What is lupus?

What is lupus? Topic: What is lupus?
November 14, 2019 / By Hyacinth
Question: i think my mom has lupus and has had it for like 3 yrs..... but we are NOT close at all and it kills me because she wont even tell me anything, she yells at me sumtimes and has even cussed me out a few too, calling me bad things... the reason i found out about this is eavsdropping, but i dont know wat it is, i googled it but i didnt understand it, is she gonna die. i love her so much and we have a VERY hard life, i just wanna know. sry if its in the wrong catagory, i didnt know wat it was, so i chose my fav.
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Edwyna Edwyna | 3 days ago
Lupus is an auto-immune disease, which means that instead of attacking the bad cells that cause colds and such, it attacks healthy cells. There a 4 different types of Lupus. I have Systemic, which means my organs are involved, and also my joints. There is also discoid, which only affects the skin. Neonatal is just a baby that is born with it, but usually clears up on its own. And last, drug-induced, which speaks for itself. Some symptoms are joint pain, extreme fatigue, butterfly rash, weight loss/gain, and fever. It can attack your lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, liver, and central nervous system. It may cause confusion. The cause is currently unknown, but specialists believe it could be hereditary, environmental, and/or hormonal. Hope I helped!
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Edwyna Originally Answered: could it be lupus?
Hi Im Chris, I have Lupus, and several other autoimmune diseases. First going by your user name I can guess you 20ish. Second the first doctor who blew you off, is rude, but not all that uncommon, it happened to me for years. I started getting ill younger than you, and was not diagnosed until my late 20's. Im 40 now. Also you asked if you can have Lupus and Rhuematoid Arthritis at the same time. Yes you can. In fact you can, and many do devlop more than 1 autoimmune disease once they have one. I have more than 1, I have relatives who only have 1, I know several from a yahoo support group I co-own who have one, some with more. It just depends. Your lucky though that you saw that other Doctor. If he did a test to see if you have a positive rhuematoid factor, he probablly did some other tests, in the same family. You also mentioned you have been doing some research, and you mentioned Fibromyalgia. I do not know if you know how they test for it, but there is no blood test for it, they will ask you some questions, including how do you sleep, if it is mostly joint or muscle pain, etc. But physically, they will do a pressure point/tender point test which we have 18 areas if you move, wince, or cry out. they will diagnose you with Fibromyalgia. Fibro can go with an autoimmune, escpecially if you are not sleeping. As far as Lupus goes, to have it, you must meet 4 of 11 critera to have it and 3 to have probable Lupus. Here is the critera: Diagnostic criteria for lupus Provided by: Last Updated: June 29, 2004 Diagnostic criteria for lupus The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases. A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be diagnosed with lupus; 3 symptoms suggest that lupus is probably present, and 2 raise the possibility of lupus. Symptoms may be present all at once or appear in succession over a period of time. 1 Butterfly (malar) rash on cheeks Rash on face, arms, neck, torso (discoid rash) Skin rashes that result from exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (photosensitivity) Mouth or nasal ulcers, usually painless Joint swelling, stiffness, pain involving two or more joints (arthritis) Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs (pleuritis) or heart (pericarditis). This inflammation is called serositis. Abnormalities in urine, such as increased protein or clumps of red blood cells or kidney cells, called cell casts, in the urine Nervous system problems, such as seizures or psychosis, without known cause Problems with the blood, such as reduced numbers of red blood cells (anemia), platelets, or white blood cells Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test Signs of increased autoimmunity (antibodies against normal tissue), as shown by laboratory tests Diagnoses, even with positive tests may take a bit, since you would need to be sent to a rhuematologist for further evaluation. They would observe maybe even test some medications, if blood work was highly positive. If you have to go back to the doctor who blew you off, for a refferal, bring all lab work with you, be polite but insistant. I have been dealing with doctors of all types for many years. If possible, change your primary care doctor, and tell the insurance company why, they will do it right away, without making you wait until the 1st of the month for the change. I know you already looked up a lot of information up yourself, but I do have a lot of information on various similar autoimmunes, and files in the support group. email me anytime christibro40@yahoo.com Like you I was very young when this all started so I understand.

Charlie Charlie
My brother has lupus...he was diagnosed when he was 16. There are different stages however...because my uncle has it as well and it barely affects his life. For my brother-basically he has no immune system left, he has to take prescribed steroids and get flu-shots and try to stay away from anybody that is sick because his body cannot fight off diseases the same way that other people can. Occasionally he gets really sick and ends up in the hospital because of complications with his kidneys. Other than that the only thing that I can tell you is that he isn't supposed to be in the sun for very long and wears sunscreen everyday. The doctors are still searching for a cure, as of now...there is none. He was told that he probably wouldn't live past 45 years old. But my uncle has lived with it for over 50 years! You should try and talk to your mother about it. First off, apologize for eavesdropping, just let her know that you are worried about her and would like to understand what she is going through...let her know that you are there to talk to and help her if she needs it. If she still doesn't want to tell you about it, then you have to respect her privacy. Good luck!
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Ariel Ariel
Lupus is a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body's own tissue and organs, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, or skin. The immune system normally protects the body against viruses, bacteria, and other foreign materials. In an autoimmune disease like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissue.
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Zebadiah Zebadiah
I have a very close friend with Lupus, She has explained it to me. It attacks the auto-immune system. Can cause circulatory problems, arthritis type problems in joints (swelling, pain, etc). A person with Lupus should avoid tanning as it makes it more active. there are many drugs to help control it. It does go into remission and will re-apear when ever. If you go to WEBMD, you can find more info. Good luck with your Mom Tim
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Sibbe Sibbe
My cousin has it plus rheumatoid arthritis It causes MAJOR pain In the hands and back mostly..She has to stay out of the sun at all times or put 10 lbs. of sun block on w/ a cute straw hat to shield her face Well eventually everybody die...s She has to take a lot of medicine for her skin and face she is going through puberty so she has acne....Hope this helps!!!! (My cuz is 14)
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Sibbe Originally Answered: Anyone know anything about Lupus?
A diagnosis of lupus used to be a death sentence as recently as the 1950's. Now, with good medical treatment and compliance with the treatment regimen, most lupus patients can expect to live a normal life span. There are complications that can occur. Educate yourself. Be proactive in your medical care. Go to www.lupus.org and click on the take action link while you are there. I have systemic lupus with organ involvement. I have a full and relatively normal life.

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