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My daughter is 37, she has had colitis since age 14. has

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my daughter is 37, she has had colitis since age 14. has been on numerous medications. At the present time she has a spot on each lung, and was told she has some form of lupus and and anti cardio lipid,in simple english what are these diseases?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Pauline replied 7 years ago.

Lupus is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, it is a disease considered to be auto-immune so the body's own defense system is active.

Anti-cardiolipin antibodies are also part of this auto-immune disease, the body is fighting against cardiolipin, a molecule found in cell walls.

Remicade is a new treatment that fights the auto-immune disease. Because it works to help suppress the immune response then there are a number of potential side effects but the benefit of treating the disease usually outweighs the side effects.

Not everyone that uses Remicade will get all the side effects, and she will have lots of follow up at clinics so any new problems can be dealt with quickly.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Should she be following any particular diet, exercise or work program to help her remain active in her life. At this time she has days where she can't even get out of bed and always feels terrible.
Expert:  Pauline replied 7 years ago.

The important thing with her history is nutrition, she may have poor absorption leading to vitamin deficiencies and reduced calorie uptake. So regular blood tests for hemoglobin, folate and vitamin B12 are important. She may want to see a nutritionist to check that her calorie intake is matching her needs.

Studies have shown that moderate exercise has a role in managing fatigue, and so a physical therapist can work with her to have an exercise regimen that she can flex depending on how much she can manage.

Little and often is better than heavy duty sessions. Even a gentle walk will help if she cannot face the gym.

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