Youth signifies vigour, energy and stamina, however for 28 year old Beyant Kaur, it was quite the opposite. Affected with joint pain at an early age, Beyant and her husband were worried that their life would be surrounded with health issues. “Being diagnosed with Lupus at an early age of 28 was shocking for me. I have no family history of bone or muscle ailments. My husband and I were really concerned as my health had affected our daily lives and we were constantly worried about our future,” shares Beyant.
Riddled with pain in her fingers, the FCI employee had difficulty in even holding a pen. The pain was swiftly spreading to other joints of the body and the medication of arthritis was not doing her any good. “It was like being stuck in a maze and feeling helpless. I was doing everything as prescribed by specialists but my condition was not improving at all,” highlights Beyant.
After a few recommendations, Beyant consulted Dr Indrajit Agrawal, HOD Rheumatology, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon. Dr Indrajit specializes in the management and treatment of auto immune & rheumatic disorders. He has vast international experience in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. He is one of the few well known Rheumatologists in Delhi NCR.
According to Dr Indrajit, “Beyant had typical signs of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), an auto immune disorder also known as Lupus. The symptoms associated with Lupus can vary andinclude, fatigue, joint pain, rash and fever. These can periodically get worse (flare-up) and then improve. Patients affected by Lupus often get misdiagnosed as arthritis, tuberculosis or dermatitis Like Beyant we have seen numerous patients becoming worse due to improper specialist care. Lupus can have life threatening complications and may effect the vital organs of the body – brain, lungs, kidneys and heart. This disease can manifest itself in so many ways that and may confuse doctors. There is no established cause of Lupus. However it is believed that the lupus is caused due to few environmental and some hereditary factors. This auto immune disease affects women more than men.
He further adds , “The diagnosis for Lupus includes an adequate medical history, physical examination and few lab tests –erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), complete blood cell count (CBC), antinuclear antibody (ANA), and urinalysis. The ESR measures inflammation. The CBC counts blood cells and platelets. The doctor may order an anti-dsDNA test, which is more specific for SLE. The best way to manage Lupus is to diligently follow the medicines and treatment protocol prescribed by the Rheumatologist.”
Following her treatment which included cutting edges medications like MABTAS, today Beyant says she has got her vigour back. “I can work full time without any difficulty and spend quality time with my family. Dr Indrajit has saved me from a life of misery which is full of fatigue and pain. I shall always be indebted to him. I sincerely hope that sufferers like me end up getting the right diagnosis and timely treatment.”