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Best Mattresses For Lupus
I'm a 37-year-old female with mild lupus. I have joint pain and constantly wake up feeling stiff and sore. Is there a better/best/ mattress?
Not the bed: It isn't your mattress. You need better control of the lupus. ...Read more
Anti-inflammatories.: Granted, with a true lupus flare we generally require prescription-strength steroids to control the raging inflammation, but for now you can try OTC anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen. As well, a warm bath may help soothe some pain. If specific joints hurt, K you can also try Capsaicin cream to the skin of those joints. ...Read more
Many!: Many options, depending on severity and your current treatment. Pulsing IV steroids at high dose, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) benlysta, azothioprine, cyclophosphamide, azothioprine, Methotrexate are all options, alone or in combination. Your treatment should be coordinated by someone in rheumatology and/or nephrology! ...Read more
Many kinds.: Avoid those with visible metal heating elements which can cause fire. Models using ceramic heating elements are safer and not costly. A built in thermostat is a great feature to automatically shut the device off when the air temperature is right. Keep in mind that all heaters dry air. A humidifier in winter is a good thing! ...Read more
Keep moist: This is a very common combination. If you are not already on it talk to your rheumatogist about starting plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). It is important to pay attention to eye and mouth dryness. There are several over the counter moisturizers for your eyes and mouth. Using a humidifier at home, keeping hydrated, using sugarless gum (to help produce moisture), eye drops during the day, eye oint. At night all help. ...Read more
What is your best advice for the lupus patient other than "take your meds"what can I do best for myself to keep lupus at bay? I am determined 2 b well
There is: No other answer. Nobody knows what steers lupus this way or that way. ...Read more
Type of lupus: What type of Lupus does she have. There are many types and each one has specific therapy. Also, people with lupus can have multiple different types of manifestations and each of these manifestations are treated in different ways. Also, different rheumatologisst may treat the same manifestation in different ways because different treatment will work. Have her bring you to her next visit. ...Read more
I have sle lupus what medicine is best for me because I take plenty and what kind of food can I eat?
Varied meds: There are many meds used for lupus depending on what features of the disease you have. They may range from anti inflammatory medication to steroids and many other drugs. You really need to be followed by a rheumatologist to determine the extent of your disease and which drugs are appropriate ...Read more
Best company to by turmeric capsules from? I want to take it as part of my regimen for lupus- or what should I look for when buying turmeric?
Skin sarcoidosis!: Lupus perneo is a manifestation of sarcoidosis, usually seen in chronic disease. Intra-lesional steroid injections can help, as can systemic therapy. Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease that can affect many organs, but more common and serious, the lungs. This disease needs rheumatologic management. The new tnf-alpha inhibotrs seem to work quite well, although this is off-label use! ...Read more
Not enough info: There is no one the best med for lupus although Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is usually given to almost all who have systemic lupus. You give no specific information about her disease and therefore cannot receive a specific answer. You should be asking that question to the doctors who treat her. ...Read more
If you have active lupus, your body is "catabolic, " or in a breadown mode. Your hair will not grow normally and sometimes will be shed. However, treatments for sle, such as Prednisone potentiates hair loss, and this is true for methotrexate, azothioprine, cyclophosphamide, etc.
Take 5000mcg of biotin, and 2mg of folic acid. But there may be no "good" solution. ...Read more
I stop taking all medications for lupus I am now only on vitamins an supplement what vitamins would be best?
My 15 year old bro. Has lupus his face is red he is lazy. Doesn't want to eat. Lost weight. High temp., becomes weak. What is the best medicine please :?
Needs immediate care: If he is having fevers and losing weight this is extremely serious. He needs to be under close supervision of a rheumatologist. If he is already seeing one, have him call that doctor immediately and explain his issues. If he does not, go to the er. Fevers may be secondary to lupus but they may also be related to a serious infection especially if your brother is on a cortisone med. Do not delay. ...Read more