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What are things that I can do for my brain and central nervous system to help lessen the effects of lupus?

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Ease stress. Try yoga or tai chi to reduce stress and relax muscles.

Use reminders. Pillboxes, Post-its, your cell phone voice recorder, labels, and other aids can help you remember and organize.

Get help. Build a strong support network. Consider cognitive therapy to manage thinking issues, or counseling if you are anxious or depressed. Lupus medicine may help memory and thinking.

From: How Lupus Affects Your Body WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Family Doctor: "Lupus."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Thinking, Memory and Lupus: What We Know and What We Can Do."

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center: "Nervous System."

Lupus Foundation of America: "What Is Lupus?" "How does lupus affect the skin?" "What is the best way to cope with hair loss?" "15 Questions: Kidney Issues and Lupus," "New Review Summarizes the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke Among People with Lupus," "How does lupus affect the lungs and pulmonary system?" "How does smoking affect people with lupus?" "Are there exercises I could do to keep myself healthy," "ABCs of nutrition," "How does lupus affect my eyes?"

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation: "Healthy Eating Tips for People with Lupus," "Can Lupus Affect My Brain?" "What You Should Know About Lupus: Easing Joint and Muscle Pain."

UpToDate: "Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Family Doctor: "Lupus."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Thinking, Memory and Lupus: What We Know and What We Can Do."

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center: "Nervous System."

Lupus Foundation of America: "What Is Lupus?" "How does lupus affect the skin?" "What is the best way to cope with hair loss?" "15 Questions: Kidney Issues and Lupus," "New Review Summarizes the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke Among People with Lupus," "How does lupus affect the lungs and pulmonary system?" "How does smoking affect people with lupus?" "Are there exercises I could do to keep myself healthy," "ABCs of nutrition," "How does lupus affect my eyes?"

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation: "Healthy Eating Tips for People with Lupus," "Can Lupus Affect My Brain?" "What You Should Know About Lupus: Easing Joint and Muscle Pain."

UpToDate: "Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

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