Chronic pain is one of the symptoms most often reported by people living with lupus. When that pain’s felt in the joints, such as the knees and wrists, it can stop you in your tracks.
I had given up on figuring out how to deal with the pain in my wrists. Now I’m so thankful I can use the power of my mind to help.
Lupus can cause inflammation in your joints, making them painful, stiff, swollen, tender, and warm. Often you may wake up stiff, and that stiffness will gradually ease up as the day passes. But you may also find pain throughout the day in many joints (usually fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and toes) on both sides of your body.
When you’re having joint pain, remember to discuss it with your doctor. Any new symptom or flare of an old one may mean your lupus is active. Lupus disease activity can cause long-term damage to your organs if left untreated.
To better cope with joint pain, first talk to your doctor. They may recommend that you pace yourself. Activity-rest cycling is a way of balancing being active enough without overdoing it and getting enough, but not too much, rest. Plan your daily activities to include both stretches of moderate activity and moments of rest.
You can also use the power of your mind when facing chronic joint pain. Try distracting yourself by counting backward, picturing your favorite place in your mind, or repeating a calming phrase or sentence to yourself.
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