Important Facts about Lupus

There are a number of illnesses that have gained the nickname “the great imitator” in the medical community because of the great difficulty of diagnosing them. These diseases present symptoms that vary from patient to patient and often mimic the appearances of other illnesses. One such illness is lupus, an autoimmune disorder that can affect any part of the body.

Lupus affects women nine times more often than men, typically between the ages of 15 and 50. As an autoimmune disorder, it involves damage to the body’s tissues and organs by way of the body’s own immune system. The immune system is led to treat its own body like an enemy, attacking the cells of the affected areas. This often leads to long-term damage to the body’s organs and can be fatal. Although there is no cure for lupus, there are medications available that limit the damage.

The symptoms of lupus are highly unpredictable. In part this is because it can affect nearly any organ of the body: symptoms of the immune system attacking one organ can be very different with other organs or tissues. It also has no single cause. Although particular genes are believed to have an effect, due to lupus sometimes running in families, it can also be related to environmental triggers like particular drug interactions.

If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with lupus, the financial toll can add up. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration has money available to help with the healthcare and living expenses of people struggling with lupus.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

The compassionate Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office can work with you to make sure you get the help you need. To discuss your case, contact the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633.