Lupus Flares: Recognizing one, triggers, and prevention

Contents: What is lupus? What is a lupus flare and how do I recognize one? So how is a lupus flare recognized? What can trigger a lupus flare? Can anything prevent a lupus flare?   What is lupus?  Systemic lupus erythematosus is a very long name for a very complicated disease that is more commonly known…

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The Heart of the Matter

Lupus and the Cardiovascular System Lupus and the cardiovascular system are about as friendly as the Montagues and the Capulets.  In fact, the cardiovascular system, (which includes the heart and blood vessels) sadly, can be a huge target for lupus.  Believe it or not, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in people…

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mouth sores

Mouth Sores and Lupus

Contents: Introduction How is it diagnosed? What may be causing my mouth sores if it is not lupus? How are mouth sores treated? What can be done to help alleviate or prevent them How can my dentist help? In conclusion Introduction Much of the information about systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) focuses on how the disease affects…

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peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy

Contents: What is peripheral neuropathy? What causes peripheral neuropathy? What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? Alternative treatments and self-care options In Conclusion   What is peripheral neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy is a general term for a series of disorders that result from damage to the body’s peripheral nervous system. The…

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Diagnosing Lupus and Lupus Tests

Contents: Diagnosing Lupus Very Important Information Preparing for a Doctor Visit How is a lupus diagnosis confirmed? Blood Tests Imaging Tests Biopsy Some Questions to Ask After a Lupus Diagnosis You Are Not Alone   Diagnosing Lupus  Lupus is an incredibly complex autoimmune disease and diagnosing lupus can take a lot of time and many doctor…

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Lupus Nephritis

What is Lupus Nephritis?

Contents: Introduction What are the kidneys and what do they do? What are the symptoms of lupus nephritis and how do I recognize it? How does lupus nephritis get diagnosed? Once diagnosed, how is lupus nephritis treated? Can Lifestyle Changes Help Those With Lupus Nephritis? How Research is Providing Hope In Summary, by Dr. Donald…

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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. One…

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The Big Lupus Question WHY ME? When diagnosed with lupus, what often follows is a flood of various emotions and wake after wake of seemingly drowning questions. It is quite possible that YOU are currently treading in the deep waters of self-reflection and shock of your diagnosis, as I write this.  If that is the…

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Lupus Defintition

Doctors Who Treat Lupus

Contents: Introduction Types of Doctors That Treat Lupus:      Dermatologist      Cardiologist      Clinical Immunologist      Endocrinologist      Family Doctor      Gastroenterologist      Hematologist      Nephrologist      Neurologist      Perinatologist      Psychologist      Pulmonologist      Rheumatologist      Social Worker In Conclusion…

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Lupus and the Roller Coaster Which is Grief Grief (as defined by “Keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss.” Grief (as defined by someone diagnosed with lupus or another chronic illness): “Overwhelmingly keen mental anguish, suffering and distress over the absolute topsy turvy and unexpected negative turn of events in his or…

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