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Day-to-Day Living

Hygiene Practices, Cleanliness, and Lupus

Living with Lupus

NSAIDS, Pain Management, & Lupus

NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation in people...

Day-to-Day Living

Tattoos and Lupus: Is There a Risk?

Tattoos are a part of many cultures and en vogue these days. But, what...

Federal Assistance

Disability Benefits, Supplemental Income, and Lupus

Disability benefits and supplemental security income (SSI) can act as a financial “safety net” for people with severe symptoms of lupus. Lupus brings large bills for medications, treatments, and lab tests. It also makes it harder to work full time. The financial realities of living with lupus can force choices...

Living with Lupus

Prednisone, Corticosteroids, and Lupus

Prednisone is a corticosteroid that can reduce the symptoms of lupus. However, it comes with several severe side effects, making it a challenging medication to manage. Lupus Warriors are likely familiar with prednisone, or its brand name Rayos. It is the most commonly prescribed corticosteroid to help people with...

Health Insurance

Health Insurance for Lupus Warriors | Q&A Forum

Finding the perfect health insurance plan when living with lupus can be difficult. It requires research, analysis of personal health needs, & an understanding of risk tolerances. For this month's Q&A Forum, Lupus Warriors share their personal experiences choosing health insurance. Finding the right insurance to encompass your lupus...

Day-to-Day Living

Coronavirus and Lupus | Things to Know

Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory disease related to the common cold. Although most healthy people do not need to worry about the disease, people with lupus should be careful. This disease has been in the news lately, and COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus disease 2019) may well be...

Living with Lupus

Kratom, Pain Management, and Lupus

Some Lupus Warriors use kratom, an herbal supplement, to relieve pain, anxiety, and get through the day. However, the risks may not outweigh the benefits. Kratom (Mytragyna speciose) is a plant native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Paupua New Guinea. The "leaves contain compounds...

Living with Lupus

Moon Face, Facial Swelling, and Lupus

Moon face is a colloquial name for extreme facial swelling. It is a common side effect of certain lupus medications, especially prednisone. We humans are visual creatures. Our face is deeply linked to our identity. Moon face, a swelling or rounding of the face, can have an intense impact on...

Living with Lupus

Britt Clark | My Lupus Story

Britt Clark is the founder of Lupus Lyfe, a lupus blog with a mission of spreading awareness and inspiration to those living with lupus. She is also a contributor to The Mighty. This is her personal lupus story. When I became pregnant with my youngest son in...

Living with Lupus

Seizures and Lupus

People with lupus sometimes experience seizures – ranging from mild to severe in intensity - as a part of their symptoms. The results have been inconclusive, most likely due to the small sample sizes of these studies. A 2004 study measured it at 11.2% of lupus patients, but...

Living with Lupus

Reflexology, Massage, and Lupus

Reflexology is a type of special massage used by Lupus Warriors to combat pain and fatigue. When other medications fail, is reflexology a valid option? In reflexology, different parts of the body are “mapped” to different areas of the hands and feet (and sometimes the tongue). Practitioners focus...