4 Encouraging Facts About Lupus

4 Encouraging Facts About Lupus

When you have lupus, your immune system mistakenly attacks tissues in your organs, such as your skin, heart, lungs, and joints. Once you have it, you may be prone to bothersome symptoms, like fatigue, skin rashes, breathing issues, and joint pain.

While lupus is a serious and chronic disease, there is hope and help to be had. 

Our expert team of board-certified pain management specialists at Wisconsin Spine and Pain in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, specializes in treating joint pain related to lupus to improve your health and life quality.

If you’re feeling a bit down about your lupus diagnosis, read on for some worthy encouragement.

1. You’re not alone

When you’re diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, it can be easy to feel as though you’re coping alone. An estimated 1.5 million people in the United States and over 5 million people around the world live with lupus, however. 

As a result, plentiful support groups and other resources are available. In addition, our experts at Wisconsin Spine and Pain are committed to walking the path with you.

2. Effective treatments are available

While there’s no known cure for lupus, an effective treatment plan can help keep your symptoms to a minimum. Medical care often involves medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, or biologic drugs. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, may also help keep pain and inflammation at bay.

For lupus joint pain, your provider at Wisconsin Spine and Pain may recommend:

3. You can live a full life with lupus

Once you’ve been diagnosed with lupus, taking care of yourself and your unique needs can go a long way in helping you lead a rich, full life. In addition to medical treatments, we may suggest lifestyle steps to prevent flare-ups, such as:

4. Lupus treatment may boost your overall health

Not only can medical and lifestyle measures for lupus reduce your symptoms and stave off flare-ups, but they may improve your health as a whole. Eating well and exercising routinely, for example, can lower your risk for other serious conditions, such as heart disease, heart attack, fractures, and stroke. 

By protecting your skin from UV rays, you’ll lower your odds of skin cancer. And quitting smoking is a key step toward preventing lung damage and cancer.

Tending to your lupus needs can also bring a sense of empowerment and control, especially if you have emotional support from a therapist or loved ones. Being proactive about your health and well-being may even inspire others to do the same with their own.

To learn more about lupus or to get the care you need, call our office most convenient to you or request an appointment online today. 

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