The Lupus Foundation of America claim that about 1.5 million of people in the U.S are currently suffering from the ailment. It also said that 9 out of 10 women have the disease.
Lupus is a latin word meaning wolf and it is an autoimmune disease this article will reveal its symptoms, prevention and treatment.
It will examine a conversation by a specialist nurse and a patient.
The patient Mallory Dixon aged 29 years informed Medical Daily of her experience. According to her lupus is an unpredictable disease.
Lupus affects everyone regardless of race, age or gender. It’s symptoms are also very varied and can change at any point in one’s life.
When Dixon was aged 17 she was diagnosed for rheumatoid arthritis. However, her symptoms were persistent and would not stop years later.
She stated that her doctor recommended to her parents that they seek the services of a therapist.
A doctor after reviewing her case and examining her symptoms and medical history concluded that she was suffering from lupus this happened after 6 years of of being initially diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis.
She said that the night before the visit to the doctor she actually thought she would not make it through the night.
Dixon was clinically dead on her way to the hospital and was later revived. She was admitted for observation and test eventually spending 86 days in the hospital.
Dixon was subjected to several tests and treatments namely; chemotherapy, dialysis and was even on a ventilator as she slipped in and out of coma. It was discovered that the lupus had progressed to her kidneys leading to her pains. It was seen that her kidneys had begun to shut down.
Dixon stated that if lupus is discovered early it can be stopped from spreading to vital organs. She feels it is important that people are educated and informed on the symptoms of lupus.
A national nurse health educator, Sarah Stothers, RN, who is also a volunteer worker at the Lupus Foundation of America, stated the symptoms to look out for in an interview she granted to the Medical Daily.
She said these symptoms affect both genders;
- Debilitating fatigue
- Light or Sun sensitivity
- Unusual blood clotting
- Hair loss
- Swelling and pain in the joints
- Mouth and nose ulcers
- Your fingers turn blue or white when it’s cold
- Chest pain when you breathe deeply
- Swelling of the hands, legs, feet and around the eyes
- Butterfly shaped rash on the cheeks and nose
Stothers stated that a number people could look absolutely alright but they would feel very depressed. They have pains and doing daily tasks become burdensome but on the outside you look normal.
Lupus is also referred to as “the great imitator,” because it tends to copy the symptoms of other ailments making it difficult to detect st face value.
Dixon stated that the lupus ailment rid not run in her family and that only psoriasis was hereditary in her family, though this is also an autoimmune disease.
It has been seen that a number of patients diagnosed with lupus were also diagnosed with other autoimmune disorders as well.
The other autoimmune diseases that people suffer from include type 1 diabetes, scleroderma, Hashimoto’s disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo, inflammatory bowel diseases, reactive arthritis, Graves’ disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, celiac disease, Addison’s disease and pernicious anemia,
What happen is the cells and tissues of the body are attacked by its immune system the same way it would attack a germ or virus.
What causes lupus
Stothers also stated that while genetics plays an important role in lupus it does not necessarily mean that the person will come down with the ailment. She said that other factors could contribute to the disease coming out fully, such as the environment and hormones. Estrogen in has been identified as a hormone that could be part of what can stimulate the occurrence of lupus in women.
She also said that lupus is mostly diagnosed in people between the ages of 15 and 44. A period when women are sexually active and fertile. She said she is aware of lupus in people aged between 70 and 80 years.
Treatment Of lupus
Stothers stated that there is no known cure for the disease but only management and patients with lupus can have a long and productive life. She also said people need to be aware of the symptoms and monitor them carefully.
Dixon stated that lupus can cause sufferers to have mild to severe flare-ups and it is important that people know what triggers their ailments. She said in her case that what triggered her condition were common cold, stress and hard work.
Stothers stated that most of the patients she has monitored are very much in tune with their bodies and know what triggers the condition in them.
Dixon said that she was grateful to her family and friends for their support but that every patient needs to be self-determined and at the end of the day it is the patient that needs to be courageous and have the will to fight on.
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