Conditions we treat include:

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Bursitis and Tendonitis

Fibromyalgia
Gout
Joint Pain
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Pseudogout
Psoriatic Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Scleroderma
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Vasculitis

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (aka, Lupus)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, or Lupus, is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks normal organs and tissues. It is most common in women of child-bearing age (14 to 45 years old), but can also be seen in men and children.

The symptoms of lupus differ from one person to another. Some people only have a few symptoms, while others have many. The more typical symptoms are fatigue, hair loss, mouth/nose sores, rash on the face, and painful/swollen joints. These symptoms, along with certain blood tests, are used to make a diagnosis. Sometimes the diagnosis cannot be made right away and several visits are required.

Once the diagnosis of lupus is made, the patient should be monitored regularly by a rheumatologist, even if they are feeling well. This is a life-long disease. While there is no cure for lupus, we have a host of effective treatments to help prevent disease complications. Additionally, new treatments have been developed and lupus remains an active area of research.

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