Autoimmune conditions – what what actually is an autoimmune condition?

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Turmeric Milk – a natural remedy for pain

Turmeric Milk - a natural remedy for pain
Turmeric Milk – a natural remedy for pain

Turmeric Milk – a natural remedy for pain

Some time ago we ran a blog post which discussed the various medical uses of turmeric.  One of its main uses is as a remedy for pain.

So we were delighted when Elizabeth Johnson of shared this brilliant recipe for Turmeric Milk.

Ms Johnson very kindly tuned it into this infographic which she has allowed us to share with our readers.  Please do check out her fantastic web site Enlivening Health.  Ms Johnson’s  passion is inspiring others to thrive with autoimmune disease through the Autoimmune Paleo Diet & lifestyle.  A Holistic Nutrition Student she is also a Celiac with allergies to nuts and soy.

Do fee free to share your turmeric recipes in the comments section below!

Lupus – what are the signs and symptoms of Lupus?

Lupus – what are the signs and symptoms of Lupus.

In the very early days of Patient Talk we ran a discussion blog on Lupus (and other autoimmune conditions).

But we thought we would share this excellent infographic which gives and excellent overview of the signs and symptoms of Lupus.

If you do think you have any of these symptoms associated with Lupus it is important that you see a doctor or other healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Lupus: A Closer Look at the Autoimmune Condition Infographic

October is Lupus Awareness Month – Lack of Lupus Awareness is leading to delay in diagnosis say LUPUS UK. What was your experience?

Lupus Awareness Month
Lupus Awareness Month
“What?” I hear you cry October is Lupus Awareness Month? May is Lupus Awareness Month. And yes you would be right but this is one of those moments when the UK like to be different.

You could argue of course that the more awareness the better. And this is certainly the case with an autoimmune condition such as Lupus.

So I thought I would mark the month by letting you know a bit about some recent research conducted by LUPUS UK. They discovered that the average time from the first symptoms presenting itself and finally getting a diagnosis was over seven years. Which means that many people with Lupus were just not getting the treatments they needed to lessen the impact of the main symptoms and to limit potential damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs or brain.

Elyssa a 22 year old Lupus patient commented “”When I was a child my face would present the butterfly-shaped rash whenever I was exposed to the sun. My family GP would prescribe Roc sunscreen and that was that. As I got older I experienced a lot of fatigue and would sleep upwards of 12 hours a day. My GP suggested this was the result of teenage hormones and diet. At 19 a lesion grew on my face which would itch, weep, bleed, scab and peel. In the course of two years I saw three different GPs who all dismissed my symptoms or just prescribed topical antibiotics. It wasn’t until I refused to leave the GP’s surgery that I was referred to the hospital and had a breakthrough. When I met my consultant I was soon diagnosed as having lupus. The lesion started to fade and calm after less than two weeks on medication, and whilst it has scarred, it is ten times better than it was.”

So LUPUS UK has started a campaign along side h the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and The Royal College of General Practitioners to raise awareness amongst Primary Care Doctors such as GPs.

Chris Maker , a director at LUPUS UK expressed his concern about PCP support saying ” we do expect GPs to have an open mind as we know that early diagnosis leads to a better prognosis in most cases”.

I have to say I found this comment very troubling. So I am hoping to get your view. It would be great if you could share your opinions on the following questions?

a) How long did it take you to get a diagnosis of Lupus?
b) How well briefed do you think your family doctor was about Lupus and helping you get a diagnosis?

It would be great if you could share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Thanks very much in advance.

Gender and Fibromyalgia – Take our poll

Gender and Fibromyalgia
Gender and Fibromyalgia
As people in the fibro community know – facts about the prevalence and nature of the condition are pretty sparse. Even today there are some Doctors who deny its very existence. Diagnosis and many of our readers pointed out here can be very difficult. For lots of reasons as you can see.

Indeed it is unclear still if fibromyalgia is an autoimmune condition. Now, as it happens, autoimmune conditions seem to impact more women then men. According to the American Government’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases between 80-90% of those affected are women.

But is this actually true?

A way of finding out is to ask you the fibromyalgia community. So we have set up a poll to ask people with fibro what gender they are.

The poll is below but do feel free to share it with as many people as possible. The larger the sample the more accurate the results!

Thanks for your help.