Poor guys. I give them short shrift, when I write about SLE. Using the female pronouns "she" and "her" I forget that men can also suffer from this disease.
And, Lord help me for making this comment, it's been my experience in seeing male lupus patients, they REALLY get it bad. Why is this?
I have personally known two men who have lupus, and they both are not doing well at the moment. Let me tell you about one of them: "Joe" came in from playing golf one day, sunburned as a lobster. He soon began to exhibit symptoms that sent him to the emergency room. Barely lucid, he answered their questions and he was admitted. Test after test, all the while he was suffering from severe sunburn, itching and a general feeling of overwhelming fatigue.
He was lucky. He was diagnosed while still in the hospital as having SLE -- Lupus. Treatment started immediately. Even so, he lost his job because he couldn't function physically or mentally. He's not the same man he used to be. His wife is at a loss as to how her husband could go out one day fully healthy and a week later be incapacitated.
Now maybe he had exhibited some symptoms before that incident. Maybe he hadn't felt fully well for a while, with some aches and pains, but had brushed them off, as most of us would do. Loathe to go to the doctor, he pushed everything away, until his body broke down.
I'm not saying the outcome would have been any different had he gone to the doctor for tests for his somewhat vague symptoms. But I'm betting that he, being of the male persuasion, would have received more rigorous, more serious investigation and probably diagnosed sooner. Then he might not have gone out in the blazing sun to play a round of golf.
I'm just sayin'......
I'll try to keep in mind this isn't JUST a woman's disease.