Psycho… Strangely Happy… Sadly bedridden – #LupusAwareness

Okay, I just made a decision that is freaking me out now that I have made it. No, I am not sad freaked out. I am strangely happy. Very strangely happy.

I guess it takes a bad experience to help us see things in a whole new way, a wonderful new way.

Enough about the getting freaked out, I thought I would spend a little time talking about strange illnesses that Doctors do not fully understand but that need treatment anyway.

1. Fibromyalgia : Characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, severe fatigue, and disturbed sleep. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons – the soft fibrous tissues in the body, however the symptoms can be as wide and varied as pain, sleeping disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw related face and head pain, severe premenstrual syndrome and painful periods, chest pain, morning stiffness, cognitive or memory impairment, numbness and tingling sensations, muscle twitching, irritable bladder, the feeling of swollen extremities, skin sensitivities, dry eyes and mouth, dizziness, and impaired coordination can occur.

Fibromyalgia patients are often sensitive to odors, loud noises, bright lights, and sometimes even the medications they are prescribed.

Changes in weather, cold or drafty environments, infections, allergies, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual and menopausal states), stress, depression, anxiety and over-exertion may all contribute to fibromyalgia symptom flare-ups.

The symptoms above may or may not indicate Fibromyalgia. There is no specific test for this illness. You would need a doctor to examine you over a period of time and come to the diagnosis.

It is not clear what causes Fibromyalgia. In most people it occurs after a severe bacterial or viral infection. The body remains in high alert even after the infection has cleared, continually releasing chemicals meant to help the body during an infection but which after a while become toxic to the body.

Often associated by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, this disorder has for a long time been dismissed as a non disease. However, more and more doctors have come to acknowledge its existence and the need for treatment for those who suffer from it. If you suffer any of the above symptoms to such an extent that they disrupt your work routines or stop you from leading a productive life, you should see a doctor.

2. Lupus is a disorder involving the immune system. Normally, a person’s immune system works by producing immunity cells and antibodies, special substances that fight germs and infections.

But when a person has lupus, the immune system goes into overdrive and can’t tell the difference between some of the body’s normal, healthy cells and germs that can cause infection. So the immune system responds by making autoantibodies that attack the body’s normal cells.

There are three ypes of Lupus; Normally, a person’s immune system works by producing immunity cells and antibodies, special substances that fight germs and infections.

But when a person has lupus, the immune system goes into overdrive and can’t tell the difference between some of the body’s normal, healthy cells and germs that can cause infection. So the immune system responds by making autoantibodies that attack the body’s normal cells.

There are three types of Lupus; Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Discoid and Drug Induced Lupus. When people refer to Lupus they are usually referring to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) which affects skin, joints and tendons, but it can also affect the brain, heart and lungs and Kidneys. It is the most severe form.

Discoid Lupus affects the skins and can scarring. Drug induced Lupus usually goes away when one stops taking the affecting medicine.

Again, no one knows for sure what causes Lupus.

Well, I have completed the doctor’s assignment for today. So I can maybe try and get some sleep today.

If you have your health, use it well.

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