I Wish That My Rheumatologist Understood…
Rheumatologists are experts when it comes to autoimmune diseases like lupus. But, that doesn't mean that they understand all the challenges of being a Lupus Warrior. Rheumatologists are key members of the lupus treatment team and are often the clinician…
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…
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…
Stressors and Lupus: Management Techniques
Stress affects everyone and it can cause major health changes, particularly for people with lupus. Developing successful strategies for coping with stressors is an important part of self care. Stress is hard to define, but we all know it when…
Acupuncture, Pain Reduction, & Lupus
Looking for strategies to help battle pain and fatigue without more medications? Alternative treatments like acupuncture may offer support to Lupus Warriors. The goal of lupus treatment can vary between clinicians and people living with lupus. A recent study found that…
Measuring Lupus Disease Activity Over Time
Some say that the only thing constant is change. This can feel especially true for Lupus Warriors. Despite the value of tracking disease activity, measuring lupus disease activity remains a challenge. Accurate, reliable measurements of disease activity are a crucial…
High-Fiber Diets: Benefits for People with Lupus?
According to a 2018 study conducted on lupus-prone mice, a specific high-fiber diet can stimulate immune system cells and pathways associated with lupus disease development. It’s no secret to people living with lupus: diet can have a major impact on…
Positive Affirmations and Lupus
Positive affirmations and positive thinking are two powerful strategies that can help Lupus Warriors improve self esteem, manage stress, & get motivated to take on challenges. Staying positive and motivated when dealing with lupus and its myriad symptoms isn’t easy.…
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…
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 anti-malarial drug, HCQ…