Lupus is a medical disorder where the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues and organs. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder. There are many body systems affected when inflammation occurs due to lupus. The signs and symptoms of this medical disorder can resemble other ailments and the most distinctive sign is the butterfly-shaped rash on the face. But this doesn’t happen to all individuals with lupus.
Some individuals will develop lupus which is triggered by several factors such as infections, the use of certain drugs and even exposure to sunlight.
The signs and symptoms of lupus will differ from one person to the other. It can occur suddenly or slowly, can be mild or severe and can be temporary or permanent. Some individuals will have flares or episodes of an attack that worsen, then improve or disappear for a while. The signs and symptoms will depend on the severity and the body organ that is inflamed due to lupus. However, the most common symptoms of lupus are listed in the following:
- extremities that will turn white or blue when exposed to cold temperatures and during stressful situations.
- shortness of breath
- photosensitivity or the appearance of skins lesions when exposed to the sun
- a facial rash that is shaped like a butterfly
- joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
- fatigue and fever
- chest pain
- dry eyes
- headaches, confusion and memory loss
Most of the time, lupus don’t have a specific cause. It is triggered by several factors and usually, people who inherited the likelihood of developing lupus will develop the disorder when exposed to external factors. As mentioned earlier, infections, sun exposure and the use of certain drugs will cause the development of lupus.
Sunlight – can cause lupus skin lesions and triggers the development of the disorder in susceptible people.
Infections – this can trigger lupus or cause relapse in some individuals.
Medications – anti-seizure medications, blood pressure drugs, and antibiotics can trigger full-blown lupus. However, if these individuals stop taking the drugs, their symptoms will go away.
If you think you are suffering from Lupus you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Lupus as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).