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What Can I Do To Control My Lupus Symptoms And Prevent Flares
You and doctor: Stress reduction, a healthy diet, routine exercise, and avoidance of excess sun exposure all help to reduce lupus symptoms and flares. If you smoke, you must stop as it is deadly especially in lupus. Speak to your doctor about which medications to avoid. Also ask if you should be on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) which has very few risks but offers significant protection. ...Read more
My rheumatolgoist started me on a maintenenance predinsone dose of 5 mg daily, hopnig to prevent lupus flares. If successful, could I still experience some flares even while on it?
Does plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent/slow down organs from being attacked, or just mask lupus symptoms?
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): or hydroxychloroquine is actually an antimalarial medication but it is useful in treating inflammation such as found in lupus. It works by shutting off part of the immune system, so it's not really masking the symptoms- it's stopping the disease process in your case. Be sure to have regular check ups while on this medicine, esp eye examinations. That's one of the dangerous side effects 2 look out4 ...Read more
How dose such a small maintenance dose of prednisone 5 mg daily w/ plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent my lupus flares more than plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) alone? It works great.
Can help!: While plaquenyl is a slow acting but effective drug, Prednisone is used in much higher doses in active sle. There are a number of reasons you might feel so much better on a low (5mg) dose: 1.Plaquenyl has not fully kicked in. 2. Arthritis (non-deforming) or arthralgias associated with the disease will have substantial pain relief with a dose this low. 3. You will get a modest energy boost at 5mg! ...Read more
I have +ve ANA 1/320 and borderline antidsdna. My other tests are -ve and i feel fine. My cousin has lupus.How can I prevent it from happening to me?
NO: Use it for whatever it does for you. If you have DLE you must protect strictly against sun, UV, any radiation. Your DR may give you something for DLE or SLE. ...Read more
I have lupus and have had the shingles twice in 4 years. Are there any precautions I can take to prevent?
Zoster or simplex: You should see a doctor and confirm if you have shingles(herpes zoster) or a fever blister(herpes simplex). If you have had shingles it is unlikely it will continue to recur. Having the disease is like being vaccinated and is generally protective. There are oral medications that can be taken to prevent a recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have lupus & very sensitive skin what kind of sunscreen or block do you recommend or what other things should I do to prevent skin rashes?
Have lupus& POTS. Got bad respiratory virus & both the lupus & POTS flared causing me to miss multiple days of work.How 2 prevent flare from virus?
The usual: Sorry to hear about your debilitating flare ups. There are many things that can trigger a Lupus flare up. You should consult your Rheumatologist for a specific action plan. For a respiratory virus I want to emphasize prevention. Good diet, vitamins if not, exercise as tolerated, adequate restful sleep, reduce stress, hand hygiene and avoid touching your face, avoid anyone who may have a cold. ...Read more
I have dysautonomia & lupus trying to stay active- how can I prevent bad headaches& stiff joints after working in the yard?(cutting grass, gardening )
I have sle lupus over the past while the skin on my fingers and toes gets dry sore itchy and peels off, a what can be done to lessen this and b can it be prevented?
Does sjogrens syndrome come in flares like lupus? What is easier to control-lupus that affects organs or sjogrens that affects organs ?
Yes: Sjogren's can have flares just like sle and there is frequently overlap between the two. Neither is desirable when organ involvement occurs since these are very difficult to treat or reverse. ...Read more
On methotrexate to control lupus. I can never have children unless i stop this med, but nothing else controls awful symptoms. What are my options?
Had intermit fmla x 1yr for lupus/sjrog as i struggled w/ bad flares.Now under better control but get unexpected bad days. I don't plan to use but don't want to get fired if i get sick.Renew fmla?
I think I might have lupus and I'm pretty sure a flare just ended. Should I wait to go to the doctor until next flare up? Flares have lupus symptoms.
See doctor: You need to see your doctor now for a thorough exam and evaluation the arthritic family of diseases is best diagnosed clinically. In other words from your history and exam ...Read more
I have lupus. I flare with alot of joint pain and other symptoms. I have pain outside flares daily. Is this normal? I used to go back to normal.
More days of pain: Hello. If I understand you correctly, you were getting flares of lupus related pain that resolved but now flares are coming and don't go away- they just lessen in intensity. I recommend that you touch base with your rheumatologist to see if anything has changed with your lupus diagnosis. Might need to tweak your lupus meds so you are back to your flare but resolution cycles of pain. ...Read more
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