Muscles and joints
The common problems experienced with lupus are joint swelling, stiffness, and pain, especially in the feet, wrist, and hands. Swelling causes pain but doesn’t cause damage. Lupus also affects the muscles leading to weakness. Lupus patients can use anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen and ibuprofen to manage the symptoms. They can also try a heated pad, warm bath or shower, or cold pack to relieve stiffness and pain. High-intensity exercise should be avoided when there is joint pain, and someone can stay active with yoga and walking.