WHAT IS LUPUS?
I don’t really know.
No one really knows. Lupus can affect pretty much anyone in any part of the body and literally comes in all shapes and sizes. I’m not going to try to explain it, so here’s what wikipedia has to say about lupus SLE (Yes, I am aware that wikipedia isn’t the most viable source.. But oh we’ll, too bad)
“Systemic lupus erythematosus often abbreviated to SLE or lupus, is a systemic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage…..
SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The course of the disease is unpredictable, with periods of illness (called flares) alternating with remissions. The disease occurs nine times more often in women than in men, especially in women in child-bearing years ages 15 to 35, and is also more common in those of non-European descent.
There is no cure for SLE. It is treated with immunosuppression, mainly with cyclophosphamide, corticosteroids and other immunosuppressants. SLE can be fatal….
Lupus is Latin for wolf”
(If you want more information on lupus, click on the linked word “lupus” above)
When I was diagnosed with lupus, I didn’t know that’s what it was. I never expected to hear my rheumatologist to tell me that what I thought was arthritis, wasn’t. Or that he thought that my symptoms were “weird” for that matter. But I’d had these flares before! They come and go and they are quite a terror, they’ve even landed me in the hospital before ( January 2013 to be exact).