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Diseases and Conditions > Other Specific Conditions > Bone & Joint Disease > Lupus> What Can You Do to Keep Lupus Under Control?

  These Steps Can Help:

  • Learn how to tell if a flare is coming and contact your health care provider right away. Warning signs of a flare may include:

  Feeling more tired;

  Pain;

  Stomach Ache;

  Rash;

  Severe headache; and

  Fever.

  • See your health care provider regularly and go over your treatment plan to make sure it is working for you.   This will help you to:

  Prevent flares;

  Treat flares when they occur; and  

  Reduce organ damage and other problems.

  • Maintain a life balance by setting realistic goals and priorities.
  • Limit the time you spend in the sun and in fluorescent and halogen light.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Get enough sleep and rest.
  • Include a moderate amount of physical activity when possible:
    • Speak with your doctor first about what type of activity is good for you.
  • Develop a support system made up of people you trust and can go to for help.

  Tips for Working with Your Doctor

  • Seek a doctor who is familiar with lupus and who will listen to and address your concerns.
  • Print out a symptom checklist and use it to make notes to take to your doctor.           
  • Provide complete and accurate medical information.
  • Make a list of your questions and concerns before seeing your doctor.
  • Be honest and share your feelings with your doctor.
  • Discuss any change you wish to make in your treatment plan with your doctor and decide together what will work best for you.
  • Ask questions if you don�t understand or need more explanation about your disease or treatment plan.
  • Talk to other members of your health care team, such as nurses, therapists, pharmacists, or other specialists caring for you.
  • Do not hesitate to discuss sensitive subjects (for example, birth control and planning for pregnancy) with your health care provider.