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Early Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus.

English: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus lupus) in the Lüneburg Heath wildlife park, Germany. Deutsch: Grauwolf (Canis lupus lupus) im Wildpark Lüneburger Heide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

www.lupus.org (Photo credit: Andrea Guerra)

www.lupus.org (Photo credit: Andrea Guerra)

Lupus: Early symptoms

Lupus is a disease that can affect men, women and children of all ages. It is a chronic autoimmune disease. This disease is often known to develop mostly in women between the ages of 15 and 45. This disease is 8 times more common in women than in men. With this disease, the immune system begins to malfunction. The immune system is not able to distinguish between the body’s own tissues and invaders. The result from this leaves the immune system attacking different part of the body and causing inflammation. This is what gives rise to the symptoms that characterize Lupus. The symptoms of this disease varies so much that it is often mistaken for another disease. Here are some of the most common early symptoms:

*Painful and swollen joints

*Unexplained fever

*Extreme fatigue or tiredness

*Chest pain when breathing deep

*Red skin rash and butterfly rash

*Rash on the face, ears, arms, shoulders, chest, and hands

*Sensitivity to sunlight or photo-sensitivity

*Hair loss

*Anemia

*Mouth ulcers

*Swollen glands

If you are someone you know have been diagnosed with Lupus, then years after the initial diagnosis many different symptoms can occur and at different times. With Lupus, symptoms can occur in many different parts of the body. Lupus affects each person differently. This disease is often hard to diagnose. It may require many tests to determine if it is Lupus. No single test can show Lupus. It will take the specialist some time to diagnose Lupus. There are two different types of Lupus. DLE and SLE are the two types. DLE is Discoid Lupus Erythematosus and SLE is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Lupus can affect all the organs in the body. When the disease effects the heart, inflammation of the heart can occur. This is called myocarditis or endocarditis. This can cause chest pains and it can also increase the risk of arteriosclerosis. When Lupus effects the lungs, it can cause inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity. This is called pleuritis. Problems with breathing can occur often leading to pneumonia. When Lupus effects the kidneys, it can cause nephritis. This is a condition that impairs the ability of the kidneys to get rid of waste products and other toxins in the body. When this disease affects the kidneys it will often require extensive treatments and intensive drug treatments to prevent permanent damage.

Lupus can affect the central nervous system too. When this happens, the person who is suffering from Lupus may experience headaches, dizziness, memory disturbances, vision problems, seizures, strokes, and even changes in behavior. Lupus should never be considered as a simple disease. It can also affect the blood and blood vessels.

www.lupus.org (Photo credit: Andrea Guerra)

 

 

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