Lupus: What to Do For the Pain?

Foundation’s Packed Seminar Tackles Strategies

Thirty-five lupus patients from across the city’s five boroughs crowded into our conference room on the afternoon of March 17th to talk about an unfortunate bond they share—pain from lupus—and to learn what they might do about it.

Pain from lupus, they said, can be paralyzing, intense, excruciating, piercing, constant—and more.

“Imagine a bad toothache all over your body,” said one participant. Another described hand pain so persistent that typing and even picking up a fork is difficult. Another said the burning sensation on the bottom or her feet makes it feel as if like she’s walking on hot coal—or razor blades. Yet another described pounding headaches that wake her from a deep sleep.

Sharing these experiences seemed to help ease some of the isolation that can come from physical pain. But most importantly, it seemed to help that Dr. David Levine, a trained chiropractor from New Jersey, showed how to use an acupressure type of treatment for people with chronic autoimmune diseases.

Attention to simple trigger points can help relieve joint pain and stiffness, migraines, and even increase circulation.

We thank Dr. Levine for presenting his alternative approach. 

If you couldn’t make it to the seminar—and want some alternative and complementary approaches to consider for pain—check out the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine or the more specific section on chronic pain. For more on dealing with lupus joint and muscle pain specifically, also see Easing Joint and Muscle Pain on our website.