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Resources for Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus & Caregivers | Talk SLE
http://www.talksle.com/resources/patients-caregivers.html

The need for healthcare providers to effectively engage with patients with SLE is ongoing and the stakes are high. Even when patients have no complaints and no visual signs of disease, organ damage can be occurring. We've developed these tools to help both you and your patients communicate and be vigilant.

Pleurisy - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pleurisy/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351866

Jan 2nd, 2020 - Diagnosis Your doctor will start by asking about your medical history and doing a physical exam, including examining your chest with a stethoscope. To determine if you have pleurisy and identify the cause, your doctor might recommend: Blood tests. A blood test might tell your doctor if you have an infection. Other blood tests also might detect an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthriti...

Ankylosing spondylitis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ankylosing-spondylitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354813

Nov 7th, 2019 - Diagnosis During the physical exam, your doctor might ask you to bend in different directions to test the range of motion in your spine. He or she might try to reproduce your pain by pressing on specific portions of your pelvis or by moving your legs into a particular position. Also, your doctor might ask you to take a deep breath to see if you have difficulty expanding your chest. Imaging test...

Ankylosing spondylitis - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ankylosing-spondylitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354808

Nov 7th, 2019 - Overview Ankylosing spondylitis Ankylosing spondylitis As ankylosing spondylitis worsens, new bone forms as part of the body's attempt to heal. The new bone gradually bridges the gap between vertebrae and eventually fuses sections of vertebrae together. Fused vertebrae can flatten the natural curves of your spine and force it into an inflexible, hunched posture. Ankylosing spondylitis is an inf...

Kawasaki disease - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kawasaki-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354603

Oct 30th, 2019 - Diagnosis There's no specific test available to diagnose Kawasaki disease. Diagnosis involves ruling out other diseases that cause similar signs and symptoms, including: Scarlet fever, which is caused by streptococcal bacteria and results in fever, rash, chills and sore throat Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a disorder of the mucous membranes Toxic shock syndrome Measles...

Psoriatic arthritis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriatic-arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354081

Sep 20th, 2019 - Diagnosis During the exam, your doctor may: Closely examine your joints for signs of swelling or tenderness Check your fingernails for pitting, flaking and other abnormalities Press on the soles of your feet and around your heels to find tender areas No single test can confirm a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. But some types of tests can rule out other causes of joint pain, such as rheumatoid...

Henoch-Schonlein purpura - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/henoch-schonlein-purpura/symptoms-causes/syc-20354040

Jul 23rd, 2019 - Overview Henoch-Schonlein purpura Henoch-Schonlein purpura Henoch-Schonlein purpura is an inflammation of the small blood vessels of the skin, joints, bowels and kidneys. When blood vessels get inflamed, they can bleed into the skin, causing a reddish-purple rash (purpura). Henoch-Schonlein purpura (also known as IgA vasculitis) is a disorder that causes the small blood vessels in your skin, jo...

Arthritis - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350772

Jul 18th, 2019 - Overview Rheumatoid arthritis vs. osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis vs. osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, involves the wearing away of the cartilage that caps the bones in your joints. With rheumatoid arthritis, the synovial membrane that protects and lubricates joints becomes inflamed, causing pain and swelling. Joint erosion may follow. Arthritis is the swell...

Takayasu's arteritis - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/takayasus-arteritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351335

Mar 5th, 2019 - Overview Large arteries Large arteries Takayasu's arteritis is a form of vasculitis — inflammation of the blood vessels — that damages the large arteries, especially the aorta. Chambers and valves of the heart Chambers and valves of the heart A normal heart has two upper and two lower chambers. The upper chambers, the right and left atria, receive incoming blood. The lower chambers, the more mu...

Rheumatoid arthritis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353653

Feb 28th, 2019 - Diagnosis Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages because the early signs and symptoms mimic those of many other diseases. There is no one blood test or physical finding to confirm the diagnosis. During the physical exam, your doctor will check your joints for swelling, redness and warmth. He or she may also check your reflexes and muscle strength. Blood tests Peop...

Rheumatoid arthritis - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20353648

Feb 28th, 2019 - Overview Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain, swelling and deformity. As the tissue that lines your joints (synovial membrane) becomes inflamed and thickened, fluid builds up and joints erode and degrade. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition can damage a wide va...

Granulomatosis with polyangiitis - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351088

Dec 19th, 2018 - Overview Granulomatosis with polyangiitis is an uncommon disorder that causes inflammation of the blood vessels in your nose, sinuses, throat, lungs and kidneys. Formerly called Wegener's granulomatosis, this condition is one of a group of blood vessel disorders called vasculitis. It slows blood flow to some of your organs. The affected tissues can develop areas of inflammation called granuloma...

Sacroiliitis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sacroiliitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350751

Nov 30th, 2018 - Diagnosis During the physical exam, your doctor might try to pinpoint the cause of your pain by pressing on places on your hips and buttocks. He or she might move your legs into different positions to gently stress your sacroiliac joints. Imaging tests An X-ray of your pelvis can reveal signs of damage to the sacroiliac joint. If ankylosing spondylitis is suspected, your doctor might recommend ...

Polymyalgia rheumatica - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polymyalgia-rheumatica/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20376545

Jun 22nd, 2018 - Diagnosis A physical exam, including joint and neurological exams, and test results can help your doctor determine the cause of your pain and stiffness. During the exam, he or she might gently move your head and limbs to assess your range of motion. Your doctor might reassess your diagnosis as your treatment progresses. Some people initially given a diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica are later...

IgA Vasculitis (Henoch-Schönlein Purpura)
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14893-henoch-schonlein-purpura-hsp

Jan 18th, 2018 - What is IgA vasculitis? IgA vasculitis (IgAV, also known as Henoch-Schönlein purpura) is part of the vasculitis group of illnesses. Vasculitis is a general term that refers to the inflammation (irritation and swelling) of blood vessels. Each form of vasculitis tends to involve certain characteristic blood vessels. IgAV affects the small blood vessels in the skin, gastrointestinal tract and, fre...

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20374082

Dec 19th, 2017 - Overview Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis in children under the age of 16. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis can cause persistent joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Some children may experience symptoms for only a few months, while others have symptoms for the rest of their lives. Some types of juvenile idiopathic ...

Vasculitis - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vasculitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20363435

Oct 17th, 2017 - Overview Vasculitis is inflammation of your blood vessels. It causes changes in the blood vessel walls, including thickening, weakening, narrowing or scarring. These changes can restrict blood flow, resulting in organ and tissue damage. There are many types of vasculitis, and most of them are rare. Vasculitis might affect just one organ, or several. The condition can be short term (acute) or lo...

Vasculitis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vasculitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20363485

Oct 17th, 2017 - Diagnosis Your doctor likely will start by taking your medical history and performing a physical exam. He or she may have you undergo one or more diagnostic tests and procedures to either rule out other conditions that mimic vasculitis or diagnose vasculitis. Tests and procedures might include: Blood tests. These tests look for signs of inflammation, such as a high level of C-reactive protein. ...

Sjogren's syndrome - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sjogrens-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20353216

Aug 8th, 2017 - Overview Sjogren's (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disorder of your immune system identified by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth. The condition often accompanies other immune system disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. In Sjogren's syndrome, the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of your eyes and mouth are usually affected first — resulting in decreas...

Interstitial lung disease - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/interstitial-lung-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353108

Jul 20th, 2017 - Overview Interstitial (in-tur-STISH-ul) lung disease describes a large group of disorders, most of which cause progressive scarring of lung tissue. The scarring associated with interstitial lung disease eventually affects your ability to breathe and get enough oxygen into your bloodstream. Interstitial lung disease can be caused by long-term exposure to hazardous materials, such as asbestos. So...