The test results confirmed the presence of a serious disease – lupus erythematosus in Kardashian.
Recently, the television star, the mother of four children, has been plagued by severe symptoms. Weakness in the morning and especially towards evening, swollen joints, headaches. Kim complained:
“I literally fall apart. I feel that the problem is in my bones. ”
Anxious foreboding was confirmed; antibodies to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis were found in her blood. As part of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians show, Zvezda said she has been feeling bad lately. Selena Gomez was previously affected by this disease.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease. Its manifestations are so diverse that doctors call it a "disease with a thousand faces." Therefore, diagnosing it is not easy. It can affect various organs of the body, especially the skin and joints, attack the hematopoietic system, nervous system, kidneys and / or central nervous system. It is impossible to predict how a disease will develop in a particular patient.
The causes of its occurrence are also not established for certain. Doctors can only name factors that can provoke it in people with a genetic tendency. These include exposure to UV rays, stress, hormonal imbalances, viral infections, and certain medications. Most often, patients complain of constant weakness, swelling of the joints, lymph nodes and mucous membranes, frequent or constant high fever, weight loss and appetite. In some cases, a red rash appears on the face on the nose and cheeks, in the form of butterfly wings, like a wolf, for which the disease got its name. The disease can develop slowly from a few weeks to several years.
Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the fact that the human immune system does not work properly, instead of the causative agent of the disease, they attack the carrier’s own DNA, starting to "shoot at their own." Most often, SLE fall ill for young women aged 15 to 40 years, although cases of the disease in children, the elderly and men are not uncommon. Less commonly, SLE affects people of the Caucasian race, and they tolerate it more easily. Severe illness passes in children.
The disease is not contagious and does not have a pronounced hereditary character. Isolation to the patient is required only during an exacerbation of the inflammatory process. Restrictions on social and sexual life are imposed only by the patient’s well-being.
SLE is chronic, for today, there is no specific treatment for it. But, if earlier a patient with lupus was doomed, today doctors have learned to support the patient for a long time, preserving his quality of life as much as possible. Many manage to lead to prolonged remission, when the symptoms of the disease are practically not noticeable and they can be controlled, with the help of constant medication and some lifestyle restrictions.
In Russia, SLE affects tens of thousands of people, which is 0.1% of the country's population. Rheumatologists are traditionally engaged in such patients. And, since the treatment process is long and expensive, it is difficult to get lupus in Russia and help is needed at the state level.
Kim Kardashian, who was struck by this ailment, has not yet spoken to the media about further treatment and how her career will develop during the treatment period.
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