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December 9, 2019 / By Katey
Question: okayy so there is a disease called lupus and my mom had it and the docter said either my sister or i definetely have it what exactly is it?? because i have a higher chance of having it =/
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Helaine Helaine | 3 days ago
well, if you have it, you won't be very happy... lupus is a condition that makes an organ shut down, your life pan gets cut a few years, and your hair begins to fall out. if you have it, my heart goes to you and your mom
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Helaine Originally Answered: Lupus.one Dr. says YES, the other says maybe?
Lupus is very difficult to diagnose. It's not easy as 123. There is not a definitive test that can accurately diagnose the disease. Blood tests are not definitive of a lupus diagnosis.. they're only pieces of this puzzle. Lupus is a great imitator which is why it's important to have all other diseases/syndromes ruled out FIRST, once everything else is cleared and you still have symptoms, look at lupus. A positive RH factor refers to your blood type- A+, O+, etc. Do you mean a positive rheumatoid factor? A positive ANA is a piece of the overall puzzle but a small piece. A certain percentage of the population has a positive ANA and has no health problems, while you can have a negative ANA and still have lupus. More important tests are sed rate, crp, complements, autoantibodies, etc. You need to see a rheumatologist and allow him to figure this out. No other type of doctor really understands lupus and all that it entails (which is a lot!) which you're experiencing right now- with 2 different opinions. You also do not want to use certain types of medications without the right doctor watching over you. Medications for lupus affect your immune system (lupus is an overacti ve immune system so drugs are needed to slow it down) and are serious with potentionally life altering side effects. It's very common for a diagnosis to take time. In fact, it's also common to see multiple doctors until you get the right diagnosis, I was diagnosed quickly and it still took around a year.. that was 13 years ago. I'm now 33.. it's been a long 13 years. If you contact me privately, I can send you some very helpful lupus information. It's important for your health, that you keep your mind open (to other diseases) yet press your doctors for answers. One of the best things you can do right now is to keep a health diary- note everything- how you slept, what you ate, how's the weather, did you exercise? what medications/vitamins did you take?, etc, etc. Note everything! Over time, you'll see a pattern. This diary will help your doctors get a better picture of what's going on with you. It's late so I hope this makes sense. Stay positive and contact me offline if you want to chat.

Drew Drew
First off, please, for the love of God do not listen to the people above me who obviously have no idea what Lupus is. There are actually four kinds of Lupus: Systemic Discoid (associated with skin) Neonatal (associated with infants) Drug Induced (from medication) Systemic Lupus affects the entire body. It can be fatal especially if not correctly monitored and treated. Lupus is an auto immune disease which can attack the joints and organs. Many people have Lupus Nephritis, when Lupus attacks the kidneys. Still others have heart, lung, liver and brain involvement. Lupus is not contagious and you cannot catch it from anyone. To answer your question, the doctor was completely wrong to say that either you or your sister would get Lupus. There is only a 5% increased risk for people who have an immediate family member who has Lupus. This means that you have 95% chance of neither you nor your sister developing Lupus. This really isn't too much higher than the normal population, so don't worry so much about this. Worry more about helping your mom as Lupus can be very difficult to deal with, especially as the disease progresses. Lupus is usually treated with Plaquenil (an antimalarial drug), Prednisone (a steroid), Cellcept (a immunosuppressant) and medications to treat the various other side effects that may come up such as blood pressure or heart medications. If Lupus attacks the kidneys then Cytoxan (a chemotherapy medicine) is usually used to help stop the damage. Also, more recently, Rituxan (another chemotherapy medication) has been used to help quiet Lupus flares in patients who haven't responded to other therapies. Your mom needs to stay in close contact with her doctors and follow their instructions to the letter. Do not believe the on line adds that say there is a cure for Lupus. There is no cure. If they had found a cure they would have it approved by the FDA and be making a hundred billion dollars, instead they just lie and say that they have made people well using their herbs. It's just a waste of money and possibly could do more damage. The people who swear they've been cured are just in remission (people with Lupus come in and out of remission) and will eventually have another flare up, usually worse than before because they haven't been taking the proper medications. If you have more questions please visit Lupus.org or contact me directly at tandd2@sbcglobal.net
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Caylin Caylin
First of all, I don't think the doctor said either of you definitely have it. There's no way that he would know that without testing you. Lupus does have a genetic predisposition, but it's not considered a genetic disease like sickle cell anemia for example. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. To understand what this means, you must first know a little about the immune system. In a healthy person, the immune system attacks foreign invaders (i.e. bacteria) and leaves the body's normal cells alone (i.e. it might attack a throat cell infected with strep throat, but it won't attack a normal healthy throat cell). In lupus, the body fails to recognize it's healthy cells as being healthy, and so begins to destroy healthy cells. Lupus can affect all parts of the body, from the skin to the kidneys to the brain. Eventually it may cause death due to kidney failure or heart attack if the body attacks the kidneys or the heart.
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Anne-Marie Anne-Marie
There is two kinds of Lupus. Internal and external. The internal is more serious but won't kill you. The external is a reddened patch like on the skin surface. A cream is usually prescribed for it by your doctor. Blood work is done to find out what organs in the body are being affected by the Lupus. You would be wise to talk to your doctor about the pros's and con's on this matter. These days their is medications for this and your doctor will know what is best for you. Get checked out! Cocoa
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Wymund Wymund
i hope this helps and may god be with you and your family http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/new_aboutintroduction.aspx?articleid=71
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Wymund Originally Answered: LUPUS? please help!?
Lupus is a disease where the immune system attacks the body, especially the connective tissue and internal organs. A classic sign of Lupus is a butterfly shaped rash on the nose and face. Along with your other symptoms, it doesn't sound like lupus at all. Besides, Lupus doesn't come on that quickly. Could be measles, or a bacterial infection. You better see your doc fast.

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