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Inducing Flares

Inducing Flares

Caught a horrible case of strep throat that contributed to an ear infection which caused a high fever and of course had major body aches as a result. I am now recovering from the illness but now I am in a horrible flare. I also noticed that other painful injury seem to cause flares. For example I sprained my wrist and am in excruciating pain one day. I wake up the next and my body has followed suit and decides to be in excruciating pain as well.
This may be a dumb question but does fever and pain… read more

A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Lupus loves you to be sick injured or off colour....I think of the Lupus as a parasite and the minute i get a runny nose, bump myself, stress anything that weakens the system for a second then I imagine it the parasitic lupus going yippeeeee a fresh place to flare, attack while there is a weak spot.....it will take any chance it can....hence very important for us to stay as well as possible and be careful.....I too felt like a hypochondriac and was getting hesitant in seeing my Dr for fear he diagnosed that....but once he explained to me that it likes me unwell or injured then it made sense.....now i am back in the drivers seat and race it to the cure, antiseptic etc to bump it off before it has a chance to make me flare....sometimes i win and sometimes it does....but im getting quicker and better at recognising the signs so i am winning more often
hope this helps....and your well as can be...prayers for all Lupies...xxx

posted about 5 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Well thanks everyone. I'm back from the Rheumy.
Looks like a major flare. A shot of prednisone, some flexeril until I can climb out of it and then back to Zanaflex and the maintenance med. Blood pressure was also sky high but says major pain can cause an influx of blood pressure so we are keeping an eye on that. Did some blood work to check the levels and kidney function.
Folks, after a lifetime of being a relatively healthy adult I can honestly say all of this has me feeling like I am in clueless land. And even after being diagnosed for almost 7 months now I realize I still haven't grasped the severity of this thing. Soooo much to learn if I'm going to get back to being on top. And I will. Eventually.

edited, originally posted about 5 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

@A MyLupusTeam Member I definitely knew about the stress, first hand. Excessive stress is what we believe activated my lupus to begin with.
But I swear I was beginning to feel like a hypochondriac. Lol! Something as simple as stubbing my toe or banging my elbow on the corner of the counter and the next day my entire body was in pain. I was on the lookout for avoiding sun, and stress and the other common things we know about but I've never heard or read that basic little mishaps cause flares. Just when I think I've got a handle on this thing I understand something new. Guess I need to order myself a bubble to live in. ☺️

posted about 5 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I have had a similar experience, but it never hurts to mention it to your doc

posted about 5 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Anything would cause u to have flares up. I had a virus that flared up my lupus where I ended up in the hospital. I was n so much pain that the ER Doctor gave me three different pain shot to ease my pain and not to mention something to sleep. So it's nothing to worried about. I hope u feel better soon.

posted about 5 years ago
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