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    Default LIVING WITH LUPUS... Dealing with flares.

    Living with Lupus

    Despite the symptoms of lupus and the potential side-effects of treatment, people with lupus can maintain a high quality of life overall. One key to managing lupus is to understand the disease and its impact. Learning to recognize the warning signs of a flare can help the patient take steps to ward it off or reduce its intensity.

    Many people with lupus experience increased fatigue, pain, a rash, fever, abdominal discomfort, headache, or dizziness just before a flare. Developing strategies to prevent flares can also be helpful, such as learning to recognize your warning signals and maintaining good communication with your doctor.

    It is also important for people with lupus to receive regular health care, instead of seeking help only when symptoms worsen. Results from a medical exam and laboratory work on a regular basis allows the doctor to note any changes and to identify and treat flares early. The treatment plan, which is tailored to the individualís specific needs and circumstances, can be adjusted accordingly.

    If new symptoms are identified early, treatments may be more effective. Other concerns also can be addressed at regular checkups. The doctor can provide guidance about such issues as the use of sunscreens, stress reduction, and the importance of structured exercise and rest, as well as birth control and family planning. Because people with lupus can be more susceptible to infections, the doctor may recommend yearly influenza vaccinations or pneumococcal vaccinations for some patients.

    Women with lupus should receive regular preventive health care, such as gynecological and breast examinations. Men with lupus should have the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Both men and women need to have their blood pressure and cholesterol checked on a regular basis. If a person is taking corticosteroids or antimalarial medications, an eye exam should be done at least yearly to screen for and treat eye problems.

    Learning to recognize the warning signs of a flare can help the patient take steps to ward it off or reduce its intensity
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    Staying healthy requires extra effort and care for people with lupus, so it becomes especially important to develop strategies for maintaining wellness. Wellness involves close attention to the body, mind, and spirit. One of the primary goals of wellness for people with lupus is coping with the stress of having a chronic disorder. Effective stress management varies from person to person. Some approaches that may help include exercise, relaxation techniques such as meditation, and setting priorities for spending time and energy.

    Keeping A Flare At Bay

    Doctors have identified healthy habits that can help you avoid triggering a lupus flare.

    * Always take your medication as prescribed.
    * Keep your doctor's appointments, even if you're feeling well.
    * Avoid taking sulfa drugs (sulfonomides) that are used to treat infections such as bronchitis and urinary tract infections.
    * Limit your exposure to sunlight; apply sunscreen before going outside during the day, and wear sun-protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
    * Reduce your risk of infections.
    * Get plenty of rest.
    * Do not smoke.

    Information obtained by lupus.org
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    Oluwa -
    Thank you for all the good info!! Its greatly appreciated!!
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    thank you so much for this information!
    i appreciate it.
    what i need help on is my medicine. big struggle for mee.

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    :shock:

    There's another DUH! for me...I've always had problems with sulfa drugs, to the point I refuse to let the doctor give me a perscription with out checking to make sure it has NO sulfa in it.
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    I have found through experience that Sulfa drugs triggered a flare up for me. I now say that I am allergic to Sulfa

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    You are absolutely right. Many Lupus patients suffer flares from Sulfa drugs. So I, too, tell my doctors that I am allergic to Sulfa!

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    Good information thanks!!! I get so busy at times,that I fail to listen to my body
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    Just looking over this again. Feeling bad !!!!!
    But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

    Take Care,
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    thanks for the info.
    i am allergic to sulfa drugs, and i found out recentlly that celebrex has some type of compound in it that is related to sulfa drugs i think it was sulfate, and my doctor said i couldn't take that either, and some creams have it also that i can't take.

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    I just did a round of sulfa drugs to treat an infection not knowing how it can affect those of us with lupus. Had a BAD flare afterwards. This is good to know. I had no idea that sulfa drugs could cause a flare. -- Irish

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