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Questions to Ask My Doctor

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  It is important to have a strong understanding of what you need to do as well as for what each medication and procedure are intended. One great way to gain more understanding is to ask questions about every part of your care. Below you will find a list of general health questions as well […]

Easing Joint and Muscle Pain in Lupus

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Muscle aches (myalgia) and joint pain (arthralgia) are very common in lupus. About 2/3 of the people awith lupus diagnosis complain of muscles aches, and up to 90 percent struggle with joint pain. Here’s what you need to know: Your Muscles: Not all of your muscles are likely to be affected by lupus—those between the […]

Living with Lupus: For Highly Sun-Sensitive Patients

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A few people (less than 5 percent) are extremely sensitive to ultraviolet light and need to take extra precautions. For most people, the reason for the heightened sensitivity is because they carry a specific type of antibody: the anti-SSA (Ro) antibody. Taking Some Simple Protective Steps People with this heightened sensitivity can do some helpful […]

Living with Lupus: What Lupus Patients Need to Know About Sunscreens and Sunblock

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For the last 20-30 years, Americans have become wiser about sun protection.  Unfortunately, the sunscreens that received FDA approval at that time did not provide full-spectrum coverage.  The emphasis was on protecting against ultraviolet B (the burning rays). For patients with lupus, protection against ultraviolet A is just as important.  Sun from the A spectrum […]