Lupus; Hard to Diagnose

Many of our Celiac customers also have Lupus; another was just diagnosed last week! So, I thought I would share some information with you about it and why it is so hard to diagnose. First, like Celiac, it is an autoimmune disease and it has many different symptoms and not everyone presents with the same symptoms!

Lupus symptoms can develop slowly or come on very quickly.  Symptoms may also be mild or severe and they can be temporary or permanent.  However, most have flare ups and then things tend to subside.  Lupus occurs when your immune system attacks healthy tissue in your body. It is thought that Lupus is caused by your genetics and something in your environment that triggers it.  Some triggers may be sunlight,  an infection or certain blood pressure, anti seizure and antibiotic medications.

It is more common in women and is most often in people ages 15-40 and in African Americans, Hispanics and Asians.

These signs and symptoms will depend on which body systems are affected. 

Most Common Signs are:

-Fatigue and Fever

-Joint Pain, Stiffness and Swelling

-Butterfly shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose

-Skin lesion that appear or get worse with sun exposure

-Fingers or toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold (Raynaud’s Phenomenon)

-Shortness of breath, chest pain, dry eyes

-Headaches, confusion and memory loss

Complications can effect:

Kidneys, Brain and central nervous system, blood and blood vessels, lungs and your heart. It increases your risk of Infection, Cancer, Bone Tissue Death (avascular necrosis) and pregnancy complications.

Treatments 

Anti Inflammatory Drugs, Steroids, Immunosuppresents and Antimalarial drugs.

Diagnostic Tests: Blood Counts, Urine Tests, etc!

There are many Lupus Support Groups, just do a google search and you will find many!

For More Information visit the Mayo Clinic site: Click HereLupus

 

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