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Diagnosing Lupus and Lupus Tests

Contents: Diagnosing Lupus Very Important Information Preparing for a Doctor Visit How is a lupus diagnosis confirmed? Blood Tests Imaging Tests Biopsy Some Questions to Ask After a Lupus Diagnosis Y...

What is Lupus Nephritis?

Contents: Introduction What are the kidneys and what do they do? What are the symptoms of lupus nephritis and how do I recognize it? How does lupus nephritis get diagnosed? Once diagnosed, how is lupu...

Lupus and Anemia

  INTRODUCTION If you have lupus, there is a significant chance that you have experienced or are currently living with, the medical condition known as anemia.  It is reported that nearly half of...

“WHY ME?”

The Big Lupus Question WHY ME? When diagnosed with lupus, what often follows is a flood of various emotions and wake after wake of seemingly drowning questions. It is quite possible that YOU are curre...

Doctors Who Treat Lupus

Contents: Introduction Types of Doctors That Treat Lupus:      Dermatologist      Cardiologist      Clinical Immunologist      Endocrinologist      Family Doctor      Gastroenterolog...

Good GRIEF!

Lupus and the Roller Coaster Which is Grief Grief (as defined by dictionary.com): “Keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss.” Grief (as defined by someone diagnosed with lupus or ...

Lupus and stem cell transplant therapy

INTRODUCTION Recently, there has been an influx of research about stem cell therapies being used as a potential treatment for SLE and other lupus overlap diseases.  At Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, we...

Plaquenil: What You Need to Know

Contents: What is Plaquenil? Other than Plaquenil, what are the other antimalarial drugs? Why are antimalarial drugs used to treat lupus? How do antimalarial drugs work to control lupus symptoms? What...

New Year’s Resolutions!

A New Way of Looking at New Year’s Resolutions! What are resolutions? By definition, a resolution is the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.  It is a solution to, an answer...

Your ANA: Facts and Fiction

Two Scenarios SCENARIO ONE: Sarah’s heart is racing as she sits in her doctor’s office awaiting her test results.   The visible facial rash and joint pain that appeared after her baby was bo...

Lupus and Holiday Stress

Lupus and Holiday Stress  The holidays are here and ‘jingling along the way with them’ are the mixed Santa’s bag of emotions that creep-up on us during this special season.  Along with the goo...

Low-Dose Naltrexone

The Use of Low-Dose Naltrexone for Lupus and Other Overlap Conditions WHAT IS LDN? Low-dose naltrexone or LDN is a medication that is getting more attention because of preliminary research showing pro...

Lupus and Exercise

DISCLAIMER We, at Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, are not doctors or physical therapists.  Therefore, we cannot assume to know the appropriate exercise program for you with your specific health limitati...

Lupus and Hormones

INTRODUCTION Hormones are unique messengers that maintain and regulate numerous bodily functions. For the last several decades, more research has suggested the sex hormone estrogen, in particular, is ...

The Breakdown List About Benlysta

Contents: The Good The Bad Where did it come from? How does it work? Conclusion   I have been listening to all this Benlysta talk.  Have you?  If you haven’t heard by now, Benlysta is the fir...

Lupus and CellCept®

WHAT IS IT? CellCept® or mycophenolate mofetil, is a medication that was first prescribed to treat people who have had an organ transplant.  Over the last 15 years, it has been increasingly used mor...