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Lupus is an incurable medical condition that is marked by severe fatigue and joint pain. While there is no permanent cure for lupus, there are several treatment strategies that can help a person manage his or her symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Historically, women with lupus were not encouraged to have children because of the excessive fatigue that is one of the defining characteristics of this condition and also because of negative side effects associated with Lupus drugs.  However, recent medical improvements allow women suffering from lupus to not only conceive, but also to successfully carry their babies to full term.

Lupus-related fatigue is often so severe that it prevents the person from even getting out of bed. For women with lupus, having children presented especially difficult challenges because the strain of taking care of children would have been crushingly exhausting.  However, medications are available now that help control the symptoms of lupus, including fatigue, and therefore, allow women to conceive and raise a family just like women without lupus.

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When patients with lupus are admitted into a hospital for treatment of their symptoms, they may have a much higher risk of being readmitted back into the hospital within 30 days after discharge. According to a new study, as many as one in six hospitalized patients with lupus require a readmission.

One factor that contributes to the high readmission rates is the severity of the symptoms. However, there may be other factors involved. According to researchers, it is possible to reduce the risk of a readmission after hospitalization by planning the patient’s discharge better, and by addressing differences in post-discharge treatment.

Patients who suffer from lupus very often find themselves needing hospitalization. This is a condition in which the human body faces an attack by the immune system. Lupus is one of those medical conditions about which much remains unknown, which in turn makes treatment options challenging. This much is known about Lupus, however; there are genetic factors that can increase the likelihood of developing the condition.