Could I Have Lupus

Could I Have Lupus

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  1. Autoimmune disorders affect millions of people each year. Lupus or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the tissues and muscles of the body. In laymen’s terms, the immune system attacks your body’s cells and tissue which causes irreversible tissue damage and inflammation. It can affect any part of the body and most often attacks the lungs, heart, joints, liver and nervous system. The "flare" can happen at any time and go into remission. This can happen over and over again in the body leaving you to feel fatigued, swollen and in tremendous pain.

    Who It Affects

    Primarily in women, though it can happen to men, it usually hits between the ages of 15 and 50 years. Lupus symptoms are treatable but as of yet, the disease in not curable. This particular disease is fatal but with medical advances, this is rare. Some of the symptoms include fatigue, rash, inflammation, fever, weight gain or loss, sores of the mouth, skin lesions and hair loss. It severe cases it causes Raynaud’s phenomenon (blue or white tinged fingers and toes) chest pain and shortness of breath.

    Diagnosis and Treatments

    Never self diagnose. If any of these symptoms are experienced, see a physician immediately. The Doctor can run tests to determine if Lupus is present. Blood and urine tests are the most effective in diagnosing this condition. They can then determine if a regimen of medications are needed to control inflammation and pain. Some of these can be purchased over the counter while others may be more intense and must be prescribed.

    Do not be discouraged as it is possible to have quality of life when diagnosed. Do thorough research, ask questions and get second opinions. Bring family members to the appointments because a well informed family is essential to providing the best care possible during the periods of flare ups.

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