Lupus disease is an auto-immune disorder that affects the body similarly to rheumatism but does not cause joint damage. Because of this, it was misunderstood to be rheumatism in the past and it was not well understood back then. Generally, people with Lupus can lead a normal life while limiting their normal activities according to the spread of disease and due to joint pain and fatigue. Moreover, their life expectancy is that of any normal healthy person or nearly that when proper treatments and measures are taken. However, you must remember that the medicines used have side effects as well and this can have an influence on the lifestyle. So, how does Lupus affect your lifestyle?
Neurological And Mental Problems
As mentioned earlier, Lupus affects the whole body because it is an auto-immune disorder and hence it causes the nervous and mental disorders. These are typically mild memory loss, trouble in making judgements, difficulty in concentrating etc. But, there are other more evident symptoms such as migraine headaches and regular headaches due to stress and anxiety along with dizziness, lower body temperature. Moreover, there are other symptoms such as facial muscle weakness, distorted vision, sensation loss and weakness in arms, legs, and hands. There are other symptoms such as mild to severe stroke, seizures due to blood pressure, inflammations or infections of blood vessels in the brain.
As a result of the emotional and physical stress, their combined effects can lead to mental disorders such as anxiety or depression or both. Moreover, in some cases, it causes psychosis that results in hallucinations, delusions or both because of the damage caused to the nervous system. But, in some severe cases, it causes manic symptoms, irritability, sleeping disorders or higher energy levels. Therefore, treatment procedures include using tranquilizer medicines to calm down and relax, opioid painkillers or corticosteroids. However, it must be kept in mind that these medicines can be discontinued once the symptoms disappear.
Birth Control And Pregnancy
As mentioned earlier in some cases corticosteroids are used to treat neurological and mental problems, hence it may cause irregular menstrual cycles in women. But, it is believed that having lupus does not affect women’s ability to conceive. However, it must be kept in mind that even though it is believed that there are no increased lupus flare-ups during pregnancy there is an increased risk for the growing fetus. Therefore neonatal lupus is one of the important lupus symptoms in women.
These are some of the ways in which Lupus can affect the daily life of an individual. Therefore, you must consult with a doctor when any of the symptoms catch your attention to do a thorough diagnosis, as ignoring it can lead to more severe problems.