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Understanding how lupus affects victims

According to the Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, throughout the United States, including victims from Cincinnati, Ohio, as many as 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease, including lupus. Victims of lupus traditionally begin to experience symptoms starting while they are teenagers through their thirties. Symptoms vary widely, and may go in and out of remission, often making lupus difficult to diagnose.

Autoimmune diseases trick the body's immune system into believing that normal cells are foreign, which causes the immune system to naturally attack these cells. This can lead to many different symptoms ranging from mild symptoms such as fatigue, dry mouth, dry eyes and low-grade fevers, to more serious conditions including kidney and pulmonary problems.

Kidney inflammation, called nephritis, can cause pain in one's side, bloody or dark urine, high blood pressure and swelling in the feet and lower legs of victims. If untreated, this can also lead to end-stage renal disease. Those suffering from lupus may also experience pulmonary problems, including the swelling of the lungs. This can lead to shortness of breath and chest pain as well as a condition called shrinking lung syndrome.

While some of the symptoms of lupus may be considered minor, others can lead to serious issues and may make it difficult for a victim to work. Lupus sufferers may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits for illnesses. These monthly payments may help victims who are fighting their condition and are not working.In order to see whether you qualify, seeking the assistance of an experience attorney can help those involved in such situations.

Source: Healthline, "10 Early Signs of Lupus," Accessed on Sept. 4, 2017

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