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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 (photosensitivit
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SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter, Inc.
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