Living with lupus may not be easy. With the pain and fatigue associated with the disease, lupus patients can find it difficult to work, socialize, maintain a household and care for children. It may be necessary to cut back on some of the activities you do, or to wait until the lupus is in remission before taking on others. Generally speaking most lupus sufferers can continue with their everyday routines.
Changing your habits and lifestyle can help prevent the flare-ups. You can do this by staying out of the sun, stop smoking and exercise regularly. You need to get a lot of rest and a good night’s sleep. Some lupus patients require up to 12 hours of sleep each night.
Part of self-care is to seek treatment for your emotional health. Lupus patients are often worn-out and stressed by their condition. This often leads to depression and anxiety. On the other hand, lupus may even cause the depression and anxiety in the first place.
The first thing to remember is that you are not alone to cope with this disease. Seek the help of your doctor and a mental health practitioner to help you with your physical and mental health concerns. There are good medications and trained counselors and psychologists who can help you cope with your situation.
Because of the advancement of science may lupus patients can live a normal lifespan. Of course this depends on the severity of the condition and if the vital organs are affected. Even then lupus sufferers of today live longer than in the past.