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Why do some doctors say lupus sle is a terminal disease?

Why do some doctors say lupus sle is a terminal disease?

SLE: All diseases are terminal....In fact, life is terminal. Whichever doctor tells you that lupus is a terminal disease.....Well, i would get a new doctor. ...Read more

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Do you think all connective tissue diseases (lupus, sjogrens, scleroderma) are more alike than doctors realize since they tend to overlap so much?

Do you think all connective tissue diseases (lupus, sjogrens, scleroderma) are more alike than doctors realize since they tend to overlap so much?

Yes and no: Autoimmune diseases are all as different as the people who get them. These conditions all result from the body's immune system attacking different parts of your cells and tissues. Each person's disease will reflect the tissues that are being damaged. It is likely that everyone who has one of these conditions has a different spectrum of tissue damage which may be similar in some ways.. ...Read more

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I have a question about have both postive ssa (ro) (ena) ab igg, and also a positive sle-70 (ena) ab- dr says lupus but it seems to be it would be sclerederma- doc wont call back im so confused :(?

Autoimmune disease: If you cannot communicate with your doctor it might help to find a second opinion. Make sure it is with a rheumatologist who sees lots of patients with auto-immune conditions. Much of the diagnosis will depend on your clinical presentation along with a full panel of laboratory tests, and your providing only a few of these makes it very difficult to even suggest a diagnosis. Need to be seen. ...Read more

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When the doctor order cocci serology and species antibodies bartonella, what he expected to find?Lupus?Lyme diseases?

When the doctor order cocci serology and species antibodies bartonella, what he expected to find?Lupus?Lyme diseases?

Bartonellosis: Several variants. Cat scratch fever, carrion's, some endocarditis syndromes. Hope it's not bacillary angiomatosis -- or if it is, that you get effective rx. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been diagnosed with fibro 8 years but have have a few friends (with the condition) say I my have lupus. How do I ask my doc to check?

Hi, I have been diagnosed with fibro 8 years but have have a few friends (with the condition) say I my have lupus. How do I ask my doc to check?

Just ask: Lupus is usually easily to screen out with a couple of blood tests. Raise the subject with your doctor to find out if such tests should be considered. ...Read more

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What do you advise if doctor says he thinks I have lupus due to ANA + bloodtest also cfs abd fibro what are main symptoms of lupus?

What do you advise if doctor says he thinks I have lupus due to ANA + bloodtest also cfs abd fibro what are main symptoms of lupus?

See Rheumatologist: Not sure if the doctor is a rheumatologist or Primary Care. Need to see a Rheumatologist. The Ana blood test has differrent degrees. 1:40 is weak, but 1:620 is pretty strong. You need follow up testing that would provide more specific results and then everything should be considered-your symtpoms, objective and subjective findings, blood tests. The best decision can then be made. ...Read more

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Can any internal medicine doctor interpret most blood tests or is it better to see a specialist such as for blood tests for lupus or blood disorders?

Start with PCP: Yes, any general internist can interpret routine blood work including for auto immune issues like lupus, but there may be a benefit of having a specialist like a rheumatologist (arthritis doctor) help if further testing and detailed management of such disorders if needed. Best regards. ...Read more

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