Lupus Pain Relief
Author: Scott Michale
While lupus can be a debilitating disease, it doesn’t have to be. If you can find a way to relieve the pain of lupus, you can continue on with most of your normal, day to day activities.
Here are some ways you can find Lupus Pain relief
Lupus can cause pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints. NSAIDs (or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can relieve all of these symptoms.
Lupus can also cause chest pains, usually the result of swelling around the heart and lungs. NSAIDs can relieve this swelling and the resulting pain.
There are many NSAIDs available over the counter. Some of them include aspirin, naproxen sodium (found in Aleve) and ibuprofen (found in Motrin). There are also prescription strength NSAIDs that are much stronger and can be prescribed to you by a doctor. However, be careful. Taking these drugs can cause stomach problems. In fact, if you already suffer from stomach problems, like ulcers, you should avoid taking NSAIDs.
Ask Your Doctor about Antimalarial Drugs
Many people suffering from lupus can go for long periods when their symptoms decrease, or even disappear altogether. On the other hand, they can also experience flares, periods when their symptoms, including pain, are unusually severe.
Doctors have found that antimalarial drugs, drugs meant to prevent and treat malaria, can also be used to prevent flares. And while there can be some side effects (like muscle weakness and vision problems) many find them easier to deal with than the pain a lupus flare can cause.
There was a time when those suffering from lupus just had to suffer with the pain their condition caused. But thanks to advances in medical science, you can find lupus pain relief.