The old American College of Rheumatology criteria in the definition of what is considered to be brain lupus included headaches. Patients would be treated for these headaches as if they were part of lupus. Studies since have shown that headaches in lupus patients are not more common than in the general population.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. It results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs.
This is the way it works. There is a protein called antibody that the immune system produces in order to protect and fight against antigens (which are foreign substance to the body) such as viruses and bacteria. Lupus will now make the immune system unable to recognize and differentiate between antigen and the normal healthy tissue in the body which makes the immune system direct antibodies against the healthy tissue causing swelling, pain, and tissue damage.
The effect of lupus can affect any part of the body such as joints, blood vessels, lungs, kidney and other internal organs.
Published on Aug 7, 2014Entertainer and TV personality Nick Cannon announced in 2012 that he has lupus. Since then, he has chronicled his battle against lupus through his online videos, in the media and at personal appearances. Nick served as the Grand Marshal for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Washington, DC Walk to End Lupus Now event on April 19, 2014, and after participating in the walk, along with 4,000 other people, he sat down for a brief interview to discuss how he is living with lupus.
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My name is Maria and I am the senior writer at LupusChick 501c3 based in New York. In addition, I am a student researcher at Clark University. While I don’t have Lupus, I have a heart for Lupus patients and have spent the past year working on a proposal to secure a LEEP Grant that would help me research Lupus patients and understand what their needs are and what they feel is lacking in treatment for their disease. Once I secured the grant, I created the following survey, under Clark University and LupusChick 501c3. The results will be graphed this summer and we plan to release the findings via our website lupuschick.com, white paper, press release, etc. Please let me know if you have any additional questions about the survey, which is anonymous – no one would have to enter any personal identifying information. We believe this could be a great source of information to better understand what is lacking in the education of and treatment of Lupus patients. Please click on yes if you agree to take this survey.By taking this 5-10 minute anonymous survey you are helping us better understand the needs of Lupus patients
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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects 1.5 million Americans alone. Symptoms generally include fatigue, skin rashes, swollen and painful joints, unusual hair loss and a high fever. Nine out of 10 adults with lupus are women aged 15-44, and it’s more prevalent among African American and Latina women. Symptoms can strike at any time, and because of the inconsistencies, the disease is difficult to diagnose — and even harder to understand if you don’t have it.
The Mighty teamed up with the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation to ask their community how they would explain life with the disease to someone who is unfamiliar with it. Here’s what they had to say:
1. “It’s like having the flu without having the flu. I feel sick, exhausted, weak and in pain for 24 hours or weeks. Then it goes away and will hit again whenever it feels like it. It takes so much energy to keep going from day to day. There is a lot of praying, crying and anger due to this disease. I appreciate when I have my good days, and fight through the bad ones because I refuse to give in or give up.” —Neeco Massengale
2. “It feels like some vague but powerful evil is coursing through my lymphatic and circulatory systems, because it is.” —Trey Turnbull
3. “I feel like a 90-year-old in a 27-year-old body.” —Alyssa Jones
4. “It feels like you ingested a toxic poison…and the sick feeling doesn’t go away…ever!” —Dawn Gursin
5. “Two words: It sucks!” —Sharon Antonellis
6. “Imagine your worst hangover. Then imagine waking up that way every day, sans party the night before.” — Carie Behounek Sherman
7. “An exhaustive fight every day.” —Angela Payne Dawson
8. “My immune system attacks itself.” —JoAnna Johnson
9. “It will test every bit of your patience, your mind, body, soul and faith along with the people close to you.” —Danielle Schiren
10. “It’s a bully!” —Mary Copeland
11. “Do you have any allergies?… Well, imagine that nasty inflammation happening in your kidneys, your lungs, your joints, blood vessels… because you’re now allergic to yourself!” — Candis Stewart
12. “It’s like living with a ticking time bomb; you never know where it will strike next.” — Linda Brown
13. “I just ask them to Google the Spoon Theory. This has helped many of my family and friends to go halfway to understanding.” — Lesley Watkins
If you have lupus, how would you describe it to others? Let us know in the comments below.