What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of your body, including the skin, joints, and even internal organs. It is a chronic disease that often affects people in “flares”, meaning it will worsen for a period of time, then improve, and worsen again at different times.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused & contracted from the bite of a disease carrying tick.
May is Lyme Awareness Month and Lupus Awareness Month. Both of these diseases, although different, are often linked because of the common and mimic symptoms they both present.
What are the similar symptoms of Lupus & Lyme disease?
Lupus and Lyme disease can affect many organs and parts of the body so there are a wide variety of symptoms. The most common symptoms exhibited by both diseases are:
– Frequent or constant fatigue
– Painful, swollen joints
– Light Sensitivity
– Flu like symptoms for extended periods of time
Lyme and Lupus are different diseases, thus they are diagnosed and treated differently. The diseases are often connected because of their similar symptoms, which is why keeping your doctor informed of any and all of your symptoms, concerns, or changes in your well being is important for a correct diagnosis.
Facts about Lupus and Lyme Disease:
- 90% of people who develop lupus are women.
- Lupus most often develops between 15 and 44.
- Lupus affects people of all races, however, non-Caucasians are 2-3 more times likely to develop & be diagnosed with lupus.
- An estimated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide are living with lupus.
- Parents, silblings and children of people with lupus are 6 times more likely to develop the disease as well.
Lyme disease facts:
- Lyme has been found on every continent except Antarctica.
- Less than 50% of people infected with lyme disease exhibit the “bull’s eye rash” common to a bite area.
- It is known as the “Great Imitator” because of its common trait of mimicking the symptoms of other diseases such as lupus, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and bells palsy.
- The CDC reported that lyme disease infects 300.000 people each year.
- Less than 50% of patients with lyme disease can recall ever getting bit by a tick.
Lyme and Lupus are different diseases, thus they are diagnosed and treated differently. The diseases are often connected because of their similar symptoms, which is why keeping your doctor informed of any and all of your symptoms, concerns, or changes in your well being is important for a correct diagnosis. Call your doctor if you have concerns.Leave a reply →