My first sign of a lupus flare is always dizziness with fatigue

Question By Patient: My first sign of a lupus flare is always dizziness with fatigue. My brain MRI was normal. Why do you think I am getting dizzy spells during flares?
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan
Dizziness with lupus can be due to several reasons. It could be due to inner ear inflammation, small vessel inflammation in brain, […]

I was told previous blood work showed I have Lupus, but now am in remission. I’ve had severe body aches and mouth sores again. Am I having a flare up?

Question By Patient: I was told previous blood work showed I have Lupus, but now am in remission. I’ve had severe body aches and mouth sores again. Am I having a flare up?
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune systemic disorder and can have quiet periods with acute intermittent flares. Mouth sores with severe […]

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Question By Patient: Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan
Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients. Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced. […]

If I have lupus will I pass it on to my baby?

Question By Patient:  If I have lupus will I pass it on to my baby?
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan
Chances of a baby developing lupus are very small. Neonatal lupus is a condition in which mothers ant-Ro or anti-La antibodies temporarily pass through the placenta to the baby and can cause a rash or rarely heart […]

What is lupus?

Question By Patient: What is lupus?
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan
Lupus is an autoimmune disease and affects skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood and blood vessels. In lupus immune system makes antibodies to healthy cells causing inflammation leading to damage to organ or body system .lupus is not contagious. It is not cancer or related […]

Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Question By Patient: Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

 
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan:

 

Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs. It is a systemic autoimmune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood vessels and nervous system. Antibody production by B cells are to DNA, SM antigen, histones and other proteins of the cell nucleus. […]

What is the management of autoimmune disease?

Question By Patient: What is the management of autoimmune disease?
 
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan:
 

Autoimmune diseases treatment includes

1. Reduce eliminate the immune system attack on one’s cells (platelets, WBC etc), tissues (muscles, nerves, Joints, blood vessels), organs (pancreas, thyroid, kidneys Adrenal).

2. Reduce or eliminate acute destructive (inflammatory) process.

3. preserve immune function 4.replace products Insulin, thyroid, B12 lost. […]

Can You Die From The Autoimmune Disease?

Question By Patient: Can You Die From The Autoimmune Disease?
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan
Death in Autoimmune diseases depends on several factors including its severity, target organ, cell, tissue and vital structures involved, duration and stage of disease, underlying co-morbid conditions, the age of a patient and overall health of the patient. Many of autoimmune diseases […]

How can someone contract an autoimmune disease?

Question By Patient: How can someone contract an autoimmune disease?
 
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan
It is not fully understood and research is still on. It happens in individuals who are genetically susceptible triggered by an offending agent which could be a bacteria, virus, environmental toxins, drugs, food allergens, radiation, chemicals, hormonal to name a few. It […]

What Can Cause An Autoimmune Disease?

Monterey Park Medical Center Director Dr. Srinivasan answers questions from our patients.
Question By Patient: What can cause an autoimmune disease?
Answer By Dr. Srinivasan
In Autoimmune disease the enemy is from within. As the name implies “auto” is self, and “immune” is immune system. One’s own immune system for unknown reason turns against self, and destroys […]