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Lupus

What is it?

Causes:

Signs and Symptoms:

Lupus symptoms often look or feel like signs and symptoms of other medical conditions. It can be very hard for your caregiver to diagnose your lupus. It may take months to years for your caregiver to know for sure that you have lupus. Lupus is different for everyone who has it. Signs and symptoms often depend on what body systems are affected by your lupus.

Common signs and symptoms include:

Other problems that lupus may cause in your body include:

Medical Care:

Dietary Measures:

Herbs and Supplements:

Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.

Herbs:

Supplements:

Complementary Therapies:

Other ways of treating your symptoms:

Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.

Talk to your caregiver if:

SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:

Care Agreement:

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care will be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

References:

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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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