December 11, 2015
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) can affect many parts of the body. This means there are many possible symptoms. The symptoms vary from person to person and can change over time.
Management plans for lupus are tailored to each patient’s unique symptoms. Often this approach requires a team of healthcare providers. Each of these providers can play a specific role in helping you live better with lupus.
Your Team Members
Here are some people who may be members of your lupus healthcare team. Ask your primary care provider or rheumatologist for guidance on who should be a member of your lupus healthcare team.
Primary Care Provider: doctor you see for regular checkups and less active lupus disease
Rheumatologist: doctor who treats diseases of the joints and muscles, including lupus
Nephrologist: doctor who treats kidney problems
Dermatologist: doctor who treats skin problems
Neurologist: doctor who treats problems with the nerves and nervous system
Cardiologist: doctor who treats problems with the heart and blood vessels
Dentist: doctor who cares for your teeth, gums, and mouth
Pharmacist: person who fills your prescriptions, watches for drug interactions, and gives advice on how to take your medicines the right way
Physical Therapist: person who recommends and teaches exercises that can help you manage muscle and joint pain
Staff at a Pain Management Clinic: people who can help you find ways to manage your pain. These may include medicines, physical therapy, and relaxation techniques
Social Worker/Psychiatrist/Psychologist/Marriage and/or Family Therapist: people who can provide emotional support and help you cope with lupus
Case Manager/Health Educator: people who can teach you about lupus and find services to help you manage your disease
Talk openly and honestly with your healthcare team. They can help you manage your lupus.
This material was developed by GSK.