TMJ ortemporomandibular joint syndrome can be caused by trauma, deterioration throughaging, diseases like arthritis and force of habit. Knowing the causes is goodso that preventive measures can be taken. But what if you are alreadyexperiencing the headaches and the neck pains? How will you know if you haveTMJ? Is there are way to diagnose yourself in the comforts of your home?

15 thoughts on “How Do You Diagnose Lupus

  1. dumbbrunnett88

    What blood tests can be used to diagnose Lupus?
    I am almost positive that I have lupus, as I have almost every one of the symptoms. My doctor also thinks that i may have lupus, but every time i get a blood test, everything is negative. What tests can be used to diagnose lupus? Because i want to find out for sure if this is what I have
    I was already diagnosed with fibromylagia but my symptoms go beyond just that. I have also been tested numerous times for Lyme disease and other rheumatic diseases, all coming out negative.

    1. eabena

      Raised ESR. Reduced white cells, reduced lymphocytes, and/or reduced platelets. Serum antinuclear antibodies (ANA) is positive in almost all cases. Double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) is specific to lupus but is only present in 50% cases. Anti-Ro and anti-La can also be detected. 25% patients have rheumatoid factor. Reduced serum complement levels during active disease.

  2. Ashley

    Is the small bald spot on my head related to my father having lupus?
    I noticed a small patch on the back of my head that is totally smooth about 2 days ago. I then found out my father was diagnosed with lupus some years ago. I am wondering if these are related. Also, is lupus hereditary?

    1. Linda R

      Lupus is not hereditary, but if you have a first degree relative with it you have a slightly higher chance of developing lupus. Hair loss can be caused by many other things. Not all people with lupus have hair loss. I have lupus and have never experienced hair loss.

  3. DJ

    What is now the lifespan of someone diagnosed with Lupus?
    When I was diagnosed with Lupus in the early 1990’s, I was told that my chances of living beyond ten years, was not good.

    1. simmychick

      I think that alot of doctors just don’t know alot about Lupus. It’s hard to diagnose, and essentially is what you are told you have when all other diseases are ruled out in some cases.

      The biggest danger of Lupus is organ failure, especially kidney failure. With advances in diyalsis and drug therapy for many of the symptoms and conditions of Lupus, most people that are diagnosed with Lupus live full long lives.

      If you are feeling uneasy about your condition or are having health issues that need to be addressed, see a rheumatologist, a nephrologist and an endrocrinologist for treatments that will help alleviate your symptoms and help you in leader a fuller more active life.

  4. Ern

    Is lupus always diagnosed during a flare?
    My understanding is that when someone has lupus they go through periods of remission and flares. My question is- is it possible to diagnose lupus (using the blood tests commonly used) during a symptom free remission or is blood work only atypical during a flare?

    1. Linda R

      Some markers will be present, flare or not. This would included a speckled antinuclear antibody and a few other autoantibodies, but the levels may vary.

      Things like sed rate and complement would vary widely between remission and flare.

  5. angeldevoid71

    How do you describe Lupus to someone?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus last summer. I was engaged a the time, and would have hoped my fiancee (now husband), would have researched it a little, but I really don’t think he understands what I deal with on a daily basis. How can I get him to understand that there are days when I can barely drag myself out of bed?

  6. Cap10

    What are the symptoms and avalible treatments for Lupus?
    Any information, links to information, experience or suggests are welcome. They are for a close friend of mine who was recently diagnose with Lupus and is understandably a little frightened.

  7. ProactiveMom

    Is it hard to diagnose Lupus in a teen with no positive labs?
    There’s a strong family history and symptoms (including butterfly rash) that have lasted almost 4 months. Rheumy says he ruled out Lupus.

  8. roxemarie

    Is it possible to have lupus even though non of your family has lupus?
    I have tested positive for lupus, and I have many lupus symptoms. My doctors believe I may have lupus, but I have not been officially diagnosed with lupus. All of my family members are very healthy. No one in my family has any illnesses. No one in my family has ever had any type of autoimmune disease. I am the first and only person. Is this possible and how could this be?

  9. xvigormortisx

    Has anyone that has been diagnosed with Lupus successfully given birth to defect-free children?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus a few years back, and told that there was a great risk of me dying if I tried to start a family. I was just wondering if any other woman with Lupus has been able to start a family without any problems. As well, if anyone would be able to give me further info on Lupus relating to pregnancy, I would appreciate it.

    1. mgunnycappo

      Women with Lupus have the same amount of birth defects as the normal population so you are at no greater risk here. There is only a slightly higher risk that your child may develop Lupus however, this is very small.

      As far as getting pregnant with Lupus, the first thing you need to do is check to see if you have Antiphospholipid Syndrome or APS. This disease often ‘piggybacks’ with Lupus. Approximately 50% of people with Lupus have APS yet only 25% of them have actually been tested for it. It is a simple blood test. APS is a clotting disease which can be fatal to both you and your baby. Don’t assume you have been tested as many, many doctors do not test for this.

      If you don’t have APS then you’ll want to speak with your Rheumatologist and High Risk OB/GYN about getting pregnant. No matter what you’ll be considered high risk and about 90% of women with Lupus deliver early and have some type of difficulty while pregnant. You should be in remission for at least six months, a year would be better.

      Many women with Lupus have given birth to healthy and happy babies with minimal complications. The importance is communication with your doctor. You may have a flare while pregnant or directly following your pregnancy and this can be difficult with a newborn so make sure you have plenty of support from family and friends.

      I hope this helps and good luck!

  10. lucy

    how long does a person live after being diagnosed with lupus?
    my brother was diagnosed with lupus or sle 2 weeks ago. we know nothing of this disease. No one in my family has ever been sick. Can you give me any information ?

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