Sometimes a Systemic Yeast Infection can have light symptoms, and because of this they're dismissed as nothing to concerned about. The problem is, this allows the yeast to enter the bloodstream where a lot of different problems can eventuate and can even become a life-threatening situation.

The body naturally has a certain amount of yeast that lives in the body in small quantities and actually help the body, without doing any harm to it. There are also different types of microorganisms inside the body that are there to keep the yeast in check so an infection does not occur.

On-going stress attacks, poor choices of food, normal pregnancy changes, immune system deficiency diseases, antibiotic medications and other disease may abolish the tiny microorganisms and thereby allow the Systemic Yeast Infection Symptoms to rage.

The Systemic Yeast Infection Symptoms can differ from each individual, but here a few of the most usual ones:

Heavy sense of exhaustion and unusual run down feelings may arise.

1. The feelings of sensory disturbances, unusual muscle aches and pains, continual headaches, constant dizziness, and complaints of the sufferering of persistent tiredness are signs of a person with Systemic Yeast Infection.

2. Unusual or sudden sensitivity to chemicals or new food allergies.
Arising troubles which haven't occurred before with several chemicals or foods are common with those suffering from Systemic Yeast Infection Symptoms.

3. Problems with the gastrointestinal tract.

On many occasions, as touched on in the previous detail of the food allergies, flatulence, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal itching, constipation, and diarrhea are the most common of the Symptoms.

It is even possible for thrush, a Yeast Infection affecting the mouth and/or throat, to develop.

4. Onset of urinary and genital problems.

5. Development of hives and skin rashes.

You could even be having a case of hives, and not know where they came from.

6. Suddenly feeling irritable or mildly depressed.

Many times people complain of Systemic Yeast Infection Symptoms that include: mental confusion, feeling of being in a 'fog', difficulty focusing or concentrating, sleepness nights, memory loss, and decreased attention span.

7. Problems with the autoimmune system.

Some autoimmune disorders that normally become worse from a Systemic Yeast Infection are sarcoidosis, scleroderma, myasthenia gravis, arthritis, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenic purpura, or systemic lupus erythematosus.

Yeast flourish on a body that is fed with sugar, refined starch, and chemical additives.
These chemicals, starches and sugars are also readily present in bread, cookies, chips and other junk foods which are a large part of many peoples diets.

When someone is under immense stress, the microorganisms in the body that control the yeast start to die off.

Anytime you think you may have a Systemic Yeast Infection Symptoms, you need to check with your doctor about what tests need to be run to determine what your body's level of Yeast organism is.
All in all, remember that it's vital to know if you are dealing with a Systemic Yeast Infection Symptoms so you can get the proper treatment.

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    1. Me!!!

      What is arthritis?
      The term arthritis refers to about 120 different diseases that can affect the joints, muscles and other soft tissues. The three most common forms are osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

      Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis, affecting an estimated 21 million adults in this country. Commonly referred to as a “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis involves destruction of the cartilage, the cushion or shock absorber on the ends of the bones.

      Fibromyalgia is a disease that causes pain and stiffness in the tissues that support and move the bones and joints. It is a common disease that affects approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population or about 5 million people. Widespread pain and localized tender points occur in the muscles and tendons especially those of the neck, spine, shoulders and hips. Other common symptoms include significant fatigue, difficulty concentrating and sleep disturbance.

      Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that primarily affects the lining of the joint. An important feature of this inflammatory illness is that the body’s own immune system targets its own tissue as an enemy. Joint swelling over a long period of time can lead to deformity and loss of function in the joint. Because rheumatoid arthritis affects the entire body, many people also experience fatigue, fever and a general sense of feeling unwell. Rheumatoid arthritis affects over 2 million Americans.

      Other types of arthritis include gout, systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile arthritis, scleroderma, infectious arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

      How Common is Arthritis?

      Arthritis can affect people of all ages, including children. In Illinois in 1990, about 16 percent of the state’s population – nearly 2 million people – suffered from arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. In 2000, it was estimated that about 26 percent of the adults in Illinois (approximately 2.4 million people) suffered from arthritis. As the state’s population continues to age, the number of people affected by arthritis is expected to continue to increase.

      What are the symptoms?

      Symptoms of arthritis can include pain, swelling and stiffness in joints or the inability to move a joint normally. In some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, joints can become red, warm, swollen and painful, and the person may feel “sick all over.” Other symptoms are unexplained fever, fatigue, weight loss and swollen lymph glands. Symptoms typically last more than two weeks.

      Who is at risk?

      Non-modifiable risk factors are those that cannot be prevented or changed. They are:

      Men and women 45 years of age and older
      Females 15 years of age and older
      Someone with a family history of arthritis
      Being African-American
      Modifiable risk factors are those that can be prevented or changed by an individual. These include –

      Past injuries to joints
      Infections, such as Lyme disease
      Certain occupations that require frequent repetitive joint activities, for example, kneeling or stooping
      How is arthritis diagnosed?

      A diagnosis of arthritis is based on the pattern of symptoms, medical history, family history, physical examination, X-rays and lab tests.

      How is arthritis treated?

      Appropriate management can help people with arthritis live healthy and independent lives. A rheumatologist (an arthritis specialist) can be very helpful in evaluating and treating types of arthritis that require specialized drug therapy. An important aspect of successfully dealing with arthritis pain and disability is self-management. It is important for patients to learn about their disease and to take part in their own care. Working with health care professionals allows a person to share in decision making and gain a sense of control.

      The following are important self-management skills:

      Exercise is important for maintaining healthy and strong muscles, for preserving joint mobility and for maintaining flexibility. Exercise also can help people to sleep better, to maintain a positive attitude and to lose weight. It can reduce pain, too. Before beginning any exercise routine, ask your doctor to help you create a program that meets your specific arthritis needs.
      Rest also is important. Arthritis may cause tiredness and muscle weakness. A rest or short nap that does not interfere with nighttime sleep may be useful in controlling pain. Some people find stress reduction and biofeedback helpful.
      Assistive devices can be used to reduce stress on certain joints. For example, braces or canes may help reduce stress on the knees. Jar grippers or similar gadgets may help reduce stress on the small joints. Research shows that patients who take part in their own care report less pain, make fewer visits to their doctor and enjoy a better quality of life.

  1. iguanadvm

    When is it most common to being experiencing arthritis?
    My hands have been aching on and off for several months; I use them a lot- but today they are at their worst.

    1. mrscmmckim

      The Facts About Arthritis

      Number of Americans with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms:

      1985 – 35 million
      1990 – 37.9 million
      1998 – nearly 43 million (1 in 6 people)
      2005 – 66 million (nearly 1 in 3 adults) — 42.7 million have doctor-diagnosed arthritis and 23.2 million people live with chronic joint symptoms, but have not been diagnosed by a doctor
      Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15.
      Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability.
      Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 7 million Americans.
      Arthritis results in 39 million physician visits and more than a half million hospitalizations.
      Costs to the U.S. economy totals more than $86.2 billion annually.
      Arthritis affects people in all age groups including nearly 300,000 children.
      Baby boomers are now at prime risk. More than half those affected are under age 65.
      Half of those Americans with arthritis don’t think anything can be done to help them.
      Arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases that affect areas in or around joints.
      Arthritis strikes women more often than men.
      Overall arthritis:

      Women – 25.9 million of the people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis
      Men – 16.8 million of the people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis
      The disease also can affect other parts of the body. Arthritis causes pain, loss of movement and sometimes swelling. Some types of arthritis are:

      Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint deteriorates, causing pain and loss of movement as bone begins to rub against bone. It is the most prevalent form of arthritis.
      Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of the body’s immune system activity. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most serious and disabling types, affecting mostly women.
      Gout, which affects mostly men. It is usually the result of a defect in body chemistry. This painful condition most often attacks small joints, especially the big toe. Fortunately, gout almost always can be completely controlled with medication and changes in diet.
      Ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that affects the spine. As a result of inflammation, the bones of the spine grow together.
      Juvenile arthritis, a general term for all types of arthritis that occur in children. Children may develop juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or childhood forms of lupus, ankylosing spondylitis or other types of arthritis.
      Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), a serious disorder that can inflame and damage joints and other connective tissues throughout the body.
      Scleroderma, a disease of the body’s connective tissue that causes a thickening and hardening of the skin.
      Fibromyalgia, in which widespread pain affects the muscles and attachments to the bone. It affects mostly women.

  2. jaz mie

    what is SLE(Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)?
    please explain to me SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) more, so i can fully understand the illness.
    i want to know about the possibility of death on teenagers who suffer SLE.
    are there teenagers who’re aware of their illness and can already predict when they’ll pass away?
    are there cases like this?
    who are the persons who’re usually having SLE?
    what are the causes?symptoms?treatments?
    do they have medications?


    1. unny

      Systemic lupus erythematosus , often abbreviated to SLE or lupus, is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease (or autoimmune connective tissue disease) that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.

      SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The course of the disease is unpredictable, with periods of illness (called flares) alternating with remissions. The disease occurs nine times more often in women than in men, especially women in child-bearing years ages 15 to 35, and is more common in those of non-European descent.


      SLE is treatable through addressing its symptoms, mainly with cyclophosphamide, corticosteroids and immunosuppressants; there is currently no cure. SLE can be fatal, although with recent medical advances, fatalities are becoming increasingly rare. Survival for people with SLE in the United States, Canada, and Europe is approximately 95% at five years, 90% at 10 years, and 78% at 20 years.


      SLE is one of several diseases known as “the great imitators” because it often mimics or is mistaken for other illnesses.[7] SLE is a classical item in differential diagnosis,[3] because SLE symptoms vary widely and come and go unpredictably. Diagnosis can thus be elusive, with some people suffering unexplained symptoms of untreated SLE for years.

      Common initial and chronic complaints include fever, malaise, joint pains, myalgias, fatigue, and temporary loss of cognitive abilities. Because they are so often seen with other diseases, these signs and symptoms are not part of the diagnostic criteria for SLE.


      There is no one specific cause of SLE. There are, however, a number of environmental triggers and a number of genetic susceptibilities

  3. Mi Chiamo JAY !!

    This is annoying, so I have to ask. My fingers and toes are always cold?
    I’m 37, white male. I do take high blood pressure meds and Lexapro for anxiety. My fingers, finger tips and my toes are constantly cold. It doesn’t matter if I have gloves on or heavy, warm boots. I’m freezing.

    Right now, I’m sitting in my warm office, at the computer. My finger tips feel like they are going to fall off, they are so cold. I don’t know what is wrong. Any advice you can give?

    1. ForeverTheSickest

      sounds like your blood circulation is off….. can’t really think of any advice in particular, but I got this off the internet for you… good luck

      Raynaud’s Phenomenon
      Raynaud’s phenomenon occurs when the extremities of the body, usually the fingers and toes, change colour and may become painful. It is due to a narrowing (constriction) of the small blood vessels on exposure to the cold, or to a change in temperature, or to emotional stress. In most cases, the cause is not known.

      In some cases,NOT ALL!! Raynaud’s is a symptom of an underlying condition such as scleroderma, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment is to keep warm. Drugs to open up the blood vessels are used in some cases.

      What is Raynaud’s?

      Raynaud’s phenomenon, often just called Raynaud’s, is a condition where the small blood vessels of the fingers become narrow (constrict), most commonly when they are in a cool environment. Sometimes blood vessels to other extremities such as the toes, ears and nose are affected. It is named after Dr Maurice Raynaud, the man who first described it in 1862.

      What are the symptoms of Raynaud’s?

      Typically, symptoms develop in fingers when you become cool. For example, in cold weather.

      At first the fingers go white and cool. This happens because the small blood vessels in the fingers narrow (constrict).
      The fingers then go a bluish colour (or even purple or black in severe cases). This happens because the oxygen is used up quickly from the blood in the narrowed blood vessels.
      The fingers then go bright red. This happens because blood vessels open up again (dilate) and the blood flow returns. This may cause tingling, throbbing, numbness, and pain (which can be severe in some cases).
      Many people with Raynaud’s do not have the full classic colour changes, but develop bouts of uncomfortable, pale, cold fingers. Only the fingers are affected in most cases. In some cases the toes are also affected. Less commonly other extremities of the body are affected such as the earlobes, nose, nipples, or tongue. Each bout of symptoms can last from minutes to hours.

      Raynaud’s phenomenon is usually mild, with infrequent, brief bouts of symptoms that last just a few minutes. Sometimes it is moderate with more frequent bouts of symptoms that last longer. Rarely, it is severe with repeated frequent bouts with each bout lasting longer periods of time.

      What causes Raynaud’s?
      Primary Raynaud’s – when the cause is not known
      In most cases there is no known cause (more than 9 in 10 cases). This is called primary Raynaud’s. The small blood vessels in the fingers, toes, etc, are just more sensitive than usual to cool temperatures. The reason for this is not known. Symptoms are triggered more easily in some cases than others. Even mildly cool weather, or getting something out of the freezer, can trigger symptoms in some people. Strong emotion may also trigger symptoms in some cases.

      Usually, all fingers on both hands are affected in primary Raynaud’s. It also tends to run in some families. Women are affected much more often than men. It usually first develops before the age of 30. There are no other symptoms apart from those described above, and symptoms go completely after each bout.

      Secondary Raynaud’s – due to an underlying cause
      In less than 1 in 10 cases, there is an underlying cause. This is called secondary Raynaud’s. Various condition of blood vessels, joints, muscles, nerves, or skin can cause secondary Raynaud’s. For example, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), and other ‘connective tissue’ diseases. If you have secondary Raynaud’s you will normally have other symptoms in addition to the symptoms of Raynaud’s. The Raynaud’s is just one feature of the condition. For example, you may also have joint pains, rashes, joint swelling, etc.

      Often the underlying condition is already present, and you may develop Raynaud’s as a complication. Sometimes the symptoms of Raynaud’s occur first, and other symptoms of the underlying condition develop weeks, months or even years later.

      In secondary Raynaud’s, symptoms may first begin in just one or two fingers on one hand. This is in contrast to primary Raynaud’s when all fingers on both hands are typically affected. Certain medicines may also cause secondary Raynaud’s as a side-effect (see below).

      Hand-arm vibration syndrome (vibration white finger) is one common cause of secondary Raynaud’s. This is caused by using vibrating tools regularly over a long time. For example, it occurs in some shipyard workers, mine workers, road diggers, etc. It is thought that repeated vibrations over time may damage the small blood vessels or their nerve supply.

      How common is Raynaud’s?

      Raynaud’s phenomenon is a common disorder. About 1 in 20 people develop Raynaud’s phenomenon. Up to 9 in 10 cases are primary Raynaud’s. Primary Raynaud’s usually first develops in teenagers and young adults, but it can dev

  4. flablueeyes67

    Heard of Lupus or SLE?
    I am just curious how many people have heard of Lupus and know what it is. I have it and am amazed how many people haven’t heard of it. I have it, and just wander if its as unknown as I think. Thank you

    1. smarttkdgirl

      Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a chronic, potentially debilitating or fatal autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage. SLE can affect any part of the body, but often harms the heart, joints (rheumatological), skin, lungs, blood vessels and brain/nervous system. Lupus is treatable, mainly with immunosuppression, though there is currently no cure for it.

      The standard treatment, for decades, has been a limited group of drugs (primarily corticosteroids and chemotherapy drugs). Research into more modern treatments has recently begun and is accelerated by genetic discoveries, especially mapping of the human genome. SLE is known as “the great imitator”, as its symptoms often mimic other illnesses and because they come and go unpredictably. Diagnosis can be elusive, with patients sometimes suffering unexplained symptoms and untreated SLE for years. Increased awareness and education about lupus since the 1960s has helped many more patients get an accurate diagnosis and made it possible to estimate the number of people with lupus. Lupus was previously believed to be a rare disease. In the United States alone, an estimated 270,000 to 1.5 million people have lupus, making it more common than cystic fibrosis or cerebral palsy. The disease primarily affects young women, although men can be diagnosed with lupus. World-wide, a conservative estimate states that over 5 million people have lupus.

      SLE was called lupus (Latin for “wolf”), perhaps due to a crude similarity between the facial rash that some lupus patients develop, and a wolf’s face, although various explanations have been proposed.

      I hope this helps and good luck!! you’re in my prayers

  5. reinah

    How common is it to have both Lupus and Emotional issues?
    I’ve seen various sites talking about bipolar disorder and lupus, or severe depression and lupus, and I know that I, personally, was treated for bipolar disorder before they found out I was LA+. (I don’t have lupus, I’m RO-, but I have lots of lupus-related symptoms, so I’m being treated for them.) I was just wondering, how common is it for people who have lupus to have emotional issues as well?

    1. Rhyannonn C

      I have both! I’d say very common but I don’t think much research has been done to really find out!

      But here’s what I found….

      According to The Lupus Foundation of Americas pathetic website …
      Some psychiatric and medical studies state that 15 percent of those with a chronic illness suffer from clinical depression; others place this figure as high as 60 percent. Although clinical depression is certainly more common in people with chronic medical illness, (e.g., lupus) than in the general population, not every patient with a chronic illness suffers from clinical depression.

      For patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), symptoms of depressive illness that quite naturally can be attributed to the lupus condition include:

      loss of energy and interest
      pain intensification
      diminished sexual interest and/or performance.
      What causes depression in lupus?

      There is no one cause of clinical depression in lupus; rather, there are various and different factors contributing to depression in chronic illnesses such as lupus.

      The most common cause is the emotional drain from the continuous series of stresses and strains associated with coping with the chronic illness and medical condition.
      Other causes may be the many sacrifices and losses required by the continuous life adjustments that a patient with a chronic illness must make.
      Various medications used to treat lupus, such as steroids (e.g., prednisone), may bring about depression.
      Lupus involvement of certain organs (e.g., the brain, heart, or kidneys) can lead to clinical depression.
      There also are many unrecognized or unknown factors (which may or may not be related to lupus) which may cause depressive illness.
      Of course, there are people who would develop clinical depression whether or not they had lupus. In fact, it is the most common psychiatric condition seen in the general population-20 percent of women and 10 percent of men-as well as in medical practice.

    1. silverearth1

      There are three main types of lupus:

      Systemic lupus erythematosus (eh-RITH-eh-muh-TOE-sus) is the most common form. It’s sometimes called SLE, or just lupus. The word “systemic” means that the disease can involve many parts of the body such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. SLE symptoms can be mild or serious.

      Discoid lupus erythematosus mainly affects the skin. A red rash may appear, or the skin on the face, scalp, or elsewhere may change color.

      Drug-induced lupus is triggered by a few medicines. It’s like SLE, but symptoms are usually milder. Most of the time, the disease goes away when the medicine is stopped. More men develop drug-induced lupus because the drugs that cause it, hydralazine and procainamide, are used to treat heart conditions that are more common in men.

  6. Dance-a-Holic

    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!!!!


    My ESR test reports show me the result at 30, previously it was 25, and in men its normal range is shown as 0-
    Could I plz get my answer as soon as possible. please.

    1. Meow

      An ESR test doesn’t point to any one particular illness but to a variety of possibilities. In certain illnesses the red blood cells become coated with a layer of protein that makes them stick together in columns and fall faster down the tube, giving a higher result.

      In the standard ESR test usually used in the UK, the normal result for men is their age divided by two or lower (so for your husband, at 40, the normal should be 20mm an hour or below). Normal for women is age plus 10, divided by two.

      As well as disease, age and anaemia can make the ESR go up.

      Mild problems such as colds and other trivial infections can make the ESR go up a bit. So, if the result is slightly abnormal many doctors wait a month and repeat it.

      However, if the ESR is greater than 100mm an hour it’s usually a fairly reliable sign that something is wrong. Symptoms may often be a clue to the cause of the problem, but sometimes there’s little else to go on and more specific tests will be needed.

      Causes of a raised ESR

      Some of the most common causes of a raised ESR include:

      Connective tissue diseases – including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), giant cell arteritis and systemic sclerosis
      Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) – a condition particularly common among elderly women, which causes chronic aching and stiffness of the muscles, especially in the shoulders and upper arms
      Cancer – often widespread through the body (this is unlikely if you are putting on weight).
      Rheumatoid arthritis
      Kidney disease
      Severe or chronic infection

      In those patients who have only vague symptoms, one survey found the common causes to be:

      Myeloma, leukaemia and lymphoma – all types of blood cancer (sometimes night sweats are a symptom of lymphoma)
      Giant cell arteritis
      An abdominal aortic aneurysm (ballooning of the main artery through the abdomen)
      Disseminated cancer of the prostate

      These are all quite serious illnesses, so it’s important that a high ESR is checked and that other tests are carried out to look for these conditions.

  8. bexluvsoccer

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus, SLE) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks various organs or cells of the body causing damage and dysfunction. Lupus is called a multisystem disease because it can affect many different tissues and organs in the body. Some patients with lupus have a very mild condition, which can be treated with simple medications, whereas others can have serious, life-threatening complications. Lupus is more common in women than men, and its peak incidence is after puberty—the reason for this is unknown.

    While lupus is a chronic illness, it is characterized by periods when the disease activity is minimal or absent (remission) and when it is active (relapse or flare). The outlook for patients with SLE today is much better than years ago because of greater awareness and better tests leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment and more effective and safer medications.

    Those are symptoms of Lupus but there are about 20 more.
    they include

    Pain and discomfort in the torso (abdomen/chest area)
    swelling-shoulder, wrist, fingers, hip, knee and ankles
    joint aches
    bleeding gums
    easy bleeding
    skin rash
    hair loss
    muscle tingles

    Hope I helped!

  9. Heather C

    What does a postive ana mean?
    I was pregnant in 10/05 and my ana blood test came back postive i was tested for lupus because my titer came back high what else could i have? Doctore doesnt seem to be too concerned. Should i be

    1. swomedicineman

      An antinuclear antibody (ANA) test measures the amount and pattern of abnormal antibody that work against the body’s tissues (autoantibody). Everyone has a small amount of autoantibody, but about 5% of people have a larger amount. About half of these 5% have an autoimmune disease, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis. An ANA test alone cannot diagnose a specific disease. It is used in combination with an evaluation of symptoms and other tests.

      The body’s immune system normally attacks and destroys foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. However, in disorders known as autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks and destroys the body’s normal tissues. When a person has an autoimmune disease, the immune system produces antibodies that attach to the body’s own cells as though they were foreign substances, often causing them to be damaged or destroyed. A thorough medical history, physical examination, and other tests besides an ANA test are needed confirm a suspected autoimmune disease.

      A test for antinuclear antibodies (ANA) is done to help diagnose conditions that include:

      Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
      Rheumatoid arthritis
      Sjögren’s syndrome.
      Hashimoto’s thyroid disease.
      A reaction to a medication.

      High values
      A high ANA titer may indicate systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE can be present with titers from 1 to 40 and higher. Almost all people with SLE have a high ANA titer. However, most people with a high ANA titer do not have SLE. Only about one-third of people who are referred to a rheumatologist for high ANA titers are diagnosed with SLE. Other conditions may cause a high ANA titer. About 30% to 40% of people with rheumatoid arthritis have a high ANA titer.
      Many conditions may result in a high ANA titer. These conditions include autoimmune diseases, such as scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and myositis. Other conditions with a high ANA titer include Raynaud’s syndrome, viral infections, and liver disease. Although an ANA titer may help support a diagnosis for these conditions, it is not used by itself to confirm a diagnosis. A thorough medical history, physical examination, and other tests are needed to confirm a suspected autoimmune disease.
      Some apparently healthy individuals have high levels of antinuclear antibodies. For instance, some people with a family history of autoimmune disease may have a high ANA titer. The higher the titer, however, the more likely it is that the person has an autoimmune disease.
      What Affects the Test

      Factors that can interfere with your test and the accuracy of the results include:

      Medications, such as hydralazine (Apresoline), procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl, Promine), and certain anticonvulsants (such as Dilantin, Mysoline). These medications can cause a form of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) called drug-induced lupus. Lupus resulting from these medications may cause a high antinuclear antibody (ANA) titer.
      Medications, such as antibiotics (isoniazid, penicillin, and tetracycline), birth control pills, lithium, and some diuretics, such as chlorthalidone (Hygroton).
      Heart or blood pressure medications, such as acebutolol (Sectral), captopril (Capoten), atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Lopressor), lovastatin (Mevacor), and quinidine.
      Aging. Some older adults (5% to 40%) may have mildly elevated levels. Older women appear to have higher ANA titers than older men.
      Steroids, which may cause a false-negative result.

  10. helen_knott

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), also called simply lupus, is a chronic autoimmune condition in which the body creates antibodies, which instead of protecting the body, attack the body’s connective tissues.

    This causes a variety of symptoms that are different in each person with SLE. The symptoms may flare up intermittently and then become less severe but they rarely disappear completely. There is no way of preventing lupus and no cure.

    The precise cause of SLE is not known, but it is not a contagious disease. It can occur at all ages, but is more common in women of child-bearing age, particularly the teens and early twenties. This is significant because one side-effect of lupus is an increased risk of miscarriage.
    sorry this couldn’t be more positive. I’ve taken this from the NHSdirect website, if your in the UK you can phone NHS direct (08454647) and they will get someone to research particular questions for you for more information.

  11. mel

    What is the cause of my cold hands?
    Whenever the weather is lower than 80 degrees my hands are cold. Do you think it could be bad circulation?

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