What is lupus?

This is a lupus awareness month post, my first one of the year (and the blog).

I’m a bit behind with blogging due to my health…. but I wanted to blog about lupus.

Lupus is a struggle every day. It’s joint pain and a lot of fatigue, as well as other symptoms.

Anyway, you may be wondering what lupus is…  Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. (Definition courtesy of the Mayo Clinic.)  It is a rheumatological and autoimmune disease. What I am writing about specifically is systemic lupus, the full name for which is systemic lupus erythematosus, which is also known as SLE.

Lupus is hard to diagnose, as it mimics other illnesses and it’s disease processes can be the same as those other illnesses. It attacks organs…. and each of those organs could fail on their own, without lupus, so unless there are a bunch of failing organs doctors aren’t as likely to think lupus.

 

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