The Symptoms of Lupus Misdiagnosed Related to Mold Exposure
What Causes Lupus?
We do not know. The cause of lupus, and many other autoimmune diseases, remains unknown. The respective roles of genetic and environmental factors in triggering lupus remain to be determined. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the principal biomedical research agency of the United States Government established the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study issues related to environmental health and the causation of Lupus. The symptoms of Lupus correlate very closely to those symptoms experienced by person whom have suffered from exposure to mold.
What are the Symptoms of Lupus?
Because lupus can affect so many different organs, a wide range of symptoms can occur. These symptoms may come and go, and different symptoms may appear at different times during the course of the disease.
The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are:
· extreme fatigue (tiredness)
· painful or swollen joints
· anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume)
· swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes
· pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy)
· butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
· sun- or light-sensitivity (photosensitivity)
· hair loss
· abnormal blood clotting
· fingers turning white and/or blue when cold (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
· mouth or nose ulcers
Many of these symptoms occur in other illnesses besides lupus. In fact, lupus is sometimes called "the great imitator" because its symptoms are often like the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, fibromyalgia, diabetes, thyroid problems, Lyme disease, and a number of heart, lung, muscle, and bone diseases.
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