Obesity, Weight Issues, & Lupus Symptoms
Between medication side effects and the challenges of life with lupus, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Battling a lupus flare? The steroids often used to battle lupus can cause people to gain weight. And, even when…
Predicting a Lupus Flare – Can it be Done?
Headed towards a lupus flare? New research into predictive biological markers may hold the answer. Lupus symptoms can come and go depending on the activity of the disease. When symptoms are light, or not present, lupus is in quiescence (or "remission"); when…
Lupus Brain Fog: What Can You Do?
"Wait... What was I doing here?" Between 20% and 60% of lupus warriors battle lupus brain fog. If you are battling lupus and find yourself feeling confused, fatigued, or forgetful you are not alone. Perhaps up to half of all…
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…