If you have lupus, chances are good that you are no stranger to fatigue. It is one of the most common complaints among people with the disease. Artist and children’s book illustrator Adjoa B., who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy, knows what it's like.
For some people with lupus, an intermittent (coming and going) or continuous low-grade fever may be normal. Other people, especially those on large doses of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs , or corticosteroids, may not have fever at all because these drugs may mask a fever.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost any part of the body, most often the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood, or brain. Lupus can also affect the gastrointestinal (GI) system. The GI system is your body’s pathway for taking in, processing, and disposing of everything you eat and drink.
Lupus nephritis is inflammation of the kidney that is caused by systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). Also called lupus, SLE is an autoimmune disease. With lupus, the body's immune system targets its own body tissues. Lupus nephritis happens when lupus involves the kidneys. Up to 60% of lupus patients will develop lupus nephritis.
Lupus Nephritis is an inflammation of the kidneys caused by Lupus. How to reduce kidney inflammation for lupus patients? To know the answer can help you prevent further kidney damage. -Steroids or immunosuppressants They are the most commonly used treatment for Lupus, which can suppress immune ...
Lupus arthritis Lupus arthritis causes pain, stiffness, swelling, tenderness and warmth in your joints. ... Compared to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus arthritis is less disabling and less likely to cause destruction of the joints. ... Muscle atrophy (wasting away of muscle strength) may occur if arthritis becomes chronic.
Pulmonary emboli. Blood clots that block the arteries leading to the lungs are called pulmonary emboli. These blood clots will cause chest pain and shortness of breath, but can also lead to a decrease in oxygen flow in your lungs. You are at increased risk for pulmonary emboli if you have antiphospholipid antibodies, vascular damage, and/or an inactive lifestyle.
Discoid lupus (discoid lupus erythematosus) is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting the skin. It gets its name from the coin-shaped lesions it produces. This condition causes a severe rash that tends to get worse when exposed to sunlight. The rash can appear anywhere on the body, but you’re likely to see it on the scalp, neck, hands, and feet. Severe cases can lead to permanent scarring, hyperpigmentation, and hair loss.
Scleroderma is an autoimmune, rheumatic, and chronic disease that affects the body by hardening connective tissue. (“Connective tissue” is widespread. It adds strength to organs and other parts of the body.) Connective tissue is made of many kinds of proteins. Among them is collagen of the skin.