For a long time, I’ve made posts long and lengthy. Then I realized, when I’m surfing the net, do I like to read a dictionary? an encyclopedia? No, short, sweet and to the point. So, starting today, it is short, sweet and to the point. Let’s start with inflammation. In lupus, whenever something is inflamed, it’s usually related to-though not always; lupus.
Inflammation of most organ. or parts of organs is seen by us as redness and swelling, or hot, and painful. Redness can mean many things. not always lupus.
You will possibly have a + ANA and elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) if you have inflammation, but these alone do not mean that you have lupus. In fact, most people who have these elevations do NOT have lupus.
Most of the time, this redness, swelling, warmth or pain is the body’s reaction to a bee sting, this inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to the accidental stubbing of one’s toe or hitting one’s finger with a hammer when hanging pictures.
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