Lupus Q&A 17: Anemia, Neuropsychiatric Symptoms, Hair Loss, and Dull Skin

by | Jan 26, 2018 | Lupus Blog | 0 comments

Melissa Reanne Cline: I’ve been experiencing the following. Could you give me any insight on these symptoms?

  • Chronic low iron: lowest ever now at 4. Had several iron transfusions in the summer and cannot keep level above normal (50+). Around 8-20 range for 5+ years. Trying therapeutic Mirena IUD around stop menstruation and blood loss. 1 recent iron transfusion and 4 more to go within the next 2 weeks.

  • Neuropsychiatric Lupus symptoms: can’t finding the right words, short term memory recall, forgetting faces.

  • Loosing my hair, big bald spots. Biopsy says lupus – getting steroid injections… anything else I can do?

The most common blood disorder for patients with Lupus is anemia. Anemia is typically measured by assessing hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Anemia causes fatigue. This explains why we’re so tired all the time, especially if you’re anemic. Why are you anemic? Could be inflammation, iron deficiency, inadequate erythropoietin, which is a hormone produced in our kidneys that stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.

It’s common for Lupus patients to have difficulty with cognitive function. It sounds like there’s systemic inflammation affecting your nervous system. We know that we don’t have a cure for our disease, which is debilitating. This is why everything that we do should be to make sure we decrease the inflammatory load on our bodies. Inflammation means there’s lots of free radicals in the body, similar to toxic fumes from a broken car engine. When we are unable to bind such radicals effectively due to poor nutrient status, then our cells get further damaged. The only treatment for lupus is medications, which also is toxic to our bodies. So following an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Gut Healing Protocol, taking Lupus Brain Support, which contain L-tyrosine, which is an essential amino acid that can convert to neurotransmitters for our brain, allowing for improved mental focus and alertness. Additionally, a good probiotic will help to ensure that all our bases are covered. This is just about the best that we can do.

My initial issue with Lupus was alopecia, big bald spots! I was terrified. I can tell you our Lupus Beauty Support and Lupus Mineral Support in conjunction with Lupus Daily Probiotics does wonders for hair loss. Steroid injection is a powerful anti-inflammatory to decrease Lupus symptoms, but it can also cause thinning of your hair among other issues.

Cynthia Hildreth: Why when having lupus does the tone or texture of our skin change? I use to have beautiful skin before lupus came along.

As they say, beauty starts from the inside. When our bodies are on fire due to Lupus, symptoms will manifest on the outside. Usually the health of our gut is what shows up on the outside, so again, gut restoration and supporting detox pathways by ensuring that we’re getting the proper vitamins and minerals, along with taking probiotics, is key.

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I’m happy to report that we’ve added the Lupus Complete Multivitamin, which will be available on our store soon.

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