What are the stages of lupus?

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asked Feb 25, 2022 in Diseases Conditions by CharlesDuval (1,130 points)
What are the stages of lupus?

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answered Feb 25, 2022 by Minty (132,850 points)
The stages of Lupus are.

Class I: Minimal mesangial lupus nephritis.
Class II: Mesangial proliferative lupus nephritis.
Class III: Focal lupus nephritis (active and chronic, proliferative and sclerosing)
Class IV: Diffuse lupus nephritis (active and chronic, proliferative and sclerosing, segmental and global)

Lupus pain usually occurs in the upper arms, neck, thighs and shoulders and you may also notice swelling in those areas as well with Lupus.

The top 5 signs of Lupus include.

Joint pain, stiffness and swelling.
Butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose or rashes elsewhere on the body.
Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure.

Other signs of Lupus include.

loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss.
Shortness of breath.
Joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain.
Swollen glands.
Muscle pain.
Chest pain when you take a deep breath.
Hair loss.
Sun sensitivity.

Lupus does sometimes cause weight gain in some people.

Although some people who have Lupus may actually have weight loss from Lupus.

A person can have Lupus without knowing it.

Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs (autoimmune disease).

Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

One common early symptom that can be indicative of lupus is a photosensitive rash, meaning a rash that develops in response to sun exposure, particularly on the face and upper arms.

Other early symptoms of Lupus are unexplained fever and pain, swelling, and stiffness of multiple joints.

It's very possible to have Lupus for many years and not even be aware of it.

The symptoms of the disease Lupus manifest uniquely for each patient who has Lupus so some people may have the Lupus disease for years and not even know about it.

In most cases it takes years to be correctly diagnosed with the disease Lupus.

Also just like with many other illnesses and diseases Lupus does tend to get worse as you age but not always.

Still the treatment for lupus is the same no matter how old you get and how worse the lupus gets as you age.

If left untreated Lupus can cause death due to lupus causing heart attacks and strokes as well as other cardiovascular disease.

Lupus can also cause organ damage and failure and other serious conditions that can occur which includes kidney disease, pancreatitis, pleurisy, vasculitis, pericarditis, and cancer.

If treated for lupus you can usually live a long natural life but never leave the lupus untreated.

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