A patient who is newly diagnosed with lupus may have a lot of questions, such as what are the different stages of lupus?  This can be very important information to know, as it can help the patient to understand the progression of the disease and what they can expect the longer they live with the chronic autoimmune disease.  Stages of lupus disease will vary depending on the type of lupus that someone is diagnosed with.  Systemic lupus erythematos is the type of lupus that will typically have the most changes throughout the course of the disease.  Since this type of lupus affects the entire body, its lupus stages can be unpredictable at times.

When the term “stages of lupus” is used, it is typically used loosely, since there are no clearly defined stages for any type of lupus.  The course of the disease can vary greatly from patient to patient.  It can also vary depending on treatment and care.  If someone receives an early diagnosis, they may be able to start treatment sooner and avoid damage to the body caused by the disease.  Someone who receives a diagnosis after the disease has been present in the body for some time may have some organ or nervous system damage.

 

Treatment for the Different Stages of Lupus

 

There are many different treatment options available for patients who have been diagnosed with lupus, although there is currently no cure for the disease.  Many of the treatments will be the same, regardless of what stage of lupus the patient is in.  For example, most lupus patients will be on some type of immunosuppressant drug.  This is because an immunosuppressant medication will help to stop lupus from attacking the patient’s own body.  This can help to prevent organ, nervous system, and blood vessel damage.

Another type of important medication for people with lupus to take include anti inflammatory drugs.  Lupus can cause severe inflammation, which can cause problems with the organs and the joints.  By taking anti inflammatory medications, patients can avoid having other conditions such as lupus nephritis.  They can also have less joint pain and more mobility.  Anti inflammatory medications may have a pain relief aspect to them as well.