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Lupus (The First Year Series): An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

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Lupus affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S.—90 percent of whom are women—but due to the diversity of its symptoms and severity, it remains one of the most difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the tradition of the other titles in the First Year™ series, The First Year™—Lupus uses a unique approach—guiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year—to provide answers and...

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Overview

Lupus affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S.—90 percent of whom are women—but due to the diversity of its symptoms and severity, it remains one of the most difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the tradition of the other titles in the First Year™ series, The First Year™—Lupus uses a unique approach—guiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year—to provide answers and advice that will help everyone newly diagnosed with lupus come to terms with their condition and the lifestyle changes that accompany it. Starting with the day of diagnosis, Hanger provides vital information about the nature of lupus, choosing the right doctors, treatment options, coping mechanisms, holistic alternatives, and much more. The First Year™—Lupus will be a supportive and educational resource for everyone who wants to take an active role in the management of their condition. Although Lupus is not preventable or curable, this illustrated book explains how symptoms can be treated through prescription medications and self-management strategies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569245095
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: The First Year
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 677,001
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Introduction xvii
Day 1
Living: Diagnosis--At Last 1
Learning: What Is Lupus? 5
Day 2
Living: "I Feel Like I'm Grieving" 13
Learning: Rheumatology 18
Day 3
Living: Accepting Your Lupus 24
Learning: Starting to Learn More About Lupus 31
Day 4
Living: Stress 36
Learning: Frequently Asked Questions about Living with Lupus 45
Day 5
Living: Doctors and Specialists 50
Learning: SLE-Related Syndromes and Conditions 57
Day 6
Living: Fibromyalgia and Systemic Lupus 62
Learning: What Is Fibromyalgia? 69
Day 7
Living: Chronic Fatigue 74
Learning: Clinical Fatigue 81
First-Week Milestone 85
Week 2
Living: Drug Treatments for Systemic Lupus 87
Learning: Lupus Medications and Their Effects 92
Week 3
Living: Systemic Lupus as a "Women's Disease" 99
Learning: History & Modern Expectations and Prognosis of Lupus 108
Week 4
Living: "I Feel Like I've Lost My Mind" 111
Learning: A Clinical Approach to Neurological Effects of Lupus 116
First-Month Milestone 123
Month 2
Living: Overlapping Syndromes 125
Learning: Common Overlapping Syndromes with Lupus 129
Month 3
Learning: Sjogren's and Raynaud's Syndromes 133
Living: Living with Sjogren's and/or Raynaud's Syndrome 137
Month 4
Learning: What Is the Lupus Mask? 143
Living: Life as a Wolf 146
Month 5
Learning: The Pulmonary System and Systemic Lupus 150
Living: Pulmonary System Complications in Lupus Patients 155
Month 6
Learning: The Lupus Anticoagulant Factor 159
Living: Preventing and Living with DVTs 164
Half-Year Milestone 169
Month 7
Living: Digestive Problems with Systemic Lupus 171
Learning: Digestive & Bowel Syndromes Associated with Lupus 178
Month 8
Living: Being Kind to Your Kidneys 182
Learning: Lupus Nephritis and Other Kidney Dysfunction 185
Month 9
Learning: Sleep Disorders 189
Living: Coping with Sleep Disorders 197
Month 10
Living: Can I Get Pregnant & Have a Healthy Baby? 201
Learning: Pregnancy & Lupus 206
Month 11
Learning: Alternative Treatments for Lupus 211
Living: Alternative versus Traditional? 216
Month 12
Learning: Lupus Research and the Future 221
Living: Your Life with Lupus 224
Glossary 229
For Further Information 233
Acknowledgments 235
Index 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    WONDER BOOK

    I REALLY ENJOy THIS BOOK. I HAVE LUPUS FOR 3YRS NOW AND I REALLY DID NOT UNDERSTAND THIS DISEASE. I'M SO HAPPY THAT WAS ABLE TO READ TO THIS BOOK AND LEARN MORE ABOUT.

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