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Pain from Lupus | Causes & Possible Solutions

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One of the most common symptom of lupus, many people experience and live with chronic pain. But, there are strategies for battling it.

“My hands, wrist, shoulders… You name it, the pain is there”

The pain associated with lupus can be one of the most challenging parts of the disease. Everyone with lupus experiences it differently and in different amounts. The most common locations are:

  • Joints
  • Headaches
  • Itchiness and irritation from rashes
  • Lungs and breathing
  • Abdomen

Causes and Solutions of Lupus Pain

Pain from lupus comes mostly as a result of other common lupus symptoms.

That’s a tough list. But, identifying the root cause can help you get the right treatment. Additionally, you can try:

  • Wearing sunglasses, hats, or long sleeves in the sun
  • Tracking what you eat and manage your diet to help your abdominal issues
  • Icing and rest any swollen joints or muscles
  • Speaking to your doctor and get the right medication.

Lupus, Fibromyalgia, or Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Another challenge for many Lupus Warriors is that often they are not just battling lupus, but other conditions that cause pain like fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. If you are battling multiple conditions, it is important to make sure you are addressing them correctly.

Make sure to work with your doctor to find the right medications and track your pain. Also, while pain medicines can be helpful, and in many instances are necessary, there are always risks and side effects with medications. It is good to know some other approaches to pain relief:

Stress and Staying Positive

Perhaps the most challenging part of the lupus pain is the frustration that comes along with it. Daily aching, headaches, and rashes can wear on you and can make living your normal life exhausting and the stress caused by mental strain can actually worsen your physical pain! So it is important to keep your mind and mood healthy.

How can you help yourself?

  • Exercise
  • Do meditation or light yoga
  • Keep your brain distracted with hobbies and activities
  • Stick to a healthy diet from your doctor
  • Share with friends and family

Staying positive and keeping yourself focused on other things will not only keep your mind healthy, it can also help to reduce physical pain.

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3 thoughts on “Pain from Lupus | Causes & Possible Solutions

  1. I have it all it’s no funny at all I have to take 1 Day at a Time and stay stress Free when I can. I very hard to do But try the best I can. Think positive . an you will get to the next day or night nights are Bad too. when your in pain.

  2. I have an huge issue with med sights and administartively run support groups that I belong to for Lupus, migraine and RA. They all say follow a diet that your doctor suggests. Or, ask your doctor about the proper nutrition that will help. Hahaha! Doctors know nothing about nutrition. They dont learn about nutrition in med school. There is a chapter or 2 on the basics. Nurses learn nithing about nutrition. Even licensed nutritionists follow the standard American diet, with no addition of herbs, spices, oils, teas or essential oils. Domyour iwn research and listen to your body.

  3. Most difficult not to be able to keep some kind of consistency or daily routine because of the pain. Some days especially during the cold winter months can’t get any kind of resorative sleep because of the pain and that just makes the psi. Worse. Have learned to listen to my body if I have to rest then reschedule doctors appts often

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