Alternative Lupus Treatment
Lupus is a autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Lupus causes inflammation which can affect your skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys and other body systems. Some people have a genetic predisposition to the disease but no one gene has been identified as the sole carrier. There is no one cause for lupus but there are many environmental triggers such as extreme stress, infections, hormonal changes and even exposure to sunlight.
Symptoms of Lupus
Lupus can be difficult to diagnose as it has many symptoms that are found in other autoimmune diseases. The disease is occasionally called “The Great Imitator” as it can often mimic other illnesses and therefore be misdiagnosed. One of the most distinctive signs of Lupus is a facial rash that spreads across both cheeks resembling butterfly wings- this occurs in many cases but not all. Signs and symptoms of Lupus may develop slowly while in others it can come on suddenly. Cases can range from mild to severe and they may be temporary or permanent.
Most people with Lupus have episodes called “flare ups” which occur when symptoms get worse then improve or even disappear. The symptoms a patient may experience depend on which body systems are affected.
Barbara shares her Sunridge Experience
Barbara, Glendale, Arizona Barbara spent the last 5 years in search of some answers but doctors kept coming up short and nothing to offer but pain medication that could cause blindness. That’s when Barbara knew it was time to seek other options. With the help of Dr. Franco, Barbara finally got an accurate diagnosis after blood tests and a thorough consultation revealed she had Systemic Lupus.
Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
- Pale or purple fingers from cold or stress
- Dry Eyes
- Shortness of Breath
- Confusion and Memory Loss
- “Butterfly” Rash
- Mouth Ulcers
- Skin Lesions that appear/worse with sun exposure
- Hair Loss
Less common symptoms include:
- Dizzy Spells
- Feeling Sad
Facts about Lupus
- Lupus occurs in women nine times more often then in men, particularly in women between the ages of fifteen and forty-four.
- It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have some for of Lupus. 1.5million of those people being Americans.
- More than 16,000 new cases of Lupus are reported annually across the country.
- Women of color are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop Lupus than caucasians.
- Lupus is a leading cause of premature cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women.
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