Neurology and Lupus II

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I know I have written about this subject before but I found another article that I wanted to share. The information is from the link here: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/lupus/lupus.htm#What_is

I have to say that I have manifested several of these neurological symptoms in my lupus journey. To be specific, I have periphreal neuropathy in my feet, migraines, and parasthesia is my face. I am hoping by learning more about it, it will help me to sort out all these issues that are plaguing me in my journey.

So, enjoy the read if you are interested in this type of information. Hope it gives others some answers like it helped me.

What are Neurological Sequelae Of Lupus?

Lupus (also called systemic lupus erythematosus) is a disorder of the immune system. Normally, the immune system protects the body
against invading infections and cancers. In lupus, the immune system is
over-active and produces increased amounts of abnormal antibodies that attack the body’s tissues and organs. Lupus can affect many parts of the body,
including the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, heart, nervous system, and blood
vessels. The signs and symptoms of lupus differ from person to person; the
disease can range from mild to life threatening.

Initial symptoms of lupus may begin with a fever, vascular headaches, epilepsy, or psychoses. A striking feature of lupus is a butterfly shaped rash over the cheeks. In addition to headache, lupus can cause other neurological disorders, such as mild cognitive dysfunction, organic brain syndrome, peripheral neuropathies, sensory neuropathy, psychological problems (including personality changes, paranoia, mania, and schizophrenia),
seizures, transverse myelitis, and paralysis and stroke.

 

Is there any treatment?

 

There is no cure for lupus. Treatment is symptomatic. With a combination of medication, rest, exercise, proper nutrition, and stress management, most individuals with lupus can often achieve remission or reduce their symptom levels. Medications used in the treatment of lupus may include aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, antimalarials, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressive drugs.

 

What is the prognosis?

 

The prognosis for lupus varies widely depending on the organs involved and the intensity of the inflammatory reaction. The course of lupus is commonly chronic and relapsing, often with long periods of remission. Most individuals with lupus do not develop serious health problems and have a normal lifespan with periodic doctor visits and treatments with various drugs.

 

What research is being done?

 

Investigators researching lupus seek to increase scientific understanding of the disorder and to find ways to treat, prevent, and ultimately, cure it. Several components of the National Institutes of Health support research on lupus.
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