Lupus is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that can affect multiple systems in the body. Every lupus patient is affected differently. Some of the more common symptoms include rash, joint and muscle pain, kidney problems, and neurological disorders.
Diagnosis of lupus
Since symptoms vary among patients, it is difficult to precisely define when a person should be diagnosed with lupus. The American College of Rheumatology defined 11 symptoms that lupus patients may experience. If an individual experiences at least four of the 11 symptoms, a physician may make a lupus diagnosis. Doctors use lab tests, physical exams, and patient histories to make their diagnoses.
Treatment of lupus
Just as symptoms are different, so too are treatments. The potency of a patient’s treatment regimen is determined by the severity of the patient’s symptoms. The least potent medications are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Up to 80 percent of lupus patients take an NSAID to alleviate pain and inflammation. The most potent medications are immunosuppressant drugs, which inhibit key inflammatory pathways that may be causing autoimmune reactions in patients.
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