Central nervous and the brain
Lupus may affect the nerves in the spinal cord and also the brain in various ways. When it does, patients will have:
- Depression and anxiety
- Rarely, strokes
- Confusion, clouded thinking or memory loss
Those living with lupus should avoid stress by trying tai chi or yoga. This exercise relaxes the muscles and reduces stress. They also need to use reminders such as Post-its, Pillboxes, labels, voice recorder and other aid which can help in remembering and organizing. Lupus patients also need to get help by building a support network. Cognitive therapy can help in managing thinking problems. Counseling is good when feeling depressed or anxious. Lupus medication may help with thinking and memory.