Regenerative Medicine Center of Orthopedics and Other Degenerative Diseases located in Glenview, IL
Lupus affects women up to 12 times more frequently than men, but in both genders, it causes inflammation that can affect many organs throughout your body. Traditional treatments focus on medications to keep symptoms in remission, but there may be an alternative approach to managing the challenges of this disorder. Please fill out a medical review form, or call our office in Glenview, Illinois to learn more.
Lupus Q & A
What is lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that may affect your joints or any organ system in your body, including your skin, kidneys, heart, and lungs.
When you have an autoimmune disease like lupus, your immune system attacks healthy tissues, causing them to become inflamed and damaged. In severe cases, lupus can lead to irreversible organ damage. With Lupus, a patient’s immune system malfunctions and it cannot distinguish between foreign bacteria and internal organs. The body then produces antibodies against the tissues – attacking them slowly. This contributes to inflammation, pain, and swelling in various parts of the body. Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is an autoimmune disease with symptoms and outcomes that can vary, from minor joint and skin problems to life-threatening conditions affecting the heart, kidneys and/or nervous system.
Lupus is known for causing a butterfly rash, which is a facial rash that mimics the shape of butterfly wings across both cheeks. Other potential symptoms include:
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Skin lesions that are sensitive to sunlight
- Shortness of breath
- Dry eyes
- Chest pain
- Confusion, memory loss, or seizures
- Swelling and pain in the joints
- Repeated attack of fever
- Swelling around the eyes and legs
- Mouth ulcers, swollen glands, and fatigue
Who is GIOSTAR and What is Their Mission?
GIOSTAR (Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research) is home to the top experts in the field of stem cell research, and provides scientific know-how to GIOSTAR-CHICAGO. GIOSTAR-CHICAGO is an independently run facility from GIOSTAR. Involved in the field of stem cell research for almost two decades in the U.S.A, GIOSTAR has provided therapy to thousands of patients using their advanced protocols outside of the United States. GIOSTAR believes in the potential of supplementing traditional therapy for lupus (such as medication) with cellular rejuvenation therapy. Focusing solely on one particular form of treatment does not necessarily yield the desired results.
GIOSTAR opened the world’s first stem cell therapy hospital in India, and has plans to continue building stem cell treatment centers with health care partners around the world. Their goal is to offer hope to millions suffering around the globe with safe, effective and affordable healthcare.
There is no cure for lupus. It is a chronic, progressive disease that should never be ignored. Symptoms may come and go. It may initially involve just the skin and then progress to the joints. Traditional treatments for lupus include anti-inflammatory over the counter pain relievers (for mild cases), corticosteroids (steroids), antimalarials, immunosuppressives, and anticoagulants. These medications focus on controlling symptoms, reducing inflammation, and minimizing flare-ups. For example, long-term side effects of steroids include: a higher risk of infection (the leading cause of death among Lupus patients), osteoporosis, cataracts, muscle weakness, and avascular necrosis.
Within the body, there are different sources of stem cells – known as the “mother” or “master” cells capable of differentiating into virtually any type of cell. It has been documented by several scientific publications that stem cells may differentiate into a specific cell or tissue type.