Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes widespread inflammation and pain. It affects everyone in unique ways, and even members of the same family who have it may experience symptoms differently.
In some individuals, lupus may come and go, cycling through flares and periods of inactivity or remissions. For others, it remains in an active state on a long-term basis. For those who do experience flares, they may be frequent; in other cases, remissions can stretch on for as long as a decade.
During flares, patients may experience a range of symptoms, including fatigue, swelling of the hands, headaches, low fevers, joint inflammation, and sensitivity to the sun. Roughly 70% of people with lupus have a relapsing-remitting form of the condition.
Patients often wonder if their symptoms can go into prolonged periods of remission. The first five years after a diagnosis are often the most unclear, as doctors aim to find the best treatment option, and patients are still getting used to fluctuating symptoms. With that being said, there may be hope for prolonged periods of remission later on: according to research, more than a third of patients who pursued treatments according to current standards were able to have prolonged remission.
While studies suggest that early treatment for lupus can increase the odds of a prolonged remission, the disease is unpredictable in nature. Still, taking a proactive approach to condition management can help manage symptoms even when you do have flares. In addition to seeking professional treatment, eating well, getting ample rest, and exercising regularly will also help you promote optimal overall health.
Many have sought alternative options in managing their condition. One emerging today is regenerative medicine, also known as stem cell therapy. Stem cells are found naturally within the body and have the unique ability to self-renew and differentiate into specialized cell types. They act as the body’s natural repair kit and also have anti-inflammatory properties.
This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for back pain, also known as degenerative disc disease. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.