The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on December 18, 2017, documenting the case of a patent with systemic lupus erythematosus being resolved following chiropractic. The term Lupus is commonly used to mean SLE. However, Lupus actually represents a number of autoimmune diseases. SLE is the most common of the Lupus autoimmune conditions.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Medline website, “Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease. In this disease, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.” SLE can occur at any age and is more common in woman than in men. It most commonly appears between the ages of 15 and 44, and is more common in African Americans and Asians than other races.
In most people, the immune system identifies and fights off dangerous pathogens and infections to help the body stay healthy. An autoimmune disease is when the body gets confused and attacks normal healthy cells such as the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.
In this case, a 34-year-old woman came to the chiropractor in hopes of getting help from a large variety of health issues. The woman was primarily suffering from constant chronic pain, constant fibromyalgia related symptoms, constant fatigue/anxiety/depression related symptoms, constant Lupus related symptoms, and constant hypothyroid related symptoms.
Additionally, the woman also suffered from stiffness in the neck, menstrual disorders, stomach disorders, mid back pain, irritable bowel, numbness in her feet, low back pain, leg pains, chronic fatigue, Lupus, fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, nervousness, and nausea. Most of her health issues had been causing problems for over a year, with several conditions being over five years in duration.
The woman had been to a number of medical doctors who diagnosed her with a variety of health issues including systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, nephrolithiasis, and vitamin D deficiency. With these diagnoses, she was given a number of prescriptions including Prednisone, Plaquenil, baby aspirin, Hydrochlorothiazide, Wellbutrin, Xanax, and Hydrocodone.
A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, paraspinal thermograohy, and both static and motion x-rays of her spine. The results of the chiropractic examination indicated the presence of several subluxations. With this, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were performed.
The results reported in the study showed that the woman’s lower back pain started to improve early in care. Her leg pain completely resolved, as was the numbness in her feet. The woman also reported that her hypothyroid related symptoms were much improved, her menstrual disorder was completely resolved, and her stomach disorder was much improved.
As care continued, the woman noted that her irritable bowel syndrome symptoms were much improved, her systemic lupus erythematosus related symptoms were much improved, and her ADD/ADHD related symptoms were much improved. Her improvement was such that she was able to come off seven of her medications. Her follow-up thermography and motions x-ray examination confirmed spinal improvements due to the chiropractic care.