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Living with Lupus

Seizures and Lupus

Living with Lupus

Moon Face, Facial Swelling, and Lupus

Moon face is a colloquial name for extreme facial swelling. It is a common...

Living with Lupus

Skin Health and Lupus

Rashes, ulcers, hyperpigmentation (darker spots on skin) and alopecia (hair loss) are...

Lupus Symptoms

Overheating, Thyroid Disease, and Lupus

The summer months bring the heat -- and plenty of sweating and hot flashes. Many Lupus Warriors experience heat-intolerance and are at an increased risk of overheating. 🌵☀️ Feeling hot? People with autoimmune diseases frequently experience heat intolerance when the mercury rises. This means the body struggles to regulate temperature,...

Lupus Symptoms

Retinal Vasculitis, Nerve Damage and Lupus

Over 28% of people with lupus have eye symptoms, an issue that is not often discussed. The causes can be in the eye, the optic nerve, and the brain, but all are caused by inflammation.  Often, the eye is not directly affected by lupus. This is because the...

Lupus Symptoms

Inflammation-Related Anemia & Lupus

Red blood cells transport oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with lupus may experience a reduction in red blood cells known as inflammation-related anemia, which can cause a range of symptoms. The signs of inflammation-related anemia, or “anemia of inflammation,” can...

Diagnosis

Lupus Retinopathy and Diagnosis

Retinopathy, damage to the retina, is one of the key early potential symptoms that point to a diagnosis of lupus. With a lupus diagnosis, the earlier the better, and the eye-related symptoms of lupus can be a key warning sign that other symptoms are on the...

Lupus Symptoms

Itchy Skin, Hives, & Rashes with Lupus

Rashes and lesions are common symptoms of lupus. Itchy skin can be more than an inconvenience -- it can be in indicator of changes in disease activity. The American College of Rheumatology uses an 11-item classification index to monitor lupus disease involvement. 4 of the 11 items relate to the skin.[thb_gap...

Lupus Symptoms

Lower Back Pain, Chronic Inflammation, & Lupus

Many Lupus Warriors, particularly people with nephritis, struggle with constant aches & lower back pain. A number of tests can help identify the cause. From constant, dull pains to sharp pangs, back pain is the worst. It can immobilize you and have you stuck on the couch or the floor. It’s...

Lupus Symptoms

Fevers and Lupus

Fevers are a common symptom of lupus flares but can also be a symptom of infections. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has many different symptoms. This is because Inflammation effects all of the parts of the body, from the joints, to...

Living with Lupus

Dry Eye and Lupus

Dry eye is a frustrating and painful condition that affect the eyes of over 1/3 of people with lupus. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that affects organs throughout the body. The eye is usually an "immune-privileged" organ, which means...

Living with Lupus

The Skin Microbiome and Lupus

The microorganisms on the skin, known as the skin microbiome, effects the health of people with lupus, both in terms of vulnerability to infection and in inflammation. Bacteria play an important role in the human body, particularly in the intestines where they help break down...