What constitutes as a flare?

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LadyTsuguri
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   Posted 4/12/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm just wondering, because I'm not positive what a flare exactly is. I have periods where I'm really exhausted and aching and I have a migraine. But, I just kind of assume it's just lupus symptoms. So, how do you know your in a flare?
 
I was tested multiple times for lupus and it came back negative, until I went in with the butterfly rash and then lupus came back positive. But, he still hasn't put me on any medication or anything. He said he wanted to wait and see if it was discoid lupus or systemic. I saw a dermatologist and she said I definitely don't have skin, and she doesn't know why he suspected discoid in the first place.
 
I'm alittle frustrated with doctors, because I've been suffering with all this since I was little. I kind of brought upmore than one thing, sorry about that. I guess I'm kind of venting.
 
I'm really just curious as to what meets the criteria for a flare-up.
 
 
 

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 4/12/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lady,

Are you on any meds to control inflammation. Like plaquenil or even advil?? The plaquenil would be used for skin or systemic . . . but it takes several weeks/months to really build in your system. Most of our issues are caused by inflammation, so the idea is to keep it to a minimum.

I'll see if I can find some other topics about 'what is a flare' . . . you'll get more info that way and being that it is a holiday . . .not to many will post.

Call your rheumy's office in the morning and tell them how you are feeling . . . they may get you started on something.

Blessings!

A flare is pretty much when "your" issues/symptoms are active.

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 4/12/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok . . . I used the google search box at the top of this forum page.   Here are the results . . .
 
I hope you can find some helpful info in those topics.
 
Blessings!

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AlwaysRosie           "We can't control the waves, but we can learn how to surf!!"

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LadyTsuguri
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   Posted 4/13/2009 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much Rosie. [:
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