Augusta, Ga. – It’s called the disease with a thousand faces. That’s because lupus affects those who have it in so many different ways.
“One person may experience joint pain and fatigue while another battles skin rashes and sudden weight loss. But there is hope for lupus sufferers, and that’s the message we want to share with patients and caregivers at our upcoming event,” said Dr. Alyce Oliver, a rheumatologist at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and an Associate Professor in GHSU’s Medical College of Georgia.
Georgia Health Sciences University and the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation will present the third annual “Living with Lupus Symposium,” a free patient education seminar, from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the GHSU Alumni Center, 919 15th St.
Lupus, diagnosed based on a thorough physical exam and blood testing, is often treated organ by organ, but because so many systems can be affected, multidisciplinary care is the best approach, according to Dr. Oliver.
The Lupus Multi-Specialty Clinic at GHS Medical Center, which diagnoses and treats systemic lupus erythematosus, includes specialists in rheumatology, nephrology, dermatology and pathology in order to provide continuous comprehensive care, improve treatment outcomes advance research on this complex disease.
“There are many misconceptions out there about lupus,” said Dr. Oliver. “It’s not hopeless. There are effective drugs and treatments that can improve a patient’s quality of life.”
For more information about the Lupus Symposium or to register for the event, call 770-333-5930 or visit lupusga.org.
To schedule a consultation at the GHS Lupus Multi-Specialty Clinic, have your primary care physician call 706-721-1450 for further information.