Living with this chronic inflammatory disease presents many challenges. This guide is about coping with lupus.
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Having some problems with swollen joints can be a problem on certain days. Some tasks are harder than others. I have found a couple that work in these times.
The first thing is my bracelet. I love wearing it in remembrance of a special friend I lost in my life. I hardly ever take it off. When I need to, I've found my swollen fingers are no help getting it back on. I place a piece of tape, holding the bracelet with clasp side up. It makes it so I can clasp it without it moving around, also with only one try. Remove the tape and all is well.
Second problem I have is that my ring gets so tight, it needs to be removed. I tried soapy water, olive oil and even putting my hand in very cold water. None of these worked. I have a tube of Preparation H in the back of my bathroom cabinet. It had been there for several years. It is a well known trick when I did some modeling for those very swollen under eyes. Early morning calls cause this quite often. I had never thrown it away.
I thought if it worked under my eyes, maybe it may help my swollen joints. YES, it did. I put the cream around my ring and all over my joint, allowing the swelling to go down. I removed the ring with no pain. I have since used it when my knuckles felt as if my skin would burst, it works. Please make sure you wash your hands really well after using this for it won't get into your eyes or on food, etc.
I was grateful to find a couple things that make living with lupus easier, not having to wait for help. The swollen joints are something I have to live with,having a couple tricks makes it so the day inst ruined. Helping with the pain was a blessing to me. Finding something without aspirin that I can use.
Source: Needed to get bracelet back on. Prep H was from days of working; just used it in a different way. Thanks Brian (my old make up guy) it worked, sorry for all of laughing I did when you first used it.
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
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