Lupus Information

The Lupus Information

More people have lupus than AIDS, sickle-cell anemia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis combined.

African Americans,Latinos, Native Americans and Asians are more likely to have lupus than the general population.

Lupus is 10 to 15 times more likely to strike women than men.

1 out of every 185 Americans has lupus.

Lupus is not a visible disease and often takes years to diagnose properly.

There is no cure for lupus, but treatment is available.

Lupus Myths

Lupus is contagious

Lupus is a form of cancer

Lupus is like aids

Lupus is all in a person’s mind

Only women get lupus

You can not die from lupus

There is a cure for lupus

Lupus can be sexually transmitted

Caucasians are more likely to have lupus

The ANA is the definitive test for lupus

Aspartame causes lupus

Lupus patients can’t exercise

ACR Lupus Criteria

Have you ever had achy,painful and/or swollen joints for more than three months?

Have you ever experienced persistent,extreme fatigue/exhaustion and weakness for days or even weeks at a time,even after 6-8 hours of restful night time sleep?

Have you ever had a sensitivity to the sun where your skin “breaks out” after being in the sun (not a sunburn)?

Have you ever been told that you have a low blood count(s) – anemia,low white cell count or a low platelet count?

Have you ever been told you have protein in your urine?

Have you ever had chest pain with breathing for more than a few days (pleurisy)?

Do your fingers and/or toes become pale, numb or uncomfortable in the cold?

Have you ever had a prominent redness or color change on your face in the shape of a butterfly across the bridge of your nose and cheeks?

Have you ever had a seizure or convulsion? Have you had any sores in your mouth that lasted for more than two weeks?

If you answer “yes” to at least three of these questions, you should consult with your doctor and discuss any questions you may have about lupus.

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