i see you are in augusta, i am in atlanta, and there are a couple of other fellow georgians here at WHL. So, welcome to our family that spans the globe, and is even right here in souther USA.
you did an excellent job of answering your own question about duration and magnitude of flares. They vary from flare to flare, and person to person. Mine can last anywhere from 24 hours to several months. It makes it so hard to plan anything because i never know how i am going to feel. This isan extremely frustrating part of life with lupus.
Did your dr. start you on any meds? Plaquenil is a standard lupus treatment med, and most people get substantial relief after the med has had time to get into your system.
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