Thank you for the personal well wishes. Those that did so are for the core of this website and community and should be lauded for their commitment to helping others. It has been my pleasure to be part of it as well. The time has come though for a new perspective and I am sure that expert Dr S V will add new life to community.View Thread
Some environmental factors are more established than others. Clearly the evidence for ultraviolet light exposure is the most clear and it is thought that it causes changes in DNA that make it more susceptible to immune response. Also some drugs are associated with lupus like disease. The link for some of the others you mentioned ( hair dye and foods) is not clear and like you say hard to understand.View Thread
the answer is probably to wait and see how you do clinically and then decide later about the CT. Radiologists tend to read more into a film. If you do not do well then call the ENT before the 4 month periodView Thread
Benlysta was recently approved by fda on basis of somewhat underwhelming data that suggest a modest benefit added onto " standard " therapy as defined by investigators performing the study. Excluded from the study were patients with severe kidney and Central nervous system disease.. It's true role has yet to be determined but it is by no means a "game changer".It is also extremely expensive. As a practicing rheumatologist , I was not planning on early adoption of its use and prefer to wait until more is learned about its usefulness and toxicity.View Thread
Pain is magnified via the brain and spinal cord in FM and can also be present in lupus patients. Many of the posts on this site suggest that and many of the "undiagnosed" on this site likely suffer from it or some variation of it. Lisa you could have carpal tunnel. That would be a good outcome in that you could be treated for itView Thread
I believe you are a frequent poster on this site and so I will take the time to respond to you. My guess is that you also have fibromyalgia but would agree that it was not the most diplomatic way of expressing the idea that perhaps your pain complaints bespeak the central amplification characteristic of that disorder.View Thread
good question; hopefully it will regress as the medication causing it is discontinued. You may in fact actually have lupus but that is a question your treating physician could best answer. Often drug induced lupus is associated with a particular antibody called anti - histone antibodyView Thread
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