Lupus comes under the category of an inflammatory disease which is autoimmune. That means that your own immune system is launching an attack on both organs and tissues. Systemic Lupus, which is what I am talking about here, is capable of damaging any body organ including the kidneys, lungs, and also the heart. It can even have a bearing on respiratory health as it goes on.
Every person that has Lupus is individual as far as their degree of symptomatology goes. But overall, there is a myriad of symptoms over the body such as sores in the mouth, lesions on the skin, tiredness in the body, fevers that are mild, a lot of joint inflexibility and pain, and also changes in weight either up or down. This isn't all. There can also be trouble breathing, skin bruises easily, angina (chest pain,) eyes are dry, hair loss, and fingers and toes turn blue when exposed to temperatures that are very cold.
This disease is not always easily diagnosed by doctors. What many doctors go by is a certain set of criteria to diagnose the problem at first, and that is the symptoms which I have mentioned above. They say that if you have a minimum of at least four of these symptoms, then that would definitely suggest a diagnosis of Lupus. Doctors however, will also conduct some blood chemistry studies such as a sedimentation rate. That type of blood test can determine exactly how quickly the red blood cells will get into the bottom of a test tube in a one hour period. If it goes really quickly, then Lupus is definite.
There are certain types of drugs used in treating Lupus. One of the types is corticosteroid drugs. Other medications used are those used in treating Malaria. These drugs have shown that they can help in the reduction of flare ups. Advil and Aspirins are two other medicines which may be used in the treatment of pain and inflammation.
Kidney problems with Lupus are one of the most common ones. It is therefore very important to have the blood tested for anything that may be going on there. The two tests used for kidney function are serum creatnine, and also blood urea nitrogen. By monitoring kidney function with Lupus, your doctor can treat early kidney problems before they become advanced.
Lung inflammation known as pleurisy can occur in people affected by Lupus. Lupus also seems to make a person more susceptible to pneumonia.
People with Lupus also have a higher potential of heart problems. These problems can include things such as heart attack, and inflammation of the heart muscle.