I want to share what I believe are five ways to recover from a lupus flare. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks itself instead of fighting off invaders that would cause infection.
Lupus has the potential of causing permanent damage to internal and external organ systems. There is no cure for lupus and it's still a mystery of how it originates.
Some studies assume heredity while there are some cases where lupus is drug induced, or come from certain medications.
I was hospitalized from a severe lupus flare last week. I experienced major hair loss causing baldness on the frontal portion of my scalp. My joints and muscles deteriorated and I needed one week of pain management and another week of physical therapy.
Thankfully, I learned the tools I needed to recover at home but here are my five ways on how to do it:
- Take medications as prescribed. When you have lupus, you are bound to be on a slew of medications and supplements. It gets tedious after a while but you cannot afford to quit or skip doses. Doing this will guarantee a setback in symptoms.
- Rest. Getting plenty of rest is mandatory on your journey of recovery. I understand that we have family and other obligations but try to find someone who can step in and help out.
- Stay in contact with your specialist. Most doctors want you to follow up with them shortly after in order to monitor your progress. That means undergoing blood and other diagnostic testing. Don't skip your appointments.
- Meditate. I have had several flare ups over the years since being diagnosed with lupus in 2004. Each time I recovered I added meditation and kept a journal. Meditation doesn't require chanting or other religious act but it is the act of being quiet and relaxing.
- Be realistic about your illness. The biggest challenge I have is that I have to remind myself that I have lupus and that I cannot engage in the activities that I used to. I have to remind myself that I'm not physically up for them or socializing. Don't write a check you cannot cash so to speak and regret it later when you come home feeling worse than before.
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