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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I keep asking questions blush
I think I understand what a "flare" is.  It's when you are in a period of pain, right?  Does that mean when you aren't having a flare that you don't have any pain?  Or is it just reduced pain?
How long does a flare last?
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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm almost always in some level of pain. When I'm in a flare, the pain is a lot worse, I am extremely fatigued, dizzy, and I usually have a low fever. With me it could last anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days.

Of course as you will here with pretty much question asked on this forum, it differs with everyone and can change from flare to flare so it's really hard to know what to expect.

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   Posted 9/16/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Brie, I didn't understand all this flare stuff when I joined this forum either but sadly I know very well now. There are different degrees of flares like there are different degrees of pain level and fatigue. Some may be weather related and only last for hours til the weather changes and some may last for weeks or months.
We are finally having a nice day today after days of rain and gloomy weather but my body feels worse today, makes no sense to me. The pain has increased and more burning pain, my body feels weaker, I noticed this in my legs when walking, I have a worse headache and I just in general do not feel well. Kinda like I'm coming down with something but I'm sure it is a fibro flare. I'm tired and have no motivation. I have been stressing a little the past couple of days so that could very well be it. I will give it up for today and hope tomorrow is a better day.
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   Posted 9/16/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brie,

Kythe is right, everybody is different. When you are in a flare you will know it. You will have a lot more pain and fatigue. Some people do run a low grade fever. Though I don;'t.

Nobody knows how long a flare will last. For some it might be a few days, or maybe weeks. Either way it can be terrible, but it will end.

Are you going through a flare, do you think? I know that you have been asking about it. This is about the best information that I know of. Hopefully somebody else will come along with more advice.

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   Posted 9/16/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   

No, I don't think that I am going through a flare.  Just getting thoughts/notes/information together so I understand :-)

I am actually having a pretty good day today.  I always have a mild degree of pain.  Nothing I can't handle though.  But like I had said in my intro, I have days where I am so exhausted and ache from head to toe and feel like I've got the flu. It's always after I've done too much.  But my "done to much" is much less than those around me.  So would that be considered a flare?  

I've learned to limit my activities so that that doesn't happen, but sometimes I just can't limit myself and have to live with the consequences.

I've been having muscle weakness the past couple months or so and mainly in my legs/arms.  Those weak muscles will sometimes burn and ache.  But like I said, it's enough to irritate me and know something is wrong, but I can still function and I take tylenol to take the edge off the aching.

With winter coming on though, I know what's coming.  I don't handle the cold well at all.  That's when I'm my worst as far as constant aching and fatigue. 

Just trying to understand everything and piece it all together :-)

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