How long do your flares typically last?

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Hopegirl
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   Posted 3/12/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to know, on the average..how long would you say your flares last?
 
 
Hopegirl...aka Monica
 
Current yucky stuff: Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, PCOS, Migranes... to name the major players....
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/12/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
It varies.  No two flares are alike.
 
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Hopegirl
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   Posted 3/12/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
So true Sherrine, I just wanted to get an idea...to me, this "flare" feels like its been for weeks and I didn't know if that was normal or if there could be other things going on. I'm always scared that my Lyme has come back.
 
 
Hopegirl...aka Monica
 
Current yucky stuff: Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, PCOS, Migranes... to name the major players....
Current Meds to help yucky stuff: Tramadol, Percocet, Adavan, Prestique, Neurontin, Frova
 
 
Taking it one day at a time.... 


Sherrine
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had flares last six months and I've had flares last a day or two.  Since you have Lyme,  you probably should get checked out by your doctor to be sure.  I think I've told you this before.  We are just guessing what is happening with you but your doctor could run tests to be sure.  I know I wouldn't want to take chances with Lyme.  I hope this helps you.
 
Sherrine
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Hopegirl
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   Posted 3/12/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sherrine.

Your right, I think to be honest, I tend to be some form of denial. I saw my rhuemy every 3 months or so and since I had the blood clot in my arm from the Pic line, I (don't yell at me you all sad ) I never went back to the Lyme doctor. I just felt so over whelmed I just did not want to see that doctor anymore. He wanted to put another pic line back in and I refused. He gave me an oral antibiotic. But I do need to go get some tests run. I'm going to see a pain management specialist next thursday. I'm also going to ask my primary who she would recommend for a new rhuemy for me. It could just be that I'm in a lengthy flare, but it could also be that the Lyme is acting up again, or it could be something else. As a mom and wife, it seems like I take care of everyone else and make sure they are ok, but don't do the same for myself.
 
 
Hopegirl...aka Monica
 
Current yucky stuff: Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, PCOS, Migranes... to name the major players....
Current Meds to help yucky stuff: Tramadol, Percocet, Adavan, Prestique, Neurontin, Frova
 
 
Taking it one day at a time.... 


college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/12/2010 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found no connection with the length of my flares. With all the rain and crazy temp changes along with the gusting wind - mine has lasted for about a week here and there. Spring seems to be such a beautiful season, but is a nightmare for fibromites. It also flares during high bouts of stress. Everyone is different. I had a friend with CFS and if she ate beef that was treated with antibiotics (all grocer meats unless stated on pkg) she ends up in the bed for weeks on in. You have to try to figure out what triggers yours and keep a journal so you have some idea of what to avoid or what to expect to get ready for it if at all possible. Good luck. Give the rest of us a heads up if you happen to stumble on something. Thanks.

Juvenile FMS
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   Posted 3/12/2010 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My flares last anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks. I'd say most of them last around 3 to 4 weeks with a week or two afterward of manageable pain.
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in June 2009

currently taking melatonin (3mg) to assist with sleep


Sherrine
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   Posted 3/13/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Monica, you do need to take good care of yourself...not only for you, but for you husband and children.  Was your Lyme doctor  Lyme Literate doctor?  If so, perhaps there is another one by you.  Our Lyme forum can help in that area. 

Nevertheless, medical care is not perfect.  Sometimes things happen that shouldn't but it may never happen again...meaning the blood clot.  I've had a pic line in my chest with no problems with blood clots.  If this is Lyme acting up, there is something you can do about it.  If you ignore it, it will get worse and it will take more time to clear it up.  I'm not trying to frighten  you.  It could very well be fibro, but I know I would want to make sure in hopes I could be feeling better soon. 

Sherrine


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Hopegirl
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   Posted 3/15/2010 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your advice, I am going to the Doctors today to get lab work up to see what is going on.
 
 
 
 
 
Hopegirl...aka Monica
 
Current yucky stuff: Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, PCOS, Migranes... to name the major players....
Current Meds to help yucky stuff: Tramadol, Percocet, Adavan, Prestique, Neurontin, Frova
 
 
Taking it one day at a time.... 

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