Day-to-Day Living

Leaky Gut, Increased Intestinal Permeability, & Lupus

Day-to-Day Living

Sugar & Health Risks for Lupus Warriors: Not So Sweet

Cutting sugar, especially processed sugars and carbohydrates, from your diet can be a challenge....

Exercises

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Chronic Pain

Many Lupus Warriors are familiar with chronic pain -- the kind that lasts for...

Day-to-Day Living

Tooth Decay, Dental Caries, and Lupus

Trips to the dentist aren’t really fun. But, they are crucial to oral health. Around 85% of Lupus Warriors experience tooth decay during the battle with lupus. As if the pain and fatigue wasn’t enough! Many people with lupus experience dental...

Federal Assistance

Affording Medications for Lupus: Programs & Assistance

The pain and fatigue of lupus doesn't just take a toll on your body. Affording medications can hurt your wallet. Out-of-pocket costs for medications and uncovered portions of clinical visits can be a major headache -- and cause some people to forego potential treatments altogether. While research and development of...

Living with Lupus

Flare Triggers and Early Lupus Symptoms

Recognizing flare triggers makes it possible to predict changes in lupus disease activity before the symptoms begin. Living with lupus can feel like a roller coaster. Over night, symptoms can show up or disappear and inflammation can rise and fall. Internal factors, like stress, and external factors, like air...

Living with Lupus

Low-Dose Naltrexone, Receptors, & Lupus

Naltrexone is best known for helping treat drug and alcohol addiction. But, low-dose naltrexone treatment may also reduce lupus pain and inflammation. Medications are designed to impact the body in a particular way, towards a particular goal.  What they do in the body, the drug action,...

Day-to-Day Living

Anxiety, Chronic Stress, and Lupus Symptoms

About 37% of people with lupus have also been diagnosed with anxiety. Feelings of chronic stress can permeate your life and these feelings shouldn't be ignored. Anxiety is a sense of fear or panic that intrudes into your thoughts, keeps you awake...

Living with Lupus

The Top Lupus Tip to Share with My Younger Self Is…

Experience: The useful tidbits you learn along the way (but wish you knew from the beginning) Over time, you become an expert in living with lupus. You build a lupus treatment team that works for you. You get the schedule of medications and office visits down. You get used...

Day-to-Day Living

Allergies, Immunoglobulin E, & Lupus Symptoms

Spring brings more than warm weather. Flowers, pollen, and insects can add allergies to the mix for Lupus Warriors. An allergy is a reaction by your immune system to a stimulus that does not bother other people. An allergen is, simply, a personal trigger that sends your immune system into...

Day-to-Day Living

Oral Ulcers, Mouth Sores, & Lupus

Oral ulcers and mouth sores are a common symptom of lupus, affecting around 50% of Lupus Warriors. These ulcers may be an indication of changes in disease activity. An oral ulcer or canker sore is a shallow injury in the cheeks, tongue, or other soft parts of the mouth....

Day-to-Day Living

Pets, Health Benefits of Animals, & Lupus

“Sometimes it feels like my pet is the only one that understands me,” is a common refrain for many Lupus Warriors. Beyond being good listeners and friends, pets may also offer some health benefits for people with lupus. You’ll see videos of animals being...