One of the worst kinds of pain is lupus pain. My patients with lupus really suffer. A lot of people suffering with lupus band together online to form support groups because it helps them cope with all of the issues they live with.
Of course I usually get them at the end of the line after they tried everything else and are now chronically miserable.
Often patients come see me when they have tried the conventional methods of treatment, and are now so desperate that they begin digging deeper for answers.
The good news is I have been witness to patients who have driven their signs and symptoms of lupus into remission.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease. It is sometimes called the "great pretender" because it is mixed up with so many other diseases it shares symptoms with. The disease is mainly diagnosed by its symptoms and a positive AntiNuclear Antibody (ANA test.) Specifically the Anti-dsDNA ANA test is the most accurate for diagnosing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
Autoimmune means the body recognizes its own cells as the enemy and starts to attack its own tissues. The disease can attack just about any issue, including joints, skin, hair, and even organs. There are different kinds of lupus and they are named by what they affect.
Although lupus pain affects both sexes, in my experience women seem to feel it more. I am not sure why this is and I am only speaking anecdotally, but it seems that the symptoms of lupus in women present more drastically than their male counterparts.
Of course, lupus presents more in women anyway. It usually becomes active in women within the age range of 15 to 44. These women are of childbearing age and the stress of pregnancy on the body can turn the antibody on. African American women are as much as three times more likely to have lupus.
It's estimated that 1 million people are affected by lupus in the USA; most of those are women.
First off, make sure you really have lupus and are not just Internet diagnosing yourself. Lupus can be confused with many other diseases.
Play it safe and get checked out by a professional who understands autoimmune diseases well. A conventional rheumatologist will probably give anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and pain killers. Unfortunately the side effects from long term use of these drugs can be pretty disastrous.
If you would like a natural way to manage your lupus pain, you will want to get checked by a holistic doctor who understands functional medicine.
Unchecked chronic inflammation is very damaging and deadly. A natural doctor will more than likely put you on a plant-based anti-inflammation diet for lupus.
Your first line of defense is to stop eating inflammatory foods (meat, dairy, animal-based oils, wheat) and your doctor might want to run a complete food sensitivity panel. A strict lupus diet will then be given for you to follow to prevent future flare-ups.
In my experience just a diet for lupus won't be enough. You can never get rid of the antibodies that cause lupus, but you can turn down their volume. The goal is to take away the inflammatory triggers so the antibodies will return to a dormant state and stop attacking your tissues.
A lupus diet really needs to include high quality anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals to work quickly. Usually supplements bought from the Internet or stores are not powerful enough to handle the extreme inflammation people with lupus pain have.
Find a functional medicine doctor in your area to help get you started on the road to healing and better health.
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