The Lupus Loop: Signs For One Of The Most Misdiagnosed Diseases

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Lupus is an autoimmune disease that attacks the healthy tissues inside of your body. Unlike HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) where the immune system is underactive, lupus causes your immune system to be overactive.

When your immune system is working at the optimal level it produces antibodies that fight off germs, viruses and bacteria (foreign invaders). In autoimmune diseases such as lupus, your body is unable to detect these foreign invaders, and it creates autoantibodies that destroy your healthy tissue.

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Lupus can affect any part of the body (organs, skin, joints, muscles, etc). People that suffer from lupus often experience pain, inflammation, and damage in various parts of their body. The flare-up nature of lupus leaves many feeling