The chronic pain and fatigue associated with lupus can affect more than your health; many patients find that their condition interferes with their sexual relationships, as well.
Reasons for that include lupus flare-ups, pain, fatigue, side effects from medication, and self-image issues. And that's on top of the day-to-day responsibilities that come with having a chronic illness, as well as the routine tasks of life.
But don't give up on your sex life. There are things you can do to make it more...
For long-term management of complicated lupus, talk
For more complicated cases of lupus, a rheumatologist is
usually the primary doctor. Other specialists are consulted as needed.
For mental health problems such as
depression, anxiety, psychosis, or other behavioral changes, see your family
medical doctor or internist, or a
For the treatment of organ
problems, a doctor who specializes in diseases of that particular organ system
may work together with a rheumatologist or immunologist. The following
practitioners typically treat vital organ problems caused by lupus: