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Is chest pain a symptom of lupus arthritis flare?

Is chest pain a symptom of lupus arthritis flare?

Yes but...: Lupus flare up can cause inflammation of the pleura and pericardium (sack around the lungs and heart respectively) which can cause chest pain. However it is important that you see your doctor to be sure there is no coexisting coronary artery disease as well. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Scleroderma (Definition)

An autoimmune disease in which there is excessive thickening of the connective tissues. This can cause skin tightening, rash, difficulty swallowing, and in severe cases can affect the ...Read more


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How is appendicitis diagnosed? Is nausea & rebound pain always present?

How is appendicitis diagnosed? Is nausea & rebound pain always present?

No: It's the big picture. "a three-legged dog is still a dog." nausea usually but not always; rebound pain only if the peritoneum's involved. ...Read more

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Is arthralgia a common symptom of chronic fatigue?

Is arthralgia a common symptom of chronic fatigue?

Yes: The diagnosis of cfs is unexplained persistent fatigue for 6 months with at least four of the following symptoms. Loss of memory/concentration, sore throat, lymph nodes, unexplained muscle pain, arthralgia, headache, unrefreshed sleep, extreme exhaustion lasting 24 hours after exercise. ...Read more

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Can the only presenting symptom of scleroderma be IBS diarrhea that comes and goes?

Can the only presenting symptom of scleroderma be IBS diarrhea that comes and goes?

Diarrhea: Yes, scleroderma of the intestines can present like ibs with diarrhea coming and going. Diagnosis is usually made by endoscopy or xray. ...Read more

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Is chronic sinusitis a symptom of lupus?

Is chronic sinusitis a symptom of lupus?

Sometimes: With lupus, sometimes the immune system does not function properly and one can end up with recurrent sinus infections. There are many more common causes for chronic sinusitis than lupus though, allergies rank first. ...Read more

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Is erythema multiforme a symptom of cancer?

Is erythema multiforme a symptom of cancer?

No: Erythema multiforme ranges from a few days of target skin lesions after taking a medicine to which you're allergic to a nasty rash after a chest cold to a lifelong nuisance skin-and-mucosal disease that flares at inconvenient times. If the latter, i hope you're able to find a good dermatologist with whom you can work over the years, and that you keep an eagle eye on what triggers flareups. ...Read more

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Is headache a common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is headache a common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Yes: There is a fair amount of overlap between chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and chronic daily headache syndromes. Patients with of them commonly report headaches and difficulty falling asleep. ...Read more

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Ana 1:640 only +lab. Dx: undifferconnective tissue disease(sx: immense fatigue, jt pain, sicca, photosensitivity). Can vague diagnosis cause such havoc on life?

Ana 1:640 only +lab. Dx: undifferconnective tissue disease(sx: immense fatigue, jt pain, sicca, photosensitivity). Can vague diagnosis cause such havoc on life?

Yes: Symptons can be very disruptive. An elevated ANA by itself does not a diagnosis of autoimmune disease make, but in conjunction with your symptoms, especially if they are persistent, the findings are very suspicious for this. Some individuals without autoimmune disease have elevated ANA levels. Some medications can cause this. Further evaluation is necessary, including a complete lab workup. ...Read more

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Is sour breath a symptom of something serious ?

Is sour breath a symptom of something serious ?

Breath: Interestingly, foul breath or "sour" breath can signify other disease processes. Obviously, dental hygiene would be considered, but also sinus infections, throat infections, liver disease, kidney disease, and even diabetic issues can cause changes in breath. If you have other symptoms i.e. Fever, fatigue, diminished urine output or yellow tinge to your skin or whites of your eyes, see your docto. ...Read more

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Rash, fatigue, joint pain flares, muscle weakness, depression, anxiety. No fibro hot spots. Negative lupus tests. Don't see what else it could be?

Rash, fatigue, joint pain flares, muscle weakness, depression, anxiety. No fibro hot spots. Negative lupus tests. Don't see what else it could be?

Anxiety disorder: Anxiety is a subjective state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, sweating, palpitations, tremors, and fatigue. See you pcp for the referral. ...Read more

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Is fatigue a symptom of celiac disease?

Is fatigue a symptom of celiac disease?

Fatigue & celiac.: The quick answer is yes, fatigue can be caused by celiac disease as the malabsorption of carbohydrates causes dehydration and reduces the intake of the body's main energy substrate. But many other things can cause fatigue, too. ...Read more

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What makes systemic scleroderma flare?

What makes systemic scleroderma flare?

Stress: There are no specific triggers to avoid if you have the condition. However, internal or external stress often precede a flare of scleroderma. ...Read more

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Is constant yawning a symptom of Parkinson's disease?

Is constant yawning a symptom of Parkinson's disease?

No: No, though people with parkinson's often have fatigue/ daytime sleepiness issues and disrupted sleep that might cause yawning. The tendency for many with patkinson's to let their mouth droop open could conceivably be confused with yawning as well. ...Read more

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How severe is an albumin of 5.4? Please describe severity of symptoms? Crippling fatigue, pulsating symptoms, severe headaches, eye pain, nausea?

How severe is an albumin of 5.4?  Please describe severity of symptoms?  Crippling fatigue, pulsating symptoms, severe headaches, eye pain, nausea?

None of the above: I hope it doesn't disappoint you greatly to let you know that your Albumin levels are considered quite within the normal range. Of course, lab values do vary from one laboratory to another therefore, it would be best to find out the normal range in the laboratory you had the blood drawn or tested but for all intents and purposes the range of normal for Albumin is taken to be 3.5 to 5.5. ...Read more

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No DX from docs, I'm feeling hopeless. Symptoms: joint & widespread pain and stiffness, lung inflammation and pleurisy, fatigue, +ANA 1:640, speckled?

No DX from docs, I'm feeling hopeless. Symptoms: joint & widespread pain and stiffness, lung inflammation and pleurisy, fatigue, +ANA 1:640, speckled?

Systemic lupus ?: This sounds like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), although other connective tissue diseases could cause similar symptoms and lab results. Hopelessness is a common symptom of depression, but is also common in almost any illness when patients feel that they aren't doing well. You should see a rheumatologist if you haven't already. ...Read more

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What diseases r associated with lupus anticoagulant. Suffer from debilitating fatigue. ?

What diseases r associated with lupus anticoagulant. Suffer from debilitating fatigue. ?

Miscarriages et al: The "lupus anticoagulant" (LA) may be associated with recurrent miscarriages , blood clots and/or an increased propensity for migraines. LA May occur in people with autoimmune disorders (such as Lupus) or infections (such as HIV) or certain medications (such as certain heart meds) or it may be present by itself. See your MD if you have any of these symptoms/conditions. ...Read more

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Does any one out there know about morphea scleroderma?

Does any one out there know about morphea scleroderma?

YES SEE BELOW: Morphea is a medical term for localized scleroderma. The disease involves isolated patches of hardened skin - there generally is no internal organ involvement. ...Read more

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Can overactive bladder symptoms be only symptom of scleroderma?

Can overactive bladder symptoms be only symptom of scleroderma?

No: ANA patterns do not give great sensitivity or specificity when comes to diagnosing disease. In order words, you cannot rely on them overactive bladder is not a classic presentation for scleroderma. ...Read more

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In difuuse scleroderma would the only symptom be IBS diarrhea form?

In difuuse scleroderma would the only symptom be IBS diarrhea form?

Similar: In ibs the bowel is normal, just misbehaving. In scleroderma, the bowel is abnormal. Ibs can be cramping, constipation, diarrhea. Scleroderma is usually weight loss due to nutrient malabsorption, diarrhea and bloating due to bacterial overgrowth. Constipation can occur due to lack of intestinal contractions. ...Read more

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Is a main symptom irritable bladder of scleroderma?

Is a main symptom irritable bladder of scleroderma?

No: Irritable bladder is not a main feature of scleroderma. Skin changes and raynaud's phenomena are the typical presenting features of this illness. ...Read more

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Can the only presenting symptom of scleroderma be IBS diarrhea that comes and goes?

Diarrhea: Yes, scleroderma of the intestines can present like ibs with diarrhea coming and going. Diagnosis is usually made by endoscopy or xray. ...Read more

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Could IBS diarrhea form be the only symptom appearing including no skin involvement in diffuse scleroderma meaning no other symptoms but a positive ANA with negative ena?

Quite doubtful.: In scleroderma, sacular diverticuli can form, but this is usually not early. In the absence of raynaud's syndrome, subungual capillary abnormalities (rheumatolgist use a 30x microscope to examine for this), and more specific serologies......I conclude your problem lies elsewhere. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of scleroderma?

What are common symptoms of scleroderma?

Skin changes: The first sign is usually patchy areas on the skin that often make a linear pattern. Early on, they are slightly pink and thickened, but can be flat and shiny. As time passes, the skin spots enlarge and often become thick and lavender/purple-colored, sometimes with pale flat centers. Scleroderma can also affect the heart, lung, kidney, joints, digestive tract. Please see your doctor if you're worried. ...Read more

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What are signs, symptoms of scleroderma?

What are signs, symptoms of scleroderma?

Tight skin: People with scleroderma have tight skin, but have other findings including raynauds, finger changing color in the cold or stress, joint pain, and can have internal involvement in the lungs, heart, kidney etc. Each person has different finding and the rheumatologist helps to put it together. ...Read more

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What are the possible symptoms of scleroderma?

Tight skin: Tight skin is characteristic but there can be a variety of other symptoms such as raynaud's, shortness of breath, chest pain, trouble swallowing, other GI symptoms, etc. Each person with scleroderma has a different set of symptoms and different type of scleroderma involvement. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of scleroderma in a man?

The same like women: Scleroderma is a rare disease. Fewer than 500, 000 people in the United States have scleroderma. No one knows for sure why or how it develops. Some experts report that six out of seven patients are women. ...Read more

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If you get scleroderma, what are your symptoms?

If you get scleroderma, what are your symptoms?

Scleroderma symptoms: There are different types of sclerodema; one type may only be confined to the skin. Another type, called limited scleroderma, is frequently associated with food sticking or heart burn. Systemic sclerosis, the most severe, may be aassociated with shortness of breath with exertion, severe headache from very high blood pressure, weight loss from poor absorption of food, among others. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of scleroderma?

Scleroderma: Read this: http://www.Scleroderma.Org/site/pagenavigator/patients_whatis.Html#.Usgcp_rdt8e.

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What are the first symptoms of someone with scleroderma has?

Scleroderma: Localised scleroderma (also known as morphoea). This only affects the skin. It causes some areas of the skin to become harder than usual.Systemic sclerosis. This causes some areas of the skin to become harder than usual, and it may involve one or more of the body's internal organs.Systemic sclerosis is an autoimmune disease.http://patient.info/health/scleroderma-systemic-sclerosis ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are possible symptoms of scleroderma?

There are many: The most common is a change in the texture or elasticity of the skin - feels harder or thicker, there may be symptoms of cold sensitivity of fingers and toes with color changes on cold exposure, shortness of breath, diffuculty swallowing and many others. If you really concerned you should see a rherumatologist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the 1st symptoms or body changes someone with scleroderma has?

I was wondering what are the 1st symptoms or body changes someone with scleroderma has?

See details: It varies considerably. Common early features include swelling of hands which eventually leads to thickening of skin, heart burn, raynauds (blanching or bluish changes in hands and feet with cold exposure) and pulmonary issues. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Dermatosclerosis (Definition)

Dermatosclerosis = scleroderma = autoimmune disease affecting connective tissue & blood vessels. It causes skin to thicken asymmetrically due to deposits of fibrous connective ...Read more