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Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)
Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
Lupus is a broad term for
autoimmune disorders that weaken the body's immune
system by producing antibodies that attack healthy
cells, tissues and organs. The name "lupus"
usually refers to the most common form, systemic lupus
erythematosus. This disease is
characterized by inflammation and damage to different
tissues and organs with many symptoms including
fatigue and fever, swollen or painfully inflamed
joints, and skin rashes. It can create lupus
Lupus may affect the kidneys,
heart, lungs, blood and blood vessels, central nervous
system and peripheral nerves. It may suddenly flare up
and then retreat into remission.
The cause of lupus is unknown,
environmental and other factors may trigger the
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention estimate that 1.4 million
Americans—mostly women—have lupus. Nevertheless,
lupus is difficult to accurately diagnose. There is no
definitive test for lupus and symptoms may change over
Medical doctors attempt to
control the symptoms with medication.
(Not all symptoms may be present.)
- Hair loss
- Headaches, seizures
- Kidney problems
- Loss of appetite, nausea,
- Rash across the face and
- Raynaud's phenomenon (pale
or purple fingers or toes from exposure to cold
- Skin ulcers inside mouth
and on the tongue
- Sensitivity to sun
- Serositis (inflamed linings
of organs such as the heart and lungs causing
chest pain and difficulty breathing)
- Swollen joints
- Swollen glands
- Pain, numbness and tingling
in hands or feet
The peripheral nervous system is responsible for
motor responses and sensation. Lupus, and other
autoimmune conditions rheumatoid arthritis, may cause
antibodies in the immune system to directly attack
nerve cells and blood vessels.
Also, inflammation and swelling from surrounding
tissue can damage these nerves. Or, lupus may impair
blood flow to the brain, spinal cord and nerves, which
can damage nerve cells and disrupt how they function.
In most cases, peripheral neuropathy is symmetrical,
which means it affects both sides of the body.
However, peripheral neuropathy may also be
non-symmetrical or more sporadic, affecting patches of
areas in the body. This can result from vasculitis, or
inflammation of the blood vessels.
Symptoms of Neuropathy in Lupus
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy from lupus can range
from mild to serious and mainly affect the hands,
feet, legs or arms. They include:
* burning sensation
* inability to sense heat or cold
* vision problems
* carpal tunnel syndrome
EVALUATION AND TESTS
(Not all evaluation and tests may be
conduction velocity test
- Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
tests (for presence of antinuclear [ANA]
antibody and for sedimentation rate determination)
- Urine test
of skin or kidney
Medical treatment focuses on
relieving pain by reducing inflammation, slowing joint
and bone damage and improving the ability to function
with the disease.
- Rest and exercise programs
- Use safety-measures due to loss of sensation
The following drugs are
- Aspirin, ibuprofen and Aleve®
(NSAIDs) or Cox-2 inhibitors (NSAIDs)to reduce joint inflammation and pain
- Antimalarial medication (hydroxychloroquine
suppress immune response
- Corticosteroids (prednisone
hydrocortisone, methlyprednisolone [Medrol®],
Hexadrol®]) to suppress
medications (azathioprine [Imuran®],
Neosar®] to slow or
reduce immune response
There are always
natural treatments to alleviate these symptoms. These would include anti-inflammatory supplements and
supplements to relieve the pain.
can be gotten with we can test and find out what will
help with the symptoms and to enhance the immune
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What to do for Relief?
Treatment for Neuropathy
There are many medications, and other remedies that can bring you relief, you can read about them in this article Neuropathy treatments
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None of the various neuropathy treatments will build healthy nerves. You can cover up the symptoms and you can increase circulation and you can make a person feel less pain, etc., but if you build healthy nerves, there will not be any symptoms (healthy nerves don't hurt, tingle, burn, are not numb, etc.) and the relief will be lasting.
Building Healthy Nerves*
Healthy sensory nerves mean that they are not painful. Healthy nerves means that they communicate and don't send wrong signals such as burning, hot and cold, tingling when there is no reason for it. Healthy motor nerves mean that they relay messages from the brain to the muscle so that they move correctly. Nerves need to be healthy to function properly.
The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) to be able to build healthy nerves.
It may not give immediate relief (although many do feel changes in the first week) as the vitamins are working at a cellular level, but it does address the actual problem, builds healthy nerves and brings lasting relief.
(For temporary relief while building healthy nerves, go to Pain Relief Formula)
What can be done for lasting relief?
Find out how to build Healthy Nerves
*Studies & Research on Nerve Health
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