Day-to-Day Living

Anxiety, Chronic Stress, and Lupus Symptoms

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Oral Ulcers, Mouth Sores, & Lupus

Oral ulcers and mouth sores are a common symptom of lupus, affecting around 50%...

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Itchy Skin, Urticaria, & Rashes with Lupus

Rashes and lesions are common symptoms of lupus. Itchy skin can be more than...

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Gut Microbiome, Bacteria, and Lupus

The bacteria in the body, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, have a major impact on health and lupus. When it comes to gut health, it's all about finding the right balance. From interfering with the stomach and intestines to causing inflammation in the liver, lupus can cause a range of...

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Cardiovascular Health & Lupus: Managing the Risk

Lupus Warriors are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which can be life threatening. Know the potential risks and find lifestyle changes that can help you stay healthy. The cardiovascular system, also known as the circulatory system, is responsible for circulating blood throughout...

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Narcolepsy, Sleep Deprivation, and Lupus

A good night's sleep and energetic days can seem like unattainable luxuries for people with lupus. The cause may be narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that can be caused by autoimmune conditions. Sleep plays a vital role in physical health, emotional well-being, and cognitive functioning. Just...

Medications

Atrial Fibrillation, Hydroxychloroquine, and Lupus

Hydroxychloroquine, also known as Plaquenil or HCQ, reduces the risk of atrial fibrillation for people with lupus by 67% according to a recent study. HCQ is a commonly-prescribed oral drug for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Originally an...

Symptoms

Inflammation-Related Anemia & Lupus

Red blood cells transport oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with lupus may experience a reduction in red blood cells known as inflammation-related anemia, which can cause a range of symptoms. The signs of inflammation-related anemia, or “anemia of inflammation

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Flu Shots, Influenza, & Lupus

Life with lupus means living with a weakened immune system. This is an added challenge during flu season, but a flu shot may help. Influenza, or simply  the flu, is a seasonal disease that involves congestion, breathing difficulties, fever, aching joints, and...

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Foot Issues, Jaccoud’s, Raynaud’s, & Lupus

Many Lupus Warriors experience foot issues like swelling and pain. While they can make it difficult to work, move around, and sleep, they can often be dealt with easily. Foot problems are a common symptom of lupus. The foot issues can take many different forms, including:

Symptoms

Kidney Damage, Dialysis, Transplants, & Lupus

Lupus Warriors and doctors need to be on the lookout for signs of organ involvement. Unfortunately, the signs of kidney damage can be easy to overlook. Lupus can cause inflammation throughout the body, including internal organs. While skin involvement (in the form of a facial rash) and arthritis...

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Gastrointestinal Tract, Digestion, and Lupus

From nausea and flatulence to diarrhea and abdominal pains, gastrointestinal issues are often under-discussed, but they can be a tell-tale sign of health for people with lupus. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is in charge of processing food to extract nutrients and dispose of waste. The