Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October. Lupus is an incurable immune system condition that is assumed to be genetic and mainly affects females. The condition shares a lot of symptoms in common with other conditions; with lupus signs including rashes, depression, anaemia, headaches and mouth ulcers.
LUPUS UK, are trying to raise awareness of lupus with Lupus Awareness Month. Due to the overlap with other conditions many GPs may not recognise the symptoms as lupus at first.
It is estimated that 50,000 people in the UK have lupus but many are undiagnosed and simply powering through the effects of the condition. However, joint pain, muscle pain and extreme tiredness will not go away no matter how much you rest. It can also affect vital organs. So it is important to raise awareness and get people diagnosed.
Lupus causes are varied and include a viral infection, trauma and environmental factors such as sunlight.
I know that I have had some of the above symptoms at one time or another so I don't know how many people may be dismissing them as symptoms of feeling rundown, overworked or stressed.
Lupus UK is encouraging us to adopt a hospital by ordering leaflets and display boards for our local hospital. Alternatively have a Lunch4Lupus during October and instead of guests bringing you a gift, ask them to donate to Lupus UK. Try holding a raffle or auction if you make it a Lupus dinner party!October › Lupus Awareness Month