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    Managing Lupus Pain: Finding What Works Best for You
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    Christine Miserandino posted:
    Pain is an unfortunate symptom experienced by many people who have lupus. Although there is no magic solution for the issues faced by those who live with pain, there are numerous ways to manage the severity and/ or frequency of pain.

    There are many techniques that doctors suggest and patients recommend for managing pain. Each person has to find out on an individual basis what works best for them. Be sure to ask your doctor before trying any of these methods to reduce pain.

    ? Exercise. Some people who have lupus swear by the benefits of getting regular exercise, while others can't get out of bed, and find it close to impossible to even think about going to a gym.

    ? Massage Therapy. A soothing massage can help ease muscle tension and aches, but if you are sensitive to touch due to fibromyalgia or any other condition that is secondary to your lupus, this treatment might not be right for you.

    ? Medications. Many patients work with their doctor to find the right combination of medications that may help reduce pain.

    ? Other Strategies. Some people prefer to try heating pads, yoga, meditation, physical therapy, or similar measures that can help decrease the pain of lupus.

    Pain is difficult for anyone to deal with, but there are many available options and combinations that may help ease those painful days. Remember that what works for you might not work for someone else, and vice-versa.

    Those of us who live on the front lines of the war against pain often have their own pain-reducing techniques and advice to offer to others. What are your best pain management techniques? Methods that work for you may also help someone else who lives with pain. Share your ideas with others in the community!
    - Christine Miserandino
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