7 Tips for Newly Diagnosed Lupus Patients
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with lupus, it is understandable if you feel overwhelmed. New terms, new tests, new medicines, and new doctors force you into a whole new world. Below are just a few lifestyle changes that might help you manage your lupus journey into a better future. Here are seven tips:
Arm yourself with as much information as possible about lupus. This will help you to quickly recognize any new symptoms so you can inform your doctor right away and get treatment. The more you educate yourself about this condition, the better you can live with it. Find information from reliable sources and try to keep up with new data about lupus such as clinical trials, new medications, and therapies.
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Eating a well-balanced diet is a good idea for everyone, but particularly important for lupus patients. Avoid high-fat, added sugar, and processed food. Eat plenty of fresh food and vegetables, protein, and whole grains. Some lupus patients find relief from their symptoms by following a low GI diet. On the other hand, many lupus patients say alfalfa sprouts triggers flare-ups. Always, drink plenty of water.
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Gentle exercise is recommended for lupus patients, especially activities such as walking and swimming. Yoga may also prove beneficial. However, it is important not to overdo it — strenuous exercises such as running may be counterproductive if you’re not feeling well.
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Fatigue can be a major symptom of lupus so ensuring you get enough rest is important. Good quality sleep is vital for overall health. If you feel tired during the day take a nap, if possible. Don’t exert yourself too much if you are in the midst of a flare up.
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Many lupus patients react badly to the sun’s UV rays, so it’s important to stay out of the sun as much as possible. When you go out, wear a high factor sunscreen and cover up with UV filter clothing. Remember, the sun’s rays penetrate clouds and windows, too.
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You need to educate your family and friends about the disease that is often described as “invisible.” It is important that they know why you feel terrible even when they (and you) think you look great. Family and friends will be able to support you and help you through the bad times.
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As with many chronic illnesses, lupus patients are more prone to bouts of depression. Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. Have a good support network of family and friends, and join forums and online groups for lupus patients who will understand from firsthand experience what you’re going through. Participating in activities you enjoy and socializing with people you like can help take your mind off your condition. Speak to your doctor if you feel depressed — never suffer in silence.
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