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Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissues in the body. This causes a wide range of health problems. The inflammatory aspect of the disease can affect the skin, hair, brain, joints, organs, and blood vessels.
Autoimmune disorders are difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can come and go. Many people don’t know they are dealing with an autoimmune response. Lupus often affects multiple parts of the body, and it can even cause symptoms that seem like other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Lupus Disease Symptoms
Lupus symptoms can present in different ways, and you may be wondering if you have lupus. This is why it’s sometimes difficult to diagnose, and it’s also referred to as “the great imitator.”
Lupus symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, so early diagnosis and treatment are important. People with lupus can have many different symptoms, including:
- No matter how much they sleep, they experience fatigue or extreme exhaustion.
- Muscle and joint pain or swelling
Skin rashes (in particular a butterfly-shaped face rash across the cheeks and nose)
- Hair loss
- Recurring mouth sores
- Other Lupus Symptoms and Conditions
- Sensitivity to the sun
- Lung problems
- Chest pain when deep breathing
- Blue or white fingers or toes, or feeling numb
- Heart problems
- Kidney problems
- Psychosis (disruptive thoughts and perceptions about what is or is not real)
- Blood cell and immunological abnormalities (anemia or clotting problems)
- Eye diseases
- Memory problems
Lupus Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
Lupus can’t be detected by a single test. Its symptoms are not very specific, so they can appear like those of other diseases.
There is no known cure for lupus, but it can be managed with proper treatment. Medical science often treats lupus and other autoimmune diseases by suppressing the immune system.
We at Advanced Acupuncture Florida believe in finding and treating the root cause of the disease, not just covering up symptoms. To treat lupus, we look for whatever might be causing it and treat it naturally. Lupus can have many causes, and each individual patient will need a customized treatment protocol that is best suited to his or her needs.