A 21-year-old female asked:
Is it ok to exercise during a lupus flare? i felt great until i caught a viral infection a month ago, now i have worsening joint pain/swelling/stiffness, fatigue, malar rash and swollen lymph nodes.
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Colantinoanswered
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Rest: During such a flareup when so much inflammation is present, i would not exert yourself but, instead, get plenty of rest and take the medications ordered by your rheumatologist. Avoidance of emotional stress is also important.
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Dr. James Goodpasteranswered
Dentistry 31 years experience
Generally, yes: As long as it does not make the symptoms worse, light exercise may help improve the symptoms from the lupus attack - especially a mild one. If you have doubts, contact the physician that treats you for the lupus.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2015
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