Is lupus deadly??!
Question: my mom has it and im worried =0
Answers: my mom has it and im worried =0
Hi, first and foremost, I am sorry you are so worried and that your mom is a lupus patient. As a patient, souse and parent of a patient, I know how worrysome this can be. My heart goes out to you.
There is no cure for lupus and the theory is that lupus can be managed. Your mom needs to be ver communicative with her Rheumatologist as this is an autoimmune disorder.
Lupus can affect patients in flares and that means it comes and goes, but it can also stay for a very long time. Fatigue, all over pain and photosensitivity is very common. Here are some basic lupus facts:
Basic Lupus Facts
"Typical" clinical features include:
- Fever, fatigue, and weight loss
- Arthritis involving multiple joints for several weeks
- Butterfly-shaped rash over the cheeks or other rashes
- Skin rash appearing in areas exposed to the sun
- Sores in the mouth or nose for more than a month
- Loss of hair, sometimes in spots or around the hairline
- Seizures, strokes and mental disorders
- Blood clots in different locations
- Miscarriages in some patients
- Blood or protein in the urine or tests that suggest poor kidney
- Low blood counts (anemia, low white blood cells or low platelets)
- Other symptoms include chest pain when the patient breathes deeply,
heartburn, abdominal pain and poor circulation to the fingers and
- All of these symptoms can develop gradually, making lupus hard to
? 2008 American College of Rheumatology
Lupus affects Asians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, African
Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, and Native Americans
Although it affects women nine times more than men in their child
bearing years, men are affected. Children are affected.
I know that this is a lot of information, but I hope this helps you understand the disease a bit. Try not to get overwhelmed and scared. Do what you are doing and get educated for her and yourself.
You are a great daughter!
You didn't say how your mom is feeling or how her spirits are. I hope she is okay.
Let us know if you need support. We will be here to listen if you need it....
only a doctor would know for sure . Medline Plus is one of the best websites on the internet and will undoubtedly have info on lupus.
Most of the time lupus is not deadly, my dad has it and has for a long time. There are different types and different people have it varying degrees. Hope this helps and hope your mom does well! Good luck!
Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus (sis-teh-mik lew-pus er-eh-thee-muh-toh-sis) or SLE, is a disease that affects your immune system. Normally, your immune system fights infections caused by germs. Instead of protecting your body, your immune system makes the mistake of attacking your body's healthy cells. Lupus can affect almost any part of your body, including your joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. There is no way to know what part of your body will be affected. For most people though, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few parts of your body, and some patients don't get inner organ problems (like in the heart and lungs), but do have skin and joint problems. Normally, lupus develops slowly, with symptoms that come and go. For some, it can cause serious and even life-threatening problems. Even for patients with diseases that hurt their organs, with good care and management and a strong partnership between a patient and her health care provider, the prognosis is good.