It’s Never Lupus

Author: Elea Almazora

a€œIt’s not lupus, it’s never lupus!a€ says Gregory House in an episode of the hit television series HOUSE, M.D. – it was a line that made fun of the fact that the diagnostics team that the show often focuses on always brings up lupus as the patient’s possible medical condition, a diagnosis that has been proven wrong time and time again. The line was, of course, an instant sensation among the fans of the show and the fact that there is an actual web page – one that has a YouTube video featuring all the times the team had diagnosed a patient with lupus embedded on it – is proof of that. Since the utterance of that line, a€œIt’s never lupusa€ has had so many people quoting it and putting it on t-shirts that even people who don’t actually watch the show have come to know it.

One thing that some people have started to wonder about is why the writers of the show favored mentioning lupus over all the other possible illnesses. Is lupus really that common? Or, perhaps, the better question would have to be a€œIs lupus really that interesting?a€ After all, the bulk of an episode of HOUSE, M.D. is mainly focused on the unusual conditions of the patients and the diagnostics team’s race against time to figure what is wrong with the patients so that they may be given the appropriate treatment. Given that little tidbit, it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine that lupus is thrown into the script a lot of times because of all the medical mishap possibilities that the diagnosis could bring up.

Having said that, it should perhaps be pointed out that the writers of HOUSE, M.D. should be considered smart for using lupus as a a€œthrow-awaya€ diagnosis in many cases. Why, you ask? Because the reasoning is nevertheless completely plausible even if the almighty and all-knowing Gregory House proves them wrong in the end. After all, lupus does indeed create so many complications that could explain some of the symptoms that the patients featured on the show display – and the creepy part is that there are real medical cases upon which the cases in HOUSE, M.D. is based (but let’s not get into that).

The point to be made here is that lupus causes so many other health problems that one has to wonder why it DOESN’T become a standard part of the diagnostics process in the really weird and potentially fatal cases that could be encountered in reality. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which in layman’s terms means that the body attacks and destroys its own tissues and cells because it cannot understand the difference between those and the a€œaliena€ materials that make us sick. Your joints, your heart, your lungs, your kidneys, your skin and even your brain get attacked by your immune system when you have lupus, and and it is inevitable that at some point – when it gets too much – your body may begin to shut down as well.

Because it is a disease affecting the immune system, some people believe that lupus is a blood disorder (because white blood cells are an essential component of the immune system). This is a mistaken assumption – lupus is not in itself a blood problem; however, lupus CAUSES a number of blood disorders because it attacks blood cells as well; of course, these blood disorders help in determining the approach to treating the lupus. Because of this, blood experts are brought in when a case of lupus is discovered – which is possibly why some people are so sure that lupus is a blood disorder when it in fact only brings about blood problems like too much blood clotting (thrombosis), and low red blood and hemoglobin levels (anemia).

Yes, everyone should be able to understand the irony of our own a€œanti-sicknessa€ system being an actual cause of sickness – one of the things that makes lupus a very interesting condition to ponder. Whether or not you knew much about it before it was constantly mentioned in HOUSE, M.D. doesn’t matter anymore. In the end, lupus has become part of popular culture’s consciousness and more people have become aware of it.

One last thing: while many people expected that a€œthe conditiona€ that changes in every episode would never be lupus, an episode in the current season ended up with a patient actually HAVING lupus, prompting Gregory House to say a€œI finally have a case of lupus.a€ So while some of you may have started to think that in real life, a€œit’s never lupusa€, remember that even in the show that coined the phrase, lupus happens.

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Elea Almazora currently works as a contributor to many information-based websites, writing about many subjects ranging from culture to sciences.

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9 thoughts on “Lupus Diagnosis

  1. §♫♪‹(•¿•)›☼»-(¯`v´¯)-»\

    My doctor won’t make a clinical diagnosis for Lupus & I don’t test out. What can I do?
    I have 9 of the 11 indicators of Lupus. I just cannot “pass” the blood tests.
    My gyno thinks I definitely have Lupus, but my rheumy don’t make the diagnosis for lack of laboratory results.

    My gyno told me to file for disability, but I am afraid I will need verified lab tests to get anyone to listen to me.

    What can I do?

    1. Jessica

      Ma’am your doctor is wasting your time.You suspect you have lupus and they are doing NOTHING.What i suggest is to find a doctor that will actually LISTEN,UNDERSTAND AND HEAR what you say, because your current doctor is not giving you what you actually need.Do what ever you can to get those medical papers passed. Because your health is at SERIOUS RISK.

  2. iowa_blonde2005

    What is a nursing diagnosis for Lupus Erythematosus?
    List a plan/goal for that diagnosis and 5 interventions for that plan/goal.

    1. Linda R

      I can’t imagine how a nursing diagnosis of lupus is different than any other diagnosis of lupus.

      Lupus is extremely complex. Systemic lupus can affect virtually any and every organ in the body, and varies from patient to patient. One my have kidney disease, another may have clotting issues because of antiphospholipid antinodies and still another may have seizures because of central nervous system involvement. Any plan must take into account the unique manifestations of lupus in the patient. A plan must also take into account the remitting/flaring nature of the disease.

      Regular medictal monitoring is recommended (every 3-6 months depending on disease activity)

      Patient eduction to increase likelihood of compliance.

      Nutritional and exercise counseling.

      Psychological counseling to help come to terms with the fact that we will never be cured.

      Coping strategies.

  3. Michelle B

    Do I really need a final diagnosis for lupus?
    Im so sick of going to a 1000 different dr’s. Is a diagnosis really that important, or can i just continue to take all the freekin meds they have me on… I think the stress of all if this is makin me feel more crapy. Since there is no cure and nothin they can really do about it can’t I just Ignore it and deal with the symptoms when they come. Oh why all the meds? doesn’t that make it harder on my kidneys and liver?

    1. GI

      Yes Michelle unfortunately you do. The reason being is the treatment for lupus is so specific to that disorder. Autoimmune disorders are often hard to diagnose because the symptoms tend to mimic each other. All the meds are to keep your immune system from seeing your organs as the “enemy” . Hopefully in time you will go into remission and be able to taper of the meds. Good luck .

  4. lwa519

    Swollen red wrist after drug-induced lupus diagnosis?
    I was recently diagnosed with Drug-Induced Lupus caused by an antibiotic I was taking long-term. I stopped taking the antibiotic that caused it about two weeks ago but I still have really severe joint pain. Today, my wrist was extremely painful and the side of it is actually very swollen and turning bright red. Is this normal? What can I do to help it? I’m already taking Ibuprofen.

    Thanks

    1. Sue

      While the ANA blood test will test for a marker of lupus, it is not a definitive diagnosis. You are diagnosed based on the list or criteria set forth by Medical Board. If you have 4 of the 11 markers, you can be diagnosed with Lupus.

      I’ve listed the Web MD website below. If you match 4 out of the 11 possible symptoms, your doctor will consider diagnosing you with this disease. Keep in mind, there are many other autoimmune disorders mimic lupus, and with patience and consideration you will get a handle on your medical situation! Good Luck

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