Lupus

Reporter: Cassie Silver

What Is Lupus?

SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), or simply lupus, is a treatable, chronic, inflammatory, auto-immune disease. When you have lupus, your body's defence mechanism - your immune system goes into overdrive and starts to attack certain body organs. Lupus is not contagious or infectious or imagined.

What is the cause?

Until research scientists fully understand how the immune system works, the cause of lupus will remain unknown.However, lupus may be triggered by puberty, exposure to sunlight, menopause, childbirth, trauma, certain medications and viral infection.

Symptomatic Criteria

1. Skin Rash over the face and cheeks

2. Red raised skin patches

3. Pleurisy which is inflammation of the lining of the lung or heart

4. Blood disorders

5. Kidney disorders

6. Nerve disorders

7. Immune disorders

9. The presence of antinuclear Antibodies

10. Sun sensitivity

11. and Oral mouth ulcers

What now

Lupus will impact your life and the lives of your family and friends. Lupus is very individual and uncertain. This adds to the stress of coping with and managing this disorder. You need to remain positive, maintain a sense of humour, learn about your illness, participate in medical management and balance your lifestyle. But you are not alone

And the cure

Lupus is a chronic illness - it will never go away. To date, there is no cure for lupus. But this does not mean that you will never be well again, or that the pain will never go away. You will probably require continual medical care and/or medication. Of course, like anyone else, you will need to balance your lifestyle and your die

With today's technology - improved diagnostic tests and medication - you can anticipate a near normal life span. However, having lupus means adjusting your lifestyle