According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million Americans have some form of lupus, with about 16,000 new cases presenting each year. While that may seem shocking to some, for others lupus is a part of daily life. While living with lupus is challenging, learning to cope and manage symptoms is key.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that happens when your body’s own immune system attacks your organs and tissues. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different parts of your body including your, skin, joints, blood cells, brain, kidneys, heart and lungs.
What are some common symptoms associated with lupus?
- Butterfly-shaped rash on the face
- Joint pain and swelling
- Dry eyes
- Chest pain
While we don’t know the exact cause of lupus, we do know that lupus is more common in women, especially those between the ages of 15 and 45. Lupus is also more common in African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans.
While a lupus diagnosis can be scary at first, it’s important to be open with your doctor and follow instructions. Stress is a big no-no as it can aggravate symptoms and lead to a flare. Learning about the disease and following your doctor’s advice will help you when it comes to coping and managing symptoms.
Local physicians at New England Research Associates are currently enrolling in studies for those seeking new treatment options for lupus. Study participants are closely evaluated by board-certified physicians and other medical professionals and may even have access to new medications before they are widely available to the public. Compensation is also available for time and travel expense. To learn more and see if you may qualify, click HERE.