Hi Hippi, I'm so sorry to hear that your son had a flare ....I hope that he is on the way to feeling better. Just another idea to think about
...I was waking up w/headaches and getting bad headaches starting at the base of my head and going into my eyes. My pcp sent me for a sleep apnea test as that was one of many symptoms that I had. My pain management doctor and PT say that it's because of degenerative arthritis in my neck. My PT has given me exercises to do at home and I also have a tens unit that I use a couple of times a day....that gets rid of the headache .I have a good Pt who does spinal manipulations and they help too. My pain doctor also put me on neurontin as a pain reliever and a muscle relaxer after I fell and had a set back. Well, the lab tech called and I have sleep apnea and they set up another test for me next week with a c-pap(forced air pressure and oxygen). I don't know how I'll do with that, but if it also prevents headaches, that will be a plus. I didn't know that lack of oxygen while sleeping could cause headaches during the day.
I'm glad to hear that the pred. increase helped. Again, I hope that your son will feel better soon. Cecelia
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Lupus(both SLE and Sub-Cutaneous Lupus),degenerative disc disease, multiple conective tissue disorder,hypothyroidism,severe anemia,luekopenia,asthma,R.A.,Raynaud's, Sjorgrens's and Rosecia, vit. D deficiency. Medications: Plaquenil 400mg. day, Tramadol 100mgs 2-3 day, Neurontin 300mgs day, effexor 225mg day, Ativan 1mg 1-3day, Preacid 30mg day, Metroprol 25mg day, Levothyroxine 50mg day, Mobic 15mg day, Hydrocodone 500mg as needed every 4 hrs., Azelex Cream 2 x day, vitimin D supplements, iron/dextran infusions every 3 monthes and sun screen.