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Autoimmune Diseases

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease: MCTD Explained

Contents: What is a connective tissue disease? What is MCTD? What are some signs and symptoms of MCTD? How is it diagnosed? What is the cause of MCTD and can it be prevented? How is mixed connective tissue disease treated? In Conclusion   There are many confusing terms in the world of autoimmune diseases like lupus….

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What Problems Are Running Through YOUR Veins? Blood Disorders and Lupus

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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Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Scleroderma: What you need to know

Contents: What is Scleroderma? Who develops scleroderma? What causes scleroderma? What are the Signs and Symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? What are some complications of scleroderma? Are there alternative treatments or anything that can prevent/manage it? How do I cope with a diagnosis?   What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma (pronounced skler-oh-DUR-muh) is…

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100 Years of Lupus

For our 100th Blog! 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…

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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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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Contents:   What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? What are the Symptoms of RA? How do physicians diagnose RA? What causes rheumatoid arthritis? How is RA treated? In conclusion   What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory condition and autoimmune disorder that generally affects the lining of the joints in your hands and…

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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

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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Raynaud’s Disease or Raynaud’s Phenomenon: Symptoms, causes, treatments, and preventing flare-ups

Contents: How do you say it? What is it? What are the symptoms of Raynaud’s? What causes Raynaud’s Phenomenon or Raynaud’s Disease? What are the treatment options for Raynaud’s? Are there any alternative treatments? What can you do to prevent or avoid a Raynaud’s attack? In conclusion How do you say it? Raynaud’s. Just knowing…

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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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