Posts from the General Information category

Autoimmune Diseases, General Information, Main Blog

Autoimmune Diseases: What you should know

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Autoimmune Diseases What is the Immune System? In order to understand autoimmune diseases, it is important to know how the immune system should normally work. The immune ...

Discoid Lupus, Lupus Rash, Main Blog, Malar Rash, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Prednisone/Corticosteroids, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Discoid Lupus

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Discoid Lupus Lupus is a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissue and organs, ...

Featured, Invisible Illness, Main Blog, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Overlap Diseases, Prednisone/Corticosteroids, Raynaud's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease: MCTD Explained

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / There are many confusing terms in the world of autoimmune diseases like lupus. One condition that we will attempt to clarify is multiple connective tissue disorder (MCTD).  We ...

Antiphospholipid Syndrome, General Information, Invisible Illness, Main Blog, Overlap Diseases

Antiphospholipid Syndrome (Also known as Lupus Anticoagulants or Hughes Syndrome)

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is antiphospholipid syndrome? As if receiving a diagnosis of lupus is not complicated and scary enough, being diagnosed with something called antiphospholipid (pronounced ...

General Information, Living with Lupus, Lupus Facts, Lupus Flare, Lupus Secrets, Main Blog, Prednisone/Corticosteroids, Sjogren's, Stress

“Lupus Secrets”: Lupus information you need to know

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom /   We were so incredibly impressed by the “Lupus Secrets” that Dr. Donald Thomas shared with Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, our patients and caregivers at our Lupus and ...

General Information, Lupus Awareness, Lupus Definition, Lupus Facts, Main Blog, Symptoms

Help Spread Lupus Awareness 2014

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / May is Lupus Awareness Month Did you know that May is Lupus Awareness Month and that May 10 is worldwide Lupus Awareness Day? If you did, you are probably already working hard ...

Invisible Illness, Main Blog, Sjogren's

Sjogren’s Syndrome: What you need to know

POSTED BY Frances Ku / What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Sjögren’s (pronounced SHOW-grin’s) is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system turns against and attacks the body’s own ...

Cause of Lupus, Main Blog

What Causes Lupus?

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is lupus? Before we dive into what causes lupus, lets define the disease. There are four types of lupus: Discoid lupus erythematosus- This type affects the skin and is ...

Depression, Featured, Lupus Facts, Main Blog, Nutrition, Prednisone/Corticosteroids

Prednisone: The benefits and risks

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is prednisone and why is it prescribed? What is the benefit? The main benefit of prednisone is that it is a corticosteroid medication that is very effective in decreasing ...

General Information, Lupus Nephritis, Main Blog

What is Lupus Nephritis?

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) is an autoimmune disease—a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own cells and organs. For this blog, ...

Alternative Lupus Treatments, Diagnosis, General Information, Life Expectancy, Living with Lupus, Lupus Definition, Lupus Facts, Lupus Flare, Main Blog, Medications, Overlap Diseases, Symptoms, Treatments

Lupus Disease: Life Expectancy

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / When diagnosed with any disease, the concerns and questions about what this means for your future, your quality of life, and your prognosis (predicting the outcome of the ...

Main Blog, Parenting with Chronic Illness

10 Tips for Parents Living With Chronic Disease

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Parenting When Living With a Chronic Illness Being a parent, while of course filled with immeasurable joy most of the time, comes with its fair share of challenges and trials. ...

General Information, Lupus in Men, Main Blog, Raynaud's, Symptoms

Symptoms of Lupus in Men

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom /  Lupus: Not just a woman’s disease Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, is typically thought to be a woman’s disease, but the fact is, men get lupus too. Although nearly ...

Depression, Gratitude, Living with Lupus, Main Blog, Stress

The Gratitude Attitude: Inspirational Quotes

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is a gratitude attitude? As we are deep into all of the joy and stress that the holiday season offers, it seems like a good time of the year to take a moment to breathe, ...

Depression, Diagnosis, General Information, Living with Lupus, Lupus Definition, Lupus Facts, Lupus in Children, Lupus Rash, Lupus Tests, Main Blog, Malar Rash, Medications, Photosensitivity, Symptoms, Treatments

Lupus in Children

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Lupus in Children Children playing doctor is normal, but a real visit with your child to the doctor for a serious health concern is certainly no longer fun and games. There ...

General Information, Main Blog, Pregnancy and Lupus, Symptoms, Treatments

Lupus and Pregnancy: What you need to know

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom /  Can I have a healthy pregnancy if I have SLE? For lupus patients, just moving through the activities in daily life can be a struggle.  Living with an unpredictable chronic ...

Diagnosis, General Information, Lupus Definition, Lupus Facts, Lupus Rash, Lupus Tests, Medications, Photosensitivity, Raynaud's, Symptoms, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom /  What is systemic lupus erythematosis? Systemic lupus erythematosus is a very long name for a very complicated autoimmune disease that is more commonly known as SLE or lupus.  ...

Invisible Illness, Lupus Facts, Main Blog, Medications, Raynaud's

Raynaud’s Disease or Raynaud’s Phenomenon: Symptoms, causes, treatments, and preventing flare-ups

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / How do you say it? Raynaud’s. Just knowing how to pronounce it can be a challenge, let alone understanding what it is, so first things first. You will probably hear it ...

General Information, Living with Lupus, Main Blog, Nutrition

The Paleo and Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What you should know

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Paleo Diet? Are they good for lupus and other autoimmune diseases? Lupus is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can affect multiple ...

Depression, General Information, Living with Lupus, Main Blog, Mind/Body Connection, Nutrition, Stress

Lupus/Chronic Illness: The Mind/Body Connection

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is the Mind/Body Connection? The term “mind/body connection” refers to the way your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act.  Stress, anxiety, emotional ...