After being able to recognize the symptoms, perhaps the second most difficult aspect of lupus is managing your symptoms. From extreme fatigue to joint pain to hair loss, here are five simple ways you can help control all those symptoms and more.
Get your rest.
Fatigue is common in those who’ve been diagnosed with lupus. To fight off fatigue, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep every time you hit the sack. Depending on the person, you may need anywhere from eight to 12 hours of sleep every night, in order to feel completely restored.
Believe it or not, physical activity can actually help boost your energy. During your workout sessions, be sure to pace yourself and take breaks whenever you feel that you need them to avoid experiencing that tired, burnt-out feeling.
By incorporating meals that are well-balanced and full of nutrition into your diet, you can help manage your symptoms and benefit your overall health. Avoid salty, processed foods and opt for fresh fruits and veggies, poultry, fish and dark, leafy greens instead.
Avoid unnecessary sun exposure.
For many lupus patients, light sensitivity can be a real issue and can even trigger or worsen a number of symptoms, including skin rash, joint pain and fatigue. Try avoiding the sunlight, especially during the summer months and times when the sun’s rays are the strongest, which tends to be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you do choose to go outside during these times, then be sure to take the necessary precautions by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen before stepping out the door.
Put your health first.
Overall, taking good care of yourself helps to prevent any flare ups. What does that involve exactly? Getting the necessary vaccinations to protect yourself from infections since lupus patients tend to have weaker immune systems and educating yourself on the disease as much as you possibly can are both great starting points.