Whatever holistic track you take, be sure your doc/rheumy is aware of it and gives you an OK.
Massage is a godsend. Remind the student that you have lupus and cannot handle a heavy touch, no shiatsu. A strong massage will dump too much lactic acid into your system and you'll REALLY hurt. Gentle pressures, a theraputic touch. If your doc will give you an Rx, you can submit the massage cost to your flex spending plan (if you have one.)
I take a combination of inflamation fighting herbs and grain each morning. It is truly an aquired taste - very savory
2 TBL fresh ground flax seeds (the seeds MUST be ground)
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground ginger
about 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon.
I add a bit of water and make a paste. You could also use apple sauce or yoghurt, whatever, to get it into an edible consistency. The first three reduce inflamation, the third helps the metabolism and helps with LDL cholesterol.
I also take 2 flax oil capsuls with breakfast and another 2 with dinner. High "good" omega oils. I stopped using fish oil when I learned that the cheaper ones could be high mercury, so the flax was a good alternative. The good omegas also help with reducing inflamation.
I stopped eating meat - only wild-caught salmon or tuna, sometimes a few other types fish (NO TILAPIA - too high in the WRONG omegas!). The reduction in meat fats has helped me as well - a diet high in vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, legumes has helped me. As you've had gastric bypass, any dietary change will probably have to be OK'd by your doc.
Gentle exercise - you're getting a lot already it sounds like!
And if you canfind one and aren't worried about that wonderful three year old getting into it....a parafin bath for your hands. Warmth soaking right through.... Now, it might be said by some that a pan of hot dishwater will have the same effect.... (LOL :roll: )
Stay WELL out of the sun year round. You might guess by my moniker that I'll recommend you ALWAYS wear a hat with at least a 4" brim. Even with sunscreen, the added shade is very helpful.
I'm glad your doc is prescribing Vitamin D - mine has me on 1,000 units (or whatever they are) a day. One of my coworkers takes a once a week capsul that is 50,000 units!!!