You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with lupus. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
There is a history of SLE in my family. Does that increase my risk of SLE?
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Last reviewed June 2013 by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD; Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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