Lupus Part 1

Praise the Lord, everyone!
 
I pray you are all well and healthy, and starting to live a healthier lifestyle. I want to talk about an illness that is affecting more people of color, especially women. The illness I’m talking about is Lupus. We as African Americans, Native Americans, and Asians are being diagnosed at a much greater pace than years ago.
 
Lupus is an autoimmune disease causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. Lupus is also known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Your immune system is supposed to protect your body from infections. In Lupus, the immune system attacks tissue in various parts of the body. This is abnormal and leads to tissue damage and illness. 
 
This disease occurs in women more than men. Women in the age range of 14-45 years old (child bearing age) are affected the most. One in 250 may develop Lupus in their lifetime.
 
What problems can people experience with this disease?
  • Skin Problems: Red rashes over the cheeks and nose (also called butterfly rash). 
  • Hair loss
  • Mouth sores/skin rashes aggravated by sunlight
  • Discoid Lupus: consisting of large red rashes in a circular pattern
  • Subacute Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus: which can also become worse when exposed to sunlight
  • Can affect the arms, legs, and torso. Bullous rash which can produce large blisters
  • Joints: Arthritis that may affect you for days, weeks, or permanently
  • Kidneys: This can become life threatening with symptoms of fatigue, rash, fever, arthritis, and weight loss
  • Blood: Possible dangerous reduction in red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets that help blood clot
    • It’s important to have periodic blood tests to detect issues because blood clots are common in people with Lupus. They can occur in legs (DVT), lungs (PE), and the brain (stroke)
  • Brain/Spinal Cord: Rare but when present, it can cause confusion, depression, seizures, and rare strokes
    • Transverse Myelitis (spinal cord inflammation) can cause weakness and numbness
  • Heart/Lungs: Can become become inflamed. You can experience chest pains, irregular heart beats, fluid around the lungs and heart. The heart valve can become infected, resulting in shortness of breath
It’s important, Saints! Do your research and be better informed in order to make wise decisions to have the best care and to stay healthy. This is a series that will be done in four parts.
 
Here are some scriptures to encourage and uplift you as you experience and go through your various challenges: Jeremiah 29:11-13, Isaiah 50: 10(b), 1 Samuel 30: 6(b), 2 Corinthians 5:7, Colossians 2: 6-7, 10
 
Be blessed