The idea that lupus is generally a fatal disease is one of the gravest misconceptions about this illness. In fact the prognosis of lupus is much better today than ever before. Itis true that medical science has not yet developed a method for curing lupus and some people do die from the disease. However, with current methods of therapy, deaths from lupus are uncommon, and 80-90 percent of people with lupus live more than 10 years after diagnosis. People with non-organ threatening disease can look forward to a normal lifespan if they follow the instructions of their physician, take their medication(s) as prescribed, and know when to seek help for unexpected side effects of a medication or a new manifestation. Although some people with severe lupus may be hospitalized most people with lupus rarely require hospitalization.
New research brings unexpected findings each year. The progress made in treatment and diagnosis during the last decade has increased drastically due to medical advances. It is therefore a sensible idea to maintain control of a disease that tomorrow maybe curable.