Living with Lupus: The Complete Guide, Second Edition

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An estimated 1.4 million Americans, most of them women, suffer from lupus, a chronic auto-immune disease in which the immune system attacks the body. With symptoms ranging from skin rashes to kidney dysfunction, lupus is a complicated and frustrating disease, the cause of which is still unknown.In the newly revised Living with Lupus, Dr. Sheldon Blau helps patients, their caregivers, and their families and friends navigate this unpredictable disease. With sound, up-to-date advice on how to interpret symptoms, ...
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Overview


An estimated 1.4 million Americans, most of them women, suffer from lupus, a chronic auto-immune disease in which the immune system attacks the body. With symptoms ranging from skin rashes to kidney dysfunction, lupus is a complicated and frustrating disease, the cause of which is still unknown.In the newly revised Living with Lupus, Dr. Sheldon Blau helps patients, their caregivers, and their families and friends navigate this unpredictable disease. With sound, up-to-date advice on how to interpret symptoms, find a physician, choose the right treatments and medications, avoid the environmental factors that may trigger a flare-up, and reduce the risk of complications, Living with Lupus is the essential resource for maintaining a healthy and comfortable lifestyle in spite of lupus. Full of practical suggestions, cutting-edge medical information, and moving personal stories, Living with Lupus offers hope and reassurance.

Presents diagnosis/cause/relation between doctor & patient/ drugs/corticosteroids/osteoporosis/lupus in children/etc.

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Blau ( Lupus: The Body Against Itself , LJ 4/1/77; Doubleday, 1984. 2d ed.) states that one million Americans suffer from lupus, eight out of nine being women. That's a compelling reason for patients, their families, and their friends to learn more about this connective tissue disease, which affects joints and muscles, skin, blood vessels, lung membranes, the heart, and the kidneys. The cause is unknown, but Blau cites theories regarding genetics, a virus, and environmental causes. He describes 11 diagnostic criteria but recommends that final diagnosis be made by a rheumatologist. Blau explains the main drugs prescribed for lupus, emphasizing corticosteroids, and also discusses accompanying problems like anemia and osteoporosis. While he offers some useful information, the omission of a major resource for obtaining a physician, confusing statistics, and potentially misleading comments on the drug Tamoxifen are noted flaws. A better choice would be to contact The Lupus Foundation of America for its current approved reading list.-- Catherine Greene, Bethesda Memorial Hosp. Lib., Boynton Beach, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738209227
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 692,808
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author


Sheldon Paul Blau, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dodi Schultz is an award-winning science writer. She coauthored Lupus: The Body Against Itself, the seminal and groundbreaking book on lupus.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 In Their Own Words: How It Began 9
2 Diagnosis: What Makes the Difference 19
3 Why Me? What Causes Lupus - Maybe 37
4 Doctor and Patient: A Delicate Partnership 59
5 Drugs Used for Lupus 73
6 The Main Medicines: Corticosteroids 85
7 Other Problems, Other Treatments 93
8 Osteoporosis: Detection and Prevention 107
9 A Prudent Approach to Pregnancy 133
10 The "Other" Lupus: Drugs - and More - That Can Cause Disease 149
11 Food Boosts, Cosmetic Cautions, and Other Practical Pointers 165
12 The Rest of Your Life 185
13 Lupus in Children and Teens 197
14 New Directions, Future Therapies 211
Appendix: Good Connections (You're Not Alone) 219
Glossary 231
Selected Bibliography 243
Index 253
About the Authors 263
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