Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes pain and inflammation. When the body is affected by an autoimmune disease, it cannot differentiate between foreign entities and healthy tissue. Bodies suffering from autoimmunity create autoantibodies, due to confusion, which attack and destroy healthy tissue. Damage from lupus can occur to any part of the body, including skin, joints and/or organs. Due to the chronic nature of this disease, symptoms can last anywhere from six weeks to often many years.