Caught a virus and starting to experience severe headaches? If you start to have severe viral infection headaches, then you should check them out. It will be a good idea to ensure that your symptoms do not point to a case of meningitis. There are serious consequences from having meningitis.So what is meningitis all about? This is an infection in the membrane that surrounds your brain. Brain and spinal cord infections can be very dangerous because they cause inflammation, which places pressure on your nerves.

This will cause you to have a viral infection headache.Inflammation can also cause the following symptoms:* Fever* Severe headache* Feeling confusedSevere inflammation can cause these symptoms:* Brain damage * Stroke* Seizures * DeathA bacterial infection or virus causes meningitis. The body can usually fight and beat an infection. However, when the infection travels into the blood stream, it can then go into your brain and spinal cord fluid. It can then affect your nerves and move into the brain causing inflammation and swelling.

This can damage or kill nerve cells and cause bleeding in the brain. It can also cause you to have a viral infection headache.Brain swelling is very dangerous because the brain is a soft organ in a hard box (the skull). If the brain swells, there is nowhere for it to go, except against the walls of the skull. This is what causes the most damage.

There are several causes of meningitis.

These include
* Bacterial infection
* Viral infection
* Fungal infection
* A reaction to medications
* A reaction to medical treatments
* Lupus
* Some forms of cancer
* A trauma to the head or back

Bacterial meningitis is the worst type because it can kill you. It often begins as an upper respiratory tract infection. From there it travels through your blood vessels to your brain. Then it can block up your blood vessels inside your brain triggering a stroke and brain damage. Viral meningitis is the most common form.

Usually viruses that enter your body through your mouth before going to your brain and multiplying cause it. You can find these viruses in the mucus, saliva and feces.

Other viruses that may cause meningitis include:
* Chicken pox
* Flu
* Mumps
* HIV
* Genital herpes

Anyone can catch meningitis. This is especially true if your immune system is weak. Meningitis often begins like the flu does. You may get a rash.

The major symptoms include:
* Running a sudden fever
* A severe headache
* Stiff neck
* Dislike of light

Bacterial meningitis must be treated quickly. Severe bacterial meningitis will require intravenous antibiotics. On the other hand, antibiotics cannot be used to treat viral meningitis because they do not kill viruses. Whether you are having bacterial or viral meningitis, what would be best for yourself is to get plenty of rest and give your body a break. In the meantime, drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and go easy on your diet.

Do follow the recommendations by your doctor during this period. Your viral infection headache and other symptoms will start to subside as your body recovers.

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what is lupus and how do you get it

17 thoughts on “What Is Lupus And How Do You Get It

  1. §♫♪‹(•¿•)›☼»-(¯`v´¯)-»\

    Can Lupus be diagnosed on clinical symptoms alone or is the blood work required?
    I have 9 of the 11 indicators of Lupus. My blood work will not show Lupus.

    1. Toray

      According to my reference, you need to have criteria to confirm the diagnosis, but they do not have to serology indicators.
      There are some lupus that have negative markers but positive for SSA and SSB (aka anti ro and anti la). These are markers for Sjogren’s syndrome; however if they are positive with negative ANA, then you have lupus.

      disclaimer: for discussion only please consult your physician

  2. Jenintn

    What are the odds of a child getting Lupus if a parent has it?
    My mother has Lupus, and I am worried about it. Can anyone tell me the odds or likelihood of a child of a Lupus patient having the disease? I’ve been to several sites but didn’t find an answer to this ?

  3. phinetic

    What are my chances of inheriting lupus form my mom?
    My mom only has the skin lupus, and not the kind that infects internal structures. I am also male (which I understand lessens your risk?). My father has no autoimmune diseases. I do have a few autoimmune disease however, which include hypothyroidism, and a small area of psoriasis on my leg.

    Are there other autoimmune disease I should be concerned about down the road? I’m turning 24 in a few months, and again I am also male.

    1. ParzLou

      Although anyone can get lupus, most estimates show that 9 out of 10 people who contract lupus are women. With it also being 3 times more likely to be found in African American women than white women

  4. roxemarie

    Is it possible to have lupus even though non of your family has lupus?
    I have tested positive for lupus, and I have many lupus symptoms. My doctors believe I may have lupus, but I have not been officially diagnosed with lupus. All of my family members are very healthy. No one in my family has any illnesses. No one in my family has ever had any type of autoimmune disease. I am the first and only person. Is this possible and how could this be?

  5. Sweet Pea

    What does it mean to have a possible positive lupus test?
    I have been having serious joint pain for some time now. My doctor tested me for arthritis, RA, and lupus. He said the test came back as a possible positive for lupus and he is sending me to a Rheumatologist for further testing. Does this mean they just don’t know or does it mean they are sending me for a confirmation? Has anybody had this happen to them?

    1. gpk.gr

      Dear Sweat Pea,
      the diagnosis of rheumatic diseases and specially systemic lupus erythematosus is based on clinical findings and past medical history. Laboratory values are use mainly for confirmation and sometimes to estimate disease activity. Please be patient until you visit your rheumatologist. As a specialist he will guide you through the differential diagnostic of arthritis (over 200 types!). I’m pretty sure you will feel frustrated after the first visit but afterwards you will begin to built a relationship with your rheumatologist based on his ability to understand your complaints and relieve your pain. Feel free to contact me and ask again!

  6. MaluLanix0x

    What is the difference between Lupus affecting the nervous system and MS?
    What symptoms are different for each? How are they different and how are they the same? How common is it to have Lupus (SLE) and a neurological disorder such as MS?

    1. Linda R

      Both lupus and multiple sclerosis are autoimmune disease in which the immune system goes haywire and attacks healthy parts of the self.

      In multiple sclerosis, the immune system destroys the myelin sheath or fatty covering of the nerves. This can result in loss of transmission of signals.

      In lupus, neurological symptoms can include things like seizures and neuropathy, or nerve pain. The mechanism by which lupus causes these things is not the same as in MS.

  7. Taylor L

    What does lupus do to the different organs of the body, and what would the symptoms include.?
    One of the characters in a story I am writing is dieing of lupus in the early 1940’s. Her character is suppose to have had flares of the disease for years and years, but the disease is becoming more and more serious until a point where she is so weak she can barely walk. Is that far-fetched?

    1. Linda R

      I attended a funeral for a member of my lupus support group. She was 36 and died of a stroke. She had antiphospholipid antibody syndrome that often occurs with lupus.

      Half of us will have kidney disease. There is a woman with lupus in my apartment complex whose kidneys have totally failed. The doctors have stated that she would most likely not survive a transplant. She is on dialysis 3 times a week. The lupus nephritis will ultimately kill her.

      I know a man whose wife died from lupus when it attacked her liver.

      A young woman I know died of lupus kidney disease while waiting for her third transplant.

      I nearly died from lupus in 2003. I had bone marrow failure, pancytopenic anemia, pericarditis (very common in lupus), pleurisy and pleural effusions (also very common), and beginning renal failure.

      As recently as 20 years ago, a diagnosis of lupus was considered a death sentence.

      The meds we take to try and control the lupus have some nasty side effects. I know two lupus patients who have had avascular necrosis of the hips from high doses of steroids. Both women have had both hips replaced. One was only 22 at the time. Many of the immunosuppressive drugs we take for the more serious cases predispose us to cancer because they suppress tumor necrosis factor.

      90-95% of lupus patients have joint pain and inflammation. At my worst, I could not even stand to shower.

      PS My lupus is well controlled now through a combination of medications, regular medical monitoring, and a very proactive approach to managing the disease.

      PPS I think your character is dying not dieing. And her character is “supposed” not “suppose” to have had flares. You might want to consider having someone proof read your story before you submit it anywhere.

  8. Ruth

    Do all people diagnosed with the disease Lupus test positive to lupus anticoagulant as well?
    I know that a positive lupus anticoagulant test doesn’t mean that a person has Lupus, but i wonder if people with lupus have the lupus anticoagulant too?

    1. Shadow

      well i have lupus and to answer your question lupus anticoagulants are often found in people who have systematic lupus erythematosus, which is also called SLE.

  9. Ashley

    How likely is someone to die from lupus?
    My dad has had lupus for 2-3 years now. So far, it has affected his muscles, joints, and caused him to be tired, sensitive to sunlight, and has affected his kidneys. Because it has affected one organ, would it most likely affect others?

    Does anyone know of statistics for the death rate of this disease?

    Also any general or treatment info would be great.

    Or if you have Lupus.. It would be great to read your story.

    Thanks,
    Ashley

    1. Healthy

      Sever lupus can be life threatening.

      Healthy helpful steps to prevent lupus flares include:

      * maintain a healthy diet
      * get enough rest and quiet
      * pay attention to your body
      * moderately exercise when possible
      * limit the time you spend in the sun
      * develop coping skills to help limit stress
      * learn to recognize when a flare is coming
      * slow down or stop before you get too tired
      * learn to pace yourself by spreading out work and other activities

  10. angeldevoid71

    How do you describe Lupus to someone?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus last summer. I was engaged a the time, and would have hoped my fiancee (now husband), would have researched it a little, but I really don’t think he understands what I deal with on a daily basis. How can I get him to understand that there are days when I can barely drag myself out of bed?

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