Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that can cause both serious and life-threatening problems in vital areas like the heart, blood, and brain. According to the Lupus Foundation of America there are approximately 1.5 - 2 million Americans who have a form of lupus, but the actual number may be higher, this is the scary part! While there is no cure, there are treatments such as Plaquanil, DHEA, and Prednisone.
Many of us don’t truly understand the seriousness of this illness, but Susan Manzi M.D., M.P.H., a world-renowned expert at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, joins Andrew to discuss this condition. Nicole Carter who was diagnosed at age 21 and is a Mother of three shares her everyday experiences and offers hope for others living with this illness. Nicole shares her challenges in dealing with her condition and Dr. Manzi answers Andrew's questions about the symptoms of the disease, current treatment, research and the outlook for finding a cure.
Learn more about types of lupus, some of the triggers, such as pregnancy, as well as potential complications of this condition. Dr. Manzi also explains why lupus is so difficult to diagnose and what tests you should be asking your rheumatologist for. She also discusses the genetic implications of lupus and where you can get support in your community for yourself and your family and loved ones.
Susan Manzi, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterDr. Manzi is associate professor of medicine, epidemiology and dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She also serves as co-director of University of Pittsburgh's Lupus Center of Excellence. Dr. Manzi is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in lupus patient care and research, and a pioneer in... more >
Mother with lupusNicole started having lupus symptoms just after her son was born in 2000. She had severe arthritis, her hair was falling out, and blood tests were off the charts. With a newborn baby, having to work full-time, and her husband gone, managing her lupus took a back seat and got worse. In 2003, Nicole moved to Seattle and got re-married.... more >