Living with Lupus

Brain Symptoms, Brain Fog, and Lupus

Lupus Symptoms

Depression, Loneliness, Isolation, & Lupus

Feelings of loneliness and isolation are common. And upwards of...

Diagnosis

Hearing Loss, Ear Health, and Lupus

What's that? Hearing loss and other aural phenomenon may impact around 30%...

Day-to-Day Living

Gout, Uric Acid, and Lupus Nephritis

Sharp pains in the joints that seem to come and go at random. It sounds like lupus, but it could be a sign of gout. The pain associated with gout has been documented for millennia. Galen, the celebrated Greco-Roman physician, described the condition in his medical writings and...

Day-to-Day Living

Leaky Gut, Increased Intestinal Permeability, & Lupus

Known colloquially as "leaky gut," increased intestinal permeability may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases, including lupus. The lining of your intestines acts as a 4000 square foot barrier that walls the gut off from the bloodstream. It only lets small...

Lupus Symptoms

Butterfly Rash (Malar): Telltale Lupus Symptom?

The butterfly rash is a reddish purple facial rash that appears on the faces of many Lupus Warriors. 31% - 65% of people with lupus experience the skin symptom. Many associations, funds, bloggers, and lupus advocates include a butterfly in their logos. This symbol is common as a reference to the...

Day-to-Day Living

Anxiety, Chronic Stress, and Lupus Symptoms

About 37% of people with lupus have also been diagnosed with anxiety. Feelings of chronic stress can permeate your life and these feelings shouldn't be ignored. Anxiety is a sense of fear or panic that intrudes into your thoughts, keeps you awake...

Day-to-Day Living

Mouth Ulcers, Oral Sores, & Lupus Symptoms

Mouth ulcers and oral sores are a common symptom of lupus, affecting around 50% of Lupus Warriors. These ulcers may be an indication of changes in disease activity. A mouth ulcer or canker sore is a shallow injury in the cheeks, tongue, or other soft parts of the mouth....

Day-to-Day Living

Itchy Skin, Urticaria, & 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...

Day-to-Day Living

Gut Microbiome, Bacteria, and Lupus

The bacteria in the body, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, have a major impact on health and lupus. When it comes to gut health, it's all about finding the right balance. From interfering with the stomach and intestines to causing inflammation in the liver, lupus can cause a range of...

Day-to-Day Living

Cardiovascular Health & Lupus: Managing the Risk

Lupus Warriors are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which can be life threatening. Know the potential risks and find lifestyle changes that can help you stay healthy. The cardiovascular system, also known as the circulatory system, is responsible for circulating blood throughout...

Day-to-Day Living

Narcolepsy, Sleep Deprivation, and Lupus

A good night's sleep and energetic days can seem like unattainable luxuries for people with lupus. The cause may be narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that can be caused by autoimmune conditions. Sleep plays a vital role in physical health, emotional well-being, and cognitive functioning. Just...