How to Live With Lupus?

Q:
How to live with lupus?

A:
If you are, unfortunately, diagnosed with lupushave to face the systoms every day. This autoimmune disease cause a lot of inflammation, most commonly in your skin and joints. But lupus can be serious by affecting your internal organs.

So learning how to manage the daily challenges of a chronic disease  is key to living well with lupus.

  • Managing stress. Stress can increase the chance of a lupus flare and the pain. Take time and find activities that help you to relax and relieve stress.Also, you may turn to your friends or family members for help.
  • Taking exercises. Regular exercise is important to maintain a healthy weight. Because obesity can increase inflammation. For best results, ask your doctor which exercises are best for you.
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet. Though there is no particular diet for lupus, a heart-healthy diet is essential. Because there’s a strong link between lupus and heart disease. Eat more fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains. Instead of red meat, choose fish and poultry. Also, make sure you get enough calcium for bone and joint health.
  • Getting enough sleep. Fatigue is one of the most troublesome lupus symptoms. Lack of sleep can lead to fatigue, which may increase pain sensitivity.
  • Limiting time in the sun. Sun exposure can trigger a lupus flare. Also, many of the medications used to treat lupus can make you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Comsuming Vitamin D. Lack of sun exposure may contribute to vitamin D deficiency. To avoid further trouble, you may use Vitamin D supplements under doctor’s guidance.
  • Quitting smoke. Smoking can increase inflammation. Besides, smokers have a higher risk of heart disease and cancer. Smoking has also been linked to lupus flares and worsening of lupus symptoms.
  • Moderating alcohol consumption. Alcohol can interfere with some drugs used to treat lupus, such as methotrexate. Ask your doctor whether it is ok to drink alcoholic beverages.

The key is to work closely with your doctor.” The more you know about your lupus, the better you’ll be at managing lupus symptoms and flares.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.