Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: no known cause and no known treatment

What makes a person more troubled when he’s experiencing an illness is when that person doesn’t know why he has it, why the symptoms vary, why the physician can’t diagnose him immediately, why he can’t be treated, and why he can’t continue the lifestyle he’s been used to. What makes it even worse is when the person will carry it, probably his whole lifetime, because there’s no cure for it. This is what patients of systemic lupus erythematosus would feel and experience.

Systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly known as SLE or lupus, is a chronic multisystem collagen disorder, which is an autoimmune disease — meaning the immune system attacks the body’s cells, tissues, and organs, which results to that tissue’s inflammation and damage. This can sometimes be fatal because it can affect any part of a person’s body, mostly harming the heart, joints, kidneys, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, and nervous system. It attacks anyone of any age, although it is most common in women.

What makes systemic lupus erythematosus more critical and serious is that it has no known cause that’s why there’s no specific treatment for it. The best way to fight is to control the symptoms and affected areas. Systemic lupus erythematosus is even harder to diagnose, despite the symptoms it has, because it usually mimics or imitates other types of disease, and the symptoms usually come and go. Patients of systemic lupus erythematosus usually complain or suffer fever, malaise, anorexia, weakness, fatigue, joint pains, alopecia, photosensitivity, seizures, psychoses, oral ulcerations, butterfly rash on the nose and cheeks.

Although there’s no know cure for systemic lupus erythematosus, patients can be alleviated from the pain or symptoms through rest, exercises, avoidance or less exposure to sunlight, pharmacotherapy, and plasmapheresis. However, even if one wants to prevent being affected by systemic lupus erythematosus, it still can’t be avoided because there’s no known source or cause of such disease; probably, the best way to avoid it is to prevent oneself from being infected by drug-induced treatments and harmful environmental factors or substances. Yet, this is still not an assurance that one can’t be attacked by this, systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease, which means that it’s the body’s immune system that attacks the healthy tissues of the body.

It is important that when one is diagnosed with this illness, he must seek proper medical assistance, so that he would be well-advised.