About The Lupus
“The Lupus Encyclopedia” is a patient education book written by Donald Thomas, MD in easy to understand language for patients, their families, and their loved ones. It is so comprehensive and detailed that it is also an essential book that would benefit all health care providers as a reference regarding this complex disease and its management. Patients can look up any complication, lab test result, or medication in the index and find practical information regarding these matters. In addition, it contains a treasure trove of useful information where patients can learn to self-manage many of the problems of lupus such as fatigue, sleep problems, and pain. The medication sections are superior to the vast majority of sources about medications in that they provide truly useful information regarding which potential side effects may occur with any medicine used for lupus, what to do about them if they occur, as well as how to take the medications properly, and how they may impact surgery, pregnancy, breast feeding, etc.
Detailed sections regarding complications of lupus such as fibromyalgia and Sjogren’s syndrome give a lot of practical advice on how to deal with these problems. Sections on disability, insurance, patient assistance programs, and patient help groups are also included and are detailed.