Lupus is an umbrella term that covers several autoimmune diseases that are similar in nature and symptoms. Systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, is the most common of these diseases. One and a half million Americans suffer from SLE. SLE can affect almost any organ system in the body.
What are the Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)?
Symptoms of SLE vary from patient to patient, but also vary upon the location of the body where the disease manifests. Many SLE sufferers experience phases to their symptoms that alternate severe periods with mild periods. SLE patients experience anemia, fatigue, fever, rash, and joint pain. Others experience hair loss, kidney issues, muscle pain, seizures, respiratory problems, blood disorders, and digestive disorders like nausea and indigestion. SLE seriously affects many of sufferer’s lives and prevents them from working or participating in their favorite activities. There is no cure for SLE, and treatment focuses on reducing symptoms.
Current Treatments for SLE
Current treatments for SLE include anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, and behavioral changes to minimize flare-ups and reduce the severity of symptoms.
For patients with systemic lupus erythematous, Innovations Stem Cell Center deploys SVF stem cells through IV along with injections. Damaged tissue attracts stem cells through growth factor chemical messages, and deployed stem cells find the damaged or diseased tissue and begin repairs. For more information on stem cell treatment read our blogs What are Stem Cells? and Understanding Adipose-Derived Stem Cells.
Cost of Stem Cell Treatments
The cost of the initial treatment ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. The range in cost is dependent on the complexity of delivering the cells back to you. For example, spine conditions require multiple physicians to deliver the cells back to your body and this requires an increase in cost as multiple doctors are involved in the procedure. For many people the initial treatment is all that is needed; however, for some conditions, subsequent treatments may be required and these are done at a reduced fee.
Patients begin seeing results in the first few weeks of treatment. Some patients may require additional deployment.