Lupus erythematosus is collection of autoimmune diseases in which the body mistakenly identifies its own cells as foreign and launches an immune response. Lupus results in a multitude of symptoms that often differ from patient to patient and range from mild to severe.

Symptoms generally appear in early adulthood. Patients will usually experience periods in which symptoms flare up followed by periods of remission, making early symptoms easy to dismiss initially. The variety of symptoms also means that many symptoms are similar to those caused by other conditions.

If you’ve been having symptoms that you suspect are lupus, or your doctor thinks you might have lupus, you might be Googling like crazy or your mind may be spinning with questions: What does this mean for your future? How will you be treated? Will you ever feel healthy/normal again?

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