When symptoms suddenly worsen, it's called a "flare". Also, symptoms may come and go. You may have swelling and rash one week and no symptoms the next. You may find that your symptoms flare after you've been out in the sun or after a stressful day.
Even if you take medicine for lupus, you may find that there are times when the symptoms become worse. Learning to recognize that a flare is coming can help you take steps to cope with it. Just before a flare, many people with lupus:
- feel very tired
- have pain
- have a rash
- have a fever
- have stomach discomfort
- have headaches
- feel dizziness
Tips for Dealing With a Lupus Flare
- Learn to recognize that a flare is coming.
- Talk with your doctor.
- Try to set realistic goals and priorities.
- Limit the time you spend in the sun.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Develop coping skills to help limit stress.
- Get enough rest and quiet.
- Moderately exercise when possible.
- Develop a support system by surrounding yourself with people you trust and feel comfortable with (family, friends, etc.)