The skin, joints, blood, and kidneys are usually the parts of the body most affected by lupus. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease, and it is known that in the patients who have this autoimmune disorder, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between antigens and its own cells and tissues. There will be developed antibodies, and this will lead to immune complexes. These immune complexes build up in the tissues, and will bring inflammation, injury to tissues, and pain.

Systemic lupus erythematosus, the most common form of lupus can determine inflammation in the skin, muscles, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels and the nervous system. Most of the patients with lupus experience joint and/or muscle pain at some time during the course of their illness.
Discoid lupus, which is another form of lupus affects only the skin, and produces a rash on the head, neck and scalp.
Lupus affects a lot of people, being more common in women than in men, it can occur at any age, but usually it affects women of childbearing age.
There are a lot of signs and symptoms for lupus, and they can vary from person to person. In some persons, there can appear flare-ups, which are periods of activity or inflammation, and remissions- the period of inactivity. As symptoms there can appear fever and loss of appetite, low energy and fatigue, pain in the muscles and joints of the hands, arms, shoulders, feet, knees, hips or jaws, sensitivity to sunlight, changes in the color of the fingers when they are cold, sudden and unexplained weight loss or weight gain. We can also mention skin rashes, increase in the number and severity of headaches, increase in loss of hair over the whole scalp, swelling of the feet and legs and chest pain when lying down or taking deep breaths, but there can be other symptoms as well.

Because lupus can cause a lot of symptoms and these symptoms differ from person to person, diagnosis can be quite difficult. In order to reach a diagnosis, the doctor will analyze all the symptoms, and will perform some tests. It is known that lupus treatment can be more effective when there is early detection.
Although scientists did not find a cure for lupus yet, the prognosis is better than in the past. Some people with lupus have severe recurrent attacks and need hospitalization, but there are a lot of lupus patients who never have to be hospitalized.

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2 thoughts on “Lupus Signs And Symptoms In Children

  1. Sabrina B

    How do I know if I have a uterine infection after giving birth and if Keflex is the right atbc to treat it?
    Hi! I just gave birth to my first child 10 days ago and had really bad complications after the delivery. I was in labor for 27 hours, pushed for an hour, and got the usual Pitocin and epidural. My OB had manually pulled out my placenta immediately after the delivery of my baby and I had not asked him to! I was hemorrhaging for the 1st 2 days. I even passed out 2 hours after I gave birth, as soon as I transferred to the maternity ward! The same night, I was about to pass out a 2nd time and my blood pressure dipped at its lowest. They had to call an emergency code and all of the doctors and nurses rushed into my room. The reason for my postpartum hemorrhage was because I had retained fragments of the placenta in my uterus and a dr. had to manually push the clot out! On top of that, I had a distended bladder and couldn’t urinate on my own, so they had to Foley cath me for 3 days. I didn’t have an episiotomy or any tears, but had a few abrasions inside my vagina. I also had a hematoma on the left labia. I lost so much blood, 55%, I became anemic and was supplemented with a stronger iron than what I was taking during pregnancy. I was on IV fluids for 3 days and stayed in the hospital for 4 days. Ever since I got home, my lochia had been getting less and less but the hematoma on my left labia became so painfully excruciating it had even turned hard even with the sitz baths I’ve been taking. It was so painful every time I went to the bathroom, to urinate or pass a bowel. Even on pain meds, the vaginal pain was so severe, I had to go to the emergency. I was examined and they told me in time, it will heal and go away on its own and the hematoma is too small to cut open and drain.

    Then today I noticed I started bleeding more and even passing big clots, whereas previous days, my bleeding was brown and very small, like dime sized amounts with no clots at all. In addition, I’ve been having extreme severe abdominal pains since this morning. I saw my OB today and he examined my uterus by pressing down on my belly and I grimaced so much because the pain was so bad. He told me it’s not supposed to be that painful at this point, 10 days after giving birth. He concluded that I had a uterine infection and put me on Keflex 4 times a day for 10 days. I’m not sure if he diagnosed me correctly since he only pressed down on my tummy and didn’t run any tests to confirm that it’s an infection. Also, how would he know what kind of antibiotic to prescribe to me if he doesn’t even know what kind of uterine infection is invading me? I know there are different kinds of uterine infections based on the different types of bacteria! I’m a new grad LVN (practical nurse) and even though I haven’t worked since I got pregnant during school, I know that I should be skeptical of something about his diagnosis! I don’t have a fever or any other signs and symptoms of an infection other than the extreme abdominal pain and painful urination/ bowel movements. The emergency department took a urine sample from me and a bladder infection or UTI came out negative so I know I don’t have that! Someone out there please help me! I just want to make sure my OB and medical team during my labor and delivery have the best interest in taking good care of me instead of killing me! I just want to be alive and healthy to raise my daughter and for my uterus to not be affected so I can have more children after this! Thank you so much in advance!

    FYI: I also have Lupus, but a mild form of it since none of my organs are affected….only Raynaud’s Disease and eczema which is about it!

    1. mgunnycappo

      Keflex is a broad spectrum antibiotic and will cover you regardless of what specific bacteria you have. He’s probably giving you the antibiotics as a prophylaxis, just in case. I would venture to say that you’ll improve over the next couple of days.

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