Lupus Australia, Queensland Inc

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What Is Lupus?

SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), or simply lupus, is a treatable, chronic, inflammatory, auto-immune disease. When you have lupus, your body's defence mechanism - your immune system goes into overdrive and starts to attack certain body organs. Lupus is not contagious or infectious or imagined.

What are the symptoms?

Lupus has many symptoms which take an irregular course of remissions (symptom-free cycles) and flare-ups.
Symptoms may include extreme fatigue, joint and muscle pain, facial rashes, headaches, fever, sun
sensitivity, hair loss, depression, mouth ulcers and eye problems. Like many people with lupus, you may often look perfectly healthy, but feel terrible.

What is the cause?

Until research scientists fully understand how the immune system works, the cause of lupus will remain unknown.However, lupus may be triggered by puberty, exposure to sunlight, menopause, childbirth, trauma, certain medications and viral infection.

What now

Lupus will impact your life and the lives of your family and friends. Lupus is very individual and uncertain. This adds to the stress of coping with and managing this disorder. You need to remain positive, maintain a sense of humour, learn about your illness, participate in medical management and balance your lifestyle. But you are not alone

And the cure

Lupus is a chronic illness - it will never go away. To date, there is no cure for lupus. But this does not mean that you will never be well again, or that the pain will never go away. You will probably require continual medical care and/or medication. Of course, like anyone else, you will need to balance your lifestyle and your diet.

With today's technology - improved diagnostic tests and medication - you can anticipate a near normal life span. However, having lupus means adjusting your lifestyle.

 

 

Updates

Broadband for Seniors

Lupus Australia Qld Inc is providing training for seniors aged 50 years and over to use computers and the internet.

If you are a senior and would like to get to know more about computer and internet, please contact us on 07 3878 9553 or email us at support@lupus.com.au. The classes will be held according to the number of bookings.

Lupus Booklet


A nineteen page booklet filled with stories and poems written by people who have lupus

Including a foreword written by Dr Carola G Vinuesa and Dr Matthew Cook, research scientists who are looking at the causes of lupus.

Contact us if you are interested in purchasing this interesting little book


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