This is another auto immune form of arthritis , more commonly referred to as “lupus” . The name lupus (the latin for wolf ) comes from a butterfly shaped rash which often covers the face of sufferers , giving them a wolf like appearance . It is most common in women in late adolescence or early adulthood . although it can strike at any age , like rheumatoid arthritis , lupus is confined to any attack on the joints . It attacks the whole body and can seriously damage the brain , kidneys and other vital organs . however , when it is the joints under attack , the symptoms are very similar to those of rheumatoid arthritis , other symptoms depend on where it attacks , if the heart is involved , there will be chest .
Some lupus sufferers have such mild symptoms , they need no drugs at all.
Pain or irregular heart beat , if the nervous system is attacked , this may affect the mental health of the patient . If the kidneys are the target ; then the person can suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure ) and general swelling all over the body . Bleeding gums and skin rashes are also common with lupus . Exposure to the sun can cause flare ups and over tiredness . Pregnancy , emotional stress and infection can also trigger .
All of these symptoms sound very scary but if you suspect that you have lupus , you should see your doctor immediately , the good news is that thousands of lupus sufferers are at the very low end of the spectrum with very mild symptoms
Lupus may be treated with low doses of corticosteroid drugs , one of the NSAIDS or an antimalarial drug , such as plquenil about 25 % of lupus sufferers have symptoms so mild that they need no drug therapy at all , but in the majority of cases , your doctor will probably prescribe corticosteroid drugs to reduce the inflammation and to decrease the abnormal amount of antibodies produced by the disease , because of possible side effects , corticosteroids are only used as a last resort in the majority of arthritic diseases , but the severity of lupus can be such that many physicians advise their use quite early on , believing their benefits out weight the risks , since lupus often goes into periods of remission , it’s advisable to use the corticosteroids for as short a time as possible , to minimize any problems .
Case History :
Systemic lupus erthematous with rheumatic arthritis
Mrs SJ aged 37 years presented with joint pain with swelling of affected joint < knees (both). She developed arthritis after having some trouble for about 2 months and now almost every joint . Arthritis first affected small joints and involved big joints and now almost every joint +++<winter , weight loss , fever < evening ,chronic sinusitis , head ache , hyper acidity , appetite-normal , mental-anger-despair; pains ++, dutiful diagnosed in a reputed hospital as SLE with R.A (systemic lupus erythematous with rheumatoid arthritis ) o/e –joints , soft swelling –effusion , tender
Homoeopathic Medicine : Kali Iod 200 Daily one dose for 7 days . this medicine was repeated for one year , once in 3 months for one week .
Result : pain reduced gradually to near normal , now for almost one year . no medicine , no swelling , no stiffness , no head ache . completely allopathic medicines stopped . blood reports – normal ,
Many homoeopathic physicians both past and present have done excellent cases for skin lupus .