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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Will drug-induced lupus affect my kidneys and lungs?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a neurological problem associated with rheumatology. I have had twitching in the body for the past four months and numb sparks in my hands and legs. I consulted a doctor from a reputed hospital. I took a nerve conduction test and other tests like an antinuclear antibody test, anti-d...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have undergone some investigations and found that it may be drug-induced SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus). Drug-induced lupus is the milder form of SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) and is a temporary condition. Unlike SLE (systemic lupus...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to protect me from sunlight.

Query: Hi doctor, Two years back during my holidays, I developed a large rash over the whole of my legs. It was described as petechiae when I got back to my native. The infection had got into my blood stream and my white blood cell count was extremely high. It took some time for it to return to normal. I a...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The problem quoted by you as a petechia with blood stream infection and increased white blood cell count is broad in the sense it can include, Sepsis due to bacterial infection. Viral hemorrhagic fever. Parasitic infections. Whatever might be the cause; infe...  Read Full »

Is Sjogren's syndrome same as SLE?

Query: Hi doctor,I have got a form of lupus called Sjogren's syndrome but I want to know if it is the same as SLE lupus or not as some hospitals say it is and some say it is not and I am very confused.  Read Full »


Dr. Lohit Chauhan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sjogren's syndrome (SS) and SLE are two different forms of autoimmune inflammatory disorders which affect the joints, skin, glandular tissue. There are certain similarities between the two but generally, Sjogren's is characterized by decreased secretions from the lacrim...  Read Full »

Can a rheumatologist diagnose the cause of enlarged lymph nodes from biopsy reports?

Query: Hi doctor,I had enlarged lymph nodes on both sides of the neck. I sought a consult and had a neck dissection and biopsy. I believe I am healthy. I do not feel anything except for the enlarged lymph nodes. It was noted in the result Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis consider:1.Kikuchi-Fujimoto2.L...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the details submitted. Localized painless cervical lymphadenopathy, kikuchi's lymphadenitis, is a well-known, though uncommon idiopathic lymphadenitis. It is a self-limiting entity and will remit on its own. The close differential diagnosis i...  Read Full »

I have back, knee, and joints pain. Is it an autoimmune disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing back pain, knee pain and aching joints. I have severe burning sensation across my entire mid abdomen. Autoimmune disease runs in my family. Previously, I used to get red rashes all over my body from time to time over the years. My doctor is testing for Lupus. I have h...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your description, it seems to be an autoimmune disease. In the available blood reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the antinuclear antigen (ANA) is positive. ANA is the common marker for autoimmune diseases. You might be suffering from system...  Read Full »

What are the signs and symptoms of lupus?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with lupus. However, I am questioning the diagnosis. Initial presentation of ITP (platelet count under 10k) minor loss of kidney function. Underwent biopsy and reported to have glomerulonephritis prominent mesangial deposits. In addition, three false syphilis pos...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Kackar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is your concern that it is SLE or not SLE only? The treatment is more important. It is an autoimmune process that has affected different organ systems. According to me, the concern should be how to halt the progress of the illness, for which knowing if it is purely S...  Read Full »

Please give your opinion about my ANA report.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a positive ANA for at least 12 years with no other positive tests for autoimmune disease. My other symptoms are fatigue and some joint pain in hands and knees. Recently, I had a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled pattern with a note saying dense fine speckled pattern is noted. DN...  Read Full »


Dr. Kusumakar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are fine. Please do not worry as nearly all your reports are fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and you are taking correct medicines also. As per your ANA (antinuclear antibody) with dense speckled patters is noted, I must say that there are many fa...  Read Full »

What does it mean if you have an elevated ESR?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 32 years old, and she recently got a blood test done and her ESR is 120. She frequently falls sick and suffers from leg pains, body pains, and sore throat. We consulted the doctor, and he said some infection is hidden but not coming out. I am much worried about her health. Can...  Read Full »


Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Only ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) does not tell us anything specific. We need more details to find out where the infection is. In arthritic diseases, an elevated ESR is most closely associated with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA). Rhe...  Read Full »

Why do I have red bumps on my knuckles?

Query: Hi doctor,For as many years as I can remember I have these red bumps on my knuckles on the top of my hand. The funny thing is, every time when I am pregnant they disappear. Can you tell me what it could possibly be? I have eczema, but that does not go away during pregnancy.  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your pictures and descriptions (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like knuckle hyperpigmentation. It can occur in certain dermatological conditions like vitamin B12 deficiency, allergic contact dermatitis and SLE (systemic lup...  Read Full »

Are muscle spasm, fibromyalgia, and body imbalance signs of lupus disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have muscle spasms, headaches, severe fibromyalgia, burning, and stabbing sensation throughout my whole body with imbalance problems. I had these problems for several years. Few years back, I had whiplash. Rheumatologist is checking for possible signs of lupus and other illnesses an...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your problem is muscle spasms, headache, severe fibromyalgia, burning, and stabbing sensation throughout the whole body with balance problems. According to your investigation report (attachment removed to prot...  Read Full »

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