I tried participating here last night, and my poor brain did a BSOD on me, and I had to re-boot. Dadblamed fog... Anyway, my "flares" are constantly evolving (or is that "de-volving"??...). I started with just fatigue, swollen joints, etc. years ago, and got to where I could recognize one coming on. I got to a point a couple years ago where I didn't have a clue as to what was going on (OK, enough of the funny comments - I *still* don't know what's going on...) with my flares, and would be "surprised" when I'd have one. We *think* we know what had been happening with those, and that's photo-sensitive reactions oh boy... I've had "mini-flares", flares, and now I've had a couple "macro-flares" where I've had a rash that went into Steven's/Johnson head to toe practically. Like steve.b says, it's "sign" of lupus activity, and a flare's "character" will depend upon the level of activity of the disease versus the fighting power of the host (you), and the "re-inforcements" you can call upon (docs & supplemental meds). Sort of like snowflakes and fingerprints. Similar, but when you get up close, different.
"There but for the grace of God, go I."
"... His mercy endureth for ever."