Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, the Copy Cat Disease

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a disease that affects humans of varying ages. The saddest part is that there is no known cause and no known treatment for this illness. However, medical science has continued its role to find its cure. To date, long-term survival has increased due to advance modes of treatment.

The impact of this disease is devastating to the person affected. There is gradual change of lifestyle. The person needs to limit most of his activities, especially during severe symptoms. It is the role of the physician to properly guide the patient during the initial phase of the discovery of the disease. Aside from giving the proper medications, proper information of the disease should be given to the patient. A person with this condition who is well informed about his condition will not have a hard time adjusting to a new lifestyle. The unwavering support of the family is the most important aspect during the therapy of the patient. Their support does not only lessen physical burdens but it also uplifts the spirit.

This ailment, known by many as Lupus or simply SLE, is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects many organs in our body — mainly the skin, kidneys, joints, and the like. This disease causes inflammation and tissue damage because the host body is attacked by its own immune system. This disease damages the organs in ways that mimic other illnesses. The sufferer may exhibit fatigue, fever, malaise, joint pains, rashes, and others. If this disease mimics diseases, how will we know that the person is really affected by SLE?

Several criteria have been established by the American College of Rheumatology to help diagnose a patient. First, these specialists summed up the list of symptoms common among SLE patients. These are: (1) antinuclear antibody, (2) renal disorder, (3) molar rash, (4) hematologic disorder, (5) oral ulcer arthritis, (6) serositis, (7) neurological disorder, (8) photosensitivity, (9) discoid rash, (10) arthritis, and (11) immunologic disorder.

After which, they concluded that a person exhibiting four of the eleven symptoms, whether they are exhibited together or not in a given amount of time period, is deemed infected with SLE.

There is no known direct cure for SLE. The only way we can beat systemic lupus erythematosus is to cure all of the eleven symptoms that manifest immediately before they create permanent damage. Ways to prevent this disease are almost non-existent because nobody knows what causes SLE. Nobody knows what causes the body’s immune system to attack and destroy its own cells and tissue. In the meantime, we have to make good with what we have and take care of our bodies properly.

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