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Lupus and Hormones

INTRODUCTION Hormones are unique messengers that maintain and regulate numerous bodily functions. For the last several decades, more research has suggested the sex hormone estrogen, in particular, is ...

The Breakdown List About Benlysta

Contents: The Good The Bad Where did it come from? How does it work? Conclusion   I have been listening to all this Benlysta talk.  Have you?  If you haven’t heard by now, Benlysta is the fir...

Lupus and CellCept®

WHAT IS IT? CellCept® or mycophenolate mofetil, is a medication that was first prescribed to treat people who have had an organ transplant.  Over the last 15 years, it has been increasingly used mor...

Self-Advocacy

Your Life. Your Right. “You are lucky…you could have died.”   Those were the ominous words that came out of my rheumatologists mouth after she discovered the reason I was ill was due to ano...

Adapting to the Pain

Does the Pain EVER go Away? Note:  For a detailed summary of the types and sources of pain with lupus, check out our blog, Pain, Pain Go Away: The Chronic Pain of Lupus. For someone who is newly diag...

Lupus and the Gastrointestinal System

Contents: The Gastrointestinal System Esophagus Irritation Digestive Woes Crohn’s & Colitis Peptic Ulcers Pancreatitis Peritonitis and Ascites Liver Complications Conclusion   The Gastroint...

Scleroderma: What you need to know

Contents: What is Scleroderma? Who develops scleroderma? What causes scleroderma? What are the Signs and Symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? What are some complications of scleroderma? A...

Remission Guilt

Is it Okay to be well? When I was in the hospital with lupus, I made friends with all the other teenage “regulars” who, like me, were frequent admits of the eighth floor.   All of my new friends...

AZATHIOPRINE and Lupus

What it is: Azathioprine or the brand name Imuran, is a drug that was originally developed to prevent organ rejection in people who had received a donor transplant.  Currently, in addition to its ant...

DHEA and Lupus

WHAT IS IT? Dehydroepiandrosterone, commonly called DHEA, is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands.  DHEA leads to the production of androgen and estrogen, which are sex hormones that play an impo...

Lupus and the Endocrine System

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM:   A powerful infantry of glands that affect virtually every cell and organ in the body – that with one blow may have one down for the count, waving a white flag of surren...

Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) that is used to reduce the swelling and pain associated with certain diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis...