I got my 3rd comment and this one came with some questions. “How could we possibly cure this kind of disease? What cause Lupus? Any answers? I just want to be aware of this and in some instances avoid from having lupus.”
Since there is no cure for lupus, in my opinion, we need to figure out why we get lupus before we can find a cure for it.
I have a basic understanding of the most accepted theories for what causes lupus but I wanted to give you as detailed an answer as possible so I researched it a bit and this is some good informatiion on the suspected causes of lupus.
This came from the Cleveland Clinic:
What Causes Lupus?
The cause of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is unknown. Finding the cause is the object of major research efforts.
Factors that may contribute to the cause of lupus include viruses, environmental chemicals and the person’s genetic makeup.
Female hormones are believed to play a role in the development of lupus because women are affected more commonly than men. This is especially true of women during their reproductive years, a time when hormone levels are highest.
The observation that lupus may affect more than one member of the same family has raised the possibility that the tendency to develop lupus may be inherited. Having such a tendency, however, does not predict that a relative will develop lupus. About 10 percent of lupus patients have a close relative with lupus
They have a lot of theories but don’t have anything definitive. “Viruses, environmental chemicals, genetic makeup, hormones,” they cover everything. BUT I think the future is so promising. In my opinion, Benlysta will be approved this year and will do phenominal because all rheummy’s will try their patients on it if they feel they qualify for it. There has not been a drug approved for lupus in over 50 years. Once Human Genome Sciences receives FDA approval and their stock jumps, yes – I own a little of it and it has been fun watching it jump (HGSI is their stock symbol if you want to check the company out). I only have a little money in there (oh how I wish I had invested more but I still think it is going to jump again once they get FDA approval. I should be saying if they get FDA approval but I don’t talk that way. There is too much riding on this for us luppies walking around immmunosupressed terrified of getting sick. We need better drugs to help us get through the day and give us back a little of who we were before lupus reaked havoc on our life, our families, our body,our spirit, okay, I’ll stop now. Again, I am not a doctor, but I think it only immunosupresses B cells instead of our whole body like the lupus drugs used today do.
Now for my opinion based on no medical expertise If you feel you might be predisposed to SLE because someone in your family has lupus or you have some of the symptoms but not enough to be diagnosed, I would suggest ALWAYS wear SPF 30 or up even on cloudy days. Only fake tans and when you look so HOT at 50 because you don’t have lots of wrinkles, you’ll be so happy you were vigilant in your younger years. Get a healthy amount of sleep about 7 to 8 hours whenever possible.. Eat well and treat your body well, like that saying your body is your temple. If you don’t feel very good and can afford to, take a sick day or cancel on your friends, true friends will understand. And if you feel tired to the bone, muscle weakness (like it hurts to blow dry your hair or dress yourself or your kids), get rashes and/or sick when you go out in the sun, then I would meet with your doctor, discuss your concerns and ask him to run an ANA test and anything else he recommends initially.
Useful Reference: What cause Lupus.