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Managing Energy, The Spoon Theory, and Lupus

Lupus Warriors know the challenges of managing energy carefully. Explaining the delicate balance to others can be difficult, but not impossible. The Spoon Theory is a useful strategy A few years ago,…
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…
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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…
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…
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Steroid Tapering, Health Benefits, & Lupus

Changes in steroid dosing can be difficult to keep up with, but important for total health. Successful steroid tapering of prednisone has increased for Lupus Warriors since 2000, according to a study. During a lupus flare, you want to feel…
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…
Type I Interferon & the Lupus TULIP Study
Living with lupus can mean feeling like your own body is working against you. Recent research into new treatments is exploring the effectiveness of type I interferons, a specific type of cytokine, for lupus relief. On August 31, 2018, AstraZeneca…
Art Therapy, Stress Management, and Lupus
Feeling overwhelmed from lupus or the daily grind? Art therapy may offer stress relief and a non-verbal outlet. Stress is a well-known trigger when it comes to lupus and other autoimmune diseases. During periods of high stress, both emotional and physical,…
Sleep Strategies, Better Rest, & Lupus
Struggling to sleep through the night is a common frustration for people with lupus. Finding sleep strategies that help can have big benefits according to new research. With lupus, many symptoms can be connected and one problem can turn into many.…
Share Your Story: Sandra’s Diagnosis
Welcome to Share Your Story -- Where Lupus Warriors tell their own stories, in their own words. Editor's note: Share Your Story is a new segment where anyone can write personal pieces that will be published anonymously on LupusCorner.  If you…