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Treating and Managing Lupus

Can I be cured?

Lupus is incurable, though it is treatable. In fact, if you're willing to make healthy lifestyle choices and changes, you can lead a long, full life.

Can it be prevented?

Due to lupus not having a known cure, the only real preventative measure that can be taken is preventing flare-ups of the condition.

What about diet?

Yes, diet can play a key role in reducing your symptoms and preventing those painful flare-ups. The following diet additions can be beneficial to you:

Natural healthy diet will help you manage your Lupus.

Vitamin A: The antioxidant properties of Vitamin A may have anti-inflammatory effects. Foods rich in Vitamin A include liver, carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, spinach, pumpkin, collard greens, kale, and eggs.

Vitamin E: Similar in effect to Vitamin A, Vitamin E is also an antioxidant which can have anti-inflammatory effects. Foods rich in Vitamin E include olives, nuts, seeds, spinach, asparagus, and corn.

Selenium: Again, similar to Vitamins A and E, selenium is an antioxidant which can have anti-inflammatory effects. Foods rich in dietary selenium include Brazil nuts, kidneys, crab, lobster, and eggs.

Omega-3 fatty acids: These have been shown to slow down the progression of lupus and have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Foods rich in omega-2 fatty acids include flaxseed, salmon, anchovies, sardines, whitefish, mackerel, and herring.

Vitamin D and Calcium: These are important to maintain bone health. One of the treatments for lupus is the use of certain steroids, which can potentially cause osteoporosis (a disease which causes bones to become more brittle and easily breakable). This can be counteracted through the consumption of foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D.

Foods rich in Vitamin D include mushrooms, eggs, catfish, tuna, eel, sardines, salmon, and mackerel.

Foods rich in calcium include milk, cheese, seaweeds (such as kelp or wakame), kale, dandelion leaves, almonds, rutabaga, beans, sesame seeds, oranges, and collard greens.

The following should be removed or limited from your diet:

Alfalfa. This contains a substance called L-canavanine, which boosts the immune system. This is undesirable for lupus sufferers, as their immune systems are attacking their own bodies.

Zinc. Also an immune system booster, this is undesirable to lupus sufferers for the same reason as alfalfa.

What are my treatment options?

Keep in mind that lupus does not have a cure. The treatments for lupus deal with keeping symptoms and flare-ups to a minimum.

  • NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). NSAIDs such as ASA (Aspirin), ibuprofen, or naproxen. NSAIDs help to control pain and reduce inflammation. They do not control the disease or stop it from getting worse.
  • Acetaminophen. This is the main ingredient in Tylenol. It provides mild pain relief.
  • DMARDs (Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs). DMARDS can slow or sometimes prevent joint destruction. Generally, they are recommended early in the course of the disease.
  • Cortisone therapy. A corticosteroid injection can be an effective way to reduce inflammation, resulting in pain relief. However, its negative long term effects are thought to outweigh the beneficial effects.
  • Anti-malarial medications. These have been shown to reduce both inflammation and flare-ups of lupus.
  • Immunosuppressants. These drugs are used to help suppress the immune system in lupus sufferers, and therefore keep the immune system from attacking the rest of the body.

What about pain relief for the complications?

If you develop arthritis as a complication of your lupus, the following options can help you relieve your pain and speed your recovery.

Natural treat your Lupus with the benefits of cold therapy.

Cold wrap therapy. Cold compression wraps interrupt pain signals and reduce inflammation. Arthritis immobilizes your joints by inducing swelling in the surrounding tissue. The deep cold provided by cold compression wraps/braces slows this process. Cold wraps numb the nerves to reduce the pain. In the early moments or hours of your flare-up, controlling inflammation is extremely important, especially because inflammation also strains the surrounding tissue causing more pain and damage.

If you don't have a cold compression wrap for managing your joint pain, an important and safe treatment method is being ignored. Our MendMeShop store contains a wide selection of cold compression wraps.

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Combine heat therapy. To increase blood flow and circulation, try combining heat therapy with cold compression. We offer hot packs for our wraps as well.

Ultrasound Therapy. Ultrasound therapy is a great option to decrease inflammation and pain experienced with lupus. You can administer your own therapy using a portable, home ultrasound device. The treatment is easy, painless, safe, and generally requires between 5 - 10 minutes. It is based on a form of deep tissue therapy, which is generated through high frequency sound waves (that we can not hear). These waves send vibrations deep into your body and raise the temperature of your soft tissue. The waves are delivered through a hand held transducer and medicinal conductive gel that are used together in a slow, circular motion on your skin over the affected area. You may experience a slight tingling or warm sensation during the process as a result of the gel; this enhances the therapeutic effects of ultrasound (phonophoresis). You deserve specialized, professional care. Get your own ultrasound kit from MendMeShop.

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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy. When your joint is inflamed, it needs the blood flow to promote recovery. Since you can't work your swollen joint without excruciating pain, you need to stimulate the blood flow another way. A very effective way of doing this is with an Inferno Wrap. The Inferno Wrap energy penetrates the body. As it is absorbed it stimulates blood flow and warms the inner tissue. It is perfectly safe, natural, and very effective.

For most people with lupus, making positive lifestyle changes allow them to better manage the disease and improve their quality of life. Lifestyle changes that can be adopted to help ease the symptoms and flare-ups of lupus include:

Rest can rejuvenate your health and battle fatigue and help deal with Lupus

Get adequate rest. People with lupus often experience persistent fatigue that's different from normal tiredness and that isn't necessarily relieved by rest. For that reason, it can be hard to judge when you need to slow down. Experts recommend eight to 10 hours of sleep a night and naps or breaks during the day as needed. Friends and family members need to understand and respect your need for rest.

Be sun smart. Because ultraviolet light can trigger a flare, wear protective clothing such as a hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and use sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 every time you go outside, even if it's just a quick trip to the mailbox. Be sure that your ears, scalp and the backs of your hands are protected. Avoid tanning beds and stay out of the sun entirely when it's strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because fluorescent and halogen lights also can emit UV rays and thus aggravate lupus, you may need to wear sunscreen and protective clothing indoors or use plastic devices that block UV emissions from indoor lights.

Get regular exercise. Exercise can help you recover from a flare, reduce your risk of heart attack, help fight depression and promote general well-being. Exercise as much as your body allows — aim for 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. You'll likely feel fatigued and not up to exercising sometimes, and that's OK. Rest when you need to. Time outdoor activities so that you avoid the sun when it's most intense, and if you're having a flare, stay out of the sun entirely.

Don't smoke. Smoking increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and can worsen the effects of lupus on your heart and blood vessels.

Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Sometimes you may have dietary restrictions, especially if you have high blood pressure, kidney damage or gastrointestinal problems.

Avoid alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can contribute to a flare-up as well as cause complications if you're on medication for controlling your lupus.



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