Signs of Lupus Flare can come without any rhyme or reason. It’s sometimes helpful to be aware of the signs that Lupus flare up is around the corner. Based on my personal experience as well as for my patients, although they vary from person to person, usually, the following signs are a clear indication to take it easy to prevent Lupus Flares.
Signs of Lupus Flare Up is around the corner, and here are the things you need to watch out for:
- Unusual fatigue. Fatigue is a common symptom of Lupus, but just before a true flare, one of the sure signs of a potential flare is the extreme fatigue.
- Lymph node enlargement. We have lymph glands under your armpit and near the front of the hip crease. Just before a flare, you may have some enlarged, palpable growth of lymph nodes which indicate an excessive immune response.
- Low-grade fever that keeps you feeling under the weather with a possible low-grade fever.
- Body aches with water retention, feel like you are holding fluid in your legs and hands and your face appears puffy.
- Reddish malar (butterfly) rash around your cheeks and bridge of your nose.
- Change in appetite, usually loss of appetite.
- Digestive issues like diarrhea and/or severe constipation.
Lupus flare can develop very fast and sometimes can be debilitating. The flares can potentially involve your organs like your heart and kidneys so it’s important to stay vigilant about your symptoms and track your disease progression to ensure you stay ahead of your disease to prevent unnecessary flare ups.
When you do feel bad and have the symptoms above, immediately seek medical attention to stay one step ahead of the disease to nip it in the bud.
Be sensible and rest when you are going through the flare.
It’s always a good practice to eat a healthy diet full of vegetables and good sources of protein to support your body.