Mar. 14, 2018

Alive and Well Podcast: A Deeper Look at Lupus

 

I was recently interviewed as a guest on the Alive & Well podcast regarding a more holistic understanding of Lupus and the individuals it affects.

A few main points that were discussed:

  • Lupus as a chronic autoimmune disease.
  • Some of the most commons signs and symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Discoid Lupus.
  • Treatment options for Lupus.

Listen to the podcast:

Highlights of the podcast include:

Possible Causes of Lupus

“Although the causes of Lupus are still largely unknown, we understand that some individuals are born with a genetic predisposition to developing the disease. This partnered with a number of environmental factors often lead to a patient suffering from Lupus.”

“I believe stress is a large reason individuals develop Lupus. Sunlight is another big factor as well; too much exposure to the sun often manifests in skin rashes or fatigue, which triggers Lupus in a patient. Another cause that many people don’t realize is traumatic events.”

Various Types of Lupus

“There are two major kinds of Lupus – Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Discoid Lupus. The former can affect any organ in the body, but the latter really only affects the skin. Discoid Lupus will usually manifest in rashes and lesions.”

“Symptoms of both forms of Lupus can be very vague in the beginning. They often include extreme fatigue, headaches, weight gain, hair loss, skin rashes, flu-like aches and pains, and unexplained fevers. These symptoms often change and vary over time and they reveal themselves differently with each patient.”

Difficulty Identifying and Diagnosing Lupus

“It’s estimated that there are 1.5 million Americans with some form of Lupus today, but because of the wide variance in symptoms, which yields difficulty in diagnosis, researchers actually believe that the number is much higher than that.”

“It takes an average of three years for patients to receive a proper diagnosis, which leaves many patients suffering for years longer than necessary. The vague symptoms often prolong the amount of time it takes for individuals to consult with a physician.”

“Lupus is extremely common in women and is often diagnosed during the prime years of a woman’s life, between the ages of 15 to 44. This can take a large toll on these women feeling as though they aren’t fully experiencing life.”

Treating Lupus

“There are over 100 autoimmune diseases in existence, including Lupus. Lupus dates back to the fourth century so it’s shocking that we don’t know more about it. Unfortunately, there has not been much research to devoted to understanding it, which has led to a stark lack in treatment processes.”

“Lupus ranges from mild to life-threatening, so of course the treatments mirror this. Steroids are among the more common treatments of Lupus.”

“There are no medications created specifically to treat Lupus aside from Benlysta. It’s the only medication FDA approved to treat Lupus, and it’s only been around since 2011. It requires an intravenous infusion about once a month for patients.”

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