Lupus and other connective tissue diseases

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the immune system is dysfunctional and mistakenly identifies the body’s own tissues as foreign invaders. In people with lupus, the immune system creates autoantibodies to attack the body’s tissues. These form immune complexes which cause inflammation and damage – possibly affecting the organs and/or the joints in some lupus patients. Lupus disproportionately affects females and people from Black African, Caribbean, and Asian ancestries.

Aims of Lupus UK: “To empower people by providing information about lupus and offering support, so their voices are heard and their condition diagnosed and managed effectively.”

LUPUS UK - The National Charity for People Affected by Lupus

Fatigue is a common complaint in people living with connective tissue diseases. If referred, you will work with therapists who will complete a holistic assessment and together you will develop a tailored plan to meet your needs.

When to seek advice

If you have severe pain affecting your sleep and daily activities, if you have had a serious injury or you have symptoms that have not improved with self-management, you should contact your GP practice. If you have a red, hot swollen joint please ring 111