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DHEA and Lupus

WHAT IS IT? Dehydroepiandrosterone, commonly called DHEA, is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands.  DHEA leads to the production of androgen and estrogen, which are sex hormones that play an impo...

Lupus and the Endocrine System

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM:   A powerful infantry of glands that affect virtually every cell and organ in the body – that with one blow may have one down for the count, waving a white flag of surren...

Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) that is used to reduce the swelling and pain associated with certain diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis...

100 Years of Lupus

For our 100th Blog! INTRODUCTION If you were to question people on the street about the discovery of lupus, if they knew what it was in the first place, they would probably assume that it was a modern...

Lupus and Epigenetics

WHAT ARE GENES? Considered life’s blueprint, the study of genetics refers to the genes that each person is born with that are inherited from their mother and father. To give you a little perspec...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Contents:   What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? What are the Symptoms of RA? How do physicians diagnose RA? What causes rheumatoid arthritis? How is RA treated? In conclusion   What is Rheumatoid ...

RITUXAN

Is It Lupus Chemo? INTRODUCTION Before diving into this blog topic, I thought I knew the exact waters I was entering.  I mean, pretty clear in my mind, Rituxan is “lupus chemo” right?  Many of ...

Lupus Disease: Life Expectancy

Contents: Lupus complications and how they are managed/treated Life Expectancy In conclusion   When diagnosed with any disease, the concerns and questions about what this means for your future, your ...

Can We Talk About Cannabis?

As the main blog contributor for Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, I generally write about issues and/or experiences that I have encountered throughout my 26 year lupus journey.  I also write about things...

Breaking Down Your Urinalysis

Contents: Introduction The Basics The Results The Details Conclusion   Introduction If you’re a lupus patient, I’m sure at some point you’ve heard those wonderful words “…now, g...

The Deal With Dialysis

INTRODUCTION There are two main types of lupus. Discoid Lupus, which affects the skin and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, that basically affects everything else. SLE can present itself differently and v...

Lupus and Sleep

LUPUS AND SLEEP (Or Lack Thereof) Introduction: Sleep: we all need it.  Without it, we die…or at very least turn into non-functioning zombie/vampire people.  Sadly, the snowball effect that ch...

Lupus and Oral Health Issues

Straight from the Mouth INTRODUCTION My lupus story actually began at the dentist.  Well, my childhood orthodontist – to be exact.  It all started with a normal “check-up” for a normal pre...