work and a skin biopsy. ...Read more
MD says I have primary lupus &secondary sjogrens. My chart says lupus-sjogrens overlap syndrome. Is there a difference between listing them separately?
No: Your treatment will be the same. Kudos for taking charge and reading the documentation carefully! ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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