Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs. However, what that medical definition is missing is one of the worst and most commonly experienced symptoms of lupus – brain fog.
Brain fog or lupus fog as it is sometimes referred to is a general name for the cognitive impairments that often appear with lupus, including concentration and memory problems, confusion, and difficulty expressing yourself. These cognitive problems are often worse during flares. And while we doubt it’s any conciliation, it typically doesn’t worsen over time.
However, we do have some good news for those who suffer from lupus fog, for we have spoken to the medical professionals and patients with lupus to put together these 5 coping strategies that don’t just address your lupus fog but will improve your overall health.
Create a safe and positive environment: Living with lupus is no picnic and as such, if you have the ability to control one of your environments – ideally by making it a warm, supportive environment and being surrounded by positive people – then it can do wonders for managing your lupus symptoms. The world has enough parts to it that you can’t control, why not make it one less?
Your doctor should be your teammate: When it comes to lupus, a disease that sadly has no cure as of it, the most important goal you can have is trying to control it and mitigate the impact that it has on your life. It is for this reason that it is so vital that you have a good rapport with all your healthcare professionals. And the most important part is to take their advice and follow their instructions.
Take care of your body: You only get one body, and if you are suffering from lupus, then you already know how potentially fragile your body can be. It is for this reason that you should do everything in your power to take care of it, and that includes regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.
Keep your mind active: Lupus is not just a physical malady, but it also has deep and resounding cognitive implications (thus the point of this article). That is why it is so important to not only keep your body physically fit but to also exercise your mind. Reading, crossword puzzles, and board games are all easy and effective ways to flex your brain power.
Therapy is an option: If you are suffering from lupus, then you are already familiar with visiting doctors and other healthcare professionals. So in doing this, shouldn’t that be proof that you need not go through this alone? Just as most doctors will treat your physical symptoms, you can always seek a professional for dealing with the mental and cognitive impacts as well.Advertisement