I have RA with the lupus and can honestly say winter sucks for joint pain. I live in southwestern Michigan and this winter has been screwy as all get out. I find that 2 celebrex a day has made a huge difference in how I feel in the winter and 1 a day is enough in the warmer months. As to feeling okay for a few days then having a bad day or two then being okay for a few days that seems to be how lupus works for many people. You might want to listen to your doctor about the extra meds though because you seem to have developed a pattern of doing okay a few days then poorly then okay then poorly and it may be your disease is just more active. Or you could keep a diary of the weather and your symptoms and see if a pattern develops there.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
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