What is Lupus? – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys, and brain. Frances Ashe-Goins, a deputy director, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says many symptoms of lupus may be related to internal organs.
Ashe-Goins: One of the biggest things that people don’t pay much attention to is aches and pains, okay. So they'll think it’s just arthritis. But if you're 22 and you've got the aches and pains and you haven’t been running around or doing something extra strenuous, then perhaps there might be a symptom. But it wouldn’t be that by itself.
Narrator: For more on lupus, visit www.couldihavelupus.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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