Biotherapy and systemic lupus with psoriasis | Bioterapija i sistemski lupus uz psorijazu

Biotherapy and systemic lupus with psoriasis | Bioterapija i sistemski lupus uz psorijazu


Non-profit organization “Nosce te ipsum presents Zvjezdana Batković I work as a Regional Program Advisor
for Care International. It’s an international humanitarian
and development organization in this area. Biotherapy and systemic lupus
with psoriasis I came to biotherapy 2 years ago,
with a diagnosis of systemic lupus and psoriasis. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease with a characteristic formation of auto-antibodies, which affect components of the cell nucleus with very diverse clinical manifestations. The disease can affect skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and serous membranes, and it has active and withdrawal stages. Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that manifests clinically through reddish foci covered with silvery scales. The course of the disease and the clinical picture can be very diverse. The disease is fairly common; the incidence in western European countries is about 2%.
The onset is possible at any age, from early childhood to later ages. Medical Therapy After a period of about 17 years
of treatment with corticosteroids, the condition was
fairly stable. However, we decided
to discontinue the therapy with the indication
that the condition could very quickly return
such as it was, or worse. Primary disease symptoms In my case of lupus,
everything started with high temperatures
and joint pains, arm and leg joints swelling,
and increasingly stronger weakness in leg and arm muscles. I could not blow-dry my hair;
I couldn’t go down or up the stairs by myself. I walked without taking
my feet off the ground, since any other movement
would mean a huge effort and pain. Detection of the disease As the disease progressed,
it wasn’t immediately possible to determine what is
my medical condition. There were other side effects.
I had trouble swallowing, I had problems with defecation,
and my period stopped for almost 8 months. I realized that
each new symptom causes another,
thus weakening the organism. My muscles have atrophied
and psychologically I felt very weak, mentally burdened,
fearful, uncertain. Psoriasis and systemic lupus During this period
my psoriasis worsened. This means that almost 70%
of my body was covered with these psoriatic changes,
red patches. My skin was drying out,
peeling off, and for months I’ve had no sleep.
So it was a complete collapse. Biotherapy experience I came very willing and open
to experience biotherapy, and the experience
was great indeed. My first impressions
was very good. First of all, I liked the immediacy
of the therapist and the way the treatment
is carried out, treating the individual
in front of the group of people. In that way there is no doubt,
no scam, everything is very clear. A brief theoretic introduction
is given at the beginning, so that everyone is clear
about the way the therapy is done and what can be
expected as a reaction. Reaction to biotherapy After the first cycle of biotherapy
I had quite a fierce reaction of body cleanse,
through my skin. Even today, I have small
scars on my shins, but I don’t mind. These were boils which
drained for about 7-10 days. I had a feeling of fever,
slightly raised body temperature, but the therapist said
that we could expect that. I came to ask for advice
and simply received encouragement that it’s ok and that
it would pass, which it did. After the second cycle
the reaction was very similar, but much milder. After the remaining
therapies, other than this sleepiness, fatigue and the feeling of relaxation,
I had absolutely no symptoms. Reactions during therapy During the therapy,
I felt the flow of energy even more and more – some tingling,
cooling, warm currents. Like having a fan
behind your back. Moving back and forth,
no one is touching you, no one is forcing you,
but I just feel that there is a very, very powerful force
and that it works, and that I react to it. Biotherapy results It’s been three years now
that I haven’t been treated with corticosteroids,
and during the last two years I’ve been coming regularly
to biotherapy sessions. The medical results
are all right and, of course, I regularly continue to see
my doctor for checkups, and I take care of all
that is required, but I absolutely don’t
have any symptoms in terms of joint swelling
or weakness in arms and leg muscles,
since I’ve started coming here. Psoriasis and biotherapy As for psoriasis and biotherapy,
I can not make such a clear correlation
as when it comes to overall health and muscle problems,
but I have to say that some spots that I’ve had previously
have not spread, so I don’t have new psoriatic
changes on my skin. Psoriasis is very annoying
and persistent, especially in the winter period,
for example. The skin is not inflamed
like it used to be before, but I can’t say that
the psoriatic changes have fully withdrawn.
Summer and sun help even more, but who knows how
it would be if I hadn’t come to biotherapy. I believe
and intuitively feel that biotherapy helps me overall
and I’m sure it has a positive effect on skin changes. We are grateful to Zvjezdana Batković
for sharing her rich biotherapy experience with us. translated by Marina Pirš

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