The disease Lupus is classified as an autoimmune disease, and it can affect different parts of the body. In most people it affects the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. In the case of a normal healthy body, the immune system produces proteins that are called antibodies. These antibodies serve to protect the body against infection, viruses, bacteria, and other foreign matter. The term for these foreign materials is antigens.

What happens when the body is affected with an autoimmune disorder like lupus is that the immune system becomes confused and cannot tell the difference between foreign material and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then begins to make antibodies and directs them against itself; these antibodies are called auto-antibodies. The auto-antibodies affect the body by causing inflammation, pain and damage in different parts of the body.

The primary feature of Lupus is usually considered to be inflammation. The term inflammation in Latin means “set on fire,” and is identified by pain, heat, redness, swelling and loss of function. This can occur on the inside or on the outside of the body, or in some cases or both.

There are considered to be four main types of lupus: discoid, systemic, drug-induced and neonatal lupus.

Discoid type lupus always affects the skin. It is characterized by a rash that appears on the face, neck, and scalp. Discoid lupus can be diagnosed by taking a biopsy of the rash and performing tests. The biopsy will show certain anomalies that are not present in skin without the rash. Discoid lupus usually will not involve problem with the body’s internal organs. In roughly 10 percent of people diagnosed with this disease, discoid lupus can evolve into a more severe problem, and can affect almost any organ or system of the body. It is impossible to predict or prevent this from happening. Unfortunately treatment of discoid lupus will not stop it from progressing to this stage. It is likely that individuals who experience this problem, probably had systemic lupus all along, and the discoid rash was the main symptom.
Systemic lupus is found to be more severe than the previously mentioned discoid lupus, because it affects almost any organ or organ system of the body. It differs from person to person; for some people only the skin and joints may be involved. For other people, the joints, lungs, kidneys, blood, or other organs and/or tissues could be affected. The problem with diagnosing systemic lupus is that, usually no two persons affected with systemic lupus will display identical symptoms. One of the most identifiable symptoms of systemic lupus is that the individual may experience periods in which few (or any) symptoms are evident which is called remission. Other times individuals will experience “flares” which is when the disease becomes more active.

Drug-induced lupus can occur after the use of certain prescribed medications. One of the tricky things about this form of lupus is that the symptoms are similar to those of systemic lupus. The two medications that are most connected with drug-induced lupus are hydralazine and procainamide. Drug induced lupus is generally more common in men because they are given these drugs more often. However, it should be noted that not everyone who takes these medications does or will develop this type of lupus. Roughly about 4 percent of the people who take these medications will develop this type of lupus. Also the symptoms will generally fade when the drugs are discontinued.

Neonatal lupus is a rare and serious condition that is acquired from the passage of maternal auto-antibodies. This particular type of lupus can affect the skin, heart and blood of the fetus and newborn child. The symptoms are associated with a rash that will appear during the first few weeks of life. This rash may continue for roughly six months before fading completely. Neonatal lupus is not classified as systemic lupus.

While there is no cure for lupus, depending on the severity of your disease, it is possible to live a full and normal life. There are natural products available to help with pain and provide dietary support to ailing immune systems. One such product is Lupazol by Micronutra, Lupazol is a nutritional matrix designed to supplement what you don’t find in your daily diet.

8 thoughts on “Symptoms Of Lupus In Young Children

  1. cortlin.harrison

    is this a good research project please be honest?
    Cortlin Harrison Science 10-12
    Mrs. Cooney/ Mrs. Barends ELA 21-23
    May 19, 2009
    Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. This disorder is non-infectious which means that this disorder can’t be passed from person to person by contact. Pregnant women are more prone to get this disorder than anyone else, and African Americans, and Hispanics but like other disorders anyone can get Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    The symptoms and characteristics of this disorder are not hard to spot. Some symptoms of the disorder are veins or arteries of the arms or legs may cause pain, numbness, tingling in the feet. Arteries of the heart may cause chest pain or heart attack, the individual with this disorder may have heart murmur. In pregnant women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, miscarriage can occur prior to 20 week of gestation, while pre-eclampsia is reported to occur after that time. Blood vessels of the skin – may cause painful bruises (purpura) or a condition called livedo reticularis. Blood vessels of the brain – if a clot cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain, this causes a stroke. An individual with APS may also experience migraine headaches or seizures.

    There is no cure and there is no way to avoid getting this disorder. There are many treatments for this disorder. But the most successful treatment is anticoagulant therapy. This is usually successful in preventing further blood clots. This disorder can severely damage the body in many different ways because good cells attack other good cells and that causes chaos through the body. And when a weak or strong pathogen enters the body it can be deadly.

    Some other information about Antiphospholipid Syndrome is, 1-5% of the world population is known to have this disorder, and 40-50% of patients with lupus also have APS. One third of strokes occurring in younger people (under the age of 50) are due to Antiphospholipid Syndrome. One third of patients with Antiphospholipid Syndrome are said to have lupus, and or Raynaud disease. APS is more common in young to middle-aged adults; however, it also manifests in children and elderly people. Disease onset has been reported in children as young as 8 months.

    This disorder is very rare and not very deadly but this disorder can still affect your way of life, the way you think, and can make you dizzy and other things. My mom has this disorder and sometimes it’s hard to get around and such, but you can still fight back by eating a healthy diet and seeing a special doctor called a Rheumatologist, this doctor specializes in these types of rare disorders.

  2. Flor Rosa

    Michigan Automated Prescription Program?
    I recently lost my youngest child (daughter) through suicide. She was just a beautiful, kind-heartted but depressed young lady. She not only left her family but she also left 3 young children ages 9, 10 & 11.

    Approximately 1-month ago, she received a Physician termination letter from her primary (who is a Certified Nurse Practitioner) stating that she was being released (in 30-days). It also stated that she would continue to be treated for things that were deemed only “medically necessary”. Once I received the call (from her) in Texas, I immediately came to Michigan because she was so distraught. She began thinking that she was about to be arrested and go off to prison. My husband and I just could not calm her down. At any rate, after taking the letter to several of my physician and pharmacist friends here in the Michigan area, we were told that basically she could in fact go to another doctor and still obtain her prescriptions. We were also told that this system is not a mandate and everyone doesn’t use it. They also informed us that for the physicians, pharmacists and other health professionals that use it, because of HIPPA Laws not just anyone can go in and look up a patients information.

    At any rate, my daughter had Lupus Erythematosus, Fibromyalgia and had more recently been treated for a Cancerous Tumor in her lower Intestines. She way on a myriad of medications including the narcotic Tylenol #4. Because she was so depressed, a lot of the medications she would not take because she didn’t like feeling “loopy or down”. She had a Rheumatologist and most recently had been trying out a new physician because she was going to leave the Certified Nurse Practitioner and transfer over to the new physician. Now, to sum it all up, I know that physicians have a right to dismiss patients because of whatever suspicions and/or reasons. I am just so furious because my daughter had been telling her primary that her pain was so severe and it was just not word of mouth. Her blood pressure was always high, swelling all over her body, hand and feet disfiguration, severe, severe depression and other medical symptoms. She had also been given something called Neurontin to which I am told is a muscle relaxer. I cannot tell you how many trips we have made to the Michigan area to assist my daughter in her time of need. Additionally, she was not the type of person who felt-sorry for herself. She had been working her entire life and was 6 classes from obtaining her Masters Degree. She was also raising her children on her own (widowed) and had only began not working in 2004 and thats only because she had become so ill that her dad and I encouraged her to apply for the Michigan State Disability Program.

    I know that any answers I receive will not bring my child back, but I also have a right to my opinions and one of them is that I think that this MAPS Sytem is flawed. Does the patient not have a right to explain their side of the story, whatever it is, addiction or otherwise? If there is a suspected problem what responsibility does the Health Practitioner have moral or otherwise? Do you just turn the person in to the Gestapo (not trying to offend anyone-please forgive if I did) (MAPS System)? If a patient is turned in then what, what happens after that, what is the patients rights?

    Obviously, my daughter had began obtaining too many (narcotic) prescriptions in a month and I do agree that it was too many. But, how many narcotics is one allowed in a month? In Texas, my neighbor receives 120 Vicodin from one physician and 90 Tylenol #3 from another. I realize that this is not Texas but, I am just saying. Furthermore, since all pharmacy computers are not linked and because she did received them, I am pretty sure if was very easy for her to do so if it had not been for this MAPS System. Yahoo Memebers, please note that I am not condoning the act or otherwise. I have been blessed to live my 61 years in a fairly healthy state. I have not had to walk in her shoes. One thing I do know for sure is that, she was not a drug abuser, drug addict or drug seller. And yes, maybe I am being a little defensive, but I have lost my child, FOREVER!

    The MAPS System as we were told, is only for the use of health care providers. A “patient” is not allowed to receive or request their own information from this system. I would like to know once your name comes up in this system, is the patient red or blacked-flagged of sorts? Michigan, like a lot of states has problems with drug abuse, drug addicts, dope dealers, etc. You will always have someone who abuses and finds a way around the system. In my opinion, the system is a double edged sword. Good for seeking out drug abusers and flawed because it will turn in everyone who may or may not be an abuser. The physicians are somewhat turning into police. Are their Michigan Laws against “Doctor-Shopping”?.

    I would like to thank anyone who can assist me

    If I didn’t state, I

    1. Anonymous

      The doctors will do everything & anything to cover their backs.

      In MI at a medical malpractice lawsuit trial only MI doctors can testify against other MI doctors. You won’t find many, if any, MI doctors that will testify against their own kind.

  3. Sophie

    How would you diagnose this woman?
    Ruth is a 37 y/o white female who complains of feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. She speaks in a soft, halting voice, avoids eye contact and her arms and legs are noticeable shaking. She notes feeling nervous, worried and unable to handle the responsibility of caring for her two young children ages 5 and 3. She reports having little patience with them, quickly becoming irritable, tearful and needing to retreat to her bedroom while the children are left to watch TV. She is filled with shame and guilt. “I love my children but I’ve become a terrible Mother.” “Because of me they will grow up with many issues and problems.” She is hopeless that things can change for the better in the future.

    Ruth also says she has frequent backaches, lack of appetite and little energy. She typically awakens several times during the night and has a desire to sleep during the day. She claims to become tired after performing the simplest of tasks. She rec’d a battery of medical tests from her family physician due to her weight loss, muscle aches and lack of ability to concentrate. She worried that it might be lupus or leukemia. All tests were negative.

    Asked when her symptoms began, Ruth has difficulty answering. She claims to have always been tense but claims to have not been functioning well since her youngest child; a girl began walking at about 11 months of age. She worries about her daughter because she seems ‘high stung’ – like me. She sees her son, the oldest as ‘laid back’ and content, like her husband.

    Ruth is the youngest of three children, born and raised in Philadelphia. While she was always close with her brother (5 years her senior), she has had only a fair relationship with her sister, who is two years older. She always felt that her sister was more attractive, smarter and more capable than she. She describes her father as cold, critical and domineering, never giving her praise or recognition. “He never made me feel valued.” “I guess I didn’t deserve his love.” Her mother was supportive and loving but subservient to her husband. Ruth sees her Mother as a chronic worrier who felt inadequate and coped poorly. It should also be noted that her brother, a physician is being treated for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

    The client says she did well in school, receiving a degree in journalism from a small, liberal arts college. She worked for one newspaper but has not worked outside the home since having children. She admitted to feeling uncomfortable being home alone for fear that something may happen that she cannot handle. She knows that her lawn/garden needs to be landscaped but neglects to initiate the process due to her lack of confidence and fear of making mistakes.

    Until her marriage 7 years ago Ruth reports a series of unsatisfying relationships with men. She did not get her needs met, was frequently mistreated and once physically abused. Feeling worse and worse about herself, her need only increased to be in a relationship inevitably leading to regret and disappointment. She feels her husband treats her well and can’t wait for him to come home from work every day. She claims he is the best man she has had, but she is afraid she “doesn’t deserve” him and worries that she will lose him because of her problems. She emphasizes his strength and claims she “would be lost without him.”

  4. Anonymous

    what are my symptoms indicating had tests but doctors have no clue with 3 young children im really scared.?
    hello i wonder if you can help me, i am 29 years old and i have had several tests, mri, neurological bone scan and blood tests for lupus as my mother has it and it has all come back negative with only a small amount of inflammation in my finger and knee but not enough to determine arthritis. the problem is that i have noticed an increase in my ill health as i have pains in Various parts of my body every day wrists,shoulders elbows knees legs and my hip gives way and so does my knee to the point where i cant walk. every day i wake up stiff and in pain and it takes between an hour and a half to sometimes even half the day until i am fully mobile, on top of that if i try to go out sometimes i will be walking for an hour in the shops and then i have to go home as i am in so much pain and have to drag myself along i cant even push the trolley and more recent i am tired and have no energy on a bad day i feel as though my body is having a battle inside me and i cant get out of bed and have to sleep for most of the day, my legs often feel like they are made of led as does my whole body, i have also started to have headaches often which i never used to. the veins in my hands and feet swell and ache every day.

    1. Boris

      It sounds a bit like ME or chronic fatigue syndrome. You need to keep going back to the doctors and don’t let them fob you off with “there’s nothing wrong with you” because clearly, you are not coping.

  5. Sam_I_Am

    Way too much written here – more than two scrolls and you loose people. Anything like this that I get in email – I don’t even bother reading the whole thing. Like now. Who is ‘someone’? – name your sources and put a link that leads to something, and not an unknown URL.

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