Lupus

Patrick Clark

What is Lupus?

  • Lupus is a chronic disease that happens when the body's immune system attacks its own tissue and organs.
  • Also know as SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
  • Lupus attacks joints, skin, blood cells, heart and lungs.
  • Lupus is difficult to diagnose because it it shares many symptoms of other ailments.
  • Some people are born with a tendency toward developing Lupus.
  • Common signs of Lupus are fatigue and fever, joint pain, stiffness and swelling, Butterfly-shaped rash that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose, skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure, this is also known as photosensitivity.
  • Other common symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, dry eyes, headaches, confusion, and memory loss, your fingers and toes turn blue or white when exposed to cold during stressful periods, also known as Raynaud's phenomenon.

How Can I Treat Lupus?

  • Lupus has no cure but can be treated.
  • Chinese herbals are chosen based on the patient's symptoms.
  • DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) treatment has been shown to reduce corticosteroids.
  • Eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise can reduce fatigue.
  • Massage can reduce stress and and pain.

Prognosis

  • People with lupus may have fear and extreme frustration.
  • The challenges of living with lupus increase your risk of depression and related mental health problems such as anxiety, stress, and low self esteem.
  • People should know about Lupus because it doesn't kill people like they think it does.
  • Lupus is a long term disease that causes a lot of pain to the patient and the people around them.

Citations

"Lupus." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic , 18 Nov. 2014. Web. 8 Nov. 2015. Path: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lupus/basics/definition/con-20019676?p=1 .


Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, 4th Edition,Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014, pp. 2348-2351.