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August 7, 2007 at 12:31 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

How to Prepare Yourself for an Unpredictable Lupus Flare

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Lupus sufferers, when they notice the warning signs of a flare, will be able to alleviate unnecessary pain. There are some common signs of an upcoming flare that include fatigue, fever, new symptoms, pain, rash, and swollen joints. It's important for the lupus sufferer to be aware of her present symptoms. This will be a sufficient gauge to determine if it's mundane symptoms or the early sign of an upcoming flare.

What triggers a lupus flare?

A flare can result from a single trigger or a culmination of several triggers. The most common triggers include emotional crisis, inadequate rest, infection, injuries, over-the-counter medications (echinacea), pregnancy, prescription drugs (sulfonamide antibodies), stress, stopping lupus medications suddenly, and sunlight exposure.

Living with lupus and unpredictable flares

Living with lupus isn't a life sentence. Lupus sufferers often live near-to-normal lives. There are some simple steps lupus sufferers should incorporate into their lives to ally future lupus pains.

  1. You should learn to recognize the warning signs of an upcoming flare.
  2. Maintain your physical health on a regular basis. This includes your yearly exams, eye appointments, and dental visits.
  3. Be sure to get the rest you need. If you need to readjust your schedule to make sure you get your sleep, do it.
  4. Reduce your stress level. This can be very hard sometimes, but ask your family and friends to help you in this area. There are also support groups you can join.
  5. Get enough exercise or physical activity. This will help maintain your weight and alleviate unneeded stress.
  6. Eat a healthy diet. If you don't have healthy recipes, visit your local library or go online. Ask friends for help. Generally, people love to share recipes.
  7. It's important for lupus sufferers to limit their exposure to sunlight.
  8. Report any bouts with sickness to your medical professional.
  9. Surgery can aggravate lupus symptoms. Delay any surgeries, if possible.
  10. If you are a female with lupus and desire to get pregnant, it should be carefully planned. Discussion with your medical professional is a must.
  11. Don't stop taking lupus specific medication without discussing it with your medical professional because a sudden halt will trigger a lupus flare.
  12. Before you try any new skin product, first determine if you have a sensitivity reaction to it.
  13. Certain medications can aggravate lupus symptoms. Be sure to discuss this with your medical professional.
  14. Routine immunizations are important for our general health, but lupus sufferers should confirm this with their medical professional before getting one.
  15. Do not smoke if you have lupus. Smoking is a well-known trigger of lupus.

Prepare yourself

You have just learned some helpful hints to help you prepare for an unpredictable lupus flare. Being aware is the first and foremost piece of advice a lupus sufferer can receive. Surround yourself with information, family, and friends. Be aware. Live your life as normal as possible.

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