Fibromyalgia & Lupus: Comorbidity of Illnesses
Fibromyalgia, also known as 'fibro' or FMS, is a chronic condition that causes generalize and widespread pain. And it's common alongside lupus. Lupus and fibromyalgia are two conditions that are similar to one another. They cause similar symptoms to the…
Aromatherapy, Stress Management, & Lupus
More than just cold weather -- the winter can be a stressful time. Aromatherapy may be a low-risk, stress management strategy for Lupus Warriors. By now, you're probably heard it dozens of time: stress and lupus do not mix. But,…
Obesity, Weight Issues, & Lupus Symptoms
Between medication side effects and the challenges of life with lupus, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Battling a lupus flare? The steroids often used to battle lupus can cause people to gain weight. And, even when…
Shared Decision Making: Patient Perspectives
When it comes to working with doctors, it can seem hard to be "in the room" -- even when you're actually in the room. Traditionally, the doctor-patient relationship looked something like this: A person would show up in the clinic with a…
Predicting a Lupus Flare – Can it be Done?
Headed towards a lupus flare? New research into predictive biological markers may hold the answer. Lupus symptoms can come and go depending on the activity of the disease. When symptoms are light, or not present, lupus is in quiescence (or "remission"); when…
Expressive Writing Therapy: Lupus Benefits
A good story can transport us to a new world. And, research suggests that writing therapy, directed writing on specific topics, can help battle the stress & symptoms of lupus. At times, it can feel as though your brain is running wild. Many…
Topical Treatments for Cutaneous Lupus
Skin rashes and round lesions can be symptoms of cutaneous lupus. Topical treatments, including preventative creams, are often the first care strategy. Cutaneous lupus erythematosus is a form of lupus that is limited to the skin. But, cutaneous lupus also contains its…
Lupus Brain Fog: What Can You Do?
"Wait... What was I doing here?" Between 20% and 60% of lupus warriors battle lupus brain fog. If you are battling lupus and find yourself feeling confused, fatigued, or forgetful you are not alone. Perhaps up to half of all…
Probiotics, “Good” Bacteria, & Lupus Symptoms
Microorganisms and bacteria help our bodies function. Can probiotics, or "good" bacteria, help reduce lupus symptoms? Good bacteria may seem like an oxymoron. But, bacteria play a vital role in the human body, particularly in the intestines where they help…
Eye Health, Ocular Manifestations, & Lupus
Lupus can cause damage to joints and organs throughout the body, including the eyes. Stay sight-safe by knowing potential complications. Not all ocular complications are a result of lupus. Medications and other lupus treatments can also cause issues with various parts of the eye.…