Re: How to deal
Starlet, hi & welcome. Is your skin disease under good control? I found NOT getting new lesions cheered me up some. I found hats that I like wearing & jazzed up with funky earrings. I experimented with sunblocks to see which worked best with my makeup. And I remind myself that, as I age, I don't want to look sun-damaged. (My friends now regret how much they've damaged their skin!)
I miss outdoor activities & can feel down, esp. during summer. I still spend time outdoors, but early & late, before & after "high sun". I took up yoga/Pilates, because I can do it anytime at home, plus it's soothing. I also read quite a bit about lupus---helps you put things into perspective.
Are there support groups in your area? Definitely worth trying! And have you spoken with your doctor about feeling depressed? I think you should. Also, verify your blood levels are good, for example, that you're not iron-deficient, Vitamin D deficient, etc. (Depression can occur with certain deficiencies.)
Anyway, I'm glad you found us here---there's always someone around you can talk with. I hope others chip in soon with more ideas. Bye for now, with my best wishes, sincerely, Vee
P.S. I forgot to ask if you're more tired than usual. If YES, did your dr. run comprehensive tests? People with one autoimmune are more likely to have multiples, say, thyroid deficiency, as one example. Also, some people with lupus "discoid" lesions do progress to more widespread systemic disease. Hang in there!
Last edited by VeeJ; 10-25-2011 at 03:09 AM.
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