Lupus is an autoimmune condition, which means that it is caused by problems with the immune system (the bodys natural defence against illness and infection). In people with lupus, the immune system starts to attack healthy cells, tissue and organs.
It is believed that over 50,000 people throughout the UK suffer with Lupus of whom 90% are female. The symptoms are many and varied, and the condition often seems to mimic other diseases. This gives rise to difficulty in diagnosis and the condition can be overlooked for years, unless the GP or consultant is alert to the possibility of lupus.
Symptoms can include; extreme fatigue, eye problems, joint/muscle pain, depression, miscarriage, hair loss, anaemia, facial and other rashes as well as the possible involvement of kidneys, heart, lungs or brain.
The Hibbs Lupus Trust is run entirely by voluntary trustees, friends & supporters of the charity. We are a dedicated team whose own lives have been affected by lupus.
The aim of The Hibbs Lupus Trust is the relief of sickness and preservation of good health among sufferers of lupus, in particular but not exclusively by:
• providing information, advice and support to such people, their families and carers;
• advancing education of the condition for the publics benefit;
• providing, and assisting in the provision of facilities, support services and equipment not normally provided by the statutory authorities for the benefit of lupus patients of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust