The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans have a form of lupus. However, due to improved diagnosis and disease management, most people with the disease will go on to live a normal life span.
Patients and families affected by lupus can learn more at the annual Augusta Living with Lupus Symposium from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Georgia Regents University Alumni Center. The event, presented by GRU and the Lupus Foundation of America's Georgia Chapter, will include expert advice from a cardiologist, nutritionist and an athletic trainer, as well as testimonials from people who are living with lupus.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease in which the body attacks itself, damaging the skin, joints, kidneys and blood. Symptoms vary from headaches, fatigue and rash to hair loss, mouth and nose ulcers, and anemia.
"There are many misconceptions out there. But a lupus diagnosis is not hopeless," said Dr. Alyce Oliver, a rheumatologist at Georgia Regents Medical Center and an Associate Professor in GRU's Medical College of Georgia. "There are effective drugs and treatments that can improve a patient's quality of life."
For more information about the Lupus Symposium or to register for the event, call 770-333-5930 or visit lupusga.org.
To schedule a consultation at the Georgia Regents Lupus Multi-Specialty Clinic, have your primary care physician call 706-721-1450 for further information.
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