Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system begins to attack your own organs. Symptoms of this disease can include fever, joint pain, sensitivity to the sun, and a butterfly-shaped rash on the face. It can be tricky for physicians to diagnose lupus, as this disease shares so many symptoms with other medical conditions. Once your doctor has diagnosed you with lupus, you will want to take care to avoid any triggers that can cause painful flareups of inflammation, fever, fatigue, and joint pain.
12. Keep Your Doctor Appointments
One way to prevent painful flares of lupus symptoms is to visit your doctor at regular intervals. Since lupus can affect multiple organs, you may have several physicians treating you for different aspects of this disease. The Lupus Foundation of America advises preparing in advance to make the most of your time with your doctor. Bring a list of your current medications, and a list of any new symptoms. Carry a pen and paper for jotting down notes. Don’t be afraid to actively participate in your care by asking questions and making sure you understand your course of treatment.
11. Get Enough Sleep
Exhaustion can be a trigger for painful lupus flares. Your body needs rest in order for proper immune function. Studies show that adequate sleep is critical for good immune function, while sleep deprivation can trigger the body to release inflammatory cytokines. Different people require different amounts of sleep. However, eight to ten hours per night is a good goal for most adults. If you have difficulty falling asleep, set the stage for a good night of rest by dimming the lights and engaging in quiet activities before bedtime.