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“WHY ME?”

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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Good GRIEF!

Lupus and the Roller Coaster Which is Grief Grief (as defined by dictionary.com): “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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Lupus and stem cell transplant therapy

INTRODUCTION Recently, there has been an influx of research about stem cell therapies being used as a potential treatment for SLE and other lupus overlap diseases.  At Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, we have received several inquiries regarding this new therapy, and deemed it responsible to clarify (due to its experimental and somewhat controversial nature) what stem…

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Plaquenil

Plaquenil: What You Need to Know

Contents: What is Plaquenil? Other than Plaquenil, what are the other antimalarial drugs? Why are antimalarial drugs used to treat lupus? How do antimalarial drugs work to control lupus symptoms? What should I keep in mind when taking antimalarial drugs?  How to use Plaquenil What are the possible side effects of antimalarial drugs? Can I…

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New Year’s Resolutions!

A New Way of Looking at New Year’s Resolutions! What are resolutions? By definition, a resolution is the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.  It is a solution to, an answer to, an end to, or settlement of…an issue.  So when you make a New Year’s resolution the idea is that it…

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Your ANA: Facts and Fiction

Two Scenarios SCENARIO ONE: Sarah’s heart is racing as she sits in her doctor’s office awaiting her test results.   The visible facial rash and joint pain that appeared after her baby was born have been extremely challenging to live with.  The answers to what seem like months of waiting, months of referrals, and months of…

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Lupus and Holiday Stress

Lupus and Holiday Stress  The holidays are here and ‘jingling along the way with them’ are the mixed Santa’s bag of emotions that creep-up on us during this special season.  Along with the good tidings, come the “I-have-no-idea-what-gift-to-buy” worries, the financial woes, the work obligations,  the meal-planning insecurities (for everyone’s special dietary needs), the fighting…

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Low-Dose Naltrexone

The Use of Low-Dose Naltrexone for Lupus and Other Overlap Conditions WHAT IS LDN? Low-dose naltrexone or LDN is a medication that is getting more attention because of preliminary research showing promise for use with diseases like multiple sclerosis, some cancers, HIV/AIDS and other chronic pain conditions.  Over the last several months, we, at Kaleidoscope…

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The Paleo and Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What you should know

Contents: What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Paleo Diet? Are they good for lupus and other autoimmune diseases? What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? What is the Paleo Diet? In Conclusion: What should be in your grocery basket?   What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Paleo Diet? Are they good for lupus and other autoimmune diseases?   Lupus is…

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