I have felt bad for 2 years, and a flare is when I feel worse than normal. I know when I'm going to have a flare as soon as it comes on but not before. I know I will have a flare if my activity level is higher than usual. So if I know I want to do something on the weekend, for instance, I'll take it real easy for a few days before, and stay at home and rest. After I have much activity I can count on being down for a while.
I don't know if this helps or not, but this is my experience.
Why does your doctor not want you to go on your trip? Is it because he thinks a trip will send you into a flare? Have you ever had a real bad flare? I will do just about anything to prevent a flare because sometimes they can last for months, and then life just stops for me.
It sounds like you have a good and caring rheumy!
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