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LFAGW to Run 'Could I Have Lupus?' Workshop on July 26; Mystics Game Follows
Date:7/15/2009

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington metro area residents wondering if they have undiagnosed symptoms of lupus can find out on Sunday, July 26 at a "Could I Have Lupus?" workshop and Washington Mystics game at the Verizon Center, 601 F St., N.W., D.C. As a combination workshop/fundraiser, attendees must purchase a Mystics game ticket for $24.00, $9.00 of which benefits the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter (LFAGW). The workshop will be held at 2:00 p.m., with the game following at 4:30 p.m.

LFAGW provides free services for the 70,000+ greater metro area people with lupus, a chronic auto-immune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and the brain. To register and purchase tickets: http://lfagw.eventbrite.com/. Information: Elle Alexander, LFAGW: 202-212-6761 or patientservices@lupusgw.org.

Lupus Symptoms

Because lupus can affect so many different organs, a wide range of symptoms can occur, including:

  • Extreme fatigue (tiredness)
  • Headaches
  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Fever
  • Anemia (caused by low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume)
  • Swelling (edema) in feet, legs, or around eyes
  • Pain in the chest on deep breathing (pleurisy)
  • Butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose
  • Sun- or light-sensitivity (photosensitivity)
  • Hair loss
  • Blood-clotting problems
  • Fingers turning white and/or blue in the cold (Raynaud's phenomenon)
  • Ulcers in mouth or nose

Could I Have Lupus?

Ninety percent of people with lupus are women of childbearing age. People wondering if they may have lupus can check their symptoms in English at http://www.couldihavelupus.gov/ and en Espanol at http://www.couldihavelupus.gov/sp/contents.php

LFAGW's Free, Ongoing Services

  • Free, ongoing monthly support groups in Washington, Maryland and Virginia
  • Coping Strategies: through tips and information from LFAGW
  • Outreach Services: newly diagnosed patient workshops, lupus lecture series, the annual symposium, and the LFAGW e-newsletter

For more tips, e-mail LFAGW at info@lupusgw.org or call 202-349-1167. Web site:www.lupusgw.org.

About LFAGW

Founded in 1974 , the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington (LFAGW) Chapter, Inc. provides free, current information, education programs and outreach services to improve the quality of lives for people with lupus while also supporting research. Toll-free number in D.C., Md., Va. and W.Va.: 1-888-349-1167 or 202-349-1167. Web site:www.lupusgw.org.


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