Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a chronic autoimmune disease that can be fatal, though with recent medical advances fatalities are becoming increasingly rare. As with other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage. Lupus can affect any part of the body, but most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys and the nervous system.
Due to lupus affecting multiple organs, one can experience a whole range of different symptoms. Symptoms vary between patients. Symptoms may come and go, making diagnosis more difficult. The possible symptoms are the same for both men and women.
The most common symptoms for Lupus is:
- Extreme fatigue
- Painful or swollen joints
- Swelling in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes
- Mouth or nose ulcers
- Hair loss
- Fingers turning white and/or blue when cold (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
- Pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy)
- Anaemia (low numbers of red blood cells or haemoglobin, or low total blood volume)
- Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
- Sun- or light-sensitivity
- Abnormal blood clotting
Lupus has been called “The Great Imitator”. The difficulty with diagnosing Lupus, is that the symptoms usually point to other diseases like diabetes, thyroid problems, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, a number of heart, lung, muscle, and bone diseases and Lyme disease.
If you think you might be suffering from Lupus, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. Ozone Therapy can help patients suffering from Lupus. Ozone Therapy relieves itchiness of the skin, fights inflammation, decreases swelling, strengthens the immune system, reduces muscle aches and cramps, speeds up recovery, fights chronic fatigue, improves liver function, improves heart health, reduces pain and headaches and improves blood circulation. If you suffer from Lupus, consult with your doctor before starting with Ozone Therapy.
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