All about Lupus

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.

Symptoms

With a chronic illness, they effect everyone differently these are the common symptoms.

  • Fatigue.
  • Headaches.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Butterfly rash. ( Face rash shaped like a butterfly. )
  • Fever.
  • 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. )
  • Dizziness.
  • Blood vessel inflammation.
  • Myocarditis- inflammation of the heart wall.

Treatment

  • 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.

What’s next?

  • 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.*

22 thoughts on “All about Lupus”

  1. Spreading awareness is very important. One step closer to finding a cure. Great job!💜

  2. Thank you for an explanation. My friend has lupus and it helps to understand the disease. You are helping to bring awareness. 🙂

  3. Your strength and determination always shines through in your posts! Thank you for spreading the information out about Lupus as I know it does effect so many lives and it is vital to make people aware. You are so incredibly inspirational in everything you write and I just hope you never forget that!!

  4. You continue to help others with understanding and knowledge. Keep smiling and know you are making a difference. 💜

  5. Good morning and thanks for this nice article dear Mac. The task of spreading awareness of this terribly debilitating chronic disease concerns us all, including the patients and their physicians. Un baccione, Arrivederci

  6. Fantastic post lovely – you’d covered this very concisely so it’s a fab resource for those who don’t know much about Lupus or even those who are worried they may face such a diagnosis. Great work! 🙂

  7. My Dad had lupus. I didn’t realize that Lupus was what you suffer from… this is an excellent description of it. My heart definitely goes out to you and you can be sure you are in my prayers! 💜💜

  8. A support group is very important.
    Thank you for putting out this post.
    I am more aware now than before.
    Kind regards and stay strong,
    Kavita, South Africa

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