UNDERSTANDING LUPUS AND FIBROMYALGIA

ULAF, BUT IT'S NOT A LAUGHING MATTER !

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Symptoms:
  • Lupus is a complex and poorly understood condition that affects many parts of the body. The symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.
  • Although there are many possible manifestations of lupus, those listed are some of the more common.
 

> Joint/muscle aches and pains.

> Permanent rash over cheeks.

> Extreme fatigue and weakness.

> Increased risk of miscarriage.

> Rashes from sunlight/UV light.

> Flu-like symptoms and/or night sweats.

> Weight gain or loss.

> Inflammation of the tissues covering internal organs with associated chest and/or abdominal pain.

> Depression

 

> Seizures.

> Mental illness or other cerebral problems.

> Headaches, Migraine.

> Kidney Problems.

> Oral/nasal ulcers.

> Hair loss.

> Haematological disorders including anemia.

> Swollen glands.

> Poor blood circulation in extremities (Raynaud’s)

 

  • Lupus is a disease which can present many different facets, rarely do two people have exactly the same symptoms, and these can vary from just one to many.

 

The latest study on adult women, conducted in Birmingham showed that, on average:

1 in 500 of African Caribbean

1 in 1000 women from India and Pakistan

1 in 2500 White Europeans

 

US studies have confirmed the UK data that people of Black African origin are about 3 times more likely to suffer from the disease; they also developed lupus younger especially females aged 20-49.

Studies have suggested that up to 1 in 250 women in Jamaica develop Lupus.

 

In January 2015, The University of Manchester was tasked to lead a new £5.1 million consortium of universities and industry partners in a project aimed at eliminating the ‘trial and error’ approach to the treatment of lupus.