What Is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and tissue damage to skin, joints or organs. Lupus damages the immune system making it unable to produce antibodies which protect the body from viruses, bacteria and germs. Instead the body produces autoantibodies which attack healthy body tissue. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, this disease is caused by a variety of factors including hormones, genetics, and environment. In severe cases Lupus can cause arteries to harden and result in cardiovascular or kidney disease and stroke.
Who Gets It?
Although men are diagnosed with Lupus, it more commonly affects women. Nine out of ten individuals affected by Lupus are women. The cause of lupus is unknown, but research shows that changes in specific chromosomes and genes are a significant factor in determining who may get the disease.
How is Lupus Related to Raynaud’s Disease?
Secondary Raynaud’s disease is the often the result of connective tissue disease, autoimmune disease, and the inflammation of blood vessels and nerves. Individuals with Lupus-related Raynaud’s disease experience similar symptoms to those with Raynaud’s Syndrome, including extreme sensitivity to cold temperatures, pain and swelling in joints, and stiffness and pain in hands or wrists.
People who suffer from a circulatory problem like Raynaud’s disease refer to their reactions to cold temperatures as “attacks” which last from a few minutes up to several hours. A person diagnosed with Lupus is at a much higher risk of developing Raynaud’s. Read about other diseases that leave people at a higher risk for Secondary Raynaud’s:
There are small lifestyle changes that individuals can do to better manage pain from Lupus-related Raynaud’s disease.
- Improve circulation to the wrists, hands and fingers to reduce joint stiffness.
- Limit environmental stress
- Keep hands warm in the winter and all seasons
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