Lupus is an auto-immune disease which turns the body's immune system against itself. In people with lupus, the immune system attacks the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, skin, or any other organs. There is no way to predict what organs lupus will effect. People with this disease often experience widespread infections and inflammation. There are four types of Lupus, and women are more prone to the condition, making up 90 percent of all cases. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms of lupus can mimic other diseases, and lupus also tends to present itself differently from person to person. The symptoms can come on very quickly, or slowly progress over time, further delaying a diagnosis.
Lupus can affect the brain and nervous system, affecting mental clarity and causing short- or long-term memory impairment. People with lupus may also develop persistent and frequent headaches similar to migraines. Kidney inflammation is another common symptom of lupus. Kidney failure can be identified by bloody urine, swelling in the lower extremities, and high blood pressure. Digestive issues can also stem from lupus, leading to abdominal pain, bladder infections, and nausea. Additionally, people with lupus often feel lasting fatigue.
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