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What happens to my body when I have lupus?

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Something happens to your body’s natural defense system (your immune system) to make it work incorrectly. Instead of only targeting bad things like viruses and bacteria, it also attacks healthy cells and tissues.

There are several types of lupus, and every case is different. Your symptoms might develop quickly, or they may come on slowly. Some could be mild and others severe.

From: What Are the Symptoms of Lupus? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America: “How does a person with lupus know when to call the doctor?”

Mayo Clinic: “Lupus Symptoms.”

National Library of Medicine.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Lupus? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America: “How does a person with lupus know when to call the doctor?”

Mayo Clinic: “Lupus Symptoms.”

National Library of Medicine.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Lupus? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2018

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