Lupus is an autoimmune disease, where your immune system attacks your own tissue and organs, mistakenly. According to Womenshealth.gov, 9 out of 10 adults with lupus are women. Unfortunately, there’s no cure, but it can be managed by a doctor and medication. Lupus causes inflammation in the joints, and organs. It also comes with a wide range of symptoms.
With a chronic illness, they effect everyone differently these are the common symptoms.
- Kidney problems.
- Butterfly rash. ( Face rash shaped like a butterfly. )
- Skin rash.
- Joints – inflammation/ pain/ swelling
- Dry mouth, and mouth ulcers.
- Dry eyes.
- Lupus lesions. ( Skin lesions.)
- Chest pain/ pain with breathing
- Hair loss.
- Anxiety/ depression
- Fingers and toes change to a severe white color from temperature changes. ( Raynauds syndrome. )
- Blood vessel inflammation.
- Myocarditis- inflammation of the heart wall.
- Self care- taking precautions. Doing light exercise for your joints. Wearing sunscreen when you’re outside.
- Research – Research – Research!
- Taking medications prescribed by your doctor.
- Seeing a doctor regularly. Listen to your doctor’s orders.
- Find a support group. You can check out the lupus foundation on Facebook, and find a local lupus support group. You will learn a lot with them, and you’ll meet others who are living with lupus as well.
- Spread awareness for a cure. May is lupus awareness month. The color that represents lupus is purple, and the symbol is a butterfly, because of the butterfly rash. Keep representing, keep speaking out, and keep fighting for a cure.
- Stay strong. Lupus is difficult, but with a positive attitude, and a great support system, you’ve got this! Never lose sight of fighting for a new normal life, and never ever give up!
* I am not a doctor, just spreading awareness because I have lupus. Please consult a doctor if you experience these symptoms.*