For those living with lupus, an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack healthy organs and tissues, life includes chronic inflammation and pain (of the skin, joints, brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, and blood cells).
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However, with treatment, awareness, and certain lifestyle changes, lupus symptoms can be lessened and managed, helping patients live healthier, more productive lives.
Here are ten lifestyle tips for lupus patients…
1. Regular Medical Check-ins
Lupus, like most autoimmune disorders, has periods where symptoms flare up and periods of no symptoms (or quietly active periods). If you feel major symptoms (i.e., headache, joint pain or swelling, fatigue, face rash, lesions, chest pain and shortness of breath, and fever) or a flare up coming on, check in with your doctor. However, regular check ups are also vital to schedule routine check ups to monitor energy levels, pain, and examine the body for infection. Remember lupus cases vary radically from patient to patient.