Lupus

Arthritis Center of Nebraska specializes in the treatment of lupus.

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage joints, the heart, the skin, the kidneys, and other body organs. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks healthy tissue, causing inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Lupus symptoms occur as flares, followed by periods of remission. Lupus is more prevalent in woman of childbearing age (15-44), though men, children, and teenagers can also develop the disease. Women of color are also at higher risk of developing lupus.

Lupus involves a variety of symptoms.

Common lupus symptoms include:

  • Extreme fatigue that cannot be aleviated with rest
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling in two or more joints
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Hair loss
  • Skin sores and rashes
  • Nose or mouth sores
  • Skin rashes after sun exposure

Proper treatment is crucial to managing lupus!

Lupus can range in severity from mild to life-threatening, and should always be treated by a doctor, like the board-certified rheumatologists at Arthritis Center of Nebraska. We specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of lupus and other arthritis-related diseases.