What is Lupus?

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What is Lupus?
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Mon, 05-27-2013 - 10:07am

I saw a post below about Lupus and wondered if anyone could give me some btdt kind of information about it. My husband has a weird rash on his face that the docs can't seem to diagnose and all kinds of aches and pains. I had never heard of Lupus before but now I am wondering if it is something to bring up to the doctor.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 05-28-2013 - 9:52am

Here is an overview of what Lupus is, your doctor can run a blood test for lupus so if you feel that these symptoms fit, you can ask for one:

Lupus -- also known as systemic lupus erythematosus -- is a disease of the immune system. Normally, the immune system protects the body from infection. In lupus, however, the immune system inappropriately attacks tissues in various parts of the body. This abnormal activity leads to tissue damage and illness.

 Who Gets Lupus?

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. have lupus. People of African, Asian, and Native American descent are more likely to develop lupus than are Caucasians. Although it can occur in both men and women, 90% of people diagnosed with the disease are women. Women of childbearing age (14 to 45 years old) are most often affected and as many as 1 in 250 people may develop lupus.

 

What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?

The symptoms of lupus differ from one person to another. Some people have just a few symptoms, while others have many. In addition, there are many different symptoms of lupus because the disease can affect any part of the body. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Achy joints (arthralgia)
  • Unexplained fever (more than 100 F)
  • Swollen joints (arthritis)
  • Prolonged or extreme fatigue
  • Skin rash
  • Ankle swelling and fluid accumulation
  • Pain in the chest when breathing deeply (pleurisy)
  • A butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose
  • Hair loss
  • Sensitivity to the sun and/or other light
  • Seizures
  • Mouth or nose sores
  • Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud's phenomenon)

http://lupus.webmd.com/arthritis-lupus

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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 12:34am

Lupus is an autoimmune issue. And it can be particularly tough to have any energy at all. What I can say, there are many ways to deal with Lupus. And if you are interested I would be happy to help you with a couple of different (natural) ways to treat it.

I believe if you want to go to a traditional (Western) doctor, you will have temporary relief. What you want is permanent relief from this condition.A lot will depend on you or a friend who has the condition. So if you want more information I will be happy to direct you to a place that you can read and look at a video and take some decisive action in getting ahead of this. I know that it can be very debilitating. My best, and I hope I made sense. There are natural ways to really knock it out of your system.