A Brief Education About Lupus and Treatment

Author: Hamza Davis

Lupus is an autoimmune illness where the immune system of the body produces antibodies which start attacking itself, producing inflammation of the skin, joints, blood vessels and other areas. Some of the premier symptoms are homogeneous to those common with arthritis, Lyme affliction, and fibromyalgia such as swelling and pain of the joints, sometimes with a fever.

Bounteous cases also have a characteristic rash that appears across the nose and cheeks, which consists of pinkish to red coloration of the skin and raised red bumps. The following vitamins and minerals have been shown to be beneficial in the management of Lupus and its multitudinous diagnostics .

Vitamin A helps stave off eye disorders, skin disorders like acne, cancer, colds, influenza and other infections. It elevates immunity and acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin A is needed for skin and mucous membrane health, bone and teeth formation, and protein utilization. It helps postpone the aging process.

The B vitamins advocate healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and brain function. The B vitamins are also coenzymes involved in energy production. B complex is significant for elderly people and a deficiency can mimic Alzheimer’s malady.

Vitamin C performs hundreds of functions in the body. It is crucial for the production of antibodies, strengthens connective tissues, helps reduce the duration and severity of a cold, assists with wound healing, and protects other vitamins from oxidation.

Vitamin E, or tocopherol, is an anti-oxidant that hold backs the fats and fat-soluble Vitamin A stored in the body from breaking down and combining with other substances that may be harmful to the body. It also protects red blood cells from rupturing.

Zinc is required for the production of both RNA and DNA, the basic building blocks of the body. It assists the body in making the 200+ enzymes and is essential in the development and continuous normal functioning of the central nervous system. Zinc also plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Magnesium is essential for every major biological process. It is necessary for 300+ enzymatic reactions and is vital for calcium metabolism. Magnesium is not a trace mineral, but a major entity in our bodies.

Calcium performs numerous vital functions in the body. It combines with phosphorus to strengthen bones and is crucial for nerve conduction, muscle contraction and heartbeat. Calcium also helps hold back cramps brought on by exercise by avoiding lactic acid buildup.

Iodine is crucial for the health of the thyroid gland and is essential for the production of two key hormones that relief regulate a host of body processes including resting metabolic rate, heart rate, heat production and energy levels.

Manganese is involved in protein, fat and energy metabolism. Its primary function, though, is as an antioxidant. Manganese is an essential part of biochemical reactions that affect bone, cartilage and brain function.

Copper is heavily involved in the production of hemoglobin. It is also involved in the production of collagen, the protein responsible for the integrity of bone, cartilage, skin and tendon, and elastin, a major component of large blood vessels.

Selenium is an essential trace mineral required by the body in inadequate quantities. It is also a potent antioxidant. Selenium is necessary for proper calcium and vitamin C metabolism, helps convert blood sugar into energy, decreases platelet aggregation and helps champion cardiovascular health.

You should work closely with your physician in the management of Lupus. Discussing the vitamins and minerals listed above before beginning to take any of them is of utmost importance. Some vitamins and minerals may have conflicting reactions when taken in combination with certain over-the-counter and prescription medications.

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10 thoughts on “Lupus Definition

  1. Elizabeth

    What is a word with the definition difficult to deal with?
    I’m typing a paper and I need a word that will summarize how something is difficult to deal with.
    This is the sentence: While determining diagnosis accuracy is going on in some studies; there are others that are testing different medications so as to try and cure some of lupus’ _______ side affects.

    1. techno-not

      Lupus’s most bothersome

      Also, try shifting your sentence for clarity. “While some studies focus on determining accuracy of diagnoses, other studies focus on testing various medications to find remedies for some of lupus’s most bothersome side effects.”

  2. radhika

    Questions about Lupus? ?

    I have a couple questions. First:

    What is a simple definition of Lupus?

    What are the most common symptoms?

    How is it treatable and what are the effects?

    Thanks a lot!

    Easy 10 POINTS! Please answer!! 😀

    1. Linda R

      You can find the answers to what I suspect is a homewok assignment at the link below.

      Lupus is very complicated and one would have to write a 500 word or longer essay to answer your quesiton.

  3. Keith M

    What does the medical term erythematosus mean?
    Trying to find a definition of the medical word/term “erythematosus” by itself, not combined with other words. This word is normal used in combination with other medical words/terms describing a disease. Its is most often used and found in my internet searches with the medical term “systemic lupus erythematosus”. Since latin is used a lot in medicine, my guess is it is of latin origin.

    1. Michael O

      Erythmatous means “erythema characteristic” or “red inflammation”. The word part erythr- means “red”. Lupus interestingly enough means “wolf” and alludes to the skin looking as if a wolf had gnawed on it.

  4. blah blah blah

    I have Lupus. My Doctor diagnosed me w/ fibromyalgia ALSO. WHY?
    I have had SLE (lupus) for 1 year now and have been treated with cellcept and prednisone.
    At my last Dr. appt., my doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.
    She did no tests or anything. How does she know?
    I played football for 6 years(many injuries)–I know i have a high pain tolerance.
    ****She said that because my joints were not swollen, I must be amplifying the pain!!***–(amplified pain is the definition of fibromyalgia-you interpret pain as being worse than a normal person)

    I am really angry that my doctor would tell me that I’m just complaining–she’s always telling me to tell her all my symptoms.


    1. Linda R

      Fibromyalgia often occurs in overlap with lupus. They are both autoimmune. Fibro is usually diagnosed by having pain on symmetrical pressure points in the body.

      If you want to know how you doctor knows, ask the doctor. We don’t know what your doctor was thinking or how the diagnosis was made.

      If you don’t trust your doctor, get one you can trust. Lupus is too serious to be treated by a doctor with whom you do not have an open and honest relationship.

      We dont’ know if she was right because we don’t know your symptoms and we don’t know what information she used to make that diagnosis.

  5. нαмzα

    what does Canis Lupus Familiaris mean (a.k.a Dog) ?
    I found the definition on Y!A; but would like to know what it actually means. Also – Is it Latin ?

    1. Tom L

      The answer above by is good detial. It just failed to translate the last word.

      Canis = Dog
      Lupus = Wolf
      Familiaris = Domestic

      All words are Latin – the first two are nouns and the third is an adjective

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