SLE – Systemic Lupus Erythromatosus
Lupus is synonymous with what is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
It’s an autoimmune disease that can affect multiple systems of the body that can be sometimes life-threatening. And affects an estimated 5 million people worldwide.
SLE can involve the skin, joints, internal organs, and the nervous system.
Similar to other autoimmune diseases, Lupus occurs when your body’s efforts to defend itself from something potentially harmful such as an allergen, a toxin, an infection, or even a food, but gets confused and fail to differentiate friend (your own cells) from foe (pathogens) and begin self destructing.
Your immune system’s main role is to keep you safe from foreign invaders that can harm you. If your immune system is threatened , it will produce antibodies as a defense mechanism to ward off potential invaders.
In lupus (SLE) and all autoimmune disease, this process is broken.
The process of correctly identifying friend from foe within our body is compromised. Mistaking your own tissues for foreign substances, your body turns these antibodies against itself, destroying your organs. This war within your body causes inflammation which is the culprit to your symptoms; pain, foggy brain, fatigue, and arthritis, etc.
This systemic inflammation is what causes the problems in Lupus and a host of other Autoimmune conditions. This is why it’s not uncommon for a patient to have multiple autoimmune conditions.
What is Lupus?
Doctors don’t really understand the disease but rely on a host of symptoms and labs to determine whether of not a patient has Lupus.
Over time, this imbalance in our system leads to disease.
So if you or your loved on suspects Lupus, it’s best to assess your dietary and lifestyle habits and change what’s triggering the inflammation in your life.
Signs and Symptoms of Lupus
Signs and Symptoms can persist years before developing Lupus. Lupus diagnosis is determined by clinical symptoms coupled with blood work.
Even then, it can be hard to definitively know whether you have lupus or not. So if you’re at the initial stages of developing Lupus, it’s in your best interest to do everything you can including changing your diet, exercising, adapting healthy habits to avoid the diagnosis.
Too often patients and doctors sit and wait for the disease process to evolve into a life threatening disease before intervening. But the interventions for Lupus is limited at best because the meds are highly toxic to the body.
Symptoms of lupus range from mild to severe, even life-threatening. Lupus is Nicknamed the Great Imitator because lupus mimics other diseases due to its involvement of multiple organs and the symptoms can be temperamental, which makes the diagnosis process difficult.
How is lupus diagnosed?
Once you understand the answer to “What is Lupus?”, the next question is often “How is it diagnosed?”
Lupus is not easily diagnosed because it mimics other illnesses. Generally, a physician will review your medical history and your family history, and look for signs of systemic inflammation.
There is no one test for lupus–generally, many different criteria will need to come together, and it can take years to reach a diagnosis.
The gold standard test today is the AVISE test.
AVISE CTD is an advanced autoimmune rheumatic disease test specifically designed to help physicians in differential diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
AVISE CTD is the only diagnostic test that uses Cell-Bound Complement Activation Products (CB-CAPs), stable biomarkers of complement activation, to help physicians better assess patients with suspected SLE.
Unfortunately, the exact cause of Lupus is unknown. Researchers speculate there is a genetic predisposition and Lupus then can be triggered by various viruses, sunlight, and toxic burden.
Typically when diagnosed, we are told it’s an incurable disease. Incurable because we don’t know what causes it and we are asked to be at the mercy of toxic meds to “mask” our disease which then creates a host of other imbalances and disease which is not practical.
At Lupus Rebel we believe in changing this “victim” mindset and dare to take your health in your control. While we can’t change the circumstance ( Lupus), we can change what we feel and do about it.
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