What Is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

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What is systemic lupus erythematosus?

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a more serious type of lupus. Because in addition to skin, it affects other vital organs, and can cause a raised, scaly, butterfly-shaped rash. Symptoms can vary and can change over time. Common ones include:
  • severe fatigue
  • joint pain
  • joint swelling
  • headaches
  • a rash on the cheeks and nose, shaped like a butterfly
  • hair loss
  • anemia
  • blood-clotting problems
  • fingers turning white or blue and tingling when cold
The exact cause of SLE isn’t known, but there are some factors that may trigger the systems.
  • genetics: people with lupus often have family members with other autoimmune conditions.
  • environment: triggers such as ultraviolet rays, certain medications, viruses, physical or emotional stress, trauma.
  • sex and hormones: women patients are more common than men patients, especially during their childbearing year.
When left untreated, over time, SLE can damage or cause complications in systems throughout your body. So once you suspect yourself are affected, call your doctor and make a diagnosis as soon as possible.   Keywords: systemic lupus symptoms, systemic lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic lupus erythematosus+, lupus erythematosus
I live and feel this everyday I have had Discord LUPUS for over 11 to 12 years. I would like to say thank you to all of my Doctors I have the best doctors
I am loosing waight real bad no matter how much i eat i have systemic lupus and its scareing me pleade help
Weight loss is indeed a hidden sign of SLE.
 Lupus weight loss can simply be the logical result of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, common reactions to inflammation in those areas. However, chronic nausea can also indicate Crohn’s disease (a persistent form of gastrointestinal inflammation,) or ulcers in the bowels (ulcerative colitis.)

Treatment for weight loss in SLE is primalrily aimed at treating SLE itself.
I have no appitie weight loss stomach hurts all time they say i got sjogrens sydrome i thank i got system lupus erythematosus they got me on hydroxychlor tab 200mg for sjogrens sydrome don't make since because it treats lupus specialist say i have a fine line on my test on lupus I stay tired weakness fatigue dry mouth no salvia dry eyes all my joints my shoulders stiffness swelling face rash headache goes on & on stay nauseous
Hi, I am sorry to hear your condition. I tend to say it might be SLE based on your symptoms. But, have you tested ANA and anti Sm antibody, SSA, SSB? Are they positive? Will your rash become worse after sun exposure? These will assist the diagnosis. By the way, SLE can also present dry mouth and dry eyes. HCQ only might not work for your situations; other medications are need.

Another possibility is that you have both disorders—if anti-SM, SSA, and SSB are all positive.
I was diagnosed with systemic Lupus and I hear and see and know people with my same condition and everyone talks about loosing weight, I barely eat and I am so fat, I have thyroid problem but why I am so fat? Im always with diarrhea or vomit so why I'm so fat and my face looks like a horrible full moon???
Hi, are you taking glucocorticoids? Glucocorticoids can make your face look like full moon. It is one of the side effects of glucocorticoids, despite your thyroid problem.

BTW, patients with hyperthyroidism will present vomiting, diarrhea symptoms.

I think you'd better consult a rheumatologist. When your lupus condition gets better, you can reduce the dose of glucocorticoids, and your face will go back to original shape.
Hello, I would like to add to your comment regarding gaining weight and the shape of your face being moon like in appearance.  In addition to the question if you are taking Glucocorticoids, I would ask about the possibility of presenting with Cushing’s Syndrome/Disease.  If you are taking the medication for your Lupus, that can be the ‘Syndrome’ which can be reversed IF the Dose is high, which will be a Side Effect Of The Treatment.  Cushing’s Disease can be caused by a Tumor, most likely A Benign Adenoma
In The Pituitary Gland which will cause your Adrenal Glands To Over Produce The Body’s Natural Occuring Glucocorticoids.  Speak with your Dr if this could be a Possibility.  I had this, so I am not giving you news that I don’t know is correct.  Best of Luck With Your Journey, It Is Very Non-Forgiving At Times It SEEMS.
Autoimmune disease that affects the organs