Individuals who suffer from autoimmune diseases often experience a wide-range of adverse side effects. With no known cause or cure, lupus is one autoimmune disease that few people know much about or understand. While most people's immune systems work to readily ward off things like foreign bacterias and viruses, the immune system of an individual suffering from lupus attacks normal and healthy body tissues.
As a result, individuals who suffer from lupus often experience many negative physical symptoms that mimic other diseases and illnesses. Common lupus symptoms include skin conditions such as rashes and general inflammation and raised skin patches. Not all lupus sufferers, however, develop these tell-tale symptoms of the disease, making diagnosis of the disease difficult.
For individuals living with lupus, early diagnosis is important as is the management of the disease's negative side effects. While there is no known cure, there are a number of prescription medications that are effective in treating adverse side-effects of the illness.
Many individuals who are diagnosed with lupus or other autoimmune diseases are unable to work as a result of their physical condition. For these individuals, social security disability can provide monthly benefits that help provide for basic living necessities including housing and food.
There are a number of foundations and charities that also aim to help individuals living with lupus. A major goal of many of these organizations is to improve awareness among those within the medical community about autoimmune diseases. Doing so can help ensure that doctors are better able to quickly diagnose individuals suffering from these diseases and help ensure for the effective treatment and longer life expectancy of lupus sufferers.
Source: YNN, "Lupus can be difficult to diagnose," June 15, 2013