Cure For Lupus Treatment

A healthy body has healthy beautiful hair. Our hair is a reflection of our health.
At any given time, about 90 percent of the hair on the scalp is in its growing phase. This growing phase lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimetre per month during this phase. The rest, 10 % are in their resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place. It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive hair loss, if more hairs enter the resting phase.

Some facts you need to know about hair loss:

a It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs from the head each day.

a Frequent shampooing does not lead to hair loss.

a Hats and wigs do not cause hair loss.

a The famous 100 strokes of the hair brush daily does not lead to healthy hair, but it definitely does improve blood circulation to the hair follicles.

a Cosmetic products do not cause the hair to grow thicker and faster.

a Some hairstyles, like braiding, tight ponytails can cause hair loss.

a Blow-drying can worsen hair loss.

a Scalp hair grows at a rate of about 1 cm a month.

a Each hair on the head grows for about 3-6 years before being shed.

What are the causes of hair loss?

- Stress - hair loss is temporary, but can trigger off a genetic hair loss in many people.

- Extensive use of birth control pills by women.

- Hormonal problems - Hair loss may also occur if male hormones (androgens) and the female hormones (estrogens) are imbalanced.

- Post delivery hormonal changes: Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones.
- Nutritional deficiencies: A diet deficient in nutrients such as protein, iron, zinc deficiency is a main cause of falling hair. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol; and fried, oily, spicy, sour foods can reduce the nutrients reaching the hair follicles and may lead to hair loss.

- Drugs and medicines such as anticoagulants, chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer and antidepressants.

- Hereditary

- Infections of the scalp: Fungal infections of the scalp such as ringworm, or a sexually transmitted disease such as Treponema pallidum can cause hair loss.

- Any underlying disease: such as lupus, lichen planus or diabetes.

- Age: Hair loss is a common symptom of the ageing process. The age of onset varies from one individual to another.

- Physical and emotional stress

Is there any treatment for hair loss?

Depending on the type of hair loss, treatments are available. If the hair loss is drug related, the doctor might change the medication. Correct diagnosis along with treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may also prevent further hair loss.

Treatment of hair loss -

- If loss of hair is due to a temporary situation such as drugs or deficiency of serum, iron, it will stop when the cause ends.

- Hair loss due to infection may require oral antibiotics or drug treatment.

- Finasteride is a prescription medication that is prescribed only for men.

- Well-chosen hairstyles often hide thinning hair and hair loss effectively. Wigs are recommended if hair loss is severe.

- Hair transplantation, hair weaving and hair bonding has improved dramatically over the last several years. If done meticulously, the result is extremely natural appearing.

Some tips for beautiful lustrous hair:

a The key to beautiful hair is a clean scalp. Gently rub lemon juice all over the scalp and leave for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse off. This treatment ensures dandruff free and absolutely clean hair.

a Include a lot of calcium in diet, through dairy products, sesame seeds, figs.

a A mixture of an equal quantity of fresh amla juice and lime juice, used as a shampoo also stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss.

a Avoid strong shampoos and conditioners. Also avoid exposing hair to harsh weather such as wind or sunlight for long duration.

a Home made shampoo - Soak equal amounts of dried shikakai, amla and reetha powder in some water, preferably in an iron vessel. Next day, use it to wash hair. This promotes hair growth as well as cures dandruff.

a For dry hair, increase the intake of polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower oil, margarine and eat food rich in Vitamin B like pulses, brown rice, bananas etc.

a Regularly wash hair with Fuller's earth (Multani Mitti). This will not only reduce the oil, but the hair will feel much cleaner.

a Amla is an excellent hair tonic and a hair nourisher. It also helps cure graying of hair.

a Boil dried amla pieces in coconut oil for a few minutes. Cool and sieve. Massage hair with this oil regularly to get black, thick and lustrous hair.

a Henna or mehendi is an excellent conditioner for hair.

a Boil some tea leaves in 2-3 cups of water. Strain the liquid, cool it and use it on hair as the last rinse after shampoo.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a dependable treatment/cure for Lupus?
    I'm interested in alternative medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      Look up Low Dose Naltrexone I have an autoimmune disease like Lupus and I tell you this is the best medicine which has almost no side effects that is available. All of the traditional medicines that I took caused my lung to collapse, my blood pressure to go sky high, my eyes to hurt like no tomorrow and I was spending hundreds of dollars a month for unnecessary medicines to counter act the medicine I took to supposedly control the RA. LDN (low dose naltrexone) is affordable and you won't need medicines to counter any of the side effects as there are only constipation and maybe some insomnia when you first take it. They disappear after a few weeks.

  2. QUESTION:
    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven't decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You do realize what lupus is right?

      Listen, I know you're scared. Anybody would be with that diagnosis. But the drugs are safe. The side-effects are minimal. Not taking the drugs and pretending that there is a natural cure is dangerous. You need to understand that the drug was prescribed because it was proven effective in the treatment of lupus. There are side-effects with any drug, even natural ones. What you need to do is weigh the potential benefits of taking the drug versus the potential consequences of side effects and of not taking the drug. Lupus is a highly treatable disease but there is no cure for it. The treatments are proven to be effective and safe as long as you follow the doctors orders.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for Lupus? Or is there a treatment for Lupus that does not consist of prescription drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      No cure as such. Reducing stress can help, though. Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, and such disciplines that may increase your general well-being and boost your immune system could help.

  4. QUESTION:
    I need help editing my research paper. I'm really bad at papers.....please help!?
    Well, its on lupus. I have the intro and two body paragraphs, and I still need to do the conclusion. So, I was wondering what I should change on my paper, and what I need to add..? I also have to do a powerpoint based on the paper, that should last a minimum of 5 minutes up to 15.

    The reason why I chose this topic was because my dad has lupus, and I wanted to know more about the topic. He was diagnosed with lupus when he was about fourteen years old. He still receives treatment for it by going in for blood tests and taking medication He has the most common form of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), in which causes the antibodies to react against his own normal tissue. He has arthritis and joint problems, but nothings wrong with his internal organs. To support my dad and other lupus survivors, my family and I all go to the lupus walk in honor of remembering the people who had lupus that died. The things the audience can expect to read in this paper are the different types of lupus, the symptoms, the treatment and cures.
    Lupus is the result of an unbalanced immune system that can be destructive to any organ in the body. It can be categorized into three groups: discoid lupus Erythematosus, systemic lupus Erythematosus, and drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus. DLE is always limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, and scalp. It can evolve into the systemic form, which can affect any organ or system of the body. Systemic lupus Erythematosus is more severe than discoid lupus and can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body. No two people with SLE will have identical symptoms. Drug-induced systemic Lupus Erythematosus occurs after the use of certain prescribed drugs. It is more common in men, because the drugs are given to them more often.
    Lupus is hard to diagnose because it has a wide range of symptoms involving various parts of the body; and symptoms differ from each person. Most people develop painful joints and a rash, but lupus may also cause fatigue, depressions, and kidney problems. The treatment of lupus varies from person to person because each person has different symptoms. Most people with SLE require a regular blood test to check for lupus flares. Medication is the primary medical treatment for lupus. Presently, there are no other methods available to treat lupus because there is nothing else that can have the necessary impact on the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with early diagnosis and proper medical treatment it can significantly help control the disease.

    thanks. it would be much appreciated!!!!

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Holistic therapy or others alternatives for lupus!?
    I want to know if anyone has try any holistic therapy or any other alternatives treatment for lupus. Im not necessarily looking for a cure just something that would help with the symptoms. Does anyone have a successful story? Please share it with me! My sister is in her last stages and im desperately looking for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a type of self-allergy, whereby the patient's immune system creates antibodies which instead of protecting the body from bacteria & viruses attack the person's own body tissues. This causes symptoms of extreme fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, anaemia, general malaise, & can result in the destruction of vital organs. It is a disease with many manifestations, & each person's profile or list of symptoms is different. Lupus can mimic other diseases, such as multiple sclerosis & rheumatoid arthritis, making it difficult to diagnose.

      Currently there is no single test that can definitely say whether a person has lupus or not. Only by comprehensive examination and consideration of symptoms and their history can a diagnosis be achieved.

      The following is a list of some of the most common homeopathic remedies which will (God willing) be most effective in relieving the symptoms being experienced by the patient.

      A pronunciation guide can be found in brackets next to each of the remedy names.

      Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

      I suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

      If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

      Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from good major pharmacies, and also specialist homeopathic pharmacies in UK.

      Aconite (Ackonite): Symptoms are sudden, violent, brief. Anxiety, fear, restlessness, grief, high temperature with great thirst, insomnia.

      Apis Mel (Ape-iss mel): Insect stings , burning, stinging pains, cystitis, swelling of lower eyelids, absence of thirst.

      Argent Nit (Aah-gent nit): Colic, headache, dizziness.

      Arnica (Aah-nicker): Use after injury, bruises, sprains, physical exhaustion, insomnia due to over-tiredness, muscle aches all over.

      Arsen Alb (Aah-sen alb): Restlessness, anxiety and fear, throat dry and burning, cramps in calves, food poisoning, psoriasis.

      Belladonna (Bella-donna): Brightly flushed face, swollen joints, insomnia, vertigo, facial neuralgia, severe throbbing earache, dry hacking cough, acne.

      Bryonia (Bry-owneeyuh): Irritability, chestiness, dryness, dry painful cough, dry lips, thirst, especially for cold drinks.

      Calc Carb (Calc carb): Cracked skin in the winter, period pains, itching skin, premenstrual tension, toothache, vertigo, insomnia.

      Calc Fluor (Calc Fl-erh): Head colds with thick greenish-yellow discharge), catarrh, croup, piles, varicose veins, toothache, arthritis.

      Carbo Veg (Carbo vedge): Indigestion with excessive flatulence, mild food poisoning after eating fish, hoarseness, loss of voice, tinnitus with nausea and vertigo.

      Euphrasia (Yoo-frazier): Cold with watery eyes and streaming nose, conjunctivitis, hayfever.

      Gelsemium (Jel-semi-um): Influenza, sneezing, sore throat, symptoms of flushing, aching, trembling, weary with heavy aching muscles, runny nose, vertigo.

      Graphites (Graff-fight-ease): Unhealthy skin, eczema, cracked finger tips, constipation, tinnitus, earache, sinus trouble, dandruff.

      Hepar Sulph (Hee-par sulph): Skin highly sensitive, eczema, acne, croup, earache, tonsilitis.

      Hypericum (High-perrycome): Painful cuts and wounds, lacerated wounds involving nerve endings, abscesses, headache with a floating sensation as a result of a fall.

      Ignatia (Ig-nay-sha): Fright, prolonged grief, piles, sore throat, croup, piercing headache, insomnia.

      Ipecac (Ipper-cack): Any illness where there is nausea and sickness, travel sickness, bronchitis.

      Kali Bich (Cally bick): Complaints brought on by a change to hot weather, catarhh with stringy discharge, sinus troubles, migraine, hard cough.
      Kali Phos (Cally foss): Mental tiredness from over-work, nervous exhaustion, nervous indigestion, loss of voice, hoarseness, giddiness from exhaustion and weakness.

      Lycopodium (Lie-co-podium): Irritability, fear of failure, cystitis, period pain, premenstrual tension, gout, hiccough with acidity.

      Merc Sol (Murk sol): Feverish head cold, sore throat with excessive saliva, mouth ulcers, thrush (mouth), thirst, toothache, earache.

      Nat Mur (Nat murr): sneezy cold, nose runs like a tap, eczema, thrush (mouth), vertigo, premenstrual tension, housemaid's knee.

      Nux Vom (Nux vom): For over-indulgence in food and alcohol, itching piles, stuffy colds, raw throat, vertigo, constipation.

      Pulsatilla (Pulse-a-tiller): Catarrh, styes, change of life, premenstrual tension, cystitis, acne, tinnitus.

      Rhus Tox (Russ tox): Rheumatic aches and pains, over-exertion, pain in ligaments, shingles, tickling cough.

      Ruta Grav (Rooter grarve): Injuries to bones, fractures, dislocations, sprains of wrists and ankles, eye strain, synovitis, urticaria.

      Sepia (Seep-yuh): Premenstrual tension, periods suppressed or delayed, change of life, hot sweats, dandruff, wash-day hands.

      Silicea (Silly-ce-a): Boils, abscesses, acne, bunions, hayfever, chronic headaches beginning at the front, sinus troubles.

      Sulphur (Sulf-er): Unhealthy looking skin, tendency to skin disease, itching skin, acne, burning and itching piles, insomnia, tinnitus, lack of energy.

  6. QUESTION:
    Cure for HIV and AIDs?
    I had a theory. radiation and other effects on the immune system, possibly treatment for autoimmune disease should be able to cure HIV.

    if HIV infects and reproduces using the T-Cells, then filtering out these cells for a duration of time while keeping them in a sterile environment should also filter out the HIV and kill it off by depriving it.

    Afterwards, the immune systems can be restored by whatever means they use post lupus treatment.

    is any of this feasible?

    • ANSWER:
      there is no cure just accept it
      your not going to become famous so SHUT UP!!!

  7. QUESTION:
    does anyone have or know about lupus?
    my girlfriend has lupus which she started off with just the anti-bodies but she now has 'full lupus'. everyday she is in tears through the pain and the doc's dont seem to be doing enough for her. all he is interested in is that she smokes..lol.. but i am really begining to doubt her consultant. she has an appoitment later today and i need some info on cures, treatments ect so i can give a good argument as i have never really said alot in these appointments but i feel the time has come for me to step up and challange the doc.lol. she has had different types of medication all to which have done nothing for her. all i want is for her pain and swelling to be under control and to see her happier and be able to do more for herself.. give her the independance back... she struggles with the more easy things like turning a tap, picking up the kettle all things she needs to do when im at work including caring for our 3 year old... someone please HELP!!!! thank you
    her doc is a specialist in this field i forgot to add that so surely he could make her more at ease with it
    she is only 25 and has had it for 2 years i know there is no cure but if there are any suggestions of good pain relief

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Is their a cure for Lupus......?
    Why so much pain??? Is it in the blood or in the muscles??? Why the burning feeling in my veins ???
    What is the best treatment and not deadly ?? Most medicines are highly dangerous....like methrothaxes...

    • ANSWER:
      There is no known cure for lupus

  9. QUESTION:
    Do you think your medical system should be so focused on what not to cover you for?
    Reasons you'll not be insured in the US:

    Had cover through company plan, were covered for an illness, moved to another company with moratorium underwriting, illness no longer covered.

    As above, the girl had cancer. Adding to that, Diabetes, Lupus and a host of other diseases automatically preclude someone ever getting insurance cover even for accidents.

    Company not paying it's bills.

    Plan does not cover what ails you.

    Reported claim incorrectly.

    No money.

    Forgot to / were not informed of renewal date and missed it. Pre-existing conditions likely reinstated.

    Treatment does not reach your deductible level.

    And so on. Many reasons that have nothing to do with laziness.

    Reasons you'll not be covered in Canada:

    No cure/treatment invented

    Not a Canadian

    Shouldn't your system be trying to find ways to cure you instead of loopholes to exclude you from treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem is your premise. Health Insurance is not Health Care. Insurance is a financial tool to protect your financial assets. It all got seriously skewed by Government intervention. The answer is to end all the stupid government regulations and allow insurance companies to provide whatever level of coverage their customers find appropriate. Costs are out of control because we are forcing insurance on people at levels that are inappropriate. For instance, a policy that covers doctors visits, prescription drugs and regular screening is expensive and totally unnecessary for people in good health under 40 years old. But even an 18 year old in his first job gets this level of coverage when what he really needs is a simple catastrophic care plan that only covers hospitalization for serious disease or injury. He does not need coverage he will not use.

      BTW-you forgot to include two more reasons you not be covered in Canada: treatment is exists but is too expensive, you may die waiting for treatment.

      *

  10. QUESTION:
    DISCOID LUPUS ---------what is it and can i cure it?
    i have had discoid lupus for a number of year and am taking plaquinil

    what is discoid lupus
    -what can i do
    - what happens with it

    -know any good treatments e.t.c.

    • ANSWER:
      Discoid lupus is the kind of lupus that affects the skin. There are many different ways it can affect the skin, and which way will determine what treatment.

      When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet A or B light, it alters the DNA in the cells of the surface of your skin. Your immune system makes antibodies against this DNA. The antinbodies signal white cells to come and surround it. The white cells emit an enzyme to dissolve the DNA. The enzyme causes inflammation which causes the skin rashes.

      Stay out of the sun. Period.

      The debris from this process is supposed to be cleared in the spleen but with lupus, the garbage may get dumped elsewhere causing organ damage and inflammation in other parts of the body.

  11. QUESTION:
    A question about the disease Lupus?
    I got a packet in the mail from a foundation that is trying to find a cure for Lupus. From the vague information on the information card that I got, it sounds like its a life-threatening disease. Do people with Lupus have a shorter lifespan? Or with proper treatment can you actually live long just like a person without lupus? Is this a common disease? If you've been tested positive for auto-immune antibodies and ANA does that mean you have Lupus?

    Sorry for all the questions...it just sounds serious and I would like to donate money to help find a cure for this...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Knowing,
      I have lupus with organ involvement and it did nearly kill me.
      Lupus can range from mild to life threatening to fatal.
      With regular medical monitoring most lupus patients can expect to live a relatively normal life span.

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease. The exact cause is not known. Researchers believe that a genetic predisposition coupled with a trigger or triggers causes lupus to develop.

      For me, it affected heart, lungs, bone marrow, and kidneys. It was pretty nasty. I will be on toxic medications for life just to try and control it.

      A positive ANA does not mean you have lupus but most lupus patients have a positive ANA. Many other conditions can cause a positive ANA.

      Lupus is more common than you might think. There are a reported 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis, 70,000 people with sickle cell and 30,000 with cystic fibrosis. If you add ALL three together and multiply that number by 3 or 4 you get the number of people with lupus. 1.5 to 2 million. That is 1 in every 170 Americans

      Lupus most often develops in women between the ages of 14 and 45. A mild to moderate case of lupus costs 3,000 to 6,000 a year to control. Most of us cannot hold a full time job and some cannot work at all. Lupus strikes women 9 times more often than men. It strikes women of color 3-4 times more often than Caucasians.

      Half of us have lupus kidney disease. Some of us have types that are untreatable. Some have clotting disorders, called antiphospholipid antibody syndrome that causes heart attacks, strokes and miscarriages. Most of us have premature hardening of the arteries.

      Yes it is a very serious disease. There have been no new medications for lupus since Eisenhower was president. Please do help us. AND click on the take action link at the site provided to encourage your federal legislators to co-sponsor the Lupus REACH amendment.

      Thank you for your help!

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between Lupus, MS, and Fibromyalgia?
    I've been seeing the doctor lately to try to get a diagnosis finally for problems I've been having for over five years...everything from muscle tensing and spasming to shooting pain and sensitive skin.

    I had a blood test today that will determine if it might be Lupus, and I have an MRI coming up soon that will determine if it might be MS. The doctor says that fibromyalgia is a 'rule-it-out' diagnosis, that if nothing else fits, it's fibro.

    What are the differences between these three disorders in symptoms, effects on daily life (I already know that whatever I have it effects me a LOT, making it difficult for me to do anything on some days but take some Vicodin and lay in bed), and treatment plans...also, what are the long-term prognosises for these disorders? Do any of them have a cure, or a management plan that relieves all symptoms?

    I am happy that I am finally getting all the testing done to get a diagnosis finally so we can begin treating the problems, but I am concerned...I have heard a lot about fibro (my sister-in-law has fibro, and my father had fibro), and a little about MS...neither seems good at all, and I don't think either have a cure or total management of symptoms? I don't know anything about Lupus, however.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - the three conditions are quite different in their underlying disease processes, but do produce some overlapping symptoms.

      Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune disease of the central nervous system (CNS). In Multiple Sclerosis, inflammation of nervous tissue causes the loss of myelin, a fatty material which acts as a sort of protective insulation for the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. There are 5 basic types of MS and some of the more common symptoms include: fatigue, heat sensitivity, pain, spasticity (muscle cramps and spasms), cognitive problems, depression, balance and coordination problems and bowel & bladder symptoms. Symptoms will vary depending on the course of the illness, and according to the type of MS the individual has.

      Like MS, Lupus is also considered to be an autoimmune disease. For reasons that are not yet clear, in autoimmune diseases the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances (antigens) and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against the "self." These antibodies, called "auto-antibodies," react with the "self" antigens to form immune complexes. The immune complexes build up in the tissues and can cause inflammation, injury to tissues, and pain. In contrast to some other autoimmune diseases, lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems. For some people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems.

      Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS; FM) is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. Current thinking is that FMS probably begins with a genetic predisposition, and is triggered by exposure to a number of possible stressors - including physical injury or emotional trauma, childbirth, medical operations, viruses, bacteria such as mycoplasma, chronic allergies or chemical toxins. Pain is the most common Fibromyalgia symptom and is necessary for an official diagnosis. According to the American College of Rheumatology diagnostic guidelines, Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain of three months duration or more and pain in 11 of 18 “tender points”. A tender point is a pressure point that, when pressed, feels sore. There are 18 defined tender, or pressure, points on various parts of the body, from the elbows down to the knees.

      As your doctor has explained, there are lab tests for MS and Lupus, but not for FMS. But a tender point exam with a doctor who is knowledgeable about FMS, along with your medical history of fatigue and pain, could quickly determine if FMS is what you are experiencing.

      Treatments for the 3 conditions are very different. The gold-standard treatments for MS are the 3 interferon meds, Copaxone and now a new med called Tysabri. Lupus has had fewer treatment innovations it seems - and Prednisone (a steroid), Plaquenil (an anti-malarial med), and some chemotherapy meds are the ones most commonly prescribed. FMS now has a couple of FDA approved meds - Cymbalta (Duloxetine), and antidepressant which helps with pain and fatigue, and Lyrica (Pregabalin), an anticonvulsant which helps with both symptoms too.

      Good luck in the diagnostic process - this can be so frustrating!

  13. QUESTION:
    is this a good research project please be honest?
    Cortlin Harrison Science 10-12
    Mrs. Cooney/ Mrs. Barends ELA 21-23
    May 19, 2009
    Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. This disorder is non-infectious which means that this disorder can’t be passed from person to person by contact. Pregnant women are more prone to get this disorder than anyone else, and African Americans, and Hispanics but like other disorders anyone can get Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    The symptoms and characteristics of this disorder are not hard to spot. Some symptoms of the disorder are veins or arteries of the arms or legs may cause pain, numbness, tingling in the feet. Arteries of the heart may cause chest pain or heart attack, the individual with this disorder may have heart murmur. In pregnant women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, miscarriage can occur prior to 20 week of gestation, while pre-eclampsia is reported to occur after that time. Blood vessels of the skin - may cause painful bruises (purpura) or a condition called livedo reticularis. Blood vessels of the brain - if a clot cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain, this causes a stroke. An individual with APS may also experience migraine headaches or seizures.

    There is no cure and there is no way to avoid getting this disorder. There are many treatments for this disorder. But the most successful treatment is anticoagulant therapy. This is usually successful in preventing further blood clots. This disorder can severely damage the body in many different ways because good cells attack other good cells and that causes chaos through the body. And when a weak or strong pathogen enters the body it can be deadly.

    Some other information about Antiphospholipid Syndrome is, 1-5% of the world population is known to have this disorder, and 40-50% of patients with lupus also have APS. One third of strokes occurring in younger people (under the age of 50) are due to Antiphospholipid Syndrome. One third of patients with Antiphospholipid Syndrome are said to have lupus, and or Raynaud disease. APS is more common in young to middle-aged adults; however, it also manifests in children and elderly people. Disease onset has been reported in children as young as 8 months.

    This disorder is very rare and not very deadly but this disorder can still affect your way of life, the way you think, and can make you dizzy and other things. My mom has this disorder and sometimes it’s hard to get around and such, but you can still fight back by eating a healthy diet and seeing a special doctor called a Rheumatologist, this doctor specializes in these types of rare disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      very cool research project!
      Especially when someone yu kno very well has it...

  14. QUESTION:
    To sufferers of immune disorders: How can I treat myself for possible lupus/rheumatoid arthritis? (detailed)?
    Allergic to dust/grass as a child, but allergy-free from age 13 until recently (I'm now in my late 20's).

    Hep C

    Early 20's: diagnosed with Hep C (untraced source). I was suddenly cured after 1 mo. My doctor said my own body got rid of it, which is rare for hep C patients.

    Several months later I noticed when I'd lay on my left side, there's a tingly, tender sensation. There's no pain and I got used to it so I'm just living with it.

    Arthritis?

    8 mos ago: sudden onset of stiffness/jammed feeling on both wrists (overnight). Always had weak/inflamed knees since 4 yrs back, would disappear with regular exercise.

    Got Sick

    Late last year I had flue more than a month. I was diagnosed with bronchitis, was on antibiotics and was cured right away.

    I started lightly working out again and just a month later I WAS SICK AGAIN! I was down for only 3 days though compared to the last time. Coughed 1 month. I was on stronger antibiotics and cured. I also saw an allergy doctor and was diagnosed with sinusitis and now on corticosteroids.

    Results

    My ANA blood test turned out POSITIVE. My doctor ordered a 2nd test for next month. She said it's an indication of possible lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

    Extra info:

    Never been overweight my whole life.
    Ethnicity: Asian.
    My other "illnesses" recently diagnosed: costochondritis.
    Always had: severe dandruff, on and off but worse now; dandruff-related facial rash, only shows up on the same spots - left cheek near nose, between eyebrows.
    Falling hair is worse now.

    I'm a copywriter for more than 3 yrs. I admit my posture is VERY bad, often sitting or lying on my stomach on the bed (probably caused the costochondritis). Was diagnosed 4 yrs ago with borderline anemia (mother is anemic). Prescribed iron supplements but I stopped cos of side effects which is diarrhea.

    THIS IS MY DILEMMA: I was thinking of eating healthier and exercising again. But wouldn't raising the immune system make things even worse? I just hate the idea of being on immune-suppressing drugs, considering my now sensitive liver. I would be more open to "natural" treatments. How do I go about this?

    • ANSWER:
      When you have autoimmune disease you have to be an active PART of the treatment plan. Your doctor is the other active part.

      You have classic lupus symptoms. If lupus is not properly treated, you can end up with permanent organ damage or worse. It is not natural for your immune system to turn against you.

      You can eat healthier and exercise and that will certainly help. Words are often used incorrectly when it comes to the immune system. Healthy eating and exercise BALANCE the immune system. This is desirable.

      Everyday you are exposed to thousands of toxins...in your food...in your personal hygiene products...in the air...in the water...in your food...coming from your clothes...coming from your furniture and flooring...and much more. You can't eliminate all of them. Therefore, a totally "natural" approach to autoimmunity is impossible.

      Next, factor in stress. Stress is the single biggest factor in making lupus flares worse. What do you to do manage/reduce stress?

      You are Asian which means you have a siginficantly higher chance of developing lupus. You are 20 which increases your chances even more. You are a woman. 9 out of 10 lupus patients are women. Lupus develops most often in women between the ages of 14 and 45.

      There are 23,5 Americans with autoimmune disease and 2 million with lupus. 40% of us develop lupus nephritis. If left untreated, it can kill you.

      The doctors will monitor your liver function frequently. You may only need the weaker immunosuppressive medications. If you do go on the heavier ones, it is not ususally for an extended period of time, but just long enough to bring the flare under control.

      Everything we do is a matter of risk versus benefit. It is more so when you develop a chronic illness and are looking at treatment options. Do your homework, talk to your rheumatologist and then make an informed decision.

      I have systemic lupus with major organ inovlvement (heart, lungs, joints, brain, bone marrow, blood, and kidneys). In 2003, I was not expected to live. I take my meds, have a very healthy diet, exercise daily and practice meditation and yoga. After 4 years on disability, I returned to work 4.5 years ago. I am 59. Without the medication, I would most likely be on dialysis right now.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you cope knowing someone you love is dying?
    i just found horrible news today. A girl i know named tatjana, someone i've fallen for, was diagnosed with lupus with Transverse Myelitis when she was 11. she told me she's had several times where she's had to be hospitalied in the icu and almost died, and that the average lifespan after being diagnosed is around 10 to 11 years putting her at 22 and she is now 19 nearly 20.

    she is getting treatment for it, but the only thing its for is to slow the progression since there is no cure.

    This was so heartbreaking to hear. i still cannot stop crying. how can you really prepare for something as horrible as this?

    • ANSWER:
      Im so sorry about your news, the reason im responding here is because I actually have been told by doctors in the past that my life would be cut short! I have lupus amongst other conditions...
      I have lived past the 5 years i was given and im still here...and im sure many others out there...lupus is really very unpredictable.

      What I can tell you is that LOVE is very if not the MOST powerful drug there is in the world. Having that person to love and support you and not give up can make a huge difference.

      I think if you can find a way to see past this challenging time and treasure the love you both share, you will find not only you will help her heal but heal yourself...you probably dont realise but you are stronger than you think.

      Life has its ups and downs and there are always valuable lessons we learn along the way...i know even thou i dont wish to have lupus, i also know I would've been as strong as I am today and wouldnt've valued the little things people take for granted everyday.

      Many blessings, love and hope to you in this challenging time...

  16. QUESTION:
    Does any one else have Crohn's Disease?
    I'm 13 years old and I have Crohn's Disease along with R.S.D. and also Juvenile Arthritis. I could possibly have lupus. I've finally figured out how to control most of the Crohn's Disease flare-ups with natural remedies but my other problems are full fledged still! RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, will literally make my legs turn blue, cause me to lose any feeling in my legs and arms and I cannot use my legs sometimes when the flare-ups are really bad! Juvenile Arthritis is something else I could possibly have. No doctor has confirmed it, yet and I've had to travel out of town to see rheumotoligists before because the ones in my town didn't know what to do with my conditions!!!

    When I was 6, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Now keep in mind that this was after coming to the hospital about twice a week for about 4 years because my Crohn's flare-ups were so bad! My mom is a redhead, I like to call her hothead!, and thankfully she won't take no for an answer!! She was extremely persistent in trying to find the cause in my horrible stomach pain even though almost every time we went to the doctor, they would tell her I was just fine! This was all before I was diagnosed. Eventually, she found a doctor that somewhat understood what we were going through (mainly her at the time, because I was very young) and tried all the possible treatments that could help ease the disease. Even today, there is no cure for Crohn's Disease!! At 6, the doctor that helped us diagnosed me with Crohn's Disease and put me through a series of medications including some that children aren't allowed to take. I took Methotrexate for a long period of time and cannot think of the other medications right now. I now have to wear glasses because of the medicines I took and my family and I are pretty sure that the medications I took caused my other conditions. We're pretty much certain that the medicines cause my RSD.

    Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is an illness that causes the lower and upper extremities to turn a bluish color and causes the extremities to become numb. When I first had a flare-up, it was when I was 11 and my parents thought it was a blood clot. So did the doctors. We went through a series of tests that day because I had to go to the hospital. I was admitted for a week and during that time, I had to get an epidural!!! Yes, that thing pregnant women get! I had to get it because my legs were hurting so bad they had to numb them! We're still not sure if what I have is RSD, but it's all we got for now!

    I know this is long and sorry but I only gave you two of my illnesses! lol If any one else has any thing I have, please give me tips on how to control it! Anything will help!!Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there. I don't have Crohne's Disease, but I'm 25 and I've had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (the correct name for RSD) since I was 14. It started in my right knee following a minor operation, but it now affects almost my whole body and ahs put me in a wheelchair because of some of its secondary effects that no amount of physio or medication has been able to counteract. I've never heard of medications causing CRPS/RSD - it's almost always initiated by some sort of injury or other trauma.

      I wish that I could tell you how to control it - I've been through pretty much every recognised treatment with no real success. I guess that my only advice for what it's worth is to take each day as it comes and to recognise that you are going to have bad days. Don't give up by any means, but know your limits and boundaries, and know when it is time to say 'okay' I've had enough and when it is okay to push yourself that little bit harder.

      If I can help in any way, please feel free to email me.

  17. QUESTION:
    Iritis, Uveitis, and Hodgkin's Lymphoma?
    When i was pregnant with my daughter (who just turned 3) I got a small case of Iritis. I got it taken care of fairly fast and didn't have any more problems with it until after I had my son (who will be 2 in Dec). It got to the point to where I almost lost my vision completely. I was on a steroid eye drop, a dilator eye drop and a steroid pill. Then at the end of last year I had these random bumps appear on my right calf. I went to some family doctors in my area and they all just tested for Lupus and every time it came back negative, so finally I went to a rheumatologist and she wanted to get some lymph nods in my neck biopsied and even to try to get the bumps in my legs biopsied. They surgeon said he didn't think it was cancer and he couldn't do anything about my bumps on my leg or at least biopsied but he did do the ones in neck and just 4 days after my surgery he told me that it was cancer. So since March I have been under going chemotherapy for Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and I only have 1 more treatment left. My eyes still aren't any better and I think that my cancer is gone but who really know until a doctor tells you that u are cured.
    I was wondering if anyone could help me with any of this or if anyone has gone through any of what I am going through.

    • ANSWER:
      no i dont think so but wow doesnt sound very nice i wish you the fastest recovery and good luck with the research

  18. QUESTION:
    Fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments?
    I havent been diagnosed with fibromylagia yet, and am half afraid to tell my doctor thats what I think I have. Shell probably tell me im nuts, plus I read that theres no real test to say...Yes you have it. But after accidentally stumbling across an ad for Lyrica, and it listed some symptoms of fibromyalgia, I thought to do some research on the subject. Ive been back and fourth to the doctor...goodness like 15 times in the last 2 years! Initially just complaining about extreme fatigue, troubles falling asleep, and not being able to stay asleep once I fell asleep. Then it stemmed into joint pain complaints. I did find out I had lyme disease, so my doctor thought thats what the problem was. Well I took the meds, got re tested and the lyme is cured. This is over a year ago now...but my symptoms are worse. Been back again a few times since then, and she just said theres nothing wrong with me, im just depressed. She tried giving me sleeping pills, which just made me more groggy so I stopped taking them. Then she gave me some off brand stress management med... not quite a depression med, which didnt help. After doing reaserch on fibromyalgia, im SURE thats what I have. Besides the extreme tiredness, and lack of ability to stay asleep, I have horrible muscle and joint aches. I wake up and feel like ive excersised for hours the day before! Im stiff and find it painful to move. What really got me though, is I have pain in all the places ive read online that affect people with fibromyalgia the most. The neck, hips, shoulders, and knees. Thats where most of my pain is. I have frequent headaches, and the other thing that really sold me was the IBS thats linnked with fibromylagia. Ive always had bad cramps and gas like I have to go to the bathroom realllly bad even when I dont have to go, and my bowel movements have always been strange, going alot some days, not going for a day or two at other times. Ive always wondered why until I read about IBS. I know fibromyalgia can mimic lupus and other conditions, but my doctor did test me for lupus and a few others and they were all negative. I also read that fibromyalgia can come about after very traumatic times, and it seems like mine started about 2 1/2 years ago. And ALOT has happened to me in that time. My sister was murdered 3 years ago, my mom died 2 years ago, my brother had a cancer scare shortly after our mom died. So thats another reason I suspect fibromyalgia. So does it really sound like I have fibromyalgia? And what can I do to help it? I cant live with this tiredness anymore! I dont even care about the pain as much as I do about constantly being tired and fatigued!

    • ANSWER:
      its possible you have fms

      but its also possible you have a post lymes syndroome
      lymes can cause permanant symtpoms if not treated early enough

      it could also justbe the lack of sleep

      a better sleep med is trazadone--its an antidepressant, but only taken at night.in a smaller dose

      .much safer than traditional sleeping pills

      most docs dont know what fms is and use it as a general label for pain

      they will say the pain of lymes is fms..that is not true..fms is its own specific neuro condition

  19. QUESTION:
    I am so afraid to take plaquenil for lupus treatment! any natural cure?
    Does anyone has an experience with plaquenil? or some one knows a natural way to cure lupus? I am currently taking oil fish, cellfood and recovery( for joint pain) and multi-vitamins.

    I am 30 yrs and was diagnose 8 months ago, no internal organs involves and the only symptoms are fatigue and joints pain.

    Please help if you have experience plaquenil as treatment or someone else. I am afraid of side effects ( affects lung, kidney, bones , eye etc.) it help now but causes you trouble later on.

    I am going to see my rhumatologist tomorrow but I haven't decided yet if i am going to start the treatment.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I was perscribed Plaquenil when I was first diagnosed with
      Lupus, I wasnt on it long however as I had an allergic reaction to it.. In the early days, I used to read up on all the meds, prior to taking them, and I was scared out of my mind, at the long list of side-effects. so I truly understand how your feeling

      I resisted taking medication and only got sicker. but I have since been on Methotrexate for 4 years and am now on Azthioprine for 18 months. and the benefits far out way the fear of the side effects. as without them I wouldnt be able to walk, or look after myself, or the Lupus could take hold, and damage my internal organs etc.

      So I take my daily dose of Prednisolone, Azathioprine, Lansoprazole etc etc , and Health Supplements , Selenium ( good for the toxins in body) , Dha ( recommended for people with Lupus) and Wheat Grass.

      There is NO natural Cure for SLE/ Lupus, though there are loads of literature spouting crap about "New Cures" Their are however advances in medicine made all the time. I try to eat a very healthy diet, cut out diary, processed foods, fried stuff etc. It all helps,

      Please read this link, it gives abit of information that you might find helpful, regarding Lupus organizations, help/support/advice forums, and Lupus Books etc

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmuxwwKBiNS8z3yhz5VKvHEhBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20080209003440AAJzS8K&show=7#profile-info-te5TAkJaaa

      I know that the side effects are scary, and can completely put you off taking the medicines. but Lupus is a complex condition, that needs supervision and medication to keep it under control, side effects can depend on lots of things, and are rare, you are constantly monitored by the bloodtests etc. In the end you have to weigh up the pros and the cons. Speak to other Lupus sufferers, as well as your Rheumatologist get their advice/opinions. links are above,

      Good Luck and Take Care x