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Caring for the Caregiver: What You Need to Know

Dick met Jane. They got married. Dick and Jane were happy and healthy.  Dick and Jane took care of each other. Dick and Jane went out often together and had fun. Dick and Jane planned a wonderful and bright future together.  Then … Jane got sick.  Dick and Jane found out that her illness has…

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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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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 extends…

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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 to…

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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 in…

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Lupus, the Heart and Cardiovascular System

Approximately half of individuals with lupus experience hypertension, making cardiovascular disease the number one cause of death. Explore the risks of cardiovascular disease and what can be done to treat these conditions and protect the heart. . Contents The Heart and its Role as Part of the Cardiovascular System Conditions of the Heart and Cardiovascular…

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Lupus and the Pancreas

Though autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is relatively rare, lupus can target the pancreas with an inflammatory response, and of course diabetes is a concern for many – whether it is directly attributed to SLE or not.  Here are some things to consider regarding your lupus and this surprisingly complex organ! Contents What is the Pancreas? Pancreatitis…

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Lupus and the Risk of Stroke

It is estimated that those with SLE have 8 times the risk for stroke compared to the general public.  The following describes what these risks entail and how you can reduce them as much as possible! Introduction What is stroke? What are the risk factors for stroke in individuals with SLE? How does stroke affect…

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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 on…

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