How Lupus Affects Your Body


The most common eye problem is dryness or a gritty feeling. Rarely, blood vessel changes in the retina can weaken your vision. Lupus can also damage nerves in the muscles that control your eye movements.

What you can do:

Use artificial teardrops for dry eyes.

Joints and Muscles

Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness are common problems with lupus, especially in hands, wrists, and feet. The swelling doesn’t damage your joints, but it can be painful. Lupus can also affect your muscles and cause weakness.

What you can do:

Take anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen.

Try a warm shower or bath, a heating pad, or cold packs to ease pain and stiffness.

Avoid high-intensity exercises when you have joint pain, but try to stay active with walking or yoga.

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