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…
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…
Inflammation-Related Anemia & Lupus
Red blood cells transport oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with lupus may experience a reduction in red blood cells known as inflammation-related anemia, which can cause a range of symptoms. The signs of inflammation-related anemia, or “anemia of…
Cutaneous Lupus (CLE), Quality of Life, & Fatigue
Cutaneous Lupus (CLE) is a form of lupus that affects the skin. But these symptoms are more than skin-deep. CLE has an impact on quality of life and energy levels, too. Dermatologists identify three main types of Cutaneous lupus erythematosus…
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…
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…
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…
Overheating, Thyroid Disease, and Lupus
Summer is on its way -- bringing hot, sunny days. For heat-intolerant people with lupus, this also brings the risk of overheating. Heat intolerance refers to when an individual feels unbearably hot, most commonly when the temperature around you rises.…