I've just had a couple of very rough days and rough, long nights, due to a nasty flare. I laid in bed thinking, which is what I always seem to end up doing at such times. A number of weeks ago, on another thread, someone made an off the cuff remark about the number of ex doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers, who contribute, as sufferers, to this site. This got me thinking and wondering whether there is actually a higher incidence of Lupus/SLE amongst those of us who spent most or all of our working life in healthcare/medicine/psychiatry etc.
If there is, and to be honest I don't know whether there is or not, then the question is then: Why?
Were we all exposed to too many bugs etc which affected our immune systems? Were we all exposed to high levels of stress? Could it be the shifts many of us worked? Could it be a combination of such factors or something else? Are there any other professions which are over represented in Lupus/SLE statistics?
Lastly, has anyone seen or conducted any research into the aforementioned points?
What do you think and what are your observations? Thanks in anticipation.