My name is Melissa, I haven't posted here in awhile due to my own flare being so bad I had to take a bit of a break from the computer in general. Like most others a flare for me typically begins with extreme fatigue that no amount of sleep can address, my body simply feels as though I haven't slept in weeks. Then my joints become terribly sore and swollen, normally my hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet are affected. At times I also get horrible pain in my right side, doctors say it's inflammation in the lining of the ribs, what ever it is it hurts like heck. Brain fog is another issue, when I am in a really bad flare. There are times when I will run into someone while grocery shopping or something and I know I know them but can't pull their name out, it's so embarassing!
I am currently in the midst of another flare, this time not only have my joints swollen, but so has most of my body! My face is so swollen at the moment I'm nearly unrecognizable to those who don't live with me day to day. Not only can I not wear any of my beautiful rings, but now my watch is even too small! I've never had swelling quite to this degree. And mouth sores, OMG, do I ever have these! To top it off my tongue is covered in little red dots and hurts like heck so I don't want to eat anything but pudding or ice cream.
I often have a sore throat, but I believe it is caused by some of my medication, as I have it too often. If I talk to much my voice becomes raspy or I will loose it all together, my rheumy says there is actually a joint in the larnx that becomes inflammed just like my outter joints and that's what causes this.
Hugs to you;
Lupus - 1997 Fibro - 2001 Sjorens - 2007 Raynauds - 2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis