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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.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 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.
Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 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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