One of the many rheumatic conditions faced by American’s today is called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. One of only 4 types of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE is a complex disease and not very well understood. Some studies show that genes play a role however, most studies also show that genetics alone are not enough to determine who will or will not develop SLE. Further research is being done to determine more about how Systemic Lupus Erythematosus develops, its severity and how it impacts those who have it.
Like other rheumatic conditions, if you have lupus your immune system does not work exactly the way it should in a healthy body. In a healthy person, the immune system produces proteins and cells to fight and destroy foreign bacteria, viruses and substances which invade the body. When you have lupus, the immune system attacks not just the bad cells but the very cells it is trying to protect, health cells and tissues which are part of the body. When this happens, it can cause damage to organs and tissues.
Like the differences in severity, each person also will have slightly different symptoms as well making diagnosis by inexperienced physicians difficult. In fact, lupus is so complex, that it can be difficult even for experienced doctors and the diagnosis may take months. It is important that you begin treating your symptoms as soon as possible to ensure a high quality of life for you in the future. The range of treatments has increased dramatically in recent years, and you can better manage your disease with the proper help.
Rheumatologist Holly MI
Dr. Dowd is a Rheumatologist serving Holly MI and all of Michigan. If you live in around Holly and are looking for a Rheumatologist we are located only 35 minutes away and are accepting new patients. The Arthritis Institute of Michigan offers a variety of treatments for those facing rheumatic diseases and conditions such as lupus, gout, rheumatoid arthritis and even low vitamin D levels. Don’t wait till it hurts, contact us today at 810.225.7553 or fill out the form below to schedule an appointment today.