World Lupus Day

by Gemma Harbias

8 May 2017

The World Lupus Day event is spread throughout the world to raise awareness and to gain support for those suffering from Lupus by fundraising and campaigning.

What is Lupus?

“Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.”¬†http://www.worldlupusday.org/about-us.html

Much more information can be found online, however on this event, i have decided to spread awareness by listing the symptoms of Lupus.

It is important to know what the these are, so here are some early symptoms of Lupus, based on a study from Lupus diagnosed patients.

Lupus Pointers

  • Rashes, facial or elsewhere
  • Teenage growing pains
  • Teenage migraine
  • Teenage glandular fever
  • Agoraphobia/claustrophobia
  • Severe reaction to insect bites
  • Finger flexing difficulty
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Menstrual cycle problems
  • Family history of immune system illness
  • Dry eyes/mouth
  • Low lymph count
  • Normal CRP and raised ESR
  • Borderline C4 complement levels
  • Dry Shirmers test (eyes)

Please be aware a GP diagnosis is necessary as these pointers cannot be directly a symptom of Lupus for everyone.

To find out more about Lupus, visit http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/

Help us spread awareness about Lupus by posting this article on your social media networks. #WorldLupusDay

 

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