If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with Lupus, you may be experiencing a great deal of emotions and fear concerning the disease. These feelings are not uncommon; Lupus patients undergo a great deal of mental and physical stress trying to manage their condition. Fortunately, there are ways you can help yourself deal with the constant stress Lupus lays at your feet.
The first step to mounting a successful campaign against Lupus is knowledge. Knowing what to expect and how to combat these symptoms is key to managing the disease on a daily basis. One of the most significant symptoms I saw associated with Lupus is intense fatigue. It is important to understand this so you can alter your daily lifestyle accordingly. The other significant problem Lupus presents is joint pain. In my experience shadowing physicians these two problems far outweigh the other symptoms caused by Lupus, knowing this allows you to plan your daily activities in a manner, where further aggravating your Lupus, can be avoided.
Improve Your Lifestyle
Diet and exercise are both very important for combating Lupus, and the excessive fatigue it is known to bring. Exercising may not totally prevent fatigue from occurring, but it can give you additional energy to do the things you love. Knowing your limits is key to living a healthy, Lupus compatible life. This will involve finding a happy medium between the activities you enjoy doing and the activities you are capable of doing. One physician I worked with stressed the importance of building a close, working relationship with the doctor that is managing your Lupus. Doing this will give you expert insight, tips, and a fresh, professional perspective to living with your disease.
As previously mentioned, joint discomfort and swelling is very common in Lupus patients. I cannot stress how important it is to try to prevent pain and swelling early; because otherwise, the pain only gets worse with time. While become completely pain free may not be attainable, there are techniques and tricks that can help reduce the pain and swelling in joints. Some tips for managing joint pain are: moving more, maintaining a healthy weight, practicing low impact exercises, and using ice to control the pain. There are also many ideas to reduce joint swelling such as eating foods rich in Omega-3’s such as fish and warming up before you stretch. For more information on joint health visit Tips for Healthy Joints.