Paresthesia

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Lupus erythematosus

Lupus erythematosus (LE) is one of the medical conditions that can lead a patient to experience paresthesia. There are actually several diseases which are combined into this category. Some of the types of lupus erythematosus include the systemic, discoid, neonatal, and drug-induced forms. On this page, we consider systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE for short.

Symptoms

The symptoms involved in SLE can be wide-ranging, and as mentioned, paresthesia is a possibility. Additionally, the condition is often mistaken for something else. Symptoms may come and go from time to time. If you're considering that you or someone you know might have SLE, please contact a medical professional to attempt a diagnosis, and do not rely on the list of symptoms mentioned on this page. Additionally, this is not a complete list, and other items can appear when someone has this condition. Moreover, having one or more of these does not mean that a person has SLE.

Anemia (decreased red blood cell count)
Atherosclerosis
Butterfly rash
Certain types of heart inflammation
Fatigue
Fever
Joint pain (especially hands and wrists, but potentially any joint)
Malaise (a general "unwell" feeling)
Muscle pain (myalgia)
Neurological symptoms such as headaches, seizures, etc.
Pulmonary hypertension

Causes

No one particular cause for SLE is known. There are various factors that are considered to have the potential to play a part in the development of a case of this condition, including those based on genetics and environmental triggers.


Diagnosis

Keep in mind that systemic lupus erythematosus is often difficult to receive a diagnosis for, and it can be easily mistaken for some other medical condition. Certain testing can be used to attempt to receive a diagnosis. Criteria can also be used to look for a possible case of SLE. A doctor or medical professional is the one who does this examination and looks into the results. The previously used test that checked for the LE cell is not frequently used nowadays, as that particular cell does not appear in all patients with the condition, and it also can show up in patients due to other medical situations.

Treatment

No method of curing cases of SLE has been found. Therefore, treatment generally aims at the symptoms, in ways such as reducing the incidence of flare-ups, and making them less severe, as well as shorter, when they do occur. A couple of general categories which might be used include changes to the person's lifestyle, and taking certain medications.

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