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It is important to work hard to keep your lupus under control so that it does not rule your world. This may sound like a strange thing to say but there are ways to do this and the first is to make sure that you sit down with your health care provider and design a treatment plan that is aimed solely at you as an individual.
Each person with lupus can have a different set of symptoms to deal with and different degrees that these symptoms may be active. There will be many aspects of treatment that must be considered. The medication that a person will be taking is only a minor aspect of this.
For many, lupus can be a very painful disease to have. Depending on the severity, lupus may even disrupt a person’s life and leave them unable to perform everyday things that most people take for granted. Despite all of the medical advances made in the last quarter century, there still isn’t one medicine that can completely treat lupus.
However, there is lupus massage therapy, a very highly effective way of making lupus easier to live with. Not sure how massage therapy is beneficial to people who have lupus? You’ll learn more here.
What is Lupus?
Before we can delve into the benefits of lupus massage therapy, we must first discuss what lupus is. In basic terms, lupus is an autoimmune system disease. It chronically affects people.
Someone who has lupus may have inflammation, pain, and tissue damage throughout their body. That’s because lupus attacks the body’s own tissues as if they’re foreign substances. A person who has serious lupus may have problems with their heart, lungs, or blood cells.
Among the many organs that lupus can effect is the brain. Most people do not think of this as something to worry about but unfortunately it is a potential problem that lupus sufferers may have to contend with.
The first signs of lupus affecting the brain are depression, seizures or memory loss. But before the health care provider can be sure how to treat this they must determine if it is lupus or a clotting disorder that often accompanies lupus that is causing the problem.
This disorder, called Hughes disease, is known to effect up to fifty percent of lupus patients. It is caused by antiphospholipid syndrome, also called APS. It is important for the health care provider to determine if it is a lupus issue or a Hughes disorder issue since treatment is different for each.