Review the following ‘Questions To Ask’ about lupus so
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Do my symptoms suggest a possible diagnosis of lupus?
How much experience do you have diagnosing and treating lupus
What tests should I undergo to determine whether lupus has caused
any damage to my kidneys or other vital organs?
What lifestyle and dietary changes can I make to promote my health?
What are the side effects or potential interactions of the drugs
you are prescribing?
Can you recommend an appropriate exercise regimen?
What should I do if I decide to have a baby?
Can you refer me to a local support group for lupus patients?
The Lupus Foundation of America The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the nation’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus. The LFA was founded in 1977, and currently operates a nationwide network of almost 300 chapters, branches and support groups. . 2008. http://www.lupus.org.
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