Lupus is a collection of autoimmune diseases where the body’s natural immune system attacks healthy tissues. There are 4 main types but many sub-types. The most common and serious type is systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE), which affects joints, skin, kidney, blood cells, heart and lungs. Symptoms vary between individuals, that makes diagnosis difficult, but almost everyone develops joint pain and swelling with arthritis. Other signs and symptoms can be fatigue, lowgrade fever, swollen lymph nodes, chest pain and photosensitivity to light. The most significant symptom is the development of a butterfly shaped rash across one’s face and occurs in 50% of cases. SLE is more common in women than men and affects more African, Caribbean and Chinese descent and often between the ages of 15-45 years of age.
If you have been diagnosed with Lupus by your GP and would like additional help managing your symptoms please call reception on 0118 9762253 to discuss how we can help.