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The stresses of today can be enough to drain you. Exhaustion is very common among women as we wear many different hats. But extreme fatigue, as well as other symptoms, may be a sign of a serious health problem. Lupus is a disease in which the body attacks its own healthy tissues and organs. It can damage the joints, skin, kidneys, and other parts of the body. No one knows for sure what causes lupus. But some groups of people have higher rates of lupus. African-American women are three times more likely to get lupus than white women. African-American women tend to develop lupus at a younger age and have more severe symptoms than white women.

The signs of lupus differ from person to person. Some people have just a few signs, while others have more. Common symptoms include:

    * Joint pain and stiffness, with or without swelling

    * Muscle aches and pains

    * Fever with no known cause

    * Feeling very tired

    * Skin rashes

    * Anemia (uh-NEE-me-uh)

    * Trouble thinking, memory problems, confusion

    * Kidney problems with no known cause

    * Chest pain when taking a deep breath

    * Butterfly-shaped rash across the nose and cheeks

    * Sun or light sensitivity

    * Hair loss

Click here to read more and get answers to your lupus questions.

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One thought on “Dr. Yvonne Sherrer Talks Lupus

  1. walkerdees on said:

    I have been living with SLE since 1983. I am in remission. I have changed my life style and eating habits. I am over 53 yrs old and a year ago diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I have had the treatment for my thryoid and take synthroid. My hormones have been unbalanced and am going through menopause. I have had fatigue and low concentration and thinking and low motivation and drive for completing everyday tasks and have procrastination have gotten worse. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

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