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Causes and treatment of lupus - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   been having symptom and i think is lupus
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXXXXX here
Doctor :   Your age?
User :   33
Doctor :   Can you breif your signs and symptoms?
Doctor :   So that i can help you better
User :   hair loss
User :   fatigue
Doctor :   ok
User :   weigh goes up & down
User :   dry eyes
Doctor :   ok
User :   sore throat, sunlight bother me
User :   sometime i get mouth ulcer
User :   joint pain
Doctor :   Ok
User :   chills
Doctor :   Do you also have joint inflamation associated
User :   rash
User :   dizziness
User :   yes
Doctor :   Since when are you facing the above symptoms
User :   last year
User :   the hair lost started on june 2010
Doctor :   Do you have a rash over the face above your nose
User :   yes
User :   i get sometimes
Doctor :   Was any blood tests done to confirm the same
Doctor :   'I guess you have all most many of the symptoms corresponding to SLE
User :   the family physician all she gave me tylenol
Doctor :   But I will not able to confirm it without examination
Doctor :   I can rather suggest some tests to be done
User :   and she send me to oncologist and they did blood test and he say okay
Doctor :   Which might help in confirming the same
User :   been getting back and forth
Doctor :   ok'
Doctor :   Do you have severe pain in fingers and toes on exposure to cold
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   What can i do for you atpresent
User :   the last doctor i seen he told that lupus come and goes it hard to get diagnosed for it
Doctor :   Yes thats the fact
Doctor :   It needs timley investigation
Doctor :   Which will be more better at times of attacks
User :   oh okay
User :   so for now i do nothing
User :   just wait
Doctor :   Let me explain
Doctor :   See the condition is very bothersome i accept
Doctor :   But the only methods of treatment are
Doctor :   1. Non steroidal anti inflamatory drugs
Doctor :   2. corticosteroids
Doctor :   3. Antimalarial drugs
Doctor :   4 immunosuppresive drugs
User :   okay
User :   that like motrin
Doctor :   And also MMF mycophenolate mofetil is used recently
Doctor :   Which is also having good results
Doctor :   Even lose dose Omega 3 fish oils are helpfull in some cases
Doctor :   Some suggestions to avoid flares of the disease
Doctor :   Use sunscreens when outdoors
Doctor :   No abrupt srtoppage of corticostroids which will also trigger flares
User :   okay
Doctor :   Protective clothing covering extremities
User :   that last i know have anemia, leukopenia
Doctor :   The key to successful management of SLE is regular contact and communication with the doctor, allowing monitoring of symptoms, disease activities, and treatment of side effects.
User :   that could come from lupus
Doctor :   Was an blood smear done for the same
User :   yes
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Undoubtedly a potentially serious illness with involvement of numerous organ systems
User :   okay thanks for helping me
Doctor :   Your are welcome
User :   have wonderful day
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
User :   thanks
Doctor :   MAy god bless you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   bye ur welcome
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