Deal with Lupus with Grace and Courage
Lupus is perhaps one of the most dangerous diseases in the world today. Though there are a lot of breakthroughs through the years, there’s no known treatment for it yet. Hundreds of people still die from the illness every year.
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that affects your cells. It compels your body cells to attack one another. Because of this, there is a whole range of symptoms for the disease. In fact, it’s labeled as the illness with a thousand faces, masking itself as one of the regular disorders so it’s not diagnosed early.
So far, once you have it, you have to live with it for the rest of your life. But don’t despair. There are also thousands out there who are living their life to the fullest despite the presence of the illness. If they can do it, so can you.
Here are some great ideas to deal with lupus:
1. Take your medications. Your medications are there to control the flare-ups, which you should try to avoid as much as possible. They may be cocktails or a combination of drugs. If there are too many, it’s advisable you post a list of schedules for your medications.
2. Seek an appointment. You don’t need to be very sick before you see a doctor. In fact, it’s recommended you do so while you’re still feeling fine so you can maintain your excellent condition. You should also opt for a very comprehensive medical check-up, especially for your vital organs, at least once every year (or depending on your doctor’s prescription).
3. Exercise. If you have lupus, you’re prone to rheumatoid arthritis. The disease can affect your joints, and the pain will only get worse if you don’t exercise those muscles. Make it a point to exercise at least for 15 to 20 minutes a day. But before you do that, you may want to consult your doctor first. There may be exercises that would be not good for you.
4. Check the food you eat. Not all fruits and vegetables can be eaten by a person with lupus, because they can lead to flare-ups. To know which food plan is ideal for you, you can coordinate with a nutritionist or a dietitian. You can ask for referral from your own physician, so you deal with someone you can really trust.
5. Reduce your stress. This is not an option. It’s a must. If you need to look for a lighter and easier job, then do so. If you can opt for a home-based work, then do it. Stress is one of the major culprits of lupus flare-ups because it decreases your immunity greatly. Second, it leads to insomnia, and lupus sufferers need to receive adequate sleep daily.
Lupus patients, moreover, have found it beneficial to meditate, especially along with affirmations. The subliminal messages often talk about inner strength and peace, as well as hope, values that bring positive emotions to them. When their mind-set is positive, they have better means of coping the challenges brought by the disease with subliminal messages.