Recent Celebrities Hospitalized Linked To Lupus
Recent Celebrities hospitalized appear to have a direct link to Lupus. Toni Braxton and Selena Gomez have both, in the last few weeks, had medical complications associated with Lupus. In Selena’s case, the complication was also compounded by a panic attack. Lupus and other chronic care conditions can be very taxing on any patient. The daily medications, complications, and reoccurring symptoms can be very difficult.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is considered systemic, meaning that it can affect a wide variety of your body, but especially your own tissue and organs. This means, that your own body’s Immune System acts itself.
This condition causes an increase in Inflammation. When inflammation goes unchecked or abnormally, serious medical results can occur. Lupus inflammation can affect: Joints, Skin, Kidney, Blood, Brain, Heart, Lungs, Liver, and more.
The exact cause is unknown, but many believe that there is a genetic tendency that increases your chanced of developing Lupus. Other causes may include: Infections, Certain Drug reactions, or sunlight.
There is no “cure” for Lupus and treatment is directed at management and decreasing inflammation. The patient may have periods of remission (little to no symptoms) and flare ups (Symptoms dramatically worsen). Often treatment is to prevent or reduce flare ups.
History of Toni Braxton:
Toni reported back in 2010 that she was suffering from an autoimmune disease that required constant monitoring. Back in 2016, Toni was forced to cancel some shows due to her symptoms. Recently, she had a flare up of her symptoms that required her to be hospitalized.
Chronic Illness and Mental Health
The link to chronic illness and mental health is real. The chronic suffering, treatment, medication can cause a toll on the patient. The feeling or knowledge that complete resolution of a medical problem is nearly impossible and that you are left with managing the symptoms can be overwhelming.
Dr. Lindsay Henderson, Psy.D., a psychologist said, “We know that physical pain, such as headaches and back pain, can be a symptom of anxiety, depression, and stress. It is also true that chronic pain can contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD.”
Recent Celebrities hospitalized or a friend, or even yourself. It is often hard to know if someone is suffering. Many of us function with a smile on our face when we’re with others, but the minute we are alone, or in the comfort of our homes, the weight of the depression takes over. It looks different for everyone and that is what makes it so difficult to see sometimes. It is easy to overlook the symptoms of others. We expect them to be happy, but sometimes, they are not.
If you or someone you know has a problem, please find someone close that you can talk with. Just by opening up, you have a chance to express yourself in a way that can be therapeutic. Maybe you can be the person who is listening. Be positive yet realistic. Learn about Chronic medical conditions that can be so taxing on others.
History of Selena Gomez:
Selena had initially reported a history of Lupus back in 2015. She also struggles with some Depression and anxiety. A huge medical complication of Lupus can be organ damage. It appears that Selena had some damage that required a kidney transplant. Gomez underwent the transplant in the Summer of 2017.
Such chronic care conditions that require transplant can also worsen anxiety and depression. Especially when additional complications from the transplant are connected. In the last few weeks, Gomez had a “low blood count” that required treatment and hospitalization. It is extremely likely the blood changes were directly connected to the kidney transplant.
Gomez once said, “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.“