I have been a lupus patient for seven years. One major struggle is dealing with fatigue. What activities/ habits might exacerbate being fatigued? Chicago, IL
As with most chronic illnesses, leading a healthy lifestyle will help lessen the impact of your symptoms. We know that even small lifestyle changes can help with many symptoms of lupus including fatigue. Lifestyle factors that influence fatigue and energy levels include exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco and drug use, limiting or avoiding alcohol, eating healthy (limiting fast food and high sugar foods, eating more lean meats, fruits and vegetables for example). Several studies in which patients with lupus with low levels of physical activity participated in supervised exercise programs have shown that exercise tolerance, fatigue, and quality of life improve slowly over time. Injury from the exercises is rare despite it being a common fear of patients prior to starting a program.