Posted On: January 7, 2014
The signs or symptoms of S.L.E. Disease vary from one person to another. This is because; the disease itself varies a lot among the effected beings. It is not deadly in every case. If the symptoms are correctly diagnosed, then the overactive self destructive immune system can be checked and put under control immediately. And the patient can easily lead a normal life.
The symptoms of the S.L.E. disease may look very normal and casual one. And one may easily overlook it. Why? As most of the us are not aware that something so invisible and scary like can exist among us.
We need some Lupus knowledge to #FightSLE effectively and then only we can put a check on the deaths caused by Lupus.
Let’s see, which common symptoms of Lupus you are ignoring now;
A) High fever without any reason.
B) Joint aches. Or swollen joints.
C) High photo-sensitivity.
D) Hair loss.
I) Inflammation of the lining of the Lungs or the Heart.
J) Leakage of protein into the Urine.
K) High Blood Pressure.
L) And many more symptoms but that is dependent on the body part got affected.
As an individual with S.L.E. Disease may have a many kinds of symptoms depending on the body parts affected, therefore it is not possible to diagnose Systemic Lupus Erythomatosus through a single test… In order to achieve more accuracy in diagnosis of S.L.E., specific 11 criteria were recognized by the American Rheumatism Association. Some individuals may not have enough criteria matched to be diagnosed with S.L.E. whereas; some may develop many of them in a time span of months or a year. Whenever four or more of the criteria are prominent in a person, suspicion of S.L.E. becomes pretty high.
The following are 11 criteria used for diagnosing systemic lupus erythematosus:
- Malar or “butterfly” rash (over the cheeks of the face).
- Discoid skin rash (patchy redness with hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation that can cause scarring)
- Photosensitivity (skin rash in reaction to sunlight [ultraviolet light] exposure)
- Mucous membrane ulcers (spontaneous sores or ulcers of the lining of the mouth, nose, or throat)
- Arthritis (two or more swollen, tender joints of the extremities)
- Pleuritis or pericarditis (inflammation of the lining tissue around the heart or lungs, usually associated with chest pain upon breathing or changes of body position)
- Kidney abnormalities (abnormal amounts of urine protein or clumps of cellular elements ) Note: Ultimately, in patients with kidney disease from systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus nephritis), a kidney biopsy may be necessary to both define the cause of the kidney disease as being lupus-related as well as to determine the stage of the kidney disease in order to optimally guide treatments. Kidney biopsies are often performed by fine needle aspiration of the kidney under radiology guidance, but in certain circumstances, a kidney biopsy can be done during an open abdominal operation.
- Brain irritation (manifested by seizures [convulsions] and/or psychosis, referred to as “lupus cerebritis”)
- Blood-count abnormalities: low white blood count (WBC) or red blood count (RBC), or platelet count through a routine blood count testing)
- Immunologic disorder (abnormal immune tests include anti-DNA or anti-Sm [Smith] antibodies, falsely positive blood test for syphilis, anticardiolipin antibodies, lupus anticoagulant, or positive LE prep test)
- Antinuclear antibody (positive ANA antibody testing [antinuclear antibodies in the blood])
Various other tests would help one in evaluation in the context of severity of the organ involvement of a person having S.L.E. Like, routine blood tests, analysis of body fluids, and biopsy of the tissues of the suspected body organs which has been affected. The appropriate tests vary from the concerned doctor treating one individual with S.L.E.
Which Lupus symptoms were there when you got diagnosed with S.L.E.? Don’t hesitate to share your Lupus story…