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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disorder, affects the healthy immune system. Heredity, viruses, and ultraviolet rays play some role in causing SLE. The signs and symptoms include Raynaud's phenomenon, pericarditis, joint pain, and hair loss. Anti-inflammatory medications help to treat this condition.

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Are joint pain, stiffness in the elbow and shoulders, and hair loss signs of lupus?

Query: Hello doctor, I am seeking a second opinion. I have symptoms of lupus and sarcoidosis. Both are in my immediate family. My blood test has some abnormalities but tested negative for lupus. I have joint pain in my wrist and knees, with stiffness in my hands, elbow, and shoulders. I am fatigued and un...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Ramji Kackar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since how long are you having these pains? How is your gut health? What is your level of stress? Do you have ANA, ANTI-DS DNA report? Have you tried HCQS (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate) or Sulfasalazine for these pains? With medication, you will require a proper dietary...  Read Full »

Which medication offers relief to my mother's fibromyalgia?

Query: Hi doctor,Five years ago my mother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I think she also has rheumatoid arthritis. For the past five years, she was managing the pain with anti-inflammatory medicine, Lyrica, Mythycobal, Voltaren injections, herbal creams, etc. You can see the veins in her hands popping o...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all your mother does not have rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia. From her reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) I found that she has connective tissue disorder and the most possible diagnosis would be systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Th...  Read Full »

What does muscle soreness with positive ANA indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had some muscular soreness for about one and a half years. I have no other symptoms. Normal hematology, CBC bloodwork always comes out fine. The only thing in the last bloodwork is I had ANA positive with 1:160 homogenous and the DNA (ds) ABS came out as 11 which said it was pos...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have mildly positive antinuclear antibody titer which suggests autoimmune disease and Anti-dsDNA (double-stranded DNA) which is slightly above the normal range suggests that you might have SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) but there are 11 other criteria out of...  Read Full »

How to cure my skin rashes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have rashes similar to the rash of SLE, swollen, painful and redness around the eyes, severe fatigue and muscle weakness. These symptoms occurred a few months back after I had an intestinal infection. The doctors suspected it to be dermatolysis too, thus having a skin biopsy done tomorr...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on the reports, there is a possibility that you might be experiencing an autoimmune disease. To establish a precise diagnosis and avoid any uncertainties in the future, it is recommended to undergo an ANA (antinuclear antibody) global or ANA profile test, along wit...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in my hands and wrists?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having pain in my hands and wrist and it started a few months ago. It is typically in the morning. I visited a doctor and she did blood tests. The result flagged in my blood tests was anti-Sm/RNP 2.8 and she has referred me to a rheumatologist, who cannot see me for the next two mon...  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Well, the antibody as such does not match your symptoms. It is an antibody for autoimmune disease more like SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus). Since it is positive, I would like to know if your ANA (antinuclear antibody) was positive as well, or if only this came posi...  Read Full »

Does Raynaud's in hands and wide spread muscle pain suggest lupus?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 43-year-old female. About a year and a half ago I noticed Raynaud's in one finger. I had three episodes in two years. I have lost most of my eyebrows. Recently, I got three episodes of Raynaud's in both hands and most fingers. I have joint pain that comes and goes in all joints...  Read Full »

Dr. Kusumakar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and what I can convey is that in most of the cases, clinical picture is that of systemic sclerosis, scleroderma, SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) but as per the reports elevated anticardiolipin IgM and decreased complements can also b...  Read Full »

I am experiencing joint pain due to SLE. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 30-year-old woman. I was diagnosed with SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) when I was 20. Lately, I have been having a tough time sleeping, feeling constantly down, and experiencing never-ending tiredness along with joint pains. It is been really hard and stressful. I am desperat...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you for writing, and I understand your concern. Actually, systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease, and due to that, it can be very difficult to completely treat. Therefore, symptomatic treatment is given to control the symptoms. As you mentioned that ...  Read Full »

How to diagnose if someone has systemic lupus erythematosus?

Query: Hi doctor, How to confirm that a person is suffering from SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)?  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Karanwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Get ANA test (Antinuclear antibodies) done to diagnose SLE. Though ANA is positive in other autoimmune diseases too, it is strongly positive in SLE. Once this test is found to be positive, it is correlated with signs and symptoms to confirm SLE. In case of doubt, other ...  Read Full »

I am suffering from numerous physical ailments. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old female. I am suffering through a number of physical issues since two years. At first, it all started from sudden loose motion. I often got admitted in hospital for this reason. I visited many reputed doctors, but none of them was able to reach any conclusion. At last I...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I'm sorry to hear that you have been going through such challenges. Based on the symptoms and information provided, it is possible that you have an autoimmune disease, most likely SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), mixed connective tissue disorder, or myositis. It is...  Read Full »

I have red, itchy rashes. Can a biopsy help diagnose?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 43-year-old female, and I have had itchy, red, and burning rashes. It all started as a few bumps on my right arm, above my eyebrow, right upper nose area, all over the jaw and chin area, right chest, and upper back reacting badly to the sun, and it is getting worse. I have had a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The rashes that you are describing along with the biopsy findings can go in favor of a connective tissue disease. Although I would like to see the reports in detail, as you mentioned interface dermatitis, goes more in favor of lupus over dermatomyositis. But, we ...  Read Full »

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