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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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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 Disease: Life Expectancy

Contents: Lupus complications and how they are managed/treated Life Expectancy In conclusion   When diagnosed with any disease, the concerns and questions about what this means for your future, your quality of life, and your prognosis (predicting the outcome of the disease), are only natural. If your diagnosis is lupus, an unpredictable, and potentially deadly…

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Breaking Down Your Urinalysis

Contents: Introduction The Basics The Results The Details Conclusion   Introduction If you’re a lupus patient, I’m sure at some point you’ve heard those wonderful words “…now, go pee in this cup.” Unfortunately, holding your morning pee while trying to aim into the miniature size sterile Dixie® cup is the easy part. What is not…

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Lupus and Oral Health Issues

Straight from the Mouth INTRODUCTION My lupus story actually began at the dentist.  Well, my childhood orthodontist – to be exact.  It all started with a normal “check-up” for a normal pre-teen, getting fitted for a normal retainer… or so we thought.  After my appointment, my doctor pulled my mother aside and expressed concern about the way…

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Contents: What is systemic lupus erythematosis? Here are some common lupus symptoms: Diagnosing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Systems Affected by SLE What are the treatments for SLE? In Conclusion    What is systemic lupus erythematosis? Systemic lupus erythematosus is a very long name for a very complicated autoimmune disease that is more commonly known as SLE or…

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Lupus Symptoms and Signs

Contents: What is Lupus? What are the four types of lupus? Lupus Signs & Symptoms Some Super Resources   What is Lupus? Before we talk about the signs and symptoms of lupus, let’s define it. Lupus is a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body’s own…

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