Lupus Nephritis: 6 Classes of Kidney Disease
Caused by systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis is a serious, and relatively common, kidney disorder. In September, Selena Gomez shared with her fans via Instagram that she had received a kidney transplant due to complications of lupus. The two kidneys…
Eye Health, Ocular Manifestations, & Lupus
Lupus can cause damage to joints and organs throughout the body, including the eyes. Stay sight-safe by knowing potential complications. Not all ocular complications are a result of lupus. Medications and other lupus treatments can also cause issues with various parts of the eye.…
Trauma & PTSD Increase Lupus Risk 3x
Stress can lead to lupus flares & a lower quality-of-life. But, new research suggests trauma and PTSD may even increase the risk of developing lupus. The link between stress and lupus symptoms is nothing new -- though that doesn't make…
Asthma, Pleurisy, the Lungs, & Lupus
Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways & lungs, adds challenges to life with lupus. But, asthma is not the only pulmonary concern. Symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness-of-breath should not be ignored. If you are experiencing chest pains or if…
Hemolytic Anemia, Coombs’ Test, & Lupus
It's no secret: lupus causes problems throughout the body. It can even cause hemolytic anemia which impacts red blood cells. There are various types of anemias, but the symptoms are similar. Anemic people feel fatigued, weak, and like they might pass out.…
Oral Health, Smiles, & Lupus Symptoms
Good oral health can be the difference between smiling & screaming. But, it's not as easy as proper brushing when you have lupus. The mouth is the beginning of the digestive system. When considering oral health, all aspects of the mouth…
Hospitalizations for Lupus Symptoms
Hospitalizations can seem hard to avoid when battling lupus, co-morbid conditions, infection, and more. People with lupus often experience many symptoms that seem to come and go. It can be difficult to know when to go to the hospital and when…
Increased Ischemic Stroke Risk with Lupus
New study conducted with a Swedish lupus cohort finds increased risk of ischemic stroke. A study published in April 2017 found that lupus patients had more than twice the risk of having an ischemic stroke (HR 2.2, 95% confidence interval 1.7…
Stress, Lupus, and Music 🎧
The research is in. Stress and lupus do NOT mix. Can listening to your favorite jam help? We all know that stress can makes things worse. A prospective study published in 1994 by Da Costa, D., et. al, found that major life stressors…
Managing a Lupus Flare – Advice From Experts
Because they are unpredictable, a lupus flare can be frustrating and frightening. The onset of symptoms, ranging from rashes and fatigue to serious joint pain and risk of organ damage, can seem unmanageable. A lupus flare contrast periods of time with…