What is Lupus?
Imagine living with an illness that flares up daily without any warnings? How about not being able to sleep at night due to severe bone and joint pains? What about enduring an extreme amount of pain on the inside and can’t express it to others?
Enjoying the sun has become a thing of the pass due to sunlight sensitivity. Imagine having lesions on your scalp that may lead to hair lost. These are just a few of the battles someone with Lupus encounters daily.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. It effects many areas of the body. The cause of this silent illness also known as the great mimicker is unknown. It’s symptoms come and go often. There is no cure for Lupus however researchers are hard at work trying to solve this cruel chronic mystery. There are four types of lupus,
The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism which is designed to protect the body from germs and viruses. Lupus causes the body’s immune system to attack itself. This autoimmune disease causes its defense army to attack healthy tissues and cells instead of destroying the unwanted invaders. In this case you will then experience joint pain, muscle tenderness and inflammation. The most terrifying characteristics of Lupus are its mimicking symptoms. Symptoms range and vary drastically from person to person. No two Lupus patients will have the same symptoms. Someone may have lesions on the neck and arms followed by arthritis. While someone else can encounter internal damage to important body organs. On the other hand there may be someone who’s Lupus only targets their mouth and causes severe tooth decay and extreme dry mouth.
It is common for Lupus to affects women ages 15-45 years. Did you know that Lupus is more common in African American and Native American women than in Caucasians, Asians and Hispanic women? It is a fact that majority of patients are woman. Men should be aware that they too can become diagnosed with Lupus.
Lupus is a very complex illness. We understand everyday is a battle, but with each new day come the strength and courage to fight back and live a very hopeful lifestyle all while battling this cruel mystery. Do not become discourage because you have Lupus. There is hope for women and men who are living with Lupus.