Being diagnosed with Lupus was shocking, to say the least. I had no idea that getting the flu so many times would be because my own body was attacking itself.
My doctor told me that lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning my immune system couldn’t tell the difference between my healthy tissue and any germs or viruses. They said it’s what causes the aches and pains that I was experiencing. I had no idea that was even possible until my diagnosis.
When you tell your friends and family that you’ve diagnosed with Lupus, they may not quite understand. You may hear a lot of, “Well you don’t look sick, or, “But you look so healthy”. While an illness might not be visible to the human eye, the symptoms are still there.
While there is no single factor that causes for this disease, medical scientists have uncovered that it has not only internal, but external causes. It is believed that lupus is involved with not only your genetics, but your hormones and your environment. Some symptoms you may experience are pain and inflammation, as well as develop what is known as a “butterfly rash” on your cheeks. This is most commonly associated with Lupus.
While there is no cure for Lupus at this time, the management and prevention of flare ups is essential. A well-balanced diet and exercise regimen are just a couple of ways that you can prevent flare ups. This can also be helped by watching your stress levels and taking medications prescribed by your doctor.
A clinical study may also be an option for those struggling with Lupus. CLICK HERE to find out more about studies now enrolling in your area. Those that participate see a physician and medical staff at no cost, have access to potential new care options and receive compensation for time and travel.