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Flare Triggers and Early Lupus Symptoms

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Recognizing flare triggers makes it possible to predict changes in lupus disease activity before the symptoms begin.

Living with lupus can feel like a roller coaster. Over night, symptoms can show up or disappear and inflammation can rise and fall. Internal factors, like stress, and external factors, like air pollution, both contribute to disease fluctuations.

This week, in the LupusCorner Q&A Forum, Lupus Warriors share the environmental and physical triggers for lupus flares. And, the first symptoms that they experience with a flare begins.

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Diana G.

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

2/5 (disagree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Not sure about triggers other than stress & too much sun. Symptoms are inability to think, remember, plan, or decide things; skin develops itchy, raised, red spots. Then weariness sets in.

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SPM

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

4/5 (agree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Worsening joint pain, possibly with swelling, that doesn’t go away. Increased need for sleep with increased fatigue.

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Lisa B.

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

2/5 (disagree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Stress is the biggest trigger. First symptoms are extreme fatigue and brain fog.

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Katy G.

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

1/5 (strongly disagree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Triggers are largely too little sleep, too much sugar, too much stress, and not enough exercise.

Insomnia, fatigue, joint pain, nausea are my early symptoms. Oral ulcers, vomiting, worsening joint pain and rash are late symptoms.

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Janell E

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

5/5 (strongly agree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Tired, but the biggest thing is my face feels like it has/had fiberglass insulation rubbed all over it.

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Jasrene

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Usually I will start to have bad joint pain that occurs every day that starts earlier and earlier in the day. Followed by feeling fatigue.

Sylvia F.

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

3/5 (neutral)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

  • Pain in joints
  • Swelling
  • Rashes spread on face

Cathleen T.

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

5/5 (strongly agree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

I get very tired. Then, I start to swell and have pain

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Susie

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

3/5 (neutral)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

  • Malaise, chills, and headache
  • Light butterfly rash
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Lose the Stress

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

5/5 (strongly agree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Stress compounded with heat exposure

Gail L.G.

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

4/5 (agree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Sores in my mouth and throat. Triggers are being in the sun or heat and getting ready for anything important in my life.

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Rose

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

1/5 (strongly disagree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Mouth/nose ulcers
  • Photosensitivity
  • Rash
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Mike W.

I can tell when a lupus flare is coming on before it starts

4/5 (agree)

What are your lupus flare triggers? What symptoms do you experience first?

Stress and sunshine

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Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences with lupus flares and triggers!

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Comments (5)

5 thoughts on “Flare Triggers and Early Lupus Symptoms

  1. I liked this forum. I will pay more attention to the communications from now on so I can participate in further Q&A session. I agreed with most people who said that the Sun is a major trigger for a Lupus flare. My biggest trigger can’t be controlled. Pre-rain weather and dampness is my biggest trigger and it causes pain throughout my body, with stiffness and brain fog.

  2. My triggers are cold weather or water in the pool, stress, under 7 hours of sleep and viruses. My symptoms are fatigue, brain fog, joint and muscle aches, pleurisy and pericarditis, oily diarrhea and mouth ulcers.

  3. I know I’m going to flair when I start feeling extremely tired and having flu like symptoms. However, I can’t figure out triggers, I know stress but the sun doesn’t seem to bother me or else not right away. But, the rash on my hands gets much redder and the pain and swelling in my wrist and fingers becomes much worse as does all my joint pain.

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