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How might lupus affect you professionally, socially, and emotionally?

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Lupus is an immune disorder that can affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally. Pain, tiredness, and other symptoms may require you to cut back at work, or even give up your job. The loss of your income and a sense of purpose from can be huge adjustments.

You also may not have the energy to stay social. Worries about changes to the way you look may cause you to withdraw.

Living with pain and other symptoms every day may wear you down and leave you frustrated.

From: Lupus and Mental Health Concerns WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Hospital for Special Surgery: “The Effects of Lupus and Lupus Medications on Mood” and “Lupus and Depression.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals 3rd Edition: Chapter 4: Care of the Lupus Patient.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.” 

Office of Health and Human Services: “The Ups and Downs: Coping with Lupus.”

Muscal E.  Neurol Clin, Feb. 1, 2010.

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Hospital for Special Surgery: “The Effects of Lupus and Lupus Medications on Mood” and “Lupus and Depression.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals 3rd Edition: Chapter 4: Care of the Lupus Patient.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.” 

Office of Health and Human Services: “The Ups and Downs: Coping with Lupus.”

Muscal E.  Neurol Clin, Feb. 1, 2010.

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 9, 2017

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