Lupus is an autoimmune disease and the body’s own immune system attacks healthy tissue. This results in a variety of symptoms, including fever, fatigue, inflammation, pain, swelling and joint damage, as well as damage to skin, the lungs, heart, kidneys, etc.
There are different types of Lupus but the most common type is referred to as “Systemic Lupus Erthematosis (SLE)”. Other types of Lupus include Discoid (Cutaneous); neonatal and drug-induced.
Discoid Lupus is usually limited to the skin and not likely to progress into SLE. Symptoms often manifest in a skin rash of the face, neck and scalp. SLE is a more extreme form of Lupus since it can affect any bodily organ. Symptoms vary greatly and can even affect the blood. There are periods of flare-ups and remission.
Drug-induced Lupus occurs as a reaction to prescription drugs and is very similar in its severity to SLE. However, drug-induced Lupus often subsides once a patient ceases using the medication that caused it to occur.
Neonatal Lupus can occur when a pregnant mother passes along autoantibodies to her fetus. The unborn child develops skin rashes and other types of cardiac or blood complications but these symptoms diminish over the first (6) six months.
As with other autoimmune diseases, doctors do not know the causes of lupus. They believe that there can also be an inherited pre-disposition for acquiring the disease. Some other factors seem to include extreme stress, infections such as Epstein-Barr virus, Hepatitis C, etc.
It is important that your treating doctors note your symptoms as a part of your treatment record. It is usually a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms and remind your doctor of the complete list of symptoms which you are experiencing.
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At the Law Offices of Gary Glenn, we have assisted many clients who have suffered with Lupus in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits.