Coping With Lupus

Lupus and NSAIDs

If you have lupus, you are likely already using NSAIDs – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  They are the most widely used pharmaceuticals for treating the most common symptoms of lupus – pain and inflammation.  Yet, what do we really know about them, and what should we know?  Read on to find out! Introduction What are NSAIDs…

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Spoon Theory

Finding the right words to put living with lupus in perspective can be difficult.   Spoon Theory to the rescue! What is Spoon Theory? Who is a Spoonie? Life as a Spoonie In Conclusion What is Spoon Theory? In 2003, Christine Miserandino created The Spoon Theory to explain what life is like for someone living…

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Lupus and the Healing Power of Belief

You may hold the key to feeling better simply by believing.  Whether through spiritual faith or confidence in medicine, belief can have a powerful healing effect. Introduction to Lupus and the Power of Belief The Biology and Psychology of Belief How can I improve my attitude and my lupus symptoms? In Conclusion Introduction to Lupus…

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Lupus and Isolation: A Guide to Surviving the Holidays During a Global Pandemic

Few can argue that 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Feelings of isolation may be amplified now that it’s the holiday season, and if you have lupus, these feelings may be stronger than ever. Introduction Reframing Your Thinking 10 Self-Care Habits To Carry You Through the Holidays Do Onto Others In Conclusion Introduction…

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Lupus and Coffee

How many of us NEED a cup of coffee to start our day? Yet, what does it mean to consume coffee while living with lupus? The medical community is beginning to ask that question as well. Read on and find out about coffee and its impact on lupus. Introduction What Makes Coffee, Coffee? Coffee and…

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The Impact of Lupus on Oral and Dental Health

From ulcers and dry-mouth, to tooth decay and gum disease, lupus can significantly affect your oral and dental health. Read more about the surprisingly complex relationship between lupus and a healthy smile!   Introduction Signs and Symptoms of Oral and Dental Health Issues in Lupus Causes of Oral and Dental Health Issues in Lupus Oral…

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Lupus Remission Guilt

You’re in remission – that is fantastic! So why do you feel so guilty? Keep reading and learn more about lupus remission guilt – how to understand it and do your best to manage the feeling. Introduction What is Lupus Remission Guilt? Shame vs. Guilt in Lupus Remission Managing Lupus Remission Guilt In Conclusion  …

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus

Approximately 1.3 million individuals in the US, and 23 million worldwide have rheumatoid arthritis. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this autoimmune disease that overlaps with lupus. Introduction Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis as an Overlap Disease of…

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Pets, Emotional Well-Being and Lupus

While mental health therapy can provide the skills needed to cope with the ups and downs of life, the unconditional love of an animal can also help emotionally sustain us though the toughest times. Those who have pets know the feeling you get when a purring cat curls up in your lap or when a…

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Isolation and Anxiety: Living with Lupus

For many around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has required restrictions on travel, work, school and gatherings in public areas!  Feelings of uncertainty and of being cut off from others are understandable, but there are also ways to find emotional relief! Introduction Isolation Anxiety and Fear In Conclusion Introduction The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic is…

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