Understanding lupus

Does lupus always go into remission?

Lupus affects each person differently—even twins or siblings who are in similar environments and have similar genes may find their disease courses to be different. In some people, lupus will flare, become inactive (quiescent), and go into remission—this course of the disease may or may not occur regularly throughout their life. In other people, lupus will remain in a chronic (long-lasting) state of activity, Some people will have fairly frequent flares of illness.  Still others may have a flare once every few years, or every 10 years, and be in a quiescent state the rest of the time.

The first five years after being diagnosed with lupus often seem to be the most uncertain for both the patients and the doctors. During this time it is not always easy to find the best course of treatment for the particular symptoms in a particular individual. It is also important during these years to watch for signs of flares or new problems.

What can you do to be pro-active in your own care? 

  • Take your medication as often as prescribed
  • Create a positive balance in your life that respects your limitations but still allows you to follow your dreams
  • Describe all new symptoms to your doctor promptly, (no, you are not bothering the doctor -- that’s their job!)
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get plenty of rest and exercise, (yes, both).

These measures can help get you through the bad times, However, the most important home remedy is not be too hard on yourself about having lupus or having to accommodate the complications that it may cause. You may find that being kind to yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually will have a profound influence on your future heath.

Medically reviewed on July 18, 2013

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