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Kaleidoscope Blog

We provide a wealth of information about lupus – its symptoms, treatments and the profound ways that it affects people’s lives. Our blogs also highlight the latest medical research behind the never-ending quest for a cure.

Lupus and Menopause

We are fortunate to live in a day and age when many of us can speak openly about sexual health and well-being, and it’s no longer considered taboo to discuss menopause.  Once whispered under the breath – and never around men – “the change of life” was something you only discussed with your bestie or…

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Lupus and the Flu Shot: What You Need to Know

It is the beginning of the 2019-20 flu season, and here are some important things to think about concerning the flu and flu vaccinations. If you have lupus, you should strongly consider speaking to your doctor about getting a seasonal flu vaccine.  In this blog, we  answer many questions regarding this particular type of vaccination and…

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Avoiding the Resolution Trap – An Anti-Resolution Guide to the New Year

It is natural for each of us to look at the beginning of a new year almost as a new lease on life. It’s perfectly normal to want to put the previous year behind us and start fresh with a clean slate. However, instead of writing out a definitive list of resolutions that we vow…

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Lupus and Menopause

  We are fortunate to live in a day and age when many of us can speak openly about sexual health and well-being, and it’s no longer considered taboo to discuss menopause.  Once whispered under the breath – and never around men – “the change of life” was something you only discussed with your bestie…

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Lupus and Intimacy

Introduction Defining Intimacy The Physical Barriers to Intimacy The Emotional Barriers to Intimacy Ways to Improve Intimacy In Conclusion Introduction Living with lupus can affect you physically and emotionally.  It can also affect the way you view your self-image, and how you feel (good or bad) about sex and intimacy.  Fatigue, joint pain, depression and certain lupus medications may all interfere with…

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Cheers to You! Balancing Alcohol and Lupus

  Introduction Drinking 101 – An Alcohol Primer Avoiding a Cocktail for Disaster – Drug Interactions with Alcohol When You Have Lupus Celebrate Good Times – One Ginger Ale at a Time In Conclusion Introduction Well, maybe I’ll just have one. Stop and think seriously about this before having the bartender pour you a lemon…

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Giving Thanks: Expressing Gratitude When Living with Lupus

  Introduction The Chemistry of Gratitude Gratitude and Overall Well-Being 5 Ways to Experience and Express More Gratitude In Conclusion   “An attitude of gratitude brings great things. – Yogi Bhajan” Introduction How many of us take gratitude for granted? I’ll be the first to admit that I do. I often forget that being grateful…

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The Holidays, Food and Lupus: A Guide to Healthy Eating and Happy Hosting

Introduction Celebrating Across Faiths and Cultures Navigating the Dinner Dilemma – Be in the Driver’s Seat! Is Fasting Safe? In Conclusion Introduction The holidays bring with them so many expectations. The ritual of coming together after long separations across time or miles should be a joyous experience, invoking feelings of excitement and pleasure.  More often…

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Cutaneous Lupus

Contents: What is lupus? What are the four types of lupus? What are the different types of cutaneous lupus? Who gets cutaneous lupus and how does it relate to systemic lupus? Is cutaneous lupus contagious? How is it diagnosed and treated? Tips and Advice In Conclusion What is lupus? Lupus is a widespread and chronic…

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Lupus

  Contents: Introduction What is vitamin D and how does it affect the body? What do the studies show about vitamin D deficiency and lupus show? What are the symptoms for vitamin D deficiency? How is a vitamin D deficiency diagnosed? What is considered a good level for vitamin D? Are certain people more likely…

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Fatty Acids: Omega-3s in the Treatment of Lupus

  Contents What exactly are omega-3’s? What are the health benefits of omega-3’s? Sources of Omega-3 Krill Oil in the Treatment of Lupus In conclusion Lately, there have been a growing number of research studies, which highlight the possible role of certain fatty acids in slowing that kind of overactive immune responses that are seen…

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Happiness: Increasing the Odds – and Neurotransmitters

  Individuals with lupus experience more than a fair share of ups and downs. Some days, it may feel possible to run relays while other days, loading the dishwasher may take every ounce of available energy – and then some. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to save some of the good days in…

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Happiness: The Wonder Drug of Well-Being

  What is happiness? Our Chemical Response to Happiness The Health Benefits of a Positive Attitude In Conclusion   “Clap along if you know what happiness is to you” – lyrics from “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. While there have been those among us – such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer – who would…

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Lupus and Your Body: Your Precious Heart and Cardiovascular System

  Contents The Heart and its Role as Part of the Cardiovascular System Conditions of the Heart and Cardiovascular System Staying Healthy In Conclusion   The average heart beats approximately 100,000 times a day. For an 80-year old, that adds up to an astonishing 280,000,000 beats over the years! It stands to reason how resilient…

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Your Pancreas – Don’t Take This Complex Organ For Granted!

  Contents What is the Pancreas? Pancreatitis Preventing Pancreatitis Diabetes Diagnosing Diabetes Treating Diabetes Diabetes Prevention In Conclusion As of 2015, 9.4% of the American population had diabetes – that’s 30.3 million Americans. Unfortunately, that number is not a surprise considering we are living in a time when everything – including us – seems to…

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Stroke and Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Brain

  Contents What is stroke? What are the risk factors for stroke in individuals with SLE? How does stroke affect the brain? Decreasing the Risk of Stroke In Conclusion Constantly processing the input and output of data, your brain is your most precious – and potentially vulnerable – asset. Responsible for storing family vacation memories,…

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Taking Some of the Mystery Out of Raynaud’s Phenomenon

One of the more common overlapping conditions with some of us living with lupus, is Raynauld’s Phenomenon.  This blog describes the condition, what to look for, and how it can be managed. Contents: Raynaud’s Phenomenon and its Symptoms What causes Raynaud’s Phenomenon? How is Raynaud’s Phenomenon diagnosed? Treating Raynaud’s Phenomenon Preventing or Minimizing Symptoms In…

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Lupus and Low Disease Activity

  Achieving Low Disease Activity Contents: What is Lupus Low Disease Activity State (LLDAS)? Integrated and Complementary Approaches to Achieving LLDAS In Conclusion Everyday, individuals living with lupus learn more and more about their disease. They learn how lupus uniquely manifests in their own bodies, how they will react to the medications and treatments prescribed…

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Pain, Pain, Go Away – The Chronic Pain of Lupus

  Contents: Why Do I Hurt So Much? Types of Pain, Diagnosis, and Treatment Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Tendonitis Fibromyalgia Headaches and Migraines Serositis Plexopathy and Polyneuropathy Raynaud’s Phenomenon Anxiety and Depression Be Heard – Give Voice To Your Pain In Conclusion   Chronic pain can feel like you carry the weight of the world…

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The Elusive Liver

Your Lupus, Your Body: The Elusive Liver Function of the Liver Conditions of the Liver, Diagnostics, Treatment Lupus Hepatitis Vasculitis and Hepatic Vasculitis Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome and Budd-Chiari Syndrome Keeping Healthy In Conclusion   Your Lupus, Your Body: The Elusive Liver Does the health and well-being of your liver pop into your mind when you’re…

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Lupus and Your Lungs

  Your Lupus, Your Body Starting in August, we are kicking-off a brand-new, bi-weekly series of blog articles called, Your Lupus, Your Body.  Each blog article will highlight how lupus can and does affect different aspects of the human body. Though the focus will be on anatomy and the latest research in that field, the information will also include…

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