Lupus Nephritis can cause hiccup in some cases. If you also have this problem, do not be careless, because it may be related to some deep factors.
What is Lupus Nephritis?
Lupus Nephritis is kidney inflammation caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus). SLE is an autoimmune disease—a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own cells and organs. Up to 60 percent of people with SLE are diagnosed with lupus nephritis, which can lead to significant illness and even death.
How does Lupus Nephritis cause hiccup?
1. Medication: For Lupus Nephritis patients, they are normally prescribed by some steroids or immunosuppressive agents. However, a long term use or large dosage of these medicines are more likely to cause some side effects such as hiccup.
2. Electrolyte imbalance: Lupus Nephritis patients’ kidneys have been mild or moderately damaged, thus failing to maintain the electrolyte balance. Hiccup is prone to happen, especially when the potassium or magnesium level in the blood is lower than the normal range.
3. Nerve damage: Hiccup is actually due to the diaphragm cramps. Damaged kidneys cannot filter excessive wastes and toxins, which will then deposit in any part of the body and harm the nerves. For those Lupus Nephritis patients with advanced stages, they are more like to have persistent hiccup.
You can see that hiccup is not simply a gastrointestinal problem that you may ignore. When you have hiccup with Lupus Nephritis, you should take a urine and blood test to check your kidney function.
How to stop hiccup due to Lupus Nephritis?
Treatment should vary according to the causes. In fact, all the causes can come down to one reason—damaged kidneys. How to repair the damaged kidneys becomes the concern. You may as well try Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy that is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is used externally. It can promote blood circulation significantly to filter excessive immune complexes caused by Lupus, so as to relieve various symptoms, including hiccup.
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