Lupus

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The Center for Primary Healthcare

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in Orland Park, IL

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to attack itself. If left untreated, lupus leads to severe health complications. William Crevier, MD, and Suzanne Deese, MSN, APRN, CNP, at The Center for Primary Healthcare in Orland Park, Illinois, can guide you through the diagnostic process to determine if you have lupus. Lupus patients often need the care of more than one specialist, and our providers can facilitate that care. If you think you have lupus, get in touch with the team through the online booking tool or over the phone as soon as possible.

Lupus Q & A

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that produces auto-antibodies that attack and destroy both damaged and healthy body tissue.

Lupus affects almost every part of your body. The most common symptoms of lupus include the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Rashes on your cheeks and nose
  • Raised skin rashes after sun exposure
  • Blood clots
  • Joint swelling
  • Ulcers in or around the mouth

If you have lupus, these symptoms typically flare up in cycles. They might disappear after a few days but typically return.

What are the risk factors for lupus?

There are many risk factors for lupus. Generally speaking, women between the ages of 15-44 are most likely to develop the condition. Persons of color are also at risk of developing lupus.

A family history of lupus significantly increases your chances of developing it. In some rare cases, lupus develops in people without any known risk factors.

What causes flare-ups?

Events which cause emotional stress and physical stress can cause flare-ups for lupus patients.  

Our team at The Center for Primary Healthcare can help you limit their frequency. Some of the things that can be considered for your lupus include:

  • An anti-inflammatory diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Stress management
  • Sun avoidance

In addition, the Coimbra Protocol is used for some lupus patients. This protocol, developed by neurologist Dr. Coimbra, utilizes vitamin D, a powerful hormone, and requires close medical supervision and lab monitoring. The Coimbra Protocol holds hope for remission for lupus patients.  

These lifestyle changes, in addition to prescription medication, can significantly help you avoid debilitating flare-ups. We will help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help manage your symptoms.

Lupus can be devastating and life-threatening without proper medical attention. Lupus can cause patients to struggle against a sense of hopelessness. You do not have to be in this struggle alone, we are here for your support. Contact The Center for Primary Healthcare by phone or online today to schedule an appointment.