The Lupus Foundation of America counts about 1.5 million Americans affected by lupus, and statistics show that 9 out of 10 are women. This autoimmune disease is considered highly unpredictable by both experts and patients.
Mallory Dixon is a young, determined lupus patient (29). She also agrees that the disorder is so unpredictable that it cannot be explained.
As she explains, lupus can affect everyone, irrespective of race, age, or ethnic predilection. I cannot explain them.
Mallory’s initial diagnosis was rheumatoid arthritis. However, six years later, she began experiencing a number of additional symptoms, so she was diagnosed with lupus.Two years later, Mallory was in such a bad state that she couldn’t even breathe, so she decided to take proper medicine. I had to seek medical care.
She explains to Mallory that the night before she went to the hospital, she thought she was going to die and she was afraid she would even go to sleep.
In fact, she was dead when she arrived at the hospital, but was brought back to life by doctors. and underwent dialysis. Doctors later discovered that it was lupus that caused these symptoms and that it had spread to her kidneys.
Her goal is to bring awareness to women about lupus symptoms because lupus can be prevented from spreading to the kidneys, brain, heart, and other organs if detected on time.
Lupus Warning Signs and Life Effects
The Lupus Foundation America’s National Nurse Health Educator explains that the first symptom of lupus is debilitating fatigue.
•Mouth and nose ulcers
•abnormal blood clotting
•blue or cold fingers
•A butterfly-shaped rash on the nose and cheeks (in the past, this rash reminded doctors of a wolf bite, hence the name “lupus,” Latin for “wolf”)
•joint pain and swelling
•My chest hurts when I take a deep breath
•Swelling around the hands, feet, feet, and/or eyes
•light or sun sensitivity
Stothers adds that while some people may look fine, even the smallest task can have major problems. These people can feel terrible, and others can say they look perfectly fine.
Lupus is often mistaken for an autoimmune and hormonal disorder because its symptoms mimic those of heart, bone, muscle, or lung disorders, as well as Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and blood disorders. It will be
Mallory says the only disease that runs through her family is psoriasis, an autoimmune disease. Many patients with lupus are misdiagnosed with another autoimmune disease, so caution should be exercised if they have a family history or have been diagnosed with one of these diseases. You can prevent flare-ups.
The most common autoimmune diseases are inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, vitiligo, Graves’ disease, celiac disease, scleroderma, and Sjögren’s syndrome.
Stothers explains that lupus has a genetic component, but that doesn’t mean you will develop the disease. Hormones, especially estrogen, and the environment also play an important role.
Stothers says lupus is commonly diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 44, when a woman is most fertile. She adds that many women are diagnosed during this time because hormones are in flux during pregnancy and after childbirth. Nevertheless, she had patients diagnosed with lupus between her 70s and her 80s.
Most lupus sufferers can lead happy and productive lives, but symptoms must be closely monitored to maintain good health. One such example is Mallory, who gave up his career as an advocate for the Lupus Foundation.