Because they are unpredictable, a lupus flare can be frustrating and frightening.
The onset of symptoms, ranging from rashes and fatigue to serious joint pain and risk of organ damage, can seem unmanageable. A lupus flare contrast periods of time with no symptoms – known as remissions, or more accurately “quiescence.” While a severe lupus flare requires immediate medical attention, a mild or moderate lupus flare can be managed at home.
LupusCorner gathered insights from some top patient advocates and experts about lupus flares
When you are in the middle of a lupus flare, what can you do to manage the symptoms?
“During a flare, prioritize your activities, and scale back on anything that doesn’t make the top of the list. Remember – this isn’t permanent! This is just until your disease activity lessens and you are flare free. Focus on today, and delegate what you can. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to help, if you task them with something specific.”
“In the middle of a flare, I concentrate on sleeping as much as realistically possible with the demands of life, focus on ramping up my intake of healing foods such as bone broth, probiotics, and anti-inflammatory food. I also try to keep a journal to keep track of everyday. And most of all, though it is hard, I try not to stress. I keep in mind that I have been through awful flares before and they have resolved in time. This helps keep my stress levels in check.”
“The most important thing during a flare is to listen to your body; if your body is telling you to rest, then it is critical to give your body the rest it needs so you can recover. Pushing yourself makes the symptoms more prominent, and the flare will last longer.”