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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or Lupus) is a systemic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells. This can lead to inflammation of various organ systems in the body including the skin, joints, blood cells, kidneys, lungs, heart, and nervous system. Some common symptoms of lupus include:

  • photosensitivity skin rash
  • swollen or painful joints
  • hair loss
  • swollen glands
  • sores in the mouth or nose
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss.

Lupus may affect each patient differently and severity can range from mild disease to severe, life-threatening disease. If left untreated, Lupus can lead to irreversible organ damage and significantly impact the quality of life. Early treatment is essential to prevent and treat organ systems from chronic systemic inflammation. 

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Individualized Treatment Plan for Lupus

Here at Southland Rheumatology Center, our board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Veena Nayak, and her experienced team of licensed clinicians will provide you with an individualized treatment plan for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, utilizing a multimodal approach that includes effective targeted medicine combined with an integrated approach of pain relieving techniques, dietary modification, and supplements, as well as physical therapy when applicable. This will be done after a thorough evaluation of your medical history, and physical examination, and with the use of state-of-the-art diagnostic blood tests and imaging technology.

Lupus has its own distinct symptoms, and nearly all of them are associated with chronic pain. If you’re struggling with pain in your joints, don’t let the condition progress and worsen. Reach out to the experts at Southland Rheumatology Center to receive the accurate diagnosis you deserve and begin developing your tailor-made treatment plan.

When you visit our team, each of these non-invasive treatment options will be customized by your rheumatologist to suit your body and your condition. We’ll work alongside you to develop the treatment plan that’s best for you, listening thoroughly to your recovery goals and determining how best to achieve them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is most at risk for lupus?

Causes for lupus can vary widely, with some being linked to genetics and some having causes that are still unclear to researchers. If you have a family history of lupus, you may be at a higher risk of developing lupus yourself.

Do you accept insurance for lupus treatment?

Yes! Southland Rheumatology Center is proud to accept insurance, and many patients are able to receive coverage for their lupus treatment. Please visit our Insurance page to view our list of accepted providers -- if you don’t see your provider listed, we encourage you to give us a call and discuss your options with our friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Will I need physical therapy following my treatment? 

Yes! Physical therapy is an absolute essential part of your recovery, as much as any other part of your treatment plan. Our physical therapist is here to collaborate with your rheumatologist and offer you tailor-made care at every step of the way.

How can I contact the top-rated rheumatologist near me?

At Southland Rheumatology Center, we make it as simple as possible for you to get back to living your life the way you love to live it. Just use our online scheduling tool to make your appointment, and please feel free to call us at 708-283-2600 with any questions you have prior to your visit. We’re here to help.