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misscali
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   Posted 7/23/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!
I woke up this morning with a horrible sore throat. It hurts to talk , swallow or even open my mouth. I do not have a temperature but I was wondering if it could be from stress or something. I am still fairly new to lupus so I do not know whether this is a sign of a flare and I am worried. I also havent had a rheumatologist appointment in over a month because I recently re-located to the east coast for college. I have an appointment on Monday but I was wondering if anyone had any insight about what this might be and whether or not I should take a higher dosage of prednisone as a precaution. I appreciate any advice!

omega
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   Posted 7/23/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
It may be a pre-symptom of getting a cold/flu.  I usually have bad sore throat for few days b/4 I catch a cold/flu.  You can try to take some cold tablets or drink lots of water.  When your body is fighting the bacteria, sore thorat is one of the symptoms displays.  It may not have a fever at all.

CNSKris
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   Posted 7/23/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't up the prednisone without your doctor's okay. Sore throats are quite common and could come from many different things. Cold, infection, swollen gland. Usually, unless accompanied by a high fever, it is relatively harmless; aside from the apparent discomfort it causes. My daughter gets them often as her glands swell off and on. I have had mild to severe infections. Normally people get them all the time from a cold/flu. You will get use to the symptoms that are okay and the ones you need to be concerned about.

I too wish they had a chart telling me which problems/symptoms warrant immediate care and which ones I just needed to schedule a doctor's appointment. Since you are having problems with functioning, I would call the doctor and see if he can see you sooner rather than later. If you develop a fever or other concerning symptoms call the doctor and let the office know right away. By the time you see this, you'll have seen the doctor. I hope all goes well with your visit. Best wishes - Kristin
 
  Dx:  Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - kidney disease, enlarged heart, MVP/regurg, dementia; GERD; vision loss, narcolepsy, rheumatic arthritis, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, inflam. liver/spleen. Rx:  Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin  Previous-rashes, hemi-pelagic migraine, sensory loss, amnesia, PTSD/Dep., host of neuro problems, pregnancy compl., False pos. syphilis, fine speck & homogen ANA; IgM; staph/strept infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, Hashimoto's, dyspnea, hyper/hypotension, lipedemia, ulcers, pneumonia, anemia, Scleroderma symptoms, vein swelling, etc.  
 
 


okie
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   Posted 7/23/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hun, maybe the sore throat is an irritant to somthing where you just moved to? Things are just starting to bloom in my yard and I have had several sore throats. Plus cleaning products can cause sore throats. and things like carpet cleaning stuff if you just moved into a new place. Hopfully you don't get any sicker. Good luck with the rheumy appt:

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carol
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Prednisone 5mg, Plaquanil 800mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg, HCTZ25/Triamterene37.5mg,Xanax.5mg
 
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MJLD
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   Posted 7/23/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Misscali,
I agree with Kristen. Don't up your prednisone without talking with your doctor. Prednisone can actually mask a fever. Sometimes you could have a major infection with no fever because the prednisone is suppressing your bodies normal response to inflammation/infection. A sore throat as bad as you describe warrants a call to the doc, in my opinion when your on immunosuppressive drugs. Take care of yourself and let us know how it goes!
God Bless,
Judy

PattyLatty
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   Posted 7/23/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I also agree that you shouldn't take prednisone before talking to your rheumy. I hope it's nothing more than the beginning of a simple cold (not that I'd wish a cold on anyway) and that it doesn't send you into a flare. Drink lots of liquids and get lots of rest. Let us know how you're doing.
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, ibs, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision.

cellcept 1,000mg, neurontin 1,200 mg, prednisone 5mg, plaquenil 400mg, synthroid .15mg, triamterene 37.5mg, tramadol prn, lunesta 3 mg, actonel, tri-est (compounded estrogen) 7.5 mg, cymbalta 30mg, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin


misscali
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   Posted 7/24/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hey everyone thanks so much for the advice! i followed all of your directions...have been drinking lots of water. so far my sore throat hasnt gotten any worse which is good. I have a doctors appointment on monday. does anyone know how long it takes in between the first symptoms of a flare to turn into a full blown flare?

CNSKris
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   Posted 7/25/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
For me it takes about a week or two. My daughter a week on the dime. I presume everyone is different. Have you had one before? How long did it take you? Something to take notice of. I notice I get the "flu" when no one around me has it, which lasts a week or two...then Bam, I'm in it full blown. It helps that I know this so I can pay attention when things get too kooky and need to go to the doc. Not all the time do I get a full blown flare. If I behave myself and rest, it usually can be avoided. This helps immensely.

Hope for the later. I also hope you feel better soon. Take lots of care - Kristin
 
  Dx:  Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - kidney disease, enlarged heart, MVP/regurg, dementia; GERD; vision loss, narcolepsy, rheumatic arthritis, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, inflam. liver/spleen. Rx:  Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin  Previous-rashes, hemi-pelagic migraine, sensory loss, amnesia, PTSD/Dep., host of neuro problems, pregnancy compl., False pos. syphilis, fine speck & homogen ANA; IgM; staph/strept infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, Hashimoto's, dyspnea, hyper/hypotension, lipedemia, ulcers, pneumonia, anemia, Scleroderma symptoms, vein swelling, etc.  
 
 


misscali
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 7/25/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have only had one big flare that i know of and that is what first got me diagnosed. I really dont know what to expect or how to read my body yet in terms of predicting a flare. The last time i had a flare i ended up in the hospital for two months I had a dvt, shingles and was on dialysis for a month...lol. so i hope i dont have a flare like that again! anyways thanks for you're insight about flaring..i am trying to learn how to measure my physical symptoms and whatnot but it is still hard...
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