The Complexity of Lupus

A strong immune system protects your body from invading diseases. But, if you have an autoimmune condition like lupus, your immune system can turn on your own cells, mistakenly attacking them like outside invaders. More than a million people in the United States are living with lupus today.

The symptoms that come with autoimmune conditions like lupus are complex and varied. The symptoms of lupus can also appear similar to symptoms of other conditions, making it difficult to get the right diagnosis. Living with lupus means dealing with complications – and so does diagnosing and treating lupus.

That’s why you want to turn to experts you can trust for your lupus diagnosis and treatment plan. Expert rheumatologist Iraj Sabahi, MD provides support for new and existing patients with lupus at Pleasanton Arthritis and Osteoporosis Medical Center, from locations in Pleasanton and Turlock, California. Dr. Sabahi can help you handle the complexity of living with your lupus.

The chronic and complex symptoms of lupus

Lupus, unlike other autoimmune disorders, can cause symptoms in multiple parts of your body. Also referred to by doctors as systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus can cause inflammation on your skin, or in your joints, heart, lungs, brain, or kidneys. You could see symptoms including fatigue, joint pain, rashes on your cheeks and nose, chest pain, weight loss, headaches, and mental confusion.

Over the long term, these repeated inflammatory attacks on your organs can cause deterioration and damage. Lupus can compromise your quality of life, leaving you with uncomfortable symptoms during flare-ups as well as the long-term consequences of your outbreaks. That’s why it’s so important to get your lupus correctly diagnosed by a medical professional.

Several risk factors, including heredity, can predispose you to developing lupus. Lupus is more common in women than in men and can appear while you’re still quite young. If you think you might have lupus, why not get your condition evaluated at Pleasanton Arthritis and Osteoporosis Medical Center this fall?

Expert lupus treatment and support

While your lupus can’t be completely cured, this chronic condition can go into remission with the right treatment. Dr. Sabahi and the Pleasanton Arthritis and Osteoporosis Medical Center care team offer innovative strategies and compassionate support to keep your lupus under control.

We use a comprehensive questionnaire and examination, as well as blood tests, to confirm your lupus diagnosis. Based on your unique symptoms and health care needs, we can put together your personalized treatment plan.

We may recommend treatments including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), immunosuppressants, antimalarial drugs, and corticosteroids. These treatments can reduce your overactive immune system, and relieve your symptoms, eventually bringing your lupus into remission. Pleasanton Arthritis and Osteoporosis Medical Center also provide infusion therapy to lupus patients.

To diagnose your lupus and restore your quality of life, get in touch with Dr. Sabahi at Pleasanton Arthritis and Osteoporosis Medical Center today. You can sort out your complex symptoms and achieve long-term remission with the right professional support. 

Book your initial consultation at Pleasanton Arthritis and Osteoporosis Medical Center by calling now, or request your appointment online.

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