Lupus is defined as a chronic autoimmune disease. Lupus can damage any part of your body. The most common parts attacked are the joints and inner organs. I have recently learned that the disease is mostly developed in colored women, but anyone of any race can develop it. I had no idea what Lupus was until I was diagnosed last year.
It all began when I noticed some pain and inflammation in my joints. I live a pretty active lifestyle, so I took some over the counter medication and thought nothing more of it. The pain medication worked for a while, but slowly stared to lose its effectiveness. Rather than taking more of the recommended dosage and risking putting my liver in danger; I opted in for a visit to my doctor instead. My physician performed some blood tests, collected family history information, I was then diagnosed with Lupus 3 days later.
My doctor recommend that I treat my illness with Benlysta. Benlysta was the fist drug to be approved for the treatment of Lupus. I was overwhelmed with all of the different options given to me; however, this was the safest drug that actually treated my symptoms rather than just cover them up. Depending on your individual case, your doctor may recommend another medication to help you.
Some of my hardest times are when my symptoms flare up. With a mild case of Lupus, the inflammation and pain are only a problem sometimes. It is difficult not knowing when it will happen, but being prepared is the most important thing that you can do. Keeping some pain medication prescribed by your doctor on hand is a good idea if you don’t stay at home 24/7. Also, staying hydrated will help to ease pain if you have a flare up.
What makes my experience different is that I choose to not use painkillers. Painkillers can cause tons of unwanted side effects. When I was diagnosed, I knew right away that I didn’t want to become a victim of pain medication addiction. I prefer to use different herbal remedies to cope with pain when necessary. Those who have a history with addiction should be extremely careful with powerful pain medications