4 Steps to Manage Your Lupus for Life
1. Learn About Lupus – Learn as much as you can about lupus and the effects it can have on your body. Don’t be overwhelmed or angry as you learn. Since lupus is a disease of varying issues it’s important to know that every lupus journey is different.
2. Know Your Lupus ABCs – A – Know ALL of your tests and levels. Work with your doctor to find out what tests they are taking and why. Keep on track of your levels as they show inflammation and other things that happen in your body. B- BLOOD PRESSURE If your blood pressure gets too high, it makes your heart work too hard. It can cause a heart attack, stroke, and damage your kidneys and eyes. C – CARING for your self. Find out how you can properly care for yourself while battling lupus on a daily basis.
3. Learn How to Live with Lupus -It is common to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry when you are living with lupus. Learn to cope with lupus through limiting your stress, eating healthy, being active and sticking to the plan of treatment every day.
4. Get Routine Care to Stay Healthy – See your health care team to find and treat any problems early. You will see many doctors, so make sure you are communicating well with every doctor and keeping them in your lupus loop together. Don’t feel intimidated to be your best healthcare advocate.