Systemic lupus erythematosus, or commonly referred to as lupus, is a chronic disease that affects many parts of the body. Lupus causes inflammation in areas like the skin, joints, and organs. Lupus varies in how it affects people. Flares are common and can vary in seriousness. When the disease is minimally active, it is known as remission.
The organs lupus can affect include the kidneys, brain, heart, and lungs. Fatigue, weight loss, and fever are common symptoms. However, there are many other signs of the disease. You can see a full list of lupus symptoms below.
- Blood clots
- Weight loss
- Hair loss
- Stomach pain
- Chest pains with deep breaths
- Cold toes or fingers
- Mouth or nose sores
- Sore or swollen joints (arthritis)
- Kidney issues (changes in urine)
- Neurologic conditions (seizures, strokes, etc.)
- Pregnant women may have miscarriages
Recent treatment advances have made patient’s lives with lupus easier and longer. Unfortunately, the exact cause of lupus is unknown. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which is when the immune system attacks healthy tissues. Lupus is a special disease because the immune system as a whole assists in the attacks on healthy tissue. For this reason, lupus can become very serious, and inflammation can be severe.
20% of patients with lupus are children or teens. Lupus commonly affects young females during puberty. However, it is rare lupus is developed before the age of 5. That said, when children begin to develop lupus, it is referred to as childhood-onset SLE.
Diagnosing and Treating Lupus
Lupus is difficult to diagnose because it has several symptoms, and they do not always show up right away. The best way of diagnosing this disease is through blood tests. There are specific blood tests that are more important than others, such as ANA.
If Dr. Brionez diagnoses you with lupus, then there are ways of reducing symptoms to live a comfortable life. Lupus is a chronic disease, so there is no cure for it. If your child has childhood-onset SLE, then there are several aspects that need to be looked at. A team of professionals will need to provide their support for your child.
On the other hand, most cases can be controlled through a number of medications. As aforementioned, recent treatment advances have made living with this disease more comfortable than before.
Call Advanced Rheumatology of Houston
Advanced Rheumatology of Houston can help you live a comfortable life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brionez by calling (281) 766-7886. You do not have to suffer from the symptoms of lupus any longer.