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 Infertility

Both women and men with lupus dreaming of starting a family may struggle with infertility. However, with today’s medical technologies, infertility can be treatable and even preventable! Introduction to Lupus and Infertility Who is at greatest risk, and what are the risk factors for infertility in lupus? How can emotional health influence fertility? How is…

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Lupus and Self-care: A Day at the Spa

Prioritizing routine self-care is a must for both women and men living with lupus. Enjoying a day at the spa – or creating a spa-like experience at home – can feed the body and soul!   Introduction to Lupus and Self-care: A Day at the Spa Building the Perfect Spa Day In Conclusion Introduction to…

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Lupus and Chiropractic Care

In many parts of the world, chiropractic medicine is a popular complementary care option for those with autoimmune conditions like lupus.  It is especially helpful in the treatment of the muscle weakness and joint pain commonly associated with SLE, but that is only the beginning.  Read on to find out how a chiropractor can be…

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Lupus and Overheating

Has lupus taken away your ability to tolerate heat or caused hot flashes or excessive sweating?  Overheating is one of the most common symptoms that come with SLE.  Read on to find out how lupus can cause heat intolerance and what you can do to keep cool! Introduction to Lupus and Overheating What causes overheating…

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Lupus and Disorders of the Ear

There are estimates that up to 70% of those with SLE report problems with hearing and/or feeling dizzy. If that statistic perks up your ears, keep reading! Introduction to Lupus and Disorders of the Ear A Quick Anatomy of Hearing and Balance How can lupus cause ear and hearing disorders? How to Protect Hearing and…

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Lupus, Nicotine and Smoking

You probably know the statistics – that cigarettes and smoking are incredibly addictive and unhealthy, containing thousands of toxic chemicals, but did you know that it is even worst for those living with lupus? Read on to find out why! Introduction to Lupus, Nicotine, and Smoking How does quitting help? In Conclusion . Introduction to…

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Lupus – B Cells, T Cells and the Immune System

When B cells and T cells don’t know when to quit – the result – is lupus.  Both are specialized blood cells that are critical for a healthy immune system, but they also cause the damage that comes with lupus.  Read on to learn more about how these cells are supposed to defend the body,…

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Lupus, Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infections

More than one in three of all those with lupus experience urinary tract infections (UTIs) – far more than the general public.  They are among the most common reasons for lupus hospitalization and if not treated early, can lead to serious damage.  Read on find out about the causes, symptoms and treatments for UTIs and…

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Lupus and Celiac Disease

Having lupus increases the risk of developing another autoimmune disease, like celiac disease – by the 30% or more. Read on to find out more celiac disease, gluten and what they could mean for those with lupus. Introduction to Lupus and Celiac disease What if I have lupus and think I have celiac disease? More…

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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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Dealing with Dialysis While Living with Lupus

Approximately 10% to 25% of those with lupus nephritis may develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and require dialysis. If you have SLE and need dialysis, read on to find out what it means and how it could affect your life. Introduction to Lupus and Kidney Dialysis What is dialysis? What does dialysis mean for someone…

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Transplants and Lupus

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 69,000 kidney transplants are performed worldwide. Whether the transplant is from a close friend, relative, or even total stranger, receiving a new kidney can mean getting a new lease on life for those with lupus nephritis and kidney failure. Introduction to Lupus Nephritis and Kidney Transplants How…

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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 Nephritis

Lupus nephritis (LN) is a leading cause of death in SLE and can affect from 40% to 50% of those with lupus. Yet, newly approved drug therapies promise to change the future LN.  Read on to learn more about this dangerous condition and how it can be treated. Introduction: What is lupus nephritis? Who is…

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Lupus and Dry, Brittle Hair – “Lupus Hair”

Lupus, and all that comes with it, can have a serious effect on your hair.  Dry, brittle hair that easily breaks off is one aspect that can really be alarming.  However, there are simple things you can do to lessen the damage.  Continue reading to find out why ”lupus hair” happens, and what can you…

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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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A Brief Overview of Lupus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have lupus, you must be wondering, is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccination?  The short answer is yes, but there are some facts you need to know as you consult with your healthcare provider on taking the vaccine.  Read on to find out more! Introduction I have SLE; is the COVID-19 vaccine…

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Lupus and Headaches

It is estimated that over 70% of those with SLE experience some kind of headaches at one time or another throughout the course of the disease. Do you suffer and wonder why your head pounds, making you feel miserable? Read on to find out why. Introduction What are the most common types of headaches for…

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Lupus and the Lymphatic System

The human body has over 600 lymph nodes, and during a lupus flare, every single one of those 600 lymph nodes can react and become swollen.  And if that isn’t enough, lymph nodes are only one part of a vast network of tissues and pathways that make up the lymphatic system – a key player…

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Lupus and Aging: Immunosenescence

Are you over 60 and living with lupus? Even it you are not over 60 yet, it is critical to know how aging affects those of us living with lupus. Read on and find out the facts about lupus, aging and immunosenescence. Introduction Lupus, Aging and Immunosenescence Staying Healthy While Aging with Lupus In Conclusion…

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