1 AnswerMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredAching joints and a rash on the face may be signs of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This condition (which most doctors simply call lupus) occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. The most distinctive signs of lupus are a butterfly-shaped rash on the face and sore joints. Other symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, and shortness of breath. Lupus is a serious condition that may make you more likely to develop other health problems, such as heart attacks and strokes. See a doctor right away if you have signs of lupus.
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A physical exam for suspected lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) includes a thorough check of your skin, joints, lungs and breathing, nervous system and heart.
The medical history includes questions about:
- Arthritis, joint or muscle pain
- Weight loss or fatigue
- Skin rashes, especially after exposure to sunlight
- Sores in the mouth, nose or other mucous membranes
- Chest pain
- Hair loss or thinning
- Seizures, convulsions or other nervous system symptoms
- Whether anyone in your family has lupus
- Whether you have ever had kidney disease
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1 AnswerLupus is a disease that can have widespread, whole-body effects. Risks can involve multiple organ systems. Specific examples include your skin, by causing rash and sun sensitivity, kidneys via inflammation, and the heart, by inflaming its lining. Women can have fertility and menstrual issues. Joints can become inflamed as well as the blood vessels and lung tissues.
2 AnswersMaoshing Ni, Gerontology, answeredLupus is an autoimmune condition. What you have to do is to make sure your immune system does not flare up again. Here is what I suggest:
1. Consult with your physician about incorporating acupuncture into your treatment; it can help keep your body in balance and maintain a good immune system.
2. Make sure any external triggers are eliminated. Maintaining a good balanced diet that is on the "bland" side can do this. This means that you should avoid spicy, oily, and fatty foods, allergy-prone foods including dairy, nightshades, chocolate, and possibly wheat. Do not drink sodas or diet drinks. In general, you should reduce you intake of sweets.
3. Eat more bamboo shoots, cabbage, yams, beets, and leafy green vegetables.
4. Avoid constipation, as it tends to stagnate toxins in the body. Drink plenty of water. Avoid exposure to toxic air, and other environmental toxins.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
1 AnswerMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredAlthough there is no single test to confirm a diagnosis, a combination of many blood tests and biopsy of affected tissue can point to lupus. Steroids are the mainstay of treatments, but there are other effective strategies depending on where in the body the attacks take place. Treatments focus on reducing flare-ups, inflammation, and pain.
1 AnswerAmy Campbell, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answered
Lupus is a chronic condition that can affect many parts of the body, including joints, the skin, blood and the kidneys. There isn't really a special or specific type of diet for lupus. The best diet is one that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein foods. Including sources of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet may be helpful to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease. Source of omega-3s include salmon, tuna, herring, walnuts and flax seed. If you are taking certain medications as part of your lupus treatment, you may need to limit or be careful of certain foods. For example, if you are taking corticosteroids, you may need to limit your sodium intake as well as your intake of saturated fat, as corticosteroids can raise blood pressure and cholesterol. Ask your physician or dietitian for help in figuring out the best foods to eat for your condition and the types of medications you're taking.
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There are several tests used to diagnose lupus nephritis, including:• Urinalysis will show blood, protein or both in the urine
• Blood tests will show if the kidneys' filtering capacity has decreased
• Blood tests can also show certain types of antibodies that are elevated in people with autoimmune diseases, but some people with lupus may have normal antibody results
•A kidney biopsy is the most definitive way to diagnose the nature and extent of the kidney damage caused by lupus.
While some people may have few and subtle symptoms or none at all in the early stages of the disease, the main symptoms of lupus nephritis are:• High blood pressure
• Dark urine
• Flu-like symptoms
• Joint pains and aches
• Swelling (edema) of the legs, ankles, eyes and hands
• Weight gain, caused by water retention when the kidneys do not filter properlyHelpful? 3 people found this helpful.
Lupus nephritis is inflammation of the kidneys caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease in which a misfiring immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own organs. SLE can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, heart and brain, but which organs are involved varies greatly from person to person.
The causes of a misfiring immune system are not entirely understood. Infections, hormones, certain medications and genetic factors are suspected. Lupus is more common in adult women of childbearing age, but does happen in children as well.