I don't completely understand what a flare is except it is when your symptoms gets worse. Does it mean that your symptoms seem out of control or you are just hurting more than your normal?
I am just trying to learn as much as I can.
A flare is simply a time when your symptoms are not really controlled as well as they have been. Some people go into a place that is almost a remission. A place where they don't really feel the symptoms anymore. When they start feeling the symptoms it means that they are going into a flare. For others, they always have certain symptoms even with the meds. That is their "normal". When their symptoms get worse or new things start happening, they will be in a flare. For another group they are still trying to get their symptoms under control so there really isn't a time where they don't "feel" the disease however there are times that are worse than their normal state and for them, that is a flare.
I guess the simplest answer is that when the disease is more active, or active in a different way, then it had been before. Usually when we begin flaring our meds have to be changed or the doses have to be adjusted, to get us back to a place where our body isn't in full attack mode. Lupus is our body attacking itself and whenever our "normal" state changes we and our doctors have to get it under control before more damage is done.
Hope that helps!
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I am not sure if I have an autoimmune disease yet, but I do get these flares. When it happens to me, I cannot stay up out of bed because I am so utterly exhausted, and my pain also gets worse, not extreme, but it's not good. I get the sleepiness along with the fatigue really bad. It lasts about 2 weeks for me. Otherwise, I am still tired and hurting, but I can keep myself out of bed, and do a little of this and that. It's a big difference, from one to the other, though I still feel dog sick everyday, I am not on medication right now to treat it. I've had remission on antimalarials in the past, but I don't get that without the medication.
Flares occur more when the symptom is alot more active, then it puts you through the strains and tests and it can be so depressing at times but i've said this quite a few times, Lupus itself gets such an high kick from depression that it makes you suffer more and i've been tested well with my manic depression.
I've got flares on my body with rashes and each day it looks worse and besides that the sjogren's disease is working hard in my body and the blood specialist said the bloods also show Lupus going mad and trying to over ride the sjogren's and when you have all this going on, that's why we suffer such severe pain, unless your on meds that surpress it for some people but that's only to a certain extend and they still suffer in otherways.
I do hope your flare manages to pick up and give you a break. Terri xxx