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Archive for February, 2015

another flare! or what?

I’m in the another bout of lupus flare up. Or may not be. And I’m afraid of the latter possibility because it means something else.

I had the tell-tale sign of flare-up – like fatigue to the core, unable to get up, and the annoying morning stiffness I hadn’t had since I switched from methotrexate to CellCept. I also had the mild cold symptoms, which is the most frequent trigger of any flare up. If I had just that, I thought it is just another flare up.

But this time, it is weird. I had a straining pain on the outside of lower legs, and fore arms. As though I strained by some labors. But I was down with fatigue and no way I can balance the pain to both arm and leg at the same time. What was clear is it’s from muscle. When I took flexeril I was prescribed for occasional back pain, the pain disappeared right away! And fortunately, it didn’t come back as bad when the medicine wore off. I certainly don’t want to take flexeril for long, which knocks me out! It was yesterday morning.

Then this morning. I woke up with horrible fatigue, like I was tied down to the mattress by a bunch of cobweb. But I got off of the bed, and realized, that I can’t squat! I can still bend my knees in the air or on bed though it hurts, but I can’t, simply can’t, squat down! I called my husband to feed the cats because I was unable to pick up the bowls. I felt like I was collapsing, not able to put any weight on my knees, although I was walking! It was scary.

What is this, old age? Different kind of arthritis? Or a bad version of flare up?  I rested the whole morning and I can now do light chores, though I don’t dare to squat, yet.

Maybe I need to contact my rheumy to ask what this is. But for now, rest is in order.



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