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Saturday, 14 April 2012

Not to be able to remember your love ones

2012.04.14
All at home snuggled up in bed with hot chocolate and watching the movie “The Vow”
The movie is based on a true life story. Due to the impact of an accident a lady sufferers head injuries. And loses her memory to a certain extend.  And as memory problems, confusion   and difficulty expressing thoughts is all side effects of lupus on the brain.
It made me think of what if I should ever lose my memory. I can’t even begin to imagine not remembering   my family and friends especially my husband and children. Forgetting all the wonderful memories we created and all the happy and sad moments we shared.
I can only appeal to my Creator and ask Him to increase my memory and to let me always remember my love ones.

YES. In some people, lupus can make it hard to think clearly or remember things well. It can even change a person's behaviour. Because these "invisible" symptoms tend to come and go, it can be very hard to tell if they are caused by lupus or by other problems. Friends, family, and co-workers also may have a hard time understanding what is happening.
How Can I Tell?
It may surprise people to learn that lupus affects the brain. Talk to your doctor about the following signs and symptoms of brain involvement: headaches; dizziness; seizures; stroke; problems with memory; problems with vision; depression (deep sadness, hopelessness, loss of pleasure); mania; schizophrenia; and psychosis (delusions, paranoia, hallucinations).
In addition to a physical exam and doctor's consultation, multiple lab tests may be needed to figure out what is going on. Other possible causes of brain changes, such as infections, drugs and non-lupus disorders, need to be considered too.
Is It Common?
Half of people with lupus suffer from cognitive dysfunction. Signs of this are confusion, problems concentrating or remembering things, and trouble sharing thoughts.
One out of five people with lupus have headaches, dizziness, memory loss, stroke, or mood swings that result from changes in the brain or spinal cord. These people have central nervous system lupus.
Many people with lupus suffer from severe headaches.
Nearly 1 in 10 people with lupus develop blood clots as a result of the ant phospholipid syndrome (APS), which can lead to stroke. Other serious problems include seizures, coma, inflammation of the spinal cord or brain's blood vessels, and paralysis.
How Is It Treated and What Can I Do?
The effect lupus has on the brain can range from small to severely damaging. A doctor can recommend a combination of treatments that include anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial medicines, blood thinners, and drugs to ease tiredness and depression, and counselling.
Often the symptoms of lupus in the brain cannot be seen or felt by others. This can be very frustrating both for you and for them. Let friends and family know how much emotional support and encouragement helps at these times.
S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
330 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1701, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.685.4118 Fax: 212.545.1843
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