Symptoms

Lupus and Neurotransmitters

Lupus can attack any part of the body, and that includes the brain – causing lupus fog, memory problems and even mood swings.  Neurotransmitters, are your brain’s chemical messengers and they are definitely part of the possible.  What are neurotransmitters and why does it matter to those living with lupus?  Read on to find out! …

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Lupus and Infections

Infections are a significant cause of concern for those with lupus, accounting for up to 30% of all lupus deaths!  So, what are the risks, and what can be done to lower them? Introduction to Lupus and Infections Who are at the greatest risk of infection? Which infections pose the greatest risks? Can infections cause…

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Type 1 and Type 2 Lupus

Lupus is such a complex and poorly understood disease that it can be difficult for patients and healthcare providers to even talk about, much less treat.  So, researchers at the Duke Lupus Clinic have proposed a new approach that may hold the key to better conversations – and even better science – when it comes…

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Lupus and Overheating

Has lupus taken away your ability to tolerate heat or caused hot flashes or excessive sweating?  Overheating is one of the most common symptoms that come with SLE.  Read on to find out how lupus can cause heat intolerance and what you can do to keep cool! Introduction to Lupus and Overheating What causes overheating…

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Lupus and Disorders of the Ear

There are estimates that up to 70% of those with SLE report problems with hearing and/or feeling dizzy. If that statistic perks up your ears, keep reading! Introduction to Lupus and Disorders of the Ear A Quick Anatomy of Hearing and Balance How can lupus cause ear and hearing disorders? How to Protect Hearing and…

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Lupus and Dry, Brittle Hair – “Lupus Hair”

Lupus, and all that comes with it, can have a serious effect on your hair.  Dry, brittle hair that easily breaks off is one aspect that can really be alarming.  However, there are simple things you can do to lessen the damage.  Continue reading to find out why ”lupus hair” happens, and what can you…

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Lupus and Inflammation

Similar to “friendly fire,” with lupus, the body is constantly attacked by its own immune system, resulting in a series of reactionary, inflammatory responses. Understanding what can trigger these responses may help individuals with SLE play a greater role in the management of their own health. Introduction What is inflammation, and how does it relate…

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Scleroderma and Lupus

Scleroderma is one of the most common “overlap diseases” for those living with lupus, with about 20% of those with scleroderma also having lupus.  Learn about the complexities of scleroderma including its symptoms, possible complications and the most common ways to manage this autoimmune disease. Introduction Types of Scleroderma Symptoms of Scleroderma Causes of Scleroderma…

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Lupus and the Biology of Digestion

More than 50% of those with lupus experience some kind of digestive system disorder.  Here is an overview of this complex part of the human body and how it can be affected by lupus, lupus medications and other conditions associated with SLE. Introduction Basics of the Digestive System General Effects of Lupus and Medications Specific…

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Lupus Hair Loss and Alopecia Explained

Getting diagnosed with lupus is scary and upsetting enough without the added stress of potential hair loss. The physical ramifications of what systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can do to the body internally are indeed very scary. But the emotional toll of looking in the mirror and seeing a dramatic change in our external appearance is…

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