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

Wellness Update - - Fatigue And Lupus -

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.

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