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…
Lupus Fatigue & the Seasons: FSS Data
There have been over 942 responses to the Fatigue Severity Scale. Let's analyze the scores to look for seasonal lupus fatigue. In previous posts, we have looked at why we use the FSS to measure lupus fatigue and some initial results…
Hair Loss (Alopecia) – A Symptom of Lupus?
Hair loss, or alopecia, is a symptom of lupus that impacts roughly 50% of people with the disease. Lupus causes inflammation and when it impacts the body's largest organ, the skin, it can result in hair loss. It is most common to…
Allergies in Spring and Lupus Symptoms
Spring is here! But it brings more than warm weather. Flowers. Pollen. Insects. It's time to battle lupus AND allergies. An allergy is a reaction by your immune system to a stimulus that does not bother other people. An allergen…
Lupus Flares: Is There Such a Thing as Normal?
It's normal to fear the unexpected - and what's more unexpected than lupus flares? You follow the standard advice on how to avoid lupus flares by trying to limit stress, getting plenty of rest, and being cautious of UV light.…
Stress, Lupus, and Music 🎧
The research is in. Stress and lupus do NOT mix. Can listening to your favorite jam help? We all know that stress can makes things worse. A prospective study published in 1994 by Da Costa, D., et. al, found that major life stressors…