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Lupus Nephritis Patient Sleeps All the Time and Has Severe Anemia

Posted: by Dr.Zhao      Time: 2015-01-29 09:24

Topics: Lupus Nephritis Symptoms Lupus Nephritis

Details: My daughter was recently diagnosed with this condition. She sleeps all the time and has severe anemia. Is there any alternative therapy to alleviate these symptoms?

Expert Answer

Anemia is one common complication of Lupus Nephritis, because of low kidney function and iron deficiency. Anemia can cause patients to feel fatigue and sleep all the time. Besides, a diet plan without enough nutrition is also one cause of these problems. According to the underlying cause, we would like to recommend some remedies to manage patients' sleep problem and anemia.

- Eat foods rich in iron: For Lupus Nephritis patients, iron deficiency is one leading cause of anemia. Bean, lean meat, black fungus, red dates, and so on, just contain rich iron, so patients can add these foods into their diet plan.

- Follow a healthy diet plan: To reduce the burden on kidneys, patients are alway recommended to follow a low-protein diet plan. However, this may cause malnutrition, so patients should take in correct amount of protein and add high-quality protein into their diet plan.

- Take therapies to manage lupus and repair impaired kidney cells: Immunotherapy is one therapy that can help regulate immune system and fix damaged kidney cells. With the good control of Lupus Nephritis, patients can get rid of these problems effectively.

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