Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat. Lupus is a cruel mystery because it is hidden from view and undefined, has a range of symptoms, strikes without warning, and has no known cause and no known cure.
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people list chronic pain as the most difficult aspect of lupus
The impact of lupus ranges from mild to life-threatening
Joint pain, skin rashes, fevers and fatigue are most common
Diagnosis is difficult because lupus disease activity often is unpredictable
Impact on Daily Life
Having lupus can make everyday life challenging. When your lupus is active, symptoms like joint stiffness, pain, fatigue, confusion, or depression can make simple tasks difficult — and sometimes impossible. However, there are steps you can take to stay involved with work, relationships, and the activities you care about.
No two lupus patients are identical, so multiple treatments are needed to manage the spectrum of disease
Behind every new treatment is an army of volunteers who participate in lupus clinical research studies
We spearhead efforts to advance lupus drug development at every step in the process
We were the first organization to fund lupus research, and we have driven every major milestone since. Join our efforts to help researchers find effective treatments and cures.Donate Now