What Causes Lupus?

To date, there is no known cause for lupus. It is believed that lupus is the result of a mixture of genetic and environmental factors. Up to 10% of lupus sufferers have close family members who also suffer from the disease.

Exposure to toxins, ultraviolet light, and bacteria also seem to be linked to lupus. Hormones may play a large role in contributing to lupus, especially because so many women of childbearing age develop the disease.

Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus symptoms are quite diverse and can vary depending upon the type of lupus that you are suffering from. In fact, it is rare to find any two lupus sufferers with exactly the same symptoms.

Symptoms of lupus can range from mild to severe, and include:

  • joint pain
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • rash
  • sensitivity to sunlight
  • Raynaud's phenomenon

Lupus Treatment

There is no cure available for lupus, however, there are a number of treatments that can help you to manage the disease. Though there was once little hope of long-term survival for lupus patients, recently there have been great leaps in treatment techniques. Most lupus patients now live long and happy lives.

Medication

Depending upon your symptoms, you may be prescribed certain medications by your health care provider. NSAIDS are effective at reducing inflammation and joint pain, as is acetaminophen.

Anti-malaria drugs are often prescribed for skin irritations and joint problems. New immunomodulating drugs have proven effective at inhibiting the immune system, thereby reducing inflammation.

Exercise

Exercise is an important part of a lupus treatment plan. Because lupus can affect the joints and muscles, many sufferers stop all exercise. As a result, their pain only becomes worse. Exercise in the form of aerobics, strength training, and stretching can do wonders for those symptoms.

Acupuncture

As with fibromyalgia, many lupus sufferers report that acupuncture provides them with great symptom relief. An alternative medicine for lupus, acupuncture helps to relieve pain and stiffness by stimulating certain nerve channels.

Lupus and Fibromyalgia

Lupus and fibromyalgia may look similar on the surface, but in fact they are very different disorders. Unlike lupus, fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disorder and does not cause any inflammation.

It also does not interfere with organ function. However, people with fibromyalgia are often misdiagnosed with lupus.

Table of Contents
1. Lupus
2. Aching muscles?
3. Lupus, fibro or both?
 
 
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