Autoimmune Diseases

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus

Approximately 1.3 million individuals in the US, and 23 million worldwide have rheumatoid arthritis. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this autoimmune disease that overlaps with lupus. Introduction Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis as an Overlap Disease of…

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Fibromyalgia and Lupus

Affecting approximately 6% of the world’s population, fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic, widespread pain conditions diagnosed. What exactly is fibromyalgia and who is at risk for developing it? Introduction What causes fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia’s Relationship to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) How is fibromyalgia diagnosed? How is fibromyalgia treated? What is the prognosis? In…

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Lupus and Blood Disorders

Contents: Blood Disorders           Anemia           Thrombosis           Vasculitis Other Issues Conclusion   Lupus, on many levels, can make one’s blood boil.  That may be a little dramatic, but not far off from how one feels when there are problems with the concoction of blood cells…

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100 Years of Lupus

INTRODUCTION If you were to question people on the street about the discovery of lupus, if they knew what it was in the first place, they would probably assume that it was a modern day disease.  That assumption makes sense as to why so many people still don’t know what it is and what it…

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STOP! LOOK! AND LISTEN! How to Get Your Doctor to Take You Seriously… In a Seriously Short Office Visit

Contents: How to Get Your Doctor to Take You Seriously… In a Seriously Short Office Visit Write Out Your Questions In Advance Speak Up! Check Your Fear At the Door Conclusion   How to Get Your Doctor to Take You Seriously… In a Seriously Short Office Visit Physicians now, more than ever, are in a…

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Your First Visit to the Rheumatologist

Contents: What to Expect When You Are Expecting…A Lupus Diagnosis What is a Rheumatologist? What to Bring What to Ask? The Physical Exam Tips on Having a Successful Visit Wrapping it Up   What to Expect When You Are Expecting… A Lupus Diagnosis By this time you are probably feeling like a bug smacking a…

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Avascular Necrosis and Lupus

Believe it or not, all 206 bones in the body are composed of living tissue that need blood to function and survive.  In fact, red blood cells, platelets and most white blood cells are born in the marrow of bones. If a problem with blood supply within the bones presents itself, the bones can literally…

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Antiphospholipid Syndrome (Also known as Lupus Anticoagulants or Hughes Syndrome)

Contents: What is antiphospholipid syndrome? Are there any alternate names for APS? What are the signs and symptoms of antiphospholipid syndrome? When should I see a doctor? How are you tested for antiphospholipid syndrome? What causes APS? What is the treatment for APS? Can I do anything to prevent the development of antiphospholipid syndrome? In…

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