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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 3/12/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I was diagnosed with Lupus in October.Being that this is new to me;i'm not sure how to determine a ''flare''.What does it mean or feel to have a flare?? I'm sure it can vary from one person to another but what is a flare? How do you know if you came out of a flare?? Can it be ''measured'' in any blood work or is it determined solely by your symptoms?? ? When all this Lupus business started my WBC was going down down down....with every visit it kept dropping.I felt crappy when this started and had migratory aches and pains but that seems to be better now.Not totally gone but better.I'm on the Plaquinel for 2 months now so maybe it's starting to work...
Now,my CBC is normal and WBC is normal again.Does that mean i'm out of the flare now?? Was i in a flare??  I still get migratory pains if push myself too much but for the most part i feel OK.I just dont know what to look for with a flare??? I have a co-worker who has Lupus and she said she gets her rashes back when she's getting a flare.I never had rashes so i cant look for that.I'm just confused...
CAn you give me some insight??

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Date Joined Oct 2004
Total Posts : 2244
   Posted 3/12/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Fran. I am sorry to hear you have lupus too but you have found a great place here. I hope you like it here as well as I do.

A flare is when your symptoms increase or you get new ones. For instance when I flare I get mouth sores, increased joint pain and fatigue. It can also be apparent in your blood work, my rheumy can tell if my lupus is "stirring around" (WBC, RBC, etc) but when I've felt my worst my labs have been ok, including tests that measure inflammation so you mainly see it in your increased symptoms.

A lot of the time it may not be a flare you are experiencing, it may just mean that your lupus is not under control with the right combo of meds. I am sure there are others that will be along shortly.

Take care and let us know how you are doing.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Hashimoto's 1999, Celiac Disease (AKA: gluten sensitivity) 2003, Raynaud's 2004, Lupus 2005 and Sjogrens 2006
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid, Lortab (as needed), Magnesium Citrate and magic mouthwash (as needed for mouthsores)

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