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Lupus Nephritis

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Basics—Lupus Nephritis

Lupus Nephritis is a kidney damage caused by Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). SLE means an immune system disorder which leads damages to skin, joints, brain and kidneys.

Cause of lupus nephritis

The root cause of lupus nephritis is the underlying immune system disease. In normal condition, the immune system helps protect your body from virus or bacteria. However, in lupus patients, the immune system cannot tell the harmful substances from healthy cells. In immune system disorder, the immune system attacks the healthy tissue and cells, leading to damage.

Treatment

Most treatment aims at limiting the inflammation of kidneys and slowing down the course. However, a few treatments claim to improve kidney functions and regulate the abnormal immune system. Control of the immune disorder seems the most scientific treatment principles that your should keep in your mind.

How well you do on the specific form of lupus nephritis. You may have flare-up, and them time when you do have any symptoms. SLE may damage different parts of the kidney and develops into Nephrotic Syndrome, Membranous Glomerulonephritis and interstitial nephritis.

Overtime, some cases develop into Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure. Due to the immune disorder, the disease may return in a transplanted kidney.

Risk factors for lupus nephritis

Age. Although Lupus may appear in any age of patients, those who are at the age of 15~40 have a higher incidence rate.

Sex. Lupus is more often diagnosed in women than men.

Race. African American has a higher risk to develop this disease.

Ultraviolet light. Exposure to sunlight can not only cause sunburn, but also increase the risk for developing lupus or lupus nephritis.

Infections. According the research, viral infection is a risk factor for lupus.

About half SLE patients develop kidney inflammation, that is, lupus nephritis. However, the course of the lupus and the pattern of its effects on the kidneys are quite variable and hard to predict

If you happen to be a person with lupus nephritis, your doctor may ask you to do tests to monitor your immune system and evaluate your kidney function. Early and comprehensive testing is very important in figuring out the severity of the kidney disease and choosing a right treatment.

If you have been diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis, we're here to help. Call us: +86-311-86954186 OR Email us: kidneyabc@hotmail.com(Monday through Sunday) to make an appointment.

Lupus Nephritis Symptoms

Lupus Nephritis symptoms are not always dramatic and very various in different patients. And even in same person, the symptoms may vary over time.

Most people with lupus have mild disease characterized by episodes, that is flares, when signs and symptoms get worse for a while, then improve or even disappear completely for a time.

The symptoms you experience may differ from the other one and the most common lupus nephritis symptoms may include:

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● Fatigue and fever

● Wight again

● Skin lesion

● Chest pain

● Dry eyes

● High blood pressure

● Swelling in eyes, legs, ankles or fingers

● Dark or bloody urine

● Foamy urine

Alleviation of symptoms is a main focus in treating lupus nephritis. Treatment and life style changes can benefit your lupus nephritis symptoms a lot.

If you have been diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis, we're here to help. Call us: +86-311-86954186 OR Email us: kidneyabc@hotmail.com(Monday through Sunday) to make an appointment.

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Lupus Nephritis Treatment

A variety of lupus nephritis treatments are available that are effective. But different treatment has diverse focus in hampering the disease development.

Lupus nephritis is a result of inflammation in the kidneys that is associated with overactive immune system. The inflammation is triggered by the immune complexes in the blood which lodge in the kidney area. The inflammation causes damage to different part of kidneys, lead to interstitial nephritis, nephrotic syndrome or other types of kidney disease.

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy uses the drugs, such as steroids, to control the inflammation by limiting the immune responses. The steroids may be given by mouth or intravenously. The anti-inflammation treatment is often used to help control the progressive development of the disease.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is the extension of hormone therapy. It not only deals with the inflammation of kidneys, but also hampers other aspects of the disease development. It is a systemic treatment which mainly contains 6 parts, that is, comprehensive diagnosis, cleaning the immune complexes in blood, removing the immune complexes in the kidneys, block the inflammation, repairing the damaged kidney tissues and rebuilding the damaged immune system.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the natural treatment which is more advanced in drug safety and kidney function improvement. TCM uses various forms to repair the damaged kidney tissues and improve kidneys. It includes Chinese Herbal Medicine, Medicated Bath, Acupuncture, Massage, Medicinal Liquor etc. To maximize the effectiveness and shorten the treatment course, therapists establish a external form of TCM, that is, Micro-Chinese Medicine, which is used in kidney disease and diabetes in particular.

Dialysis

Dialysis is a common treatment for lupus nephritis, especially when the kidneys cannot work to remove the toxins in the blood. Dialysis helps to remove the small sized waste products in the blood. And to clean the blood, a series of therapies are designed, called blood purification. This treatment is a group of machines to clean your blood, which removes all sized toxins out of the body. For example, the immune adsorption works to eliminate the lupus and immune complexes in the blood.

Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant usually becomes the last choice when Lupus Nephritis develops to End Stage Renal Disease. The transplanted kidney may come from the dead people or the alive one. And the latter one is better. After the transplant, you need to take immune suppression medicines for long time. One problem is that, the Lupus may return in the transplanted kidney, if patient's immune system is not rebuilt.

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Lupus Nephritis Test and Diagnosis

A comprehensive tests help make an accurate diagnosis of lupus nephritis and offer reference for making treatment plan. Read on and find the overview of the tests for lupus nephritis.

Routine Tests

Urine test: blood or protein in urine is the most common signs for nephritis.

Blood test: kidneys work to remove harmful substances from the blood in normal conditions. Thereby, the elevated levels of these substances indicate kidney function decline.

Kidney biopsy: Examining the tissue with a microscope can confirm the diagnosis of lupus nephritis. This test may harm your kidneys. Some special tests help make the final diagnosis without kidney biopsy.

Special Tests

Autoimmune Antibody Tests: to find out whether you have lupus; how severe the lupus is; which drugs are right choice. According to individual conditions, you may need Autoimmune Antibody I tests or II tests.

Complement Tests: to help diagnose the activity of SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus).

Kidney Damage Tests: to whether your kidney are injured or not; which part of your kidney are injured, glomeruli or renal tubules; How severity your kidney damages is; the tests offer directions for your doctor to choose drugs for you.

Lymphocyte Subpopulation Tests: to help monitor the effectiveness of kidney disease treatment you are taking; to monitor your immune system and help you decide whether, when, how to start immune treatment and other therapies to prevent infections.

Circling Immune Complexes Tests: Circling immune complexes disturb the working of various lymphocytes, leading to Vasculitis, Glomerulonephritis, Arthritis and other damages.

Treg Cells Tests. Treg Cells amount and function decline leads to failed immune regulation which has a close relation with the incidence and activity of SLE.

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Lupus Nephritis and Sexual Life

Lupus Nephritis affects far more than your kidneys. Many patients may find that their sexual life is affected by this autoimmune kidney disease.

Hip Pain and Dryness

Hip pain and dryness can be two troubles in disturbing your sexual life. Take missionary position as an example, some lupus nephritis women usually feel hip pain. Meantime, vaginal dryness also hampers intercourse sometimes. If it's hip pain, changing the positions may be helpful. And you may try the woman on the top or side to side.

Negative Mind

Some lupus nephritis patients suffer emotional swings and sometimes they may develop a negative self-image. And skin rashes and weight gain also make them losing interest or confidence.

Fatigue

More than 1/3 of lupus nephritis patients claimed a decrease in sexual desire. And one of the main reason is chronic fatigue. Patients with more active disease had more decline in the sexual drive. Some researchers find that: "the desire may be still there, but they find the energy isn't. They want it mentally, but they fail physically."

Medicine Side Effects

Hormone drugs are very common for lupus nephritis patients. And the hormone side effects cause many problems for sexual life, such as vaginal dryness or a tendency toward yeast infections.

Talks with your partners how you feel and she or he may help you make a mental change.

If you happen to be a person with lupus nephritis and suffer from the difficult sexual life, talking with your doctor or your partner seems a really good choice.

If you have been diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis, we're here to help. Call us: +86-311-86954186 OR Email us: kidneyabc@hotmail.com(Monday through Sunday) to make an appointment.

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Health Care for Lupus Nephritis

If you have lupus nephritis, you need to notice the knowledge of health care for it. Read on and find the information of diet, exercise and mental health concerns for lupus nephritis.

Diet

Fish Oil is suggested for it contains omega-3 fatty acids which decrease the risk of coronary artery disease and may also protect against irregular heartbeats and drop the high blood pressure.

Fruits and vegetables are rich in substances called antioxidants that fight against the inflammatory properties. Besides, nuts, canola oil, ground flaxseed also has the similar function.

Eating foods high in calcium and vitamin A is good for lupus nephritis patients to keep healthy bone. Skim milk, low-fat and low-sodium yogurt, low-fat cheese, juices and dark green vegetables are good choices.

Exercise

Aerobic exercise increases the heart rate and function, as well as builds endurance. You are suggested to get up to about 30~50 minutes of exercise at least 3 times per week.

Muscle training includes isometric exercises where you contract your muscles without movement and isotonic exercises where you include movement, as weight training.

Flexibility exercise such as range-of-motion movements and stretching, helps make your more limber and keep your spirit up.

Mental health

Living with lupus nephritis has a great impact on patient's mental and emotional well-being. The lupus may come and go, which often shows no outward signs. Others may not understand why you cannot do the things that you used to do. The changes drive you lose your temper sometime. Read on and try to make you live better with lupus nephritis.

- practicing healthy lifestyle habits

- doing activities you enjoy

- educating yourself

- learn some stress-management techniques.

Living with Lupus Nephritis can be easy and can be hard, which depends on the daily health care and treatments. Talk with your doctor more and he or she will offer you useful suggestions to make your life colorful.

If you have been diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis, we're here to help. Call us: +86-311-86954186 OR Email us: kidneyabc@hotmail.com(Monday through Sunday) to make an appointment.

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