Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease in which your body's immune system that is designed to fight off viruses and bacteria gets confused and attacks one's own healthy tissues (DNA) and organs. This results in pain, inflammation, and damage to the body's systems. Lupus can be very difficult to diagnose, sometimes taking years, and is usually diagnosed by a Rheumatologist.
Lupus can range in severity from mild to life threatening; depending on how many of the bodies systems are affected. Lupus cannot be cured but with treatment and good management of the disease and no organ threatening complications, 80% - 90% of those diagnosed will go on to live a normal life span.
Many believe that Lupus is rare however, statistics state that 1 in every 185 people in the US will be diagnosed with Lupus.
At this time researchers do not know what causes Lupus.