Lupus is an auto-immune chronic disease wherein you own immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks your otherwise healthy and normal tissues. In this case, the immune system is not able to recognize the difference between the body’s antigens and healthy tissue. Unable to differentiate between the two, antibodies also attacks the body’s healthy tissue instead of just the antigens.
Below are the typical symptoms of this disease:
– Muscle and joint pain. Most people with lupus experience pain and stiffness which may also include swelling. The neck, thighs, shoulders, and upper arms are common areas this occurs.
– Fever. Many people with this disease have a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The fever is often caused by inflammation or infection.
– Rashes (malar or butterfly rash). Areas of the body that is exposed to the sun like the face, hands and arms may get rashes. One common sign of lupus is a big, red rash which develops across the nose and cheeks.
– Chest pain. You may feel chest pain when breathing deeply. This pain is triggered by inflammation in the lining of the lungs.
– Hair loss. Patchy or bald spots are common, which can be caused by some medicines or infection.
– Photo sensitivity or light/sun sensitivity. Most people with lupus are sensitive to light (Photo sensitivity). Exposure can cause rashes, fatigue, fever, or joint pain.
– Kidney problems (lupus nephritis). This is experienced by half of people with lupus. Symptoms of kidney disease include swollen ankles, weight gain, high blood pressure, and decreased kidney function.
– Sores in the mouth sores (mouth ulcers). These sores typically appear on the roof of the mouth, but can also manifest in the inside the cheeks, on the lips and gums.
– Extreme and prolonged fatigue. You may feel tired or exhausted even when you get enough sleep.
– Anemia. This is a condition that occurs when your body does not produce enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. Fatigue could be a sign of anemia.
– Memory problems. Some people report memory issues like forgetfulness or confusion.
– Blood clotting. People with lupus have a higher risk of blood clotting which can cause blood clots in the legs or lungs, heart attack, stroke, or repeated miscarriages.
– Eye disease. You may get dry eyes, eye inflammation, and eyelid rashes.
Worldwide, about five million people suffer from some form of lupus. Most doctors believe that this condition results from both genetic and environmental stimuli. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women and it is most common in people between 15-45 years old.
Lupus has no known cure for the moment, but symptoms of the disease can be controlled with medication. Although there is no cure, lupus and its symptoms can be controlled with medication. Typical treatments for lupus include corticosteroids, immunosuppressive drugs and lifestyle changes.
One patient (see image) had significant breakthrough on her lupus symptoms after just one session of ANF treatment.