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My sister has lost a great deal of weight. Various blood tests have been carried out which have all come back as negative. This has been carried out over a number of months. The Specialist have now said they are going to test for Lupus. She is not eating as she said she has a bitter taste in her mouth and very fatigue. What food if any can I give her to eat to help build up her energy, and what can I do for her to nurse her back to health, that is assuming the test resultd come back with Lupus.
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So is the weight loss considered to be only from her loss of appetite? Have any tests been done so far?

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

Yes all the blood tests have been done and come back negative.

Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 8 years ago
OK, but Lupus isn't often associated with these symptoms. Was no other diagnosis considered?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
No
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
What is Lupus associated with as the doctors are going to test for it
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 8 years ago
Well, the fatigue and pain can be symptoms, but weight loss and the taste change aren't usually associated with early lupus. I can't be sure what diagnoses were considered and checked for with the tests, but, for now, she needs to eat. Ensure or a similar high calorie product, three or more cans a day, along with as much food as she can tolerate may help.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Do you know what weight loss which is raid and taste change can be associated with?
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 8 years ago
Many possibilities, including vitamin deficiencies, occult cancer, thyroid or adrenal dysfunction, among others. Without knowing what's been tested for so far, I can't give you just one diagnosis.
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