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Many people go through anger, shock and denial. You may feel that this is not happening to you and you may feel that you are on the outside looking in as it were. You can feel depressing and be frightened of the future. Again this is totally normal and if you are suffering from any of these negative thoughts and... Read all »
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Your doctor will order some blood tests to be run if he suspects that you have lupus.
One of these tests will be an anti-nuclear antibody test. Around 95% of individuals who have lupus have the anti-nuclear antibody in their blood. Your doctor will also run an anti-DNA test. If the anti-DNA antibody... Read all »
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Lupus is classed as a condition which derives from immune system problems and is therefore known as an autoimmune condition. Problems with the immune system can negatively affect our natural defences against infection and ill health. What happens in individuals who have lupus is that their own... Read all »
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Many sufferers of the condition have flare ups. A flare up is a severe and sudden worsening of the condition. This can often be very debilitating and depressing. In fact depression is also a symptom of lupus and if an individual is finding it difficult to cope with the low moods they are experiencing as a result of... Read all »
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Although there is a little uncertainty, many experts believe that there could be both genetic and environmental factors which bring SLE on in someone who has a genetic predisposition.
Some of the environmental factors which are believed to cause lupus in those with a predisposition are hormonal changes in women.... Read all »