In people with lupus, the immune system begins to recognize and attack the body’s own tissues. This phenomenon is similar to “friendly fire” and causes inflammation in various parts of the body. It is important to realize, however, that lupus can affect different people in different ways and that signs and symptoms can come and go, producing periods of flares and remission. The following articles provide an introduction to how lupus may affect different parts of the body.
* Antiphospholipid Antibodies Antiphospholipis antibodies are antibodies directed against phosphorus-fat components of your cell membranes called phospholipids, certain blood proteins that bind with phospholipids, and the complexes formed when proteins and phospholipids bind. Approximately 50% of people with lupus possesses these antibodies, and over a twenty-year period of time, one half of lupus patients with one of these antibodies—the lupus anticoagulant—will experience a blood clot.
* Arthritis “Arthritis” is a broad term used to describe inflammation of the joints. There are many subsets of arthritis, but the arthritis seen in lupus closely resembles rheumatoid arthritis
* Cardiovascular System Lupus can affect the cardiovascular system, which includes your heart and blood vessels. In fact, cardiovascular disease, not lupus itself, is the number one cause of death in people with SLE. Therefore, it is very important that you take steps to maintain optimal cardiovascular health.* Immune System in lupus and other autoimmune diseases, the immune system begins to recognize and attack “self.” In other words, the cells of the immune system begin to injure the body’s own tissues. This phenomenon is similar to “friendly fire” and can cause permanent scarring that ultimately jeopardizes the function of certain organs and systems in the body. Certain cells and processes of the immune system have been identified as playing a role in lupus.
* Kidneys About one half of people with lupus experience kidney involvement, and the kidney has become the most extensively studied organ affected by lupus.* Lungs About 50% of people with SLE will experience lung involvement during the course of their disease. Five main lung problems occur in lupus: pleuritis, acute lupus pneumonitis, chronic (fibrotic) lupus pneumonitis, pulmonary hypertension, and “shrinking lung” syndrome.
* Nervous System Lupus can affect both the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system. Lupus may attack the nervous system via antibodies that bind to nerve cells or the blood vessels that feed them, or by interrupting the blood flow to nerves. Conditions associated with or sometimes seen in lupus include cognitive dysfunction, fibromyalgia, headaches, organic brain syndrome, and CNS vasculitis.
* Skin Most people with lupus experience some sort of skin involvement during the course of their disease. In fact, skin conditions comprise 4 of the 11 criteria used by the American College of Rheumatology for classifying lupus. There are three major types of skin disease specific to lupus and various other non-specific skin manifestautions associated with the disease.
In my quest for interesting and exciting vegetarian dishes, I recently purchased the ‘Fast Vegetarian’ cookbook by Jane Baxter and Henry Dimbleby of ‘Leon‘ fame. I’d visited a couple of branches while living in London and was always impressed with the food. It is all clearly labelled wheat free, dairy free, vegetarian etc which is […]
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With my lupus I tend to have a butterfly rash redness and some sores. I do have a small routine I do every night to help keep my face clear. And I will give you the names of the products I use.
I start with cleaning my face with Equate Deep Cleaning Astringent Cleanser or Studio 35 Witch Hazel cleanser and Cotton 100% Pure Cotton Rounds 100 CT.
Then I put on a clay mask it is called Charcoal Face Mask . I leave it on my face and tell it dries.
Did you know that charcoal is great for your skin? Because of its natural detoxifying properties, it can be used to whiten teeth, remove poisons from your body, and cleanse your skin. If you have problem skin, acne, clogged pores you name it. Charcoal may help. These steps seem to help control my symptoms of lupus on my face.
I hope these help you.
My moisturiser , anti wrinkle cream and my re hydration tool! Not only does this magic oil help with any tummy problems (can’t poop, as its a natural laxative) but its so amazing for the biggest organ in your body – your skin! From sunburn to shaving rash this never lets me down. I use […]
FDA Approves New Spinal Cord Stimulator NOVEMBER 6, 2016 / DR. MUHAMMAD MIRZA FDA Approves New Spinal Cord Stimulator
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) systems are for chronic pain patients who have had little relief from other therapies. They work through an implanted device at the base of the spine. This sends electrical impulses to disrupt pain signals traveling up the spine to the brain, and in this way provides relief. But patients in the past have had to go through multiple surgeries. Also patients found recharging SCS systems a burden, particularly on their skin. A new SCS system made by St. Jude Medical was approved by the FDA recently.
The device is upgradable, recharge-free, and available for chronic pain sufferers all across the U.S. The company says the ability to upgrade the system including software upgrades and new stimulation waveforms without surgery is one of its strengths. Previous models needed surgical intervention to upgrade or to replace the batteries every few years. Moreover, the batteries for this device do not need to be recharged constantly as with other such implants.
With other models, the batteries would often die in a few years, sometimes even 18 months. This would require surgical replacement. The first spinal cord stimulation system that was rechargeable was approved by the FDA in 2008. This device had a major advantage because it could last a decade or longer. It also delivered a greater amount of power, and so was also considered more therapeutic.
Known as the Proclaim Elite recharge-free SCS system, it is considered a low-maintenance chronic pain therapy which should interfere very little with daily activities. One question many still have is how long this model will last before it has to be replaced via surgery. But these devices are coming along. Those with certain chronic pain conditions may benefit from this latest incarnation. If you suffer from chronic pain be sure to contact a physician or specialist in your area and see what therapies, including a SCS implant might be right for you.