FLARE COMING ON! ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING TO HELP!

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AngelinaATF
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   Posted 1/16/2012 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
,Hi all! I've only been on this forum for a week & yesterday I began feeling all the TELL-TALE SIGNS of a Flare coming on! I usually get severe fatigue, joint pain worse than usual, mood changes, etc. I've only been on the MAINTAINENCE DOSE of Pred (5 Mg) for a few wks now. It seems like everytime I go down to five Mg I start flaring again!
I was just at the Rheum Dr a week & 1/2 ago for check after flare & HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Does ANYONE have any ideas as far as keeping a Flare at Bay?!
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME! ANGELINA

41 YO FEMALE
DX: MCTD, RAYNAUDS, FIBROMYALGIA

MEDS: ARAVA, PRED, (METHOTREXATE ON HOLD), MINOCYCLINE, CYMBALTA, ESTROPIPATE,
CYCLOBENZAPRINE, FENTANYL PATCHES (LOW-DOSE), CLONAZEPAM (4SLEEP),
NIFEDIPINE, TRANSDERM SCOPALAMINE (ON HOLD) , PROMETHAZINE.

Lynnwood
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 1/16/2012 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Angelina,

Internet etiquette asks that you not use all capital letters. It is considered yelling and is very rude. Also, many of us have eye issues, usually from secondary Sjogren's, and non-standard writing is very difficult to read. Thanks so much.

The best most basic ideas for keeping a flare at bay for me are: making sure I get enough good sleep, am eating well, and am not under a lot of stress. Avoid tasks with deadlines, and plan/do only about 1/2 to 2/3's of what you think you can do. Only do activities outside the house, or stressful things like phone calls about banking issues, once every other day. If you go to the grocery store, don't extend it into a long lunch date.

If you have just come down to 5 mg prednisone from a higher amount, go back up 1-2 mg for a few days until the flare-ish feelings have passed. (If you have the dr's permission to do so -- call and ask if you don't already have it, prednisone dosages should not be played with!)

Hope you feel better soon,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
DIAGNOSING-LUPUS & LUPUS-RESOURCES
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AngelinaATF
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Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 135
   Posted 1/16/2012 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Lynnwood, thank you for your info as well as the hints on what to not/or to do. I had no idea @capitals! I've not been very fluent on Internet etiquette because I haven't been on-line until now (just got Kindle Fire for Christmas - before that had to go down in cold cold basement to use dialup computer so I tried to avoid). Thanks for your help. I'm really not trying to do anything wrong/inappropriate & I certainty don't want to lose access to this site. I'm learning so much reading all these posts.
Angelina
age 41
dx: MCTD(LUPUS), RAYNAUDS, FIBROMYALGIA, L4L5 disc herniation, fracture in L3 fro EPIDURAL in childbirth
meds: Arava, prednisone, NIFEDIPINE, estropipate, cyclobenzaprine, gabapentin, hydrocod (4BTP), fentanyl patch, methotrexate - MTX (on hold), minocycline, clonaxepam (sleep), vitamin D, B stress complex, PRILOSEC, Transderm-Scop (on hold)

AngelinaATF
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Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 135
   Posted 1/16/2012 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh also re: prednisone - yes I do have permission from my Rheumatologist to adjust the dose slightly.
Btw I was looking at the site trying to find out @ moderators but didn't see anything. Was this site started as a nonprofit? Were you hired as a moderator? I'm just curious.
Thanks again.
Angelina
age 41
dx: MCTD(LUPUS), RAYNAUDS, FIBROMYALGIA, L4L5 disc herniation, fracture in L3 fro EPIDURAL in childbirth
meds: Arava, prednisone, NIFEDIPINE, estropipate, cyclobenzaprine, gabapentin, hydrocod (4BTP), fentanyl patch, methotrexate - MTX (on hold), minocycline, clonaxepam (sleep), vitamin D, B stress complex, PRILOSEC, Transderm-Scop (on hold)

Lynnwood
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 1/16/2012 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) & Answers are found at the main forum page www.healingwell.com/community - you'll probably find out what you're interested in there - there is also a blog from the home page.

This is a non-profit website created & owned by a private individual, Peter Waite, as he found nothing similar when he was diagnosed with Chron's Disease (I think that's his illness) over 10 years ago.

Moderators are volunteers, usually people who have been forum members for some time and have been recommended by members or previous moderators. Our main purpose is to welcome everyone and keep everything calm and well-mannered - although sometimes we have had the illness quite some time and have become very knowledgeable about it.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
DIAGNOSING-LUPUS & LUPUS-RESOURCES
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde
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