What is Lupus?
Lupus is a condition in which the immune system becomes too active.
It is a condition-affecting women more than men (especially younger women between the ages 15 - 50), and is characterised by wide fluctuations. Common symptoms are fatigue, aches and pains, skin rashes (sometimes sun-sensitive). More serious complications include kidney, brain or blood involvement. In approximately one in five of all patients, there is a tendency to spontaneous blood clotting (Hughes syndrome).
Although lupus is a serious, and sometimes fatal disease, the outcome has improved out of all recognition. With correct diagnosis and treatment, the majority of cases can now expect a normal life span, can have normal pregnancies and can even ultimately come off all medication.
Lupus symptoms are wide and varied. Lupus may strike aggressively as an acute and severe illness, or grumble on undiagnosed for many years. Alternatively, Lupus may appear as a transient disease. Earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment has meant that for the majority of patients a normal life span and life style can be expected.