How do you know if you have MS or lupus?

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How do you know if you have MS or lupus?

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answered Oct 11, 2023 by Q766s (22,770 points)
You can know if you have MS or lupus by the symptoms as lupus usually causes symptoms such as epileptic seizures, changes in cognitive function and personality and migraine headaches and MS does not cause those symptoms.

You can have lupus and not know it for years as lupus has many symptoms which can mimic other health issues and diseases.

The 4 types of lupus are.

1: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) which is the most common and most serious type of lupus.
2: Cutaneous lupus erythematosus, which affects only the skin.
3: Drug-induced lupus, which is a short-term type of lupus caused by certain medicines.
4: Neonatal lupus, which is a rare type of lupus that affects newborn babies.

The first signs of lupus are fatigue, fever, joint pain, stiffness and swelling, butterfly shaped rash on the face that covers your cheeks and bridge of your nose, skin lesions that appear or worsen with exposure to sun and fingers and toes that turn white or blue when they are exposed to cold or during stressful situations.

The symptoms of lupus include mouth sores, kidney problems, sun or light sensitivity, hair loss, chest pain, rashes, butterfly shaped rash on the face, fever and muscle or joint pain.

The vitamins that help with lupus are Vitamin D and Vitamin D as well as iron.

Foods that trigger lupus are red meat, garlic, Alfalfa, foods high in trans fat and saturated fat, foods high in sodium and foods even alcohol can trigger lupus.

The foods that are good for lupus and considered superfoods for lupus are trout, shrimp, sardines, oysters, salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish as well as algae and Seaweed.

Lupus can be brought on and triggered by stress including emotional stress and physical stress such as stress at work or home or surgery or an injury.

A lupus rash will appear as and look like a butterfly shaped rash that can be red or even purplish and extend from the bridge of your nose and over to your cheeks.

The lupus rash may also be scaly or bumpy in texture and look like a sunburn or the lupus rash can also be smooth.

The average age for lupus diagnoses is the ages of 14 to 45 years of age.

Also lupus is most common in Asian American,s Hispanics and African Americans.

Lupus is a type of autoimmune condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks your healthy tissue.

If Lupus goes untreated the untreated Lupus can cause permanent scarring in your kidneys and then when the kidneys get too damaged to filter the blood properly it leads to kidney failure which causes you to need dialysis or a kidney transplant or death will occur from the kidney failure.

Lupus is considered very dangerous because it can cause death, kidney failure and kidney damage as well as high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

If treated though many people live normal life expectancy's with lupus.

And if the brain is affected by the lupus then it can lead to seizures, strokes, vision problems, behavior changes, dizziness and headaches.

The people who are at risk for lupus are women between the ages of 15 to 44 years of age and men of the same ages.

Women are most at risk for lupus than men are although anyone of any age can get lupus.

You can die from lupus especially if the lupus is left untreated.

However with treatment you're unlikely to die as a result of having lupus and having lupus is not always fatal and around 90 percent of people with lupus live a normal lifespan.

Lupus kills you by causing high blood pressure that eventually leads to stroke and or a heart attack which is what kills you.

If lupus is treated then you will increase your chances of living a normal lifespan.

Lupus is not a death sentence because in the majority of cases lupus is not fatal and around 80 percent to 90 percent of people with lupus will live a normal lifespan.

Although some people still die from lupus which is around 10 to 20 percent of people but the majority of people with lupus live a normal life expectancy.

The first signs of lupus are fever, fatigue, joint pain, swelling and stiffness, butterfly shaped rash on your face which covers your cheeks and bridge or nose and rashes that appear elsewhere on your body, skin lesions, that appear or worsen with exposure to sun and fingers and toes which turn white or blue when they are exposed to cold or stressful situations.

You can still have Lupus and not test positive for ANA although it's rare.

Only 2 percent of people who have lupus will test negative for ANA and those who have a negative ANA test result may also have anti-Ro/SSA or antiphospholipid antibodies.

Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) are possible signs of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, scleroderma, Sjögren's syndrome, juvenile arthritis, or polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

White blood cells in the body's immune system make antibodies to spot and attack foreign agents that cause infections or disease.

95% of people with lupus test positive for ANA, but a number of other, non-lupus causes can trigger a positive ANA, including infections and other autoimmune diseases.

The ANA test simply provides another clue for making an accurate diagnosis.

The ANA test is used specifically for the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE). A positive ANA titer (> 1:80) with the associated clinical signs (e.g. skin disease, polyarthritis) and laboratory findings (e.g. proteinuria, thrombocytopenia) is diagnostic for SLE.

A positive ANA test can mean you have Lupus but it can also mean you have some other autoimmune diseases as well.

A positive result on an ANA test means that antinuclear antibodies were found in your blood.

Some common conditions that you could have if you get a positive ANA test include.

Systemic lupus erythematosus.
Sjögren's syndrome -- a disease that causes dry eyes and mouth.
Scleroderma -- a connective tissue disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis -- this causes joint damage, pain, and swelling.
Polymyositis -- a disease that causes muscle weakness.

If Lupus is left untreated the Lupus can get worse and lead to life threatening conditions such as heart attack, stroke and even death.

If left untreated, the Lupus can put you at risk of developing life-threatening problems such as a heart attack or stroke.

In many cases, lupus nephritis does not cause any noticeable symptoms.

The first sign of Lupus is a photosensitive rash and fatigue.

A photosensitive rash is a rash that develops in response to sun exposure, particularly on the face and upper arms.

Other early symptoms of lupus include unexplained fever and pain, swelling, and stiffness of multiple joints.

Common signs and symptoms of Lupus include.

Fatigue. About 90 percent of people with lupus experience some level of fatigue.
Unexplained fever. One of the early symptoms of lupus is a low-grade fever for no apparent reason.
Hair loss.
Skin rash or lesions.
Pulmonary issues.
Kidney inflammation.
Painful, swollen joints.
Gastrointestinal problems.

Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs (autoimmune disease).

Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue.

Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs.

The people that are most likely to get Lupus are African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics and the ages that Lupus affects the most is the ages of between 15 years of age to 45 years of age.

Although anyone of any age can get Lupus but those are the people that are most likely to get Lupus.

Lupus can range from mild to severe.

End Stage Lupus is a severe and deadly case of Lupus.

End stage lupus nephritis occurs in the first 3 months of dialysis and most often results from infection.

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