Just Out of My Grasp

Thank you for listening, each week I will have a new installment chronicling my journey. Please, please feel free to comment, write, share. I hope to use this forum as a help to all of us, no matter what pain you are experiencing. You may also send stories to me via alleemaeauthor at aol dot com. I will respect your privacy and maintain your anonymity, if you so desire.
Hugs for today …
This autoimmune disease that takes on several forms and can affect any part of the body. I found the following information from the Lupus Foundation of America- http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/new_learnunderstanding.aspx?articleid=2234&zoneid=523
The four main types include:
• Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
• Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
• Drug-induced Lupus Erythematosus
• Neonatal Lupus
I will talk about each of the four main types in separate blogs. I begin with SLE, the type that affects me.
*Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
”Systemic lupus is the most common form of lupus, and is what most people mean when they refer to “lupus.” Systemic lupus can be mild or severe. Some of the more serious complications involving major organ systems are:
• inflammation of the kidneys (lupus nephritis), which can affect the body’s ability to filter waste from the blood and can be so damaging that dialysis or kidney transplant may be needed
• an increase in blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension)
• inflammation of the nervous system and brain, which can cause memory problems, confusion, headaches, and strokes
• inflammation in the brain’s blood vessels, which can cause high fevers, seizures, behavioral changes,
• hardening of the arteries (coronary artery disease), which is a buildup of deposits on coronary artery walls that can lead to a heart attack”

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