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ABOUT LUPUS

What is Lupus?

 

Lupus is one of many Autoimmune Diseases. In those afflicted with Lupus, the immune system cannot function at its best and often fails to protect them from infections and germs. It can actually produce antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs. This can cause swelling, pain and often severe organ damage.

 

There are three types of Lupus: 

 

1) Cutaneous or Discoid which affects the skin.

 

2) Systemic Lupus Erythematosus which can affect any part of the body.

 

3) Drug-Induced Lupus which results from a reaction to certain medications.

 

Some Lupus symptoms include:

 
  • Metabolic issues
  • Digestion problems
  • Achy, painful and/or swollen joints
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Skin rashes, sensitivity to lights and/or sun
  • Butterfly shaped rash over the cheeks and nose
  • Circulation problems/numbness in fingers and toes
  • Cold intolerance
  • Hair loss
  • Mouth or nose ulcers
  • Abnormal blood clotting
  • Insomnia or sleep disorders
 

Who gets Lupus?

 

Lupus usually affects young women between the ages of 15 and 44, but it can affect men and women of any age. Lupus is common among African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women. While it can be genetically inherited, illness, infections, trauma and extreme physical/emotional stress can also trigger and worsen the disease.

 

If someone is not feeling well, and wondering if they could have Lupus or other unresolved health issues, and they are not sure where to turn, a Wellness Coach can be the answer. An experienced, qualified Wellness Coach will collect their health history and perform an assessment which will take all of their symptoms into consideration. They may recommend specific blood tests that may have been overlooked for recommendation in the past. They can even suggest specialists in their region, such as Rheumatologists or Endocrinologists, that are best matched to the patientís particular personality and health challenges. People with Lupus often feel alone with their disease and the everyday struggles it brings. A Wellness Coach can educate and empower both the patient and their family, providing tools for striving through the disease.

 

People challenged by Lupus can benefit greatly by connecting with the local Lupus Foundation in their area. The foundation can provide moral support, tangible services, and educational material (most groups have a lending library full of books, brochures, CDís & DVDís) for Lupus patients and their families who may not understand the disease and the physical and emotional support the person with Lupus may need. Family members often feel afraid, confused and do not know their role as a caregiver within the healing process.

 

Complimentary and Alternative Treatments To Help With Lupus Symptoms:

 

Acupuncture

A procedure adapted from Chinese Medical practices which stimulates specific points of the body through the insertion of thin metal needles through the skin to remove blockages in the flow of Qi ( life force). Practiced to restore and maintain health and alleviate symptoms such as pain, fatigue, anxiety and improvement of energy.

 

Meditation

The ancient practice of getting in touch with your inner stillness, by utilizing simple breathing exercises, to become more mindful of thoughts, feelings and sensations. This can also help develop focus and intuition, and often results in peace of mind and overall balance. A profound spiritual practice, as well.

 

Reiki

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a Japanese word representing "Universal Life Energy," which is called "Chi" or "Ki" in Martial Arts or "Prana" in Yoga. It is the art and science of balancing and healing the body, mind, emotions and spirit, by affecting Chi.

 

Massage

There are many types of massage. Fundamentally, massage is the manipulation of muscles and connective tissue using a variety of pressures. Some benefits include improved circulation, pain reduction, enhanced flexibility, improved thinking, promotion of the healing process, relaxation and an overall sense of well-being.

 

Yoga

A well-known Mind/Body/Spirit practice. Yoga is a combination of physical postures and breathing techniques, along with meditation and relaxation. There are various types with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Benefits include improved flexibility, increased strength, muscle relaxation and lasting feelings of inner peace.

 

Aromatherapy

A therapy in which scents of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees are inhaled to promote health and well-being.

 

The Power of Play

Any activity that ignites your child-like sense of play. One example is Aqua Therapy which is a combination of low-impact movements in a pool that are choreographed to fun music while you laugh, dance, play and heal all at the same time. Depending upon your medical challenges, exercising out of the water can be difficult. By utilizing the buoyancy of the water, even the severely challenged can exercise and splash their way to physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.