Natural Therapies - Because of the nature and cost of the drugs used to treat lupus and the potential for serious side effects, many patients seek other ways of treating the disease. Some alternative approaches people have tried include:
Although these methods may not be harmful in and of themselves, and may be associated with symptomatic or psychosocial benefit, no research to date shows that they affect the disease process or prevent organ damage.
Developing and maintaining a good support system is also important. A support system may include:
- medical professionals
- community organizations
- support groups
Participating in a support group can provide emotional help, boost self-esteem and morale, and help develop or improve coping skills.
Learning more about lupus may also help. Studies have shown that patients who are well-informed and participate actively in their own care:
- experience less pain
- make fewer visits to the doctor
- build self-confidence
- remain more active
Work With Your Doctor
- Seek a health care provider who is familiar with SLE and who will listen to and address your concerns.
- Provide complete, accurate medical information.
- Make a list of your questions and concerns in advance.
- Be honest and share your point of view with the health care provider and other members of the health care team.
- Ask for clarification or further explanation if you need it.
- Do not hesitate to discuss sensitive subjects (for example, birth control, intimacy) with your doctor.
- Discuss any treatment changes with your doctor before making them.
Handout on Health - Lupus. NIH Publication No. 09-4178
Primer of the Rheumatic Diseases. Thirteenth Edition. Arthritis Foundation.