Simply put, is lupus hereditary? Several years ago when very little was known about this condition, I lost someone who was very near and dear to me to this disease.
I have long wondered if this a hereditary disease even though no other person in the family in question has been diagnosed with the disease.
The little research I have found seems to be inconclusive were genetics are concerned. Maybe someone here can give me some insight.
I don't think so. I had friends who were identical twins, one got lupus and died, the other never got it. I has been about 15 years since the one died. I would have thought if it was a hereditary/congenital disease, that the other twins would have gotten it.
A friend of mine died from the same disease and I've seen her while she was suffering lupus. It was horrifying to see her like that because she is a happy person. I think it is not hereditary since she is the only one of the family that diagnosed as a lupus patient.
Recently I saw a friend who has the condition and I have to tell you looks fine and seems to be enjoying life to the fullest. Truth be told while we are not constantly in contact I can't say I have heard that she has had any issues in recent years. I find the condition to be very difficult to understand. I have known individuals close to me with the condition and over the years two stand out as being unwell time after time. It felt like at least one person was always ill. I guess I say all that to say that it seems to affect people differently.
My mother has lupus and the doctor told her that it was. I have yet to talk to my doctor about this so I'm not sure of what a second doctor has to say. I hate seeing my mother go through having this disease though. I wouldn't push aside the fact that it could very well run through someones family. I have a friend whose mother has it and now she has it. I'm sure that could just be brushed off as a coincidence but it is enough for me to worry that I will develop it as well. I feel like having a good talk with you doctor and making sure they are aware of your families medical history is one of the best ways to either prevent a disease, or catch it early enough. I know lupus isn't curable, but maybe starting treatment early is one of the best ways to slow down it's progression.
My coworker was diagnosed with lupus, but never told me that it was hereditary. I thought it was just an autoimmune disease that can just spring up at any time without rhyme or reason. Maybe I'm misguided though in my thinking.