Allergic To Myself

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Exploring: Lupus

If you thought the other diseases we have covered are crazy and mysterious, you haven’t explored Lupus yet. Lupus is one of the most mysterious and violent of the longterm autoimmune diseases I have discovered. I personally have two relatives with the condition and it has left them pretty severely damaged. This disease occurs more often in women than in men and can lay dormant for an indefinite amount of time until something triggers the immune system. These triggers can be genetic, environmental effects or drug reactions. In one of my family members lupus was triggered and they have lived with it for over 40 years, also having RA. In the other it was triggered with allergy testing and they almost died several times due to complications. “SLE is treatable through addressing its symptoms, mainly with cyclophosphamide, corticosteroids and immunosuppressants; there is currently no cure. SLE can be fatal, although with recent medical advances, fatalities are becoming increasingly rare. Survival for people with SLE in the United States, Canada, and Europe is approximately 95% at five years, 90% at 10 years, and 78% at 20 years”- wikepedia. Lupus is not curable, but it is treatable. Like most autoimmune diseases, it can be managed with immuno-suppressants and corticosteroids which reduce inflammation. Lupus is not preventable because not much is known about how it is caused, but if it is found early enough, it can be managed quite effectively. This disease is rare compared to some others but still effects a rather large amount of people, and the probability of getting it increases if you have family members with the disease. It is estimated that up to 53 per 100,000 people has this disease. There is hope, my family members are still alive with this disease, and advances in technology are constantly improving the quality of life. In comparison, I feel lucky to have a disease that only effects one area of my body, because Lupus can effect ANY part of your body. I respect and admire anyone who lives with and has a positive outlook with Lupus, for it is, in my opinion, one of the hardest and most crippling of the autoimmune diseases.

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Autoimmune Disease, Lupus, Stories | 23 Comments