Fatigue is a common symptom of lupus. Most lupus patients have fatigue at some point of their illness.
What is fatigue?
Fatigue is a feeling of both physical and mental weariness. This is associated with exhaustion and the lack of energy. It can impair quality of life.
Causes of Fatigue
There are a number of factors that could contribute to fatigue.
Fatigue could be caused by another condition e.g. anemia or depression.
Although, fatigue could also be a side effect of medication.
Lifestyle changes can help and influence fatigue and energy levels. These changes could include: regular exercise; avoidance of tobacco and drug use; limited or avoidance of alcohol; healthy meal.
Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF)
What is Mycophenolate Mofetil?
Mycophenolate Mofetil weakens the individual’s immune system, which means that it can increase your risk of infections and illnesses. It may also increase your risk of lymph node tumours and other type of cancers.
What is its brand name?
The brand name for Mycophenolate Mofetil is CellCept.
What type of medication is it?
The medication is an Immunosuppresive medication.
What are the uses of Mycophenolate Mofetil?
Mycophenolate Mofetil is used with other medications to prevent rejection of transplants such as kidney, heart and liver. But it can also be used in treatment of Lupus Nephritis.
Before taking Mycophenolate Mofetil…
Before you start taking this medication, your doctor must know the following:
- Whether you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breastfeeding
- Whether you have any kidney problems (other than involvement with kidney transplant)
- Whether you have any digestive system problems
- Whether you are taking any other medication (including herbal and complementary medications)
- Whether you have any allergies to any medication
When should Mycophenolate Mofetil be taken?
The medication should be taken twice a day – morning and evening. This should be taken on an empty stomach with a full glass of water.
What are the common side effects?
The common side effects of Mycophenolate Mofetil are:
- Constipation, diarrhea
- Stomach Pain
- Blurred vision
- Bloody or cloudy urine
Have I got Lupus?
Questions to ask yourself:
- Do you have swollen or painful joints?
- Do you have a rash on your face when you are exposed to the sun?
- Do you get mouth ulcers?
- Does your fingers or toes turn blue, white or red in the cold?
- Do you have anaemia?
- Do you get extremely fatigue even though you have had a good night’s rest?
- Do you get pain in your check when breathing?
- Do you have a butterfly rash across your cheeks and nose?
If you say yes to more than three or four of these symptoms, then there is a chance that you might have Lupus?
Very good article to describe how it feels like to have Lupus – the simplest tasks can cost you your energy.
Sometimes it is hard for you to smile with your unknown illness. But don’t ever let your illness define who you are as you are someone – someone unique – the only thing is you are stronger with this incurable, chronic illness… Love this quotation! ☺☺
As lupus is becoming slowly more known, there are lots of useful websites that will help you deepen your understanding of this illness.
Some sites that I feel is useful:
Lupus UK – http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/
St Thomas Lupus Trust – http://www.lupus.org.uk/
Lupus Site – http://www.thelupussite.com/
I finally understand my flare up
Only now do I realise that my worst year last year was a flare up of my lupus.
I did not know why I was feeling so ill – there were simply no real answer for it. I had a fever. I lost weight. My joints started to hurt (but doctors said it was my deficiency in vitamin d). My mental state wasn’t good…
Everything I felt then, was due to my worst flare up… The flare up was thought to be tuberculosis but… until now, I realised that it was NEVER tuberculosis, it was lupus all along…
I think my illness was triggered by my stress at work and little did I know that it was having an impact on my health.
Looking back now, I know that if I ever start to feel too stressed at work, I need to take a step back as it could destroy me… It could make me very ill and the last thing I want to do is make myself more ill. It is bad enough that I have an non curable illness, I don’t want my health to go downhill.
The effect of the sun can be very bad… Check this blog article by Juju’s Lupus… This may help you avoid the sun to avoid the bad effects it can have on your lupus.
SUNday “SUNlutions”: UV Exposure with Lupus; What you need to know!.
You only know when you have a chronic, non curable illness how it actually changes you – it makes you see how strong you actually are, make you appreciate the people around you.
This blog article is very useful to make you think how chronic illness can change oneself, for the better… Chronic illness and a changing self.