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Cartersville Medical Center

Lupus Center

General Overview

Systemic lupus erythematosus (or lupus) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of joints, tendons, skin, and other connective tissues and organs. It causes the immune system to produce antibodies that attack the body's healthy cells and tissues.


Managing Lupus

What you need to know about managing lupus

A lupus diagnosis can leave you reeling. Initially it may be a relief to have a name for the fatigue and pain you’ve had, but what now?

Special Topics

image for sex in the USALupus and intimacy

The physical symptoms of lupus—feeling extremely tired, hair loss, rashes on the face, and joint pain—may make you feel unattractive or unwilling to have sex. Can you have that intimacy you shared before? Yes—with open communication and a willingness to explore—you can.

Autoimmune disease and women

The alarm clock sounded and once again, Ann was not ready for it. Day after day, she awoke feeling tired. For months she felt fatigued, and today was no different. She could barely make it out of bed. How, at age 32, could she be so run down? Read more here about Ann's story and her diagnosis with lupus.

Infertility in women

Lupus is a risk factor for infertility. Read more here.


Lupus is a risk factor for pemphigus. Read more here.

Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)

  • Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.

  • SLE Lupus Foundation

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