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What do you suggest if i had come up positive. I share some of the symptoms of lupus. How hard will my life be if I have lupus?

What do you suggest if i had come up positive. I share some of the symptoms of lupus. How hard will my life be if I have lupus?

Not enough info: What came up positive? What symptoms do you have? Have you seen a rheumatologist? It is impossible to answer a question such as this when no specifics are given. ...Read more

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Why do lupus tests sometimes come back negative?

Not 100 %: There re several tests for lupus ana, double stranded dna and none of these tests is 100 per cent reliable for the diagnosis of lupus. A similar situation occurs in rheumatoid arthritis where there seedless negatives as well as false positives. If there is akin involvement a skin biopsy for direct exam as well as immunoflourescence can help with diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but am being treated for lupus, how come?

I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but am being treated for lupus, how come?

Fibromyalgia: You are probably being treated by a rheumatologist who is more aware of lupus issues. Lupus has some similarities but is not the same disorder. You should see a physician well versed in the evaluation and treatment of fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lupus but come back negative on the test or is the test the only way to tell?

Is it possible to have lupus but come back negative on the test or is the test the only way to tell?

Yes: the test may be negative in early LUPUS and may give false POSITIVES as well... No test is 100% "foolproof" ANTI-NUCLEAR antibodies and if positive a certain TYPE of anti-nuclear response may be helpful! Hope this info helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I'm from the state of Wyoming & have Lupus. My tests while living there were very high. Now live in Michigan & all come back Negative is this normal?

Unusual: However it is theoretically possible if you had far more sun exposure in Wyoming than in Michigan given that sunlight can induce LE. On the other hand, your problem may be from another autoimmune disease . If you are feeling well otherwise, no test is needed. But if you do have symptoms then I would suggest repeating the test in case there was a blood sample mix-up. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Autoimmune disease: Lupus (or sle or systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease that can cause many symptoms including joint pains, kidney disease, rashes, blood count disturbances and more. Your doctor can evaluate if you need to be tested. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Inflammatory disease: Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease [instead of your body fighting germs or bacteria, it starts to attack healthy cells] with unknown cause. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease and affects skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs , brain , blood and blood vessels . In lupus immune system makes antibodies to healthy cells causing inflammation leading to damage to organ or body system .Lupus is not contagious.It is not a cancer or related to hiv. It is a chronic inflammatory disease with ups and downs. With good care most can lead healthy life. ...Read more

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Autoimmunity: Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. The immune system attacks the patient's own body (autoimmunity) and can inflame the skin, joints, kidneys, nervous system, lungs, mucous membranes, and other internal organs. A red rash is often but not always present hence the term lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.". ...Read more

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What is lupus?

Auto-immune disease: Systemic lupus erythematosis: a complex disease. It is an "auto-immune" disease (production of antibodies attacking 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. Discoid lupus has a rash, not necessarily other symptoms. ...Read more

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