There are millions of people who have the lupus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that does not discriminate. I personally know a good friend who has lupus and was diagnosed with the disease at age seventeen. For a time being she was having a variety of symptoms that she could not explain. For example, she would have a fever for long period of time, feel tired and difficulty going to the bathroom. When these symptoms continued her parents decided to take her to see a doctor. Through various types of testing the doctor diagnosed her as having lupus. Today she seems to have the lupus under control. She tells me only every so often her symptoms of lupus reappear. From talking to her and doing a bit of research I have discovered what causes lupus, symptoms of lupus, how the disease can be treated and prevention strategies to reduce the symptoms of lupus.
Researchers have not been able to have the main source of lupus. However Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, DrPH states, “There is a genetic predisposition to developing an autoimmune disease such as lupus. The disease can first become evident when it is triggered by something in the environment, such as an infection, medication, or sun exposure.” Sun exposure is something my friend’s doctor has told my friend to stay away from. The rays from the sun seem to trigger the disease. So she always makes sure she is wearing sun block, hat or an umbrella when out in the sun for long periods of time.
Each person is different in the type of symptoms they will display. According to medical professionals common symptoms that included but are not limited to are fever, loss of weight, swollen legs, blood clots and rash on the body. My friend has had many of these symptoms listed. For her each episode of the disease could display different symptoms.
Getting treatment is essential for someone who has the lupus disease. My friend has told me she has had to change the way she lives her life. For example, she has to get her eight hours of sleep, stay away from the sun, have her yearly physical and eat good foods. In addition she has to take her medication regularly. By missing a pill she increases her chances of the lupus symptoms returning. What kind of medication is given depends on the type of lupus and the symptoms a person has.
I could never tell my friend has lupus. She takes good care of herself everyday. The good news is that researchers are always coming up with new and improved drugs to better help someone who has the lupus disease.
Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, DrPH, “Lupus” Sacramento Bee URL: (http://sacbee.healthology.com/pain-management/lupus/article930.htm)