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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Lupus or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of different parts and organ within the body. It is difficult to identify due to its similarities with several other conditions. Identification is usually made when the symptoms are apparent in combination with a high level of antibodies. How much it will impact your life will depend on the severity, which can range from mild to severe. Lupus is also a hidden disability in many ways as often the symptoms are not obvious.


Lupus has a number of symptoms that you can look for:  

  • Extreme Fatigue / tiredness.

  • Muscle, nerve & joint pain.

  • Rashes (typically over the nose and cheeks).

You might also find the following:

  • Headaches.

  • Mouth Sores.

  • High Temperature

  • Sensitivity To Light.

There is no cure, but life style changes and anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen can help. Always consult your Doctor however before taking and medication. 

Practical Help For Lupus

Depending on the severity of the condition you may or may not be able to work with Lupus, and if you can work you may have to limit your hours to combat the symptoms. As such You may be eligible for any of the following benefits to aid you financially. Disability Support Project can help you apply, appeal any rejected applications and represent you in a tribunal should the support still be rejected after appeal:

More help with Lupus

Your GP should give you guidance on the correct path for you or your child, but if you need any further assistance or information there are some useful links below:

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