Approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus disease
29-year-old Mallory Dixon reveals what it’s like to have lupus. She talks about how it’s a disability that is impossible to describe because the disease is incredibly unpredictable. Mallory explains that the worst part of lupus disease is the fact that the severity of symptoms alters over the course of a lifetime. When she was 17-years-old, doctors discovered she had rheumatoid arthritis, however, they didn’t realize it was a symptoms of lupus which she suffered with for years without any other explanation.
She was diagnosed with lupus after six years of suffering
After suffering with lupus symptoms for six years, one doctor finally diagnosed her with lupus. There were a lot of tough times in between, however, because doctors simply could tell what was wrong with her. She was even recommended to see a therapist at one stage! When one doctor finally took into account all of her problems and diagnosed her with lupus, things unfortunately didn’t improve for Mallory.
Mallory was technically dead at one stage of her illness
Two years after being diagnosed, Mallory couldn’t help but feel extremely down and was struggling to breathe (which are both common signs of lupus disease). The night before she went to the hospital to get herself checked out, she said she couldn’t help but feel as though she was dying.
The next day at the hospital, she was technically dead, but resuscitated back to life shortly after. During this time, she was in a coma received chemotherapy treatment, and was even hooked up to a ventilator.
The pain she experienced was due to the lupus spreading to her kidneys
The reason why she ended up staying in the hospital for nearly 90 days under all different kinds of treatment was because the disease had reached her kidneys. As a result, they shut down and left Mallory extremely ill. Experts believe there are preventative methods that can be put in place to ensure lupus doesn’t spread to vital organs, such as the brain or heart.
Crippling fatigue is one of the main signs of lupus
The preventative measures can only be effectively put in place if the disease is found early on. A lot of the time, this comes down to the person and how quickly they can identify lupus symptoms to get themselves treated as soon as possible. Crippling fatigue is one of the main signs, but the other major symptoms to look out for include:
- Painful joints
- Pain in the chest when breathing
- Mouth and nose ulcers
- Swelling on the limbs or around the eyes