Of the many rheumatic conditions which exist, one of those which is most misunderstood is lupus. Often referred to as the “great imitator”, lupus is often confused with other health problems. Mainly affecting the joints, skin and the kidneys, lupus, like all rheumatic diseases, can range from mild to serious. While there is no cure for this disease, treatments have improved over the years and with the right treatment, the quality of life by those suffering from lupus can be greatly improved.
Lupus is a long term disease which causes inflammation, pain and swelling. Most people suffering from this condition feel tired, have rashes, weight loss, blood clots, hair loss, stomach aches, poor circulation and often heart burn. Other symptoms may include mouth sores, arthritis, kidney problems and abnormal blood tests. Anyone can suffer from lupus but it is more likely to happen to women and generally starts in people between 20 and 30.
Like other conditions, treatment and diagnosis of lupus is best left up to a rheumatologist. If you are suffering from a rheumatic condition, Dr. Dowd and the Arthritis Institute of Michigan may be able to help you.
Rheumatologist Milford MI
The Arthritis Institute of Michigan is a rheumatologist Milford MI. Located just 15 miles from Milford MI in Brighton MI, it takes less than a half hour to get from Milford to Brighton and to a better future with less pain. Founded in 1998, Dr. Dowd recognized a need for rheumatic services in Southern Michigan and today, offers patients a state of the art facility and barrier free access to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Whether you are newly diagnosed or suffering for a longer period of time, the services offered by the Arthritis Institute of Michigan are there to help. Accepting new patients, we invite you to contact us to set up an appointment right away at 810.225.7553.