fbpx Skip to main content
CALL US: 01482 323 697
Williamsons News
News

Lupus Awareness Month

21 October 2019

Clinical Negligence, News

October is Lupus Awareness Month in the UK. The aim of the month is to raise awareness of the illness amongst the public and also within the medical profession.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a long-term auto-immune disease whereby the body’s natural immune system attacks health tissue. It is unpredictable, hard to live with and there is currently no cure. However, symptoms can be managed and improve if treatment is started early.

It affects both males and females, however research has shown that it is far more common in females. It is not clear what causes Lupus but it is a hormonal activity and change, and it can often be triggered after childbirth, at the menopause or during puberty. It usually affects individuals between the ages of 15 and 55 years.

Symptoms

Lupus can cause many symptoms which can affect each individual differently and this often causes a lot of confusion within the medical profession.

Symptoms of Lupus include:

  • Joint and muscle pain;
  • Extreme fatigue and weakness that lingers no matter how much you rest;
  • Rashes from sunlight;
  • Weight gain or loss;
  • Flu like symptoms;
  • Inflammation of the skin;
  • Headaches;
  • Oral/nasal ulcers;
  • Hair loss;
  • Swollen glands; and
  • Poor blood circulation.

Often individuals who have been diagnosed with Lupus experience a flare up of symptoms which become worse for a period of time before settling down. However, in some cases symptoms are constant.

Family doctors can fail to recognise a diagnosis of Lupus from the outset causing delays in diagnosis. Delays in diagnosis can occur because Lupus symptoms are also typical of other connective tissue diseases such as autoimmune thyroid disease, celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Lupus can present in mild to severe form. In relation to mild symptoms, an individual may experience minor joint and skin problems and tiredness. However, if you have a severe form of Lupus, an individual may have inflammation which causes severe damage to major organs such as the heart, lung and kidney which can be life threatening, especially if there is a delay in diagnosis.

Lupus UKLupus UK

Lupus UK is the only national registered charity to support people with this disease and to assist those approaching diagnosis.

The charity has 6000 members and several regional groups which arrange discussions, public newsletters and organise fundraising activities.

The charity aims to provide individuals with information about Lupus and to offer support to individuals to ensure that their conditions are diagnosed and managed correctly.

Going forward

Once diagnosed, many suffers adjust to the demands of Lupus to lessen the chance of flare ups. For example, they often offset fatigue by rest and pacing daily activities, they trust to resolve stress and avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight. More importantly, they often discuss and are open to family and friends about the unpredictable nature of Lupus and how they must “bear with them” if they are having a bad flare up.

It is vitally important for family doctors to be more clued up in relation to Lupus and to have knowledge of the symptoms, and how despite these overlapping with other conditions, Lupus should not be disregarded. It is so important for a quick and accurate diagnosis as this may prevent the onset of major damage.

Ultimately, we all need to be well-educated about Lupus to help those suffering to improve their quality of everyday life.

More information on Lupus Awareness Month and Lupus UK can be found on their website.


Contact Us Back to top
Read some reviews from our clients

4.89 Average

163 Reviews

Anonymous

Its always difficult when you are selling a house but even more so when it is a probate sale. Williamsons have handled my sale with sensitivity and efficiency and have supported me throughout the process.

Mr & M

Very efficient, prompt replies to queries, show good team work and a very reasonable bill at the end.

Mr D A

I was given an efficient, friendly and courteous appointment.

Mr and Mrs Lang

Thorough and commendable.

Mr & M

Professional,helpful and friendly staff we use Williamson's for all legal matters.

Mrs Yvonne K

Suzanne Spooner was excellent. She kept me informed of progress and the whole stressful process of selling one’s house went as smoothly as possible.

Miss L

We were very impressed by Theresa's thorough approach. We are very confident that our conveyancing was carried out to perfection.

Sarah B

Fantastic service from Susan and her team dealing with the sale of the house. Easily contactable for any queries and would definitely recommend them.

Andrew H

Very thorough, helpful throughout and ensured no undue delays.

Mr Nicholls

Once again a smooth transaction thanks to Beth at Williamsons. Will certainly be using again. Thanks

Mr and Mrs Allgood

We were delighted with the service we received. Each time it was necessary to make contact we received a prompt response. As existing clients we would not hesitate to use this service again.

Anonymous

We instructed Williamsons to carry out the conveyancing on our house purchase. Gemma was excellent, keeping us up to date with the progress made towards completion by email and sending us the relevant paper work. She made us aware of any issues and suggested a course of action. We would highly recommend using Williamsons.

Mrs Ward

Jane Cousins and her colleagues were absolutely brilliant! They were extremely patient and helpful and kept us up to date by email whenever necessary!! She promised to hold my hand through the process of buying and selling our homes and certainly did! We cannot thank her and Emma and Rebecca enough!!! Thank you all very much!! Sheilah/Owen Ward

Ms D

Very happy with the service provided both on my sale and purchase. Thank you

Dr P

Straightforward, efficient, clear, well-informed.

Mr Francis

Exemplary service. Kept me up to date throughout the process. Carefully explained any difficulties or technical issues. Brilliant service

Anonymous

Very helpful & prompt service! Nothing was too much trouble. Can highly recommend

Mr and Mrs Jarvis

Handled our sale and purchase extremely well, first class.

Mr and Mrs Green

We were delighted with the service we received. Although unable to speak to our designated officer Mrs Spooner, her assistant Natalie was always on hand to advise, particularly relevant on the final day when exchange and completion took place at the same time. A difficult period, not being helped by the long-distance, was made as easy as such a situation could ever be. Thank you.

Mrs Margaret W

I am new to Williamsons, my first time with them. It’s been a positive efficient and friendly experience. So much so that I won’t be going any where else in future. Thank you to all at Williamsons!

Brian R

This is the third housing transaction Williamsons has done for me in the last year and I have been very satisfied with the proceedings . I particularly admire the capability and knowledge of Suzanne Spooner who is a very smart lady.