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Living with Lupus

Cognitive Development of Children and Lupus

Living with Lupus

Overcoming Difficulties Maintaining Employment with Lupus

Lupus can get in the way of many aspects of day-to-day life....

Lupus Symptoms

Fatigue and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Lupus

Fatigue is a well-known symptom of lupus. Neurological symptoms, though also common,...

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,...

Living with Lupus

An Overview of the Human Immune System

The immune system protects the body from infection and disease. However, for people with lupus, this system misbehaves and begins attacking the body's own cells The immune system is a complex and multi-organ system. It's a complex organization that we don’t fully understand. Both disease-specific and...

Symptoms

Renal Failure, Proteinuria, and Lupus Nephritis

Up to 1/3 of people with lupus will experience kidney involvement as inflammation damages the kidneys. The damage can be so severe the kidneys can no longer function, known as renal failure. The kidneys are responsible for filtering toxins and waste out of the blood. Damaged kidneys are...

Living with Lupus

Moon Face, Facial Swelling, and Lupus

Moon face is a colloquial name for extreme facial swelling. It is a common side effect of certain lupus medications, especially prednisone. We humans are visual creatures. Our face is deeply linked to our identity. Moon face, a swelling or rounding of the face, can have an intense impact on...

Living with Lupus

Seizures and Lupus

People with lupus sometimes experience seizures – ranging from mild to severe in intensity - as a part of their symptoms. How common are seizures for people with lupus? Seizures are a relatively common experience for Lupus Warriors. Though, prevalence studies have been limited due to small sample sizes. A

Diagnosis and Tests

Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO), LupusPRO, and Lupus

Measuring lupus pain, fatigue, and other symptoms over time is hard. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are self-reports from patients that can help diagnose and manage the disease. Patient-reported outcomes use surveys to measure lupus. Mostly, these surveys identify the physical symptoms of lupus. But also helps researchers and doctors identify the...

Lupus Symptoms

T Cells, the Immune System, and Lupus

T cells are important components of the immune system, but also of autoimmune disease. Regulating T cells is a potential key to reducing symptoms of lupus. T cells are a special type of white blood cell that come from the thymus known as a lymphocyte. White blood...

Living with Lupus

Brain Symptoms, Brain Fog, and Lupus

Brain symptoms are the least acknowledged and most misunderstood symptoms of lupus. But over 50% of patients experience some sort of brain symptom in the course of their disease. Neuropsychiatric symptoms happen when lupus affects the brain, spinal cord, or any of the other...

Lupus Symptoms

Depression, Loneliness, Isolation, & Lupus

Feelings of loneliness and isolation are common. And upwards of 25% of Lupus Warriors are also battling major depression. A blog by Barbara Leech describes it thus: "If it were not for the connections I have...