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…
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…
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…
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.…
Massage Therapy for Lupus & Fibromyalgia
While the name 'massage therapy' is relatively new, the healing power of touch has been used for thousands of years. In fact, there are references to massage therapy in ancient writings from India, Egypt, Japan, China, & Mesopotamia. Perhaps the earliest…
Lupus Concerns Differ for Patients & Doctors
Any good team should have a shared understanding. But, treatment teams & patients often have different lupus concerns. It's frustrating to not be "on the same page" with friends. It's scary and isolating to have that same feeling with your…
Oral Health, Smiles, & Lupus Symptoms
Good oral health can be the difference between smiling & screaming. But, it's not as easy as proper brushing when you have lupus. The mouth is the beginning of the digestive system. When considering oral health, all aspects of the mouth…
Photosensitivity, UV Light, and Lupus
Having lupus means protecting yourself from dangers. But, photosensitivity presents a unique challenge and is often misunderstood. You've read it before: People with lupus should limit their sun exposure. A study by Vila, L., et. al. published over 20 years…
Hospitalizations for Lupus Symptoms
Hospitalizations can seem hard to avoid when battling lupus, co-morbid conditions, infection, and more. People with lupus often experience many symptoms that seem to come and go. It can be difficult to know when to go to the hospital and when…