A medical diagnosis of lupus is no doubt life altering. Many patients are afraid of or confused by their disrupted lifestyle following diagnosis. A few key tips can help patients live well with lupus.
Recognize when to seek treatment
One of the most important tools to living well with lupus is finding a doctor to help manage flares when they arise. While no two patients experience the same disease, there are a handful of signs common to patients experiencing flares. These signs include:
- Aching or swollen joints
- Weak or painful muscles
- High, frequent fevers
- Extreme fatigue or exhaustion
- Hair loss
- Headaches, dizziness, and forgetfulness
- Abdominal or intestinal discomfort
It is important to seek medical attention during flares in order to get relief from symptoms. Physicians can prescribe medication to reduce inflammation and pain.
While it is likely impossible to be free from flares forever, there are ways to prevent frequent flares. The best defense against flares is avoiding common triggers. It is recommended that lupus patients cover their skin from sun exposure, eat a nutrient rich diet, manage stress, and get plenty of rest.
Seek social support
Living with any autoimmune disease places a heavy toll on a patient’s perspective. It is beneficial to keep a positive mindset, but this is difficult when a patient is experiencing a flare or feeling anxious about a future flare. Patients can seek help from other lupus patients in support groups. Regularly scheduled meet-ups give patients the opportunity to chat about coping skills, new disease research, or even topics completely unrelated to lupus to feel a sense of personal connection. By talking with others, lupus patients can reduce their feeling of being alone and afraid.
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