Agak sukar menghilangkan headaches this past few days.So I searched for alternatives other than paracetamol/acetaminophen to reduce headaches.Nope,ponstan/mefenamic acid won't help either. So I figure out maybe I could change the way I eat. Hmm...diet?
Well...Most diet is for non -chronic illness patients. Gee... I cannot do Detox Diet eventhough green tea had become routine. So I type out Lupus Diet on Google Search.So here goes SLEians, the simplified version of what I called Lupus Diet;
There is no special diet for lupus, you can practise any diet that doesn't contribute ractions woth drugs.
In general, you should try to eat a nutritious, well-balanced, and varied diet that contains plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, moderate amounts of meats, poultry, and oily fish, as fish oil has been found to help reduce inflammation.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish appear to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease and may also protect against irregular heartbeats and help lower blood pressure. For these reasons, omega-3 fatty acids are important for women with lupus, who are at a 5-10-fold higher risk for heart disease than the general population.
One food for people with lupus to avoid is alfalfa. Alfalfa tablets have been associated with reports of a lupus-like syndrome or lupus flares. The lupus-like effects may include muscle pain, fatigue, abnormal blood test results, changes in how the immune system functions, and kidney problems. These reactions may be due to the amino acid L-canavanine (found in alfalfa seeds and sprouts, but not in leaves), which can activate the immune system and increase inflammation.
If you plan to add herbs, dietary supplements, or vitamins to your diet you should first discuss your decision with your lupus doctor. This is especially important as herbs or supplements may interact with medicines used to treat lupus. Herbs or supplements should never be used to replace medicines prescribed to control symptoms of lupus or medication side effects.
You may have to cut back or eliminate certain items from your diet because of the medications you are taking, or because of the damage that lupus has done to certain parts of your body.
EFFECTS OF CORTICOSTEROID
Corticosteroids can :
-elevate blood pressure
-elevate the levels of cholesterol and lipids in the blood.
Therefore, if you are taking steroids, you should limit the fat and salt in your diet, as both can contribute to these conditions.
-cause or worsen osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break.
If you have osteoporosis you should eat foods rich in calcium every day to help with bone growth: examples are dark green, leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, collard greens), milk, cheese, and yogurt or calcium supplements that contain Vitamin D.
If you are experiencing fluid retention that causes swelling (edema), you should lower the amount of salt and sodium-containing foods you eat; in particular, processed foods should be avoided.
p/s: I need to cut all the cheese meals(uuu....my favourites..) to cut down headaches encounters. Uuu...I hate it when HCQ pressure my eyes. Migrains won't leave me....