In our bodies we have white blood cells, these act as part of the immune system to keep us well. Their job is to produce antibodies where there is foreign invaders or infection in our bodies. Lupus is basically where the person’s white blood cells produce too many antibodies which in turn causes the white cells to fight the body too causing, sometimes life threatening illnesses.
Lupus is a very complex condition that can affect many parts of the body from mild to life-threatening. Often people with lupus are not diagnosed for a significant amount of years. This is because many GP’s are not knowledgable in what lupus is and how to recognise the signs and symptoms.
There are different types of lupus, their are types that can affect the skin alone or there is systemic lupus which can affect joints, muscles and vital organs. The degree of symptoms can vary from mild to severe, the symptoms can last for some time but you can also have long periods of not having any symptoms at all.
Signs an symptoms of systemic lupus are
- extreme fatigue
- joint pain
- muscle weakness
- hair loss
- damage to kidneys, heart, brain
Triggers that can set off symptoms of lupus
- direct sunlight
- viral infections
Things to improve, reduce symptoms of lupus
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Reduce stress
- early management of symptoms