"Estoy Bien" Series: Flares

"The course of lupus varies by individual and is hard to predict, because symptoms come and go. Lupus usually develops so slowly that a person may not notice the symptoms for a long time. Sometimes lupus develops and progresses rapidly."

"Periods of time when you have lupus symptoms are called flares or relapses. Periods of time when your symptoms are under control are called remissions. Flares and remissions can occur abruptly, unexpectedly, and without clear cause. There is no way to predict when a flare will happen, how bad it will be, or how long it will last. When you have a lupus flare, you may have new symptoms in addition to those you have had in the past. "- WebMd

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

 

"Flares can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. For example: A mild flare could perhaps be signaled by a lupus rash, moderate flares could include the rash, fatigue, and joint or muscle pain, and severe flares could potentially cause damage to the organs including fluid buildup around the heart or even kidney disease or failure (called lupus nephritis), which would require immediate medical attention." - Molly's Fund

Ten Warning Signs of a Lupus Flare
1.
. Aching or increased swelling of the joints
2. Weakness or pain in the muscles
3. Unusually high or more frequent fevers
4. An increased level of fatigue, or extreme exhaustion
5. Hair loss
6. Headaches
7. Dizziness or forgetfulness
8. Abdominal discomfort or digestive problems
9. The development of a rash
10. Any new or unexplained symptoms
 

Five things that can trigger a lupus flare. 
1. Infections
2. Stress
3. Pregnancy
4. Sunlight
5. Starting or stopping a new drug


Sources:  lupus.webmd.commollysfund.org

 

 

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