Lupus Case Study Solution

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Register to read the introduction… For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems. People with Lupus are recommended to have regular medical appointments and take medications as prescribed. One of the most frustrating things for a Lupus patient is being sick. A person can look nice and healthy although they feel very bad inside. Another challenge is that there are no treatments for the most common complaint of Lupus patients: fatigue and memory loss. With the long term affects of Lupus, patients are recommended to limit sun exposure and use sunscreen to prevent flares, have good eating habits, get plenty of rest and exercise to improve joint and muscle strength. Having good communication between doctor and patient is essential for coping with the illness. People with Lupus have an increased risk to develop hardening of the arteries that can cause a stroke or heart attack. Most Lupus patients are coping well with family members and friends as their primary support system. Pain, emotional problems and lifestyle changes are the most difficult for patients to cope with.
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Corticosteroids are related to cortisol, which is a natural anti-inflammatory hormone. They work by rapidly suppressing inflammation. Corticosteroids can be given by mouth, in creams apply to the skin, or by injection. Because they are potent drugs, the doctor will seek the lowest dose with the greatest benefit. Short term side effects of corticosteroids include swelling, increased appetite, and weight gain. These side effects generally stop when drug is stopped. It is dangerous to stop taking corticosteroids suddenly, so it is very that the doctor and the patient work together in changing the corticosteroid dose. Sometimes doctors give very large amounts of corticosteroid by vein over a brief period of time (“bolus” or “pulse” therapy). With this treatment, the typical side effects are less likely and slow withdrawal is …show more content…
Some alternative approaches people have tried include special diets, nutritional supplements, fish oils, ointments and creams, chiropractic treatment, and homeopathy. Although these methods may not be harmful in and of themselves, and may be associated with symptomatic or psychological benefit, no research to date shows that they affect the disease process or prevent organ damage. Some alternative or complementary approaches may help the patient cope or reduce some of the stress associated with living with a chronic illness. If the doctor feels the approach has value and will not be harmful, it can be incorporated into the patient’s treatment plan. However, it is important not to neglect regular healthcare or treatment of serious symptoms. An open dialogue between the patient and physician about the relative values of complementary and alternative therapies allows the patient to make an informed choice about treatment

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