5 Strategies for Coping With Lupus-Associated Brain Fog

Monday morning finds many of us feeling foggy, but 20 percent to 50 percent of people with lupus have a unique feeling of mental fogginess, including: Depression Memory problems Headaches Fatigue Confusion Other neurologic symptoms This set of symptoms, often called brain fog or lupus fog, is important to identify if you or a loved one has lupus. Knowing what to…

10 Tips for Meditating to Relax and Help Lupus Anxiety

Before I got lupus, I had no idea what an anxiety attack felt like, let alone how to work to stave one off. I’d always used meditation for personal focus and professional clarity. Meditation and mindfulness are how I have accomplished a lot of goals over the years but I never thought they would help me…

Lupus Stole Her Legs, Not Her Heart

Lupus stole Stacey Kozel’s use of her legs, but left her heart stronger than ever. “I want to keep going and living life,” said the woman from Pennsylvania now walking from California to Washington. Kozel is hiking the roughly 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail.  It’s a trip she says would take the average hiker five…

Finding the treatment approach for you

Lupus symptoms vary from one person to another. In many cases, the best treatment approach is with a health care team that will tailor treatment to your specific condition. Choosing the right doctor A rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases of the joints and muscles, generally treats people with lupus. If lupus has caused…

Lupus common yet often misunderstood

It’s a centuries old disorder that wasn’t recognized as worthy of research funding until 2005. Its mark on the body is often invisible. Yet millions around the world suffer from it. Its symptoms, such as fatigue, confusion, shortness of breath and joint pain, are so common that many of its victims, predominantly women, are written…

Lupus – 10 Things You Should Know

Lupus is a complicated disease. Whether it has been suggested you may have lupus, or you have a definitive diagnosis, you should know these 10 basic facts about lupus. 1 – Lupus is an autoimmune, rheumatic disease. In lupus, the immune system of the body attacks its own cells and tissues. Specifically, the joints, skin,…

Explaining Lupus Pain and Fatigue to Friends and Family

Interacting with family and friends who don’t understand what it’s like to live with lupus is one of the most challenging experiences when coping with the disease. They might insist that fatigue is simply being tired and blame your time in bed as your own laziness, or your lack of not trying hard enough to get…

9 Tips to Prevent Hair Loss in Lupus Patients

Lupus or Medication? Establish the reason for your hair loss. Is it lupus or could the hair loss be due to the medication you’re taking? If it’s medication-related, then speak to your doctor about changing medications. Start Lupus Treatment as Soon as Possible The sooner you start lupus treatment, the better and the less likely…

Five things to know before starting an exercise routine

The best part about warm weather is our renewed ability to enjoy outdoor activities. This can be highly beneficial to people with lupus.  However, it’s best not to jump right into a rigorous exercise program. This is a good time to ease your body into the idea of working out. Lupus patients can and should…

Facts you should know about lupus

Lupus is autoimmune disease where the immune system treats the body’s own tissue as a foreign substance and produces antibodies to fight it. The damage caused by these antibodies may produce symptoms such as: • Rashes, • Headaches, • Fatigue, • Arthritic joint disease, • Heart damage, • Shortness of breath • Impaired kidney function…