What Happens if Lupus Goes Untreated?
Lupus is a long-term illness that eventually leads to damage of the body’s tissues and organs if left untreated. This is why regular monitoring of symptoms and prompt lupus treatment are essential to help improve a patient’s quality of life. Unaddressed, lupus can have life-threatening complications that include:
- – Lupus can cause inflammation in major organs such as the kidneys, lungs, stomach and heart, which lead to them not working properly. If these issues are not attended to quickly, they can lead to serious conditions like kidney failure, pneumonia, heart disease, ulcers and more.
- – Persistent feelings of loneliness and grief can lead to more serious forms of mental issues like depression and anxiety, which, in turn, can lead to insomnia, fatigue, mood disorders, hormonal imbalance and even thoughts of suicide.
- – Pregnancy with lupus is possible with close monitoring under remission, but the risk for complications such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), preterm birth, stillbirth and miscarriage is higher.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that comes with many faces or symptoms. A consultation with a rheumatologist at the onset of any of the abovementioned symptoms is beneficial to diagnose lupus, rule other conditions and provide prompt treatment. Call us at 6472 4337 today.