We already brought you part one of this informative and educational list of facts about lupus, one of the most common diseases in the United States. We found out that it’s hard to tell who has it and that there are many famous sufferers. Here is part two of our list.
Number Eight: Possible Causes
Although this disease is still largely shrouded in mystery, scientists suspect that genetic predisposition could play a part in it. Other supposed factors could be extreme stress and certain drugs.
Number Seven: Lupus is Not Like AIDS or HIV
Although all three of these diseases are immune deficiency issues, they are different. HIV and AIDS make your immune system not active enough, while with lupus, your immune system becomes too active.
Number Six: Drug-Induced Versions of the Disease
Lupus can occur as a result of reactions to certain medications. With this variety of lupus, the symptoms often fade within half a year of stopping the drugs, often times with little long-term damage done.
Number Five: Increased Pregnancy Risks
You can still have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby if you suffer from the disease, but it’s important to be very careful. You are more pre-disposed to miscarriages, along with premature birth and diabetes.
Number Four: ‘Lupus Fog’
People with this illness may have a harder time than others thinking, focusing, or remembering certain things. They are also more susceptible to mental problems like depression and anxiety.
Number Three: No Cure
Since the exact cause is still unknown, it’s hard to know how to fix it. No known cure currently exists for the disease.
Number Two: Tag-Along Autoimmune Diseases
This problem has been known to attract other autoimmune issues. These include Arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Scientists still aren’t sure exactly why this is the case, or if lupus is completely to blame for these extra conditions.
Number One: Sufferers Become Very Tired
The absolute most commonly reported symptom of lupus is chronic fatigue. People with the illness will feel tired no matter how much they sleep. We hope you found this article interesting and learned a few things from it. Thanks for reading!