I found out I was sun sensitive when I ended up getting rashes and also when my lupus symptoms got worse after I had been in the sun. Not only did my malar rash get worse, but I would get rashes on my arms and chest and neck and sometimes my feet. A lot of us are sun sensitive, but some of us are not, so be really careful in the sun if you are not sure and always wear lots and lots of sunscreen.
Like everyone else said, a flare is when most or all of your lupus symptoms get worse when they weren't there before. For me, I usually have a certain level of pain and fatigue that I live with and the malar rash too. Whenever the pain and fatigue get worse and I get a fever and my hair starts falling out and I get mouth sores, then I know I'm flaring.
Don't feel bad about
asking questions - I had all the same ones after I got sick. There are still times I'm not sure if I'm flaring or if maybe I have the flu, so I come here and ask my trusty healingwell friends what they think.
Diagnosis: UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Doxepin 25-50mg; Prevacid; Evoxac; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Artificial tears
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