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Doctor insights on: Women In Their Thirties Diagnosed With Lupus

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How long does it take to diagnose lupus ?

How long does it take to diagnose lupus ?

It depends: This is impossible to answer because lupus can present in so many different ways. If you think you may have lupus, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Why is lupus a concern especially for women?

Why is lupus a concern especially for women?

Autoimmune disease: Autoimmune diseases are more prevalent in women and lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease. However, lupus is a concern for anyone who might have the condition. ...Read more

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What medical tests are done to diagnose lupus?

Many: Ana, double-stranded dna, smith antibody, rnp, ribosomal p, ssa, ssb, complement components.And cell bound complement activation products . These are some there are others it really depends on your evaluation and examination. ...Read more

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On average how long does it take to get a diagnoses of Lupus? I heard it takes years

It depends: It most often can be made early if the doctor suspects it is present and orders appropriate tests. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How to treat a young women with lupus?

All lupus patients : All lupus patients need to be carefully treated. You are a normal person who happens to have lupus. Age can impact therapy because of caution of using therapy that can impact pregnancy. All medications can have side effects no matter what your age is. It also depends on what type of lupus you have. ...Read more

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Please explain lupus? Patient is 66 yr. Old female.

Please explain lupus?  Patient is 66 yr. Old female.

NIH: Lupus is a disease where your immune system attacks different body organs-skin, kidneys, liver etc. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to diagnose lupus in a teen with no positive labs?

See details: If all of your tests are negative then the diagnosis of lupus is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can lupus harm female organs?

Can lupus harm female organs?

Yes: Lupus can effect female reproductive organs often by its effect on the blood supply to these organs. However, these issues are relatively uncommon. ...Read more

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What doctor diagnoses lupus?

Rheumatogist: Lupus, SLE, or Systemic Lupus Erythematosis is mainly cared for by rheumatologists. ...Read more

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Is there any pregnancy risks for women with lupus?

Yes!: Most risks are maneable. It is difficult to get pregnant if you have active disease. Most women are quite with disease activity, before they get pregnant. However, there is a frequent flare in the last trimester, whicch usually subsides after parturition. You need to be screen for antiphospholipid antibodies if you become pregnant. Your rheumatologist and ob/gyn doctors can work in tandem. ...Read more

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What type of blood work is needed to diagnose lupus?

SLE: Systemic Lupus Erethematosus is an autoimmune disease that is diagnosed by a careful history and observation of symptoms along with lab tests. A malar rash, photosensitivity, oral ulcers, renal (kidney), cardiac, or neurological disorder, joint pain, and other symptoms may point a physician towards an SLE diagnosis. Lab tests include ANA, antibodies to double stranded DNA, Cardiolipin, SSA &SSB. ...Read more

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Do many women with lupus have problems with their menstrual cycles?

Yes: The disease, if severe, can disrupt menstrual cycles. (nature's way of saying if your sick, don't get pregnant.) steroids can also causes irregular menses. So you have two causes, the disease and/or treatment. One final point. Thyroiditis (which causes hypothyroidism) and grave's disease disease, which causes high thyroid levels, occur more frequently in sle. They can both causes menstrual probs! ...Read more

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Plz list the specific tests to diagnose arthritis and lupus. Thanks.

Medicine Culture: Medicine does not work this way. There is a system of following a line of tests to their obvious conclusion based upon the test results that come back in the progression. None of us here would even consider replacing your doctor on the ground from doing their job and interpreting the results from their tests. ...Read more

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Why are doctors so hesitant to diagnose lupus? I have several symptoms and positive sjogren's ss-a.

Why are doctors so hesitant to diagnose lupus? I have several symptoms and positive sjogren's ss-a.

Prob u don't have it: Systemic lupus erythematosis is one of dozens of diseases grouped into the category of autoimmune connective tissue diseases. Many of these do not fit nicely into one, so that one can have a 'mixed' connective tissue disorder, or have an overlap of signs & sx. It may take years of following one of these unclear disorders to see a pattern. U probably have sjogren's disease, period. C rheumatologist. ...Read more

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36 wks preg being tested for lupus. I have delivered 2 children zero issues so is it unlikely for me to have lupus? read women w lupus have problems

Not exactly true: Pregnancy issues with lupus generally occur in lupus patients who also have disorders of blood clotting or very active, unstable disease. Most patients with controlled disease do very well during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How does lupus affect pregnant women and babies?

How does lupus affect pregnant women and babies?

Blood pressure: Some women experiences flares while pregnant. In addtion, lupus can cause problems with mom's blood pressure and baby's growth. Very serious cases of lupus can be associated with blood clots and kidney problems. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy used in the treatment of other diagnoses other than cancer? Maybe for lupus?

Is chemotherapy used in the treatment of other diagnoses other than cancer? Maybe for lupus?

Yes on rare occasion: Chemotherapy can be used to suppress the immune response like in autoimmune processes and diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and wegners granulomatosis. ...Read more

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What tests can be done besides ANA to diagnose lupus at a very early stage?

What tests can be done besides ANA to diagnose lupus at a very early stage?

See details: The diagnosis depends on a history and physical exam consistent with the diagnosis of lupus. If the ANA is negative the diagnosis becomes unlikely. One can check other antibodies including DNA, ENA, SSA and SSB. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take vitamins with lupus if so what kind is good for a 36 year old woman?

Is it ok to take vitamins with lupus if so what kind is good for a 36 year old woman?

Yes but: Unless you have a vitamin deficiency I am uncertain they will change things musch.Since you may be styaing out of the sun you may be gettign a vitamin d insufficiency and this needs to be corrected. Ask your physician if you are low in vitamin d. I general vitamin can also be helpful. ...Read more

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