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Lupus Fighters of America Foundation

Lupus Fighters of America Foundation is a 501c3 Federal Exempt Organization. Were dedicated to assisting those struggling with Lupus, helping the less fortunate families as well as rebuilding our community.

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Lupus Support Group Meetings

Don’t walk through life thinking your alone with your battle with Lupus. Were here to assist, help educate and support you in your daily struggles in the war against Lupus.

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General Symptoms

The Symptoms of Lupus

Symptom - Fatigue:

The most common feature of lupus is fatigue. It is a major symptom in some patients, and can be extremely distressing. The cause of this fatigue is still poorly understood, but generally, energy levels seem to improve once the disease is brought under control. Gentle exercise on a regular basis is helpful as is weight loss although both can be difficult to maintain long term.

Symptom - Skin Rashes:

These can affect any part of the body, the most well-known being the so called “butterfly rash” over the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. In many patients the rash is made worse by exposure to ultra-violet light e.g. sunlight.

Symptom - Hair Loss:

Hair loss is an important feature of lupus and is often the first sign of a disease flare. In the majority of patients the hair grows back totally once the disease is brought under control.

Symptom - Joint Aches and Pains:

Flu like symptoms are common in lupus patients and are a major feature of the disease. Sometimes joint pains can be severe, mimicking early rheumatoid arthritis but normally the joints are not damaged and this clearly differentiates lupus from rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptom - Dry (scratchy) eyes:

Many patients with lupus also have “Sjögren’s syndrome” with poor tear secretion. This results in irritation of the eyes and in some patients quite marked dryness. This is usually helped by artificial tears (e.g. hypromellose eye-drops).

Symptom - Inflammation of Tissues covering internal organs:

The thin “sausage-skin” covering internal organs such as the heart (pericardium) and lungs (pleura) can be inflamed leading to painful symptoms such as pleurisy.

Symptom - Depression:

This is a major feature of lupus and very common indeed. It often requires both treatment of the lupus itself as well as the depression.

Symptom - Kidney Problems:

The kidney is the “silent” organ and often patients do not know that the kidney is involved. It is common practice in our unit to teach patients to test their own urine (using “dip sticks”). Urine testing is essential in lupus patients for the early detection of kidney involvement, for which treatment must be prompt to prevent kidney damage.

Sponsorship

Here you will find our different sponsorship packages, choose the one (1) package level that fits your needs as well as your budget. Each sponsorship package has its own unique […]

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Organic Matters

What is the difference between Hydroponics and Aquaponics. We get asked this question many times, so we’ve provided some information for you that will explain the difference between the two. […]

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Resources

Through programs of research, outreach, education, support and a variety of services, the Lupus Fighters of America provides help and hope to people with lupus and their families. For Lupus […]

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Marketplace

Welcome to the Lupus Fighters Marketplace – all proceeds go directly towards our outreach and education programs. As well; its disburse towards the transportation and support group services to assist […]

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