My mum has been diagnosed with lupus. Will she live long? Watch
As the question says, my mum has recently been diagnosed with lupus and i’ve read some things about it on the internet, and now i’m terrified. I know most people with lupus live on, but i’m absolutely terrified my mum will leave me. Is lupus immediately life threatening, or can i be assured it’s not a big deal?
SLE* is "famous" amongst doctors for the huge variety of ways which it can present and affect patients so there isn't a set formula for the way your mum will experience it. It is a significant medical condition but it can be managed successfully, and some patients find that once they start their treatment course many of their symptoms resolve or become greatly improved.
I think your concern is entirely understandable, but the internet isn't always the best place to look for answers about something as variable as SLE so you may just end up worrying yourself. Maybe next time your mum has a hospital appointment you can accompany her and speak with her rheumatologist? The rheumatologist will be fully aware of the specifics of your mum's history so will be able to give you a better answer than you're likely to find on the internet
*I'm assuming this is the type of lupus your mum has.
Lupus can affect everyone differently, but there are ways to manage it and with treatment the vast majority of people live a normal lifespan. There are also charities that can provide support and advice; LUPUS UK is one, so maybe you and your mum could contact them. Take care!