The Mental and Physical Effects of Living With Lupus
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that develops when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs because it cannot distinguish between foreign invaders and healthy tissues. Inflammation caused by lupus can damage your skin, joints, and organs.
Since the symptoms of lupus vary between individuals, it can be difficult to diagnose. Many people experience joint pain or stiffness and swelling, a butterfly-shaped rash on the face, fatigue, skin lesions, shortness of breath, chest pain and headaches. Most people have episodes called flares that get worse for a while, then improve or disappear. However, some cases are severe, leaving the afflicted with heart, lung, and kidney problems.
Learning to live with a debilitating disease can be challenging. The mental and physical effects can hinder your daily activities and limit your ability to work and socialize. There are things you can do to help ease your symptoms and get the most quality out of your days. First, be sure you are getting enough rest by keeping a regular sleep schedule. If you have trouble sleeping, apply Milkweed Balm before bed to soothe your muscles. Taking hot showers or practicing yoga before bed can also help in reducing inflammation.
In addition to pain management, you will need to manage your mental well-being. You may experience overwhelming sadness, anger, frustration, and fear when coping with lupus. Join a support group, talk to friends or visit a counselor to express your feelings and learn how to cope.
You are more susceptible to infections when you have lupus, so washing your hands frequently and avoiding individuals who are contagious is important. Keep your body strong by exercising regularly and eating healthy meals.
By learning how to manage your symptoms and emotions effectively, your life with lupus can be positive and productive.