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Vicnchan

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I am waiting on a diagnosis now and I am curious about something. My mother died of lupus, two of my aunts have lupus, one of my first cousins has lupus, one of my second cousins has a yet undiagnosed autoimmune disease, my brother is symptomatic of an autoimmune disease, and my great aunt died of lupus. My father died of ALS....... All were diagnosed by rheumatologist and treated.

How much weight does a Dr give a family history like mine when diagnosing you and is my family history of this disease the norm or odd?


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That is quite a family history. At my age, I think there were family members were never dx'd, it just wasn't heard of back in the 60's & 70's My sister has skin issues as I do, and her grand daughter has SLE. Just had a cousin that passed from ALS. In my mind, there is a hereditary factor for sure.
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I agree with Robin. My inter was dx with SLE before me. My daughter was dx with SLE at 15 years old. All three of us have very different issues. My sisters lupus has been in remission for a long time. Once in a while she will flair. My daughter the same me I have a lot of lupus issues.
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I've heard different ideas on this, but I can tell you about myself. Autoimmune diseases were on my maternal grandfather's side of the family. My mom has lupus (SLE) and I do, too. I had a double shot at autoimmune diseases because my dad has rheumatoid arthritis. My sister has symptoms of something but nothing diagnosed that I know of. Her oldest son had rheumatic fever.

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Well I'm up late, so I'll chime in.

My Mother (bless her) had diverticulitis, terrible arthritis, breast cancer and many skin issues.  However nothing autoimmune was ever discussed nor dx.  Her skin issues were mainly caused by allergies to medications....a trait I have inherited.  Hives, blisters, severe swelling, you name it, she got it and so do I.

My Father, (bless him) who was born in 1919, suffered two bouts of St. Vitus' Dance (rheumatic fever).  Each time, in 1926 & 1928 Toronto, their house was quarantined.   When I was a kid, I was thought to have mono, because I repeatedly had strep throat, tonsillitis, hives, swelling....the last time I remember getting sick.....I was 19....swollen, covered in hives so bad all my skin peeled off.  Having been prescribed penicillin so many times, I developed an allergy to it.

So I have inherited a little potpourri of both parents.  My brother recently died of cancer and my other brother has been recently dx.

Family history is not a guarantee you will get things....but.....it sure is a factor in what you develop.  I'm convinced of it.
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Vicnhan?

Your family history is quite extensively linked to Lupus.  I don't think it's odd, but it IS an alarming percentage of autoimmune cases for one family.

Just a layperson here.......but I have a feeling your doctor took your info under great consideration.

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I forgot my grandmother had RA I also have RA. I think if you look back you will see different people in your family may have had an AI that they dx has something different
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Well.....not much is known about my Grandparents' health CupCake.  My sister and I were trying to figure it out....by asking my Mom before She died.....but unfortunately Her mother died when She was 18 months old....and Her father was going to put Her and Her sister into an orphanage.
Her fathers' brother lived in Toronto....and he and his wife took them back with them, after Her mothers' funeral.  That's how She ended up in Canada....being raised by Her uncle & his wife.  She was born in Cleveland, 1918.

My parents had me when they were 42....and I only had one surviving grandparent at that time.  He died in 1964.  My grandparents were all born in the later 1800's.....not great record keeping back then....and really.....not great medical knowledge either......well....at least not like today.

When I was in school....all the kids thought my parents were my grandparents!
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