Lupus, or the “disease of a thousand faces,” is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system is hyperactive, attacking healthy tissue. Essentially, the body’s immune system is unable to tell the difference between normal tissue and “foreign bodies,” so it produces autoantibodies to destroy the healthy tissue. The disease gets its moniker by the many ways that lupus makes itself known, and by the fact that there is no one cause of the disease.
If you or a loved one suffers from this complex disease, making a long-term disability claim can be challenging and, in many cases, can lead to a refusal of disability benefits. We at Rosen Moss Snyder LLP decided to arm you with knowledge about lupus and offer up our services as Philadelphia’s best long-term disability attorneys to help you make your disability claim and receive the benefits and justice you deserve.
What is Known About Lupus
Lupus can affect any organ in any area of the body and produce an extensive range of symptoms. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, 16,000 cases are reported each year, and there are at least five million people in the world today living with the disease.
Since lupus autoantibodies can appear in any part of the body and can attack any healthy, living tissue, the symptoms are many and varied. This disease goes in cycles, so when it’s in remission, there won’t be any symptoms, but during a flare-up, the symptoms will reappear.
Below is a list of common symptoms. This list is by no means exhaustive, and other symptoms could exist.
- Damage to Joints, Skin, Blood, and Organs (kidneys, heart, lungs, etc.)
- Severe Fatigue
- Muscle Pain
- Hair Loss
- Malar Rash (or Butterfly Rash)
- Other Skin Rashes & Sores, etc.
As mentioned above, the exact cause of lupus is not known; however, experts believe that lupus may develop as a reaction to a combination of environmental, genetic, and hormonal factors.
Women are up to nine times more likely to have lupus than men because of the higher production of estrogen. There is a suspicion that there is a link between the hormone and lupus, but it has not been confirmed.
People of all backgrounds may develop the disease, but it is seen to be more common in people of color. Also, if a person has a close relative with lupus, he or she has a higher chance of developing the disease. Scientists think there may be a few genes that may contribute to lupus development, but not enough research has been done to confirm that guess.
Smoking, gut microbiota, sunlight exposure, medications, and certain viral infections have been suggested as causes for lupus, though none of these factors has been proven.
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