Lupus can affect just about any part of the body. It is an inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues. Many times, those suffering with the disease don’t have any visible symptoms. However, the things that may be going on inside the body can be debilitating.
According to the American College of Rheumatology, women are ten times more likely to have lupus then men. Symptoms present themselves in what are called ‘flares’, and come and go periodically. Treatment is typically focused on pain management and preventing damage to major organs.
The most common way to identify someone with lupus is by something called a ‘butterfly rash.’ This scaly rash typically appears on the bridge of the nose and extends down over the cheeks. Rashes are also common on the next and chest.
The digestive system can also be affected when it comes to those suffering with Lupus. Lesions can form down the entire digestive tract, starting in the mouth and continuing down through the colon. Inflammation can also cause fluids to build up in the lining of the abdomen, and puts patients at an increased risk for pancreatitis.
Lupus can also affect the heart, causing the heart itself to become inflamed, or even the blood vessels surrounding it. This can interfere with blood flow and lead to things like infection or even heart attack.
Joint and muscle pain is extremely common for those dealing with Lupus because of inflammation in those areas as well. Hot and cold packs, warm showers, and baths are all good things to help ease pain.
Women with lupus sometimes have a more challenging time conceiving a child, and are at a higher risk of having a miscarriage. Flare-ups of symptoms are also more likely to happen during pregnancy. If you are seeking a new option to ease the symptoms associated with lupus, a research study may for you.
New England Research Associates is currently enrolling in studies for those seeking new treatment options for Lupus. Study participants who qualify are closely evaluated by board-certified physicians and other medical professionals and may even have access to new medications before they are on the market. Compensation is also available for time and travel expense. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.