The immune system normally fights off dangerous infections and bacteria to keep the body healthy. An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks its own body because it confuses it for something foreign. There are many autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
SLE is also known as discoid lupus or disseminated lupus erythematosus. Although “lupus” actually includes a number of different diseases, SLE is the most common type of lupus, and when people say “lupus,” they are often referring to SLE.
SLE is a chronic disease that can have phases of worsening symptoms that alternate with periods of mild symptoms. Luckily, most people with SLE lead a normal life.
The exact cause of SLE is not known, but several factors have been associated with the disease.There may be environmental triggers like ultraviolet rays, certain medications, a virus, physical or emotional stress, and trauma.SLE affects more women than men.
Recognizing Potential Symptoms of SLE
Symptoms can vary and can change over time. Common symptoms include:
- Constitutional (eg, fatigue, fever, arthralgia, weight changes)
- Musculoskeletal (eg, arthralgia, arthropathy, myalgia, frank arthritis, avascular necrosis)
- Dermatologic (eg, malar rash, photosensitivity, discoid lupus)
- Renal (eg, acute or chronic renal failure, acute nephritic disease)
- Neuropsychiatric (eg, seizure, psychosis)
- Pulmonary (eg, pleurisy, pleural effusion, pneumonitis, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease)
- Gastrointestinal (eg, nausea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain)
- Cardiac (eg, pericarditis, myocarditis)
- Hematologic ,etc
Unfortunately, over time, SLE can damage or cause complications in systems throughout your body. Possible complications may include blood clots, inflammation of the heart, stroke, and lung damage. SLE can have serious negative effects on your body during pregnancy, and can lead to pregnancy complications and even miscarriage.
Lupus symptoms are also symptoms of many other diseases, which makes diagnosis tricky. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor. Your doctor can run tests to gather the information needed to make an accurate diagnosis.
How is SLE Diagnosed?
Your doctor will do a physical exam and check for typical signs of lupus. There is no one single diagnostic test, but screenings that can help your doctor come to an informed diagnosis include:
- blood tests, such as antibody tests,(ANA) and a complete blood count
- chest X-ray
Treatment for SLE
Treatment for SLE is not curative—the goal is to ease the symptoms of lupus. Treatment can vary depending on how severe your symptoms are and which parts of your body are affected, treatment can vary. Treatments may include:anti-inflammatory medications ,steroid creams, corticosteroids .
Other Auto immune diseases-
- Graves’ disease: This is when the thyroid gland becomes extremely overactive. People who have Graves’ disease may have difficulty sleeping, irritability, unexplained weight loss, bulging of the eyes, sensitivity to heat, muscle weakness, brittle hair, light menstrual periods, and shakiness of the hands.
- Inflammatory bowel disease: This refers to a group of inflammatory diseases of the colon and small intestine.
- Multiple sclerosis: This disease affects the brain and spinal cord. People who have MS may experience weakness, trouble with balance and coordination, problems speaking and walking, paralysis, tremors, and numbness in the extremities.
- Psoriasis: This is a skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky, silver-white patches.
- Raynaud’s Phenomenon:People with Raynaud’s have a problem with blood flow, resulting in numbness, discoloration, tingling of the fingers, toes, and tip of the nose with exposure to cold temperatures.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: In rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmunity causes the immune system to attack tissues in the joints.It typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet causing painful swelling, stiffness and loss of movement in the joints that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.
- Scleroderma: This connective tissue disease causes changes in skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. The word Scleroderma actually means “hardening of the skin”.
- Sjögren’s syndrome: This disease destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva causing dry eyes and mouth; may also affect the kidneys and lungs.
Lupus as a disease comes under the ‘manageable’ category of conventional medicine. Allopathhic medical science puts in a large number of diseases/disorders in this category e.g. Asthma, Hypertension, Diabetes, Thyroid disorders etc. Homeopathy can offer a cure in many cases of these diseases. Homeopathic medicines are known to work well in auto-immune disorders and lupus is just another manifestation of the auto-immune response. So there is no reason why homeopathy can not cure lupus. Having said that it must remind you that in homeopathy, it is the ‘case’ not the ‘disease’ which is considered curable or incurable. If you are taking steroids, you might need to have screenings for osteoporosis, since steroids can thin your bones on the contrary homoeopathic gentle and safe care won’t give you any such negative effects.
Homeopathic treatment for Lupus considers the causes of Lupus, what has triggered off the condition and the specific symptoms. Homeopathic treatment also looks at the psychological symptoms of the patients, the reasons of stress. Thus, the treatment is more specific and has no side effects.
So Homoeopathy is a better option for all other Auto immune diseases, by taking Homoeopathy patient can live a healthy life, without having any side effects, rather taking than heavy steroids or other medications for longer time.