Behcet's Disease

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i would like to know the stage of behcets, cause my friend has had it for 14 years

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my son has been afflicted with this horrible disease for about 10 or more years now. he has scars all over his body from the pus filled sores that pop up and take forever to dry up to a scab .his fingers are bad , mostly his knuckles , get knocked off and new sores pop up on top of the old ones , his face , belly, and his eyes get really blood shot ,sometimes lasting weeks. I am getting worried about his mental status and brain functions. he is so stiff and in extreme pain. it is a pattern of his joints, all of them hurt, but as an example his lower limbs mostly below his knees, will start hurting worse and so fast get so inflamed it looks like he has been on fire and he can't bear to put his feet on the ground. Please tell me where people can go to get the help they need. the doctors around here doesn't either care or don't know much about this disease. any information will be appreciated. he is getting worse and i'm afraid for him.

February 5, 2015 - 8:25am
Pat Elliott HERWriter Guide

Hi Regina - Behcet’s disease is a rare, chronic disorder involving inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body. It is marked by recurrent oral and genital ulcers and eye inflammation. Symptoms of Behcet’s disease can vary from mild to very severe. Symptoms tend to appear, heal, and then recur (referred to as a flare) frequently over months or years.

You can learn more about Behcet’s disease from the EmpowHER reference page:

You can learn more about how to support your friend from the American Behcet's Disease Association:

It's not possible for us to tell you your friend's life expectancy. These resources will help you better understand the condition, what your friend is experiencing, and how you can provide support. Take care, Pat

March 29, 2010 - 6:43pm
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