Kaleidoscope Blog

We provide a wealth of information about lupus – its symptoms, treatments and the profound ways that it affects people’s lives. Our blogs also highlight the latest medical research behind the never-ending quest for a cure.

Fibromyalgia and Lupus

Affecting approximately 6% of the world’s population, fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic, widespread pain conditions diagnosed. What exactly is fibromyalgia and who is at risk for developing it? Introduction What causes fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia’s Relationship to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) How is fibromyalgia diagnosed? How is fibromyalgia treated? What is the prognosis? In…

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Inspirational Songs

Can Inspirational Songs Heal the Body?

Contents: Can Inspirational Songs Heal the Body? How can music help the mind and body? What is the best way to use music for better health? In conclusion Can Inspirational Songs Heal the Body? Listening to music often makes us feel good, but can that translate into a physiological change or health benefit?  We all…

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Vasculitis

Vasculitis

Contents: What is Vasculitis? What are the different types of vasculitis? What causes vasculitis? What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? What kind of doctor treats vasculitis? Living with vasculitis Vasculitis Quick Facts   What is Vasculitis? Vasculitis (vas-kyu-LI-tis) is a general term for a group of uncommon diseases that…

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What Causes Lupus

Autoimmune Diseases: What you should know

Contents: What is the Immune System? What are Autoimmune Diseases? What Are Some of the Most Common Autoimmune Diseases? Who gets Autoimmune Diseases? What Causes Autoimmune Conditions? What Are the Symptoms of an Autoimmune Disease? How Are Autoimmune Diseases Diagnosed? How Are Autoimmune Diseases Treated? Questions to Ask Your Doctor In Conclusion   What is…

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Discoid Lupus

Contents: Discoid Lupus What are the four types of lupus? What are the different types of lupus rashes? Who gets discoid lupus and can it turn into systemic lupus? Is discoid lupus contagious? How is it diagnosed and treated? Tips and Advice   Discoid Lupus Lupus is a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for…

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Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome: What you need to know

Contents: What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Who develops Sjögren’s? How are lupus and Sjögren’s related? What causes Sjögren’s? What are the Signs and Symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? What kind of doctor do I need? How do I cope with a diagnosis?   What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Sjögren’s (pronounced SHOW-grin’s) is a…

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Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome: What you need to know

Contents: What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Who develops Sjögren’s? How are lupus and Sjögren’s related? What causes Sjögren’s? What are the Signs and Symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? What kind of doctor do I need? How do I cope with a diagnosis?   What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Sjögren’s (pronounced SHOW-grin’s) is a…

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What Causes Lupus

What Causes Lupus?

Contents: What is lupus? Who gets lupus? What causes lupus? How can clinical research trials help?   What is lupus? Before we dive into what causes lupus, lets define the disease. There are four types of lupus: Discoid lupus erythematosus– This type affects the skin and is also known as cutaneous lupus. Drug-induced lupus erythematosus-…

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The Gratitude Attitude: Inspirational Quotes

Contents: What is a gratitude attitude? Here are five ways to get started on your road having a gratitude attitude: Ten gratitude quotes to get you started:   What is a gratitude attitude? As we are nearly deep into all of the joy and stress that the holiday season offers, it seems like a good…

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Checklist to Choose a Health Plan

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Contents: Choose a Health Plan The 9 Titles of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Top 10 things to know about the new law Checklist to Choose a Health Plan   Choose a Health Plan As you probably already know, beginning in 2014 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as…

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Lupus and Pregnancy: What you need to know

Contents: Can I have a healthy pregnancy if I have SLE? 5 Steps for Preparing for Your Pregnancy What can I expect during a pregnancy with lupus? Are there any risks for the baby? What do I need to know for after delivery?    Can I have a healthy pregnancy if I have SLE? For…

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Prescription Assistance Social Security Disability Benefits

Prescription Drug Assistance and Social Security Disability

Contents: Prescription Assistance Programs Lupus and Social Security Disability Benefits Meeting the Technical Requirements of Social Security Disability Meeting the Disabling Criteria for Social Security Disability Benefits Applying for Benefits   Prescription Assistance Programs Lupus and other autoimmune diseases can be devastating, not only to one’s physical health, but to one’s financial health. For those…

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Contents: What is systemic lupus erythematosis? Here are some common lupus symptoms: Diagnosing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Systems Affected by SLE What are the treatments for SLE? In Conclusion    What is systemic lupus erythematosis? Systemic lupus erythematosus is a very long name for a very complicated autoimmune disease that is more commonly known as SLE or…

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The Mind-Body Connection

Contents: What is the Mind-Body Connection? How can emotions affect physical well-being? How do you achieve balance and build a stronger mind-body connection?   What is the Mind-Body Connection? The term “mind-body connection” refers to the way your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act.  Stress, anxiety, emotional distress can cause negative…

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Lupus Brain Fog

Lupus Brain Fog: What is it and how do you cope?

Contents: What is lupus brain fog? What are the signs of a brain fog? How can these problems affect daily life? What can I do to cope with a lupus brain fog? The good news! Final words   What is lupus brain fog? Is this image something you can relate to? Have you been forgetful…

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What-is-Lupus

What is Lupus?

Contents: What is Lupus? Definition of Lupus The Four Types of Lupus Quick lupus facts Do we know what causes lupus? In Conclusion   What is Lupus? While on the surface, this may seem a simple question to answer, the very nature of lupus makes it, in fact, a very complicated one. There are some…

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Invisible Illness: “But you look so good.”

Contents: What is an Invisible Illness? Labeling and Stigmas for those with Invisible Illness Understanding Invisible Illness   What is an Invisible Illness? Have you ever seen someone park in a handicap spot and look  perfectly healthy as they step out of the car? You wonder, “They’re not disabled, they can walk just fine! They…

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Lupus-Medications

Lupus Treatment Options: Lupus Medications

Contents: Lupus Medications Some Common Lupus Medications Trials and Other Things to Consider   Lupus Medications Lupus manifests differently in each patient (Please see: How Lupus Can Affect The Body,) requiring varying treatment options for each individual depending on the signs and symptoms that are presenting. It is also important to understand that the treatment…

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Coping With Lupus

Coping with Lupus: How Does Lupus Affect Your State of Mind and Body?

Contents: Coping with Lupus Some Main Challenges you May Face Things You Can Do To Help Yourself With hope, there are always possibilities   Coping with Lupus Whether you have been recently diagnosed with lupus or have been living with it for many years, learning to live with, what can be a very debilitating disease,…

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Systems Affected by Lupus

Living With Lupus: In What Ways Can Lupus Affect the Body?

Contents: Living With Lupus: How Can Lupus Affect the Body? Lupus Effect on the Body: A Head to Toe Listing In Conclusion   Living With Lupus: How Can Lupus Affect the Body?  In Lupus and other autoimmune diseases, the immune system begins to recognize and attack itself, going after and injuring healthy tissue. This can…

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Lupus Symptoms and Signs

Contents: What is Lupus? What are the four types of lupus? Lupus Signs & Symptoms Some Super Resources   What is Lupus? Before we talk about the signs and symptoms of lupus, let’s define it. Lupus is a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body’s own…

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