Has anyone noticed a link with the weather triggering a flare up? I don't mean catching the sun, I mean a sudden change in air pressure; low pressure hitting the UK with rain and strong winds seems to trigger a flare for me. Last week the weather changed and I got a flare up of arthritis along with other symptoms. It's not the first time I've felt flu-like in bed with the wind battering the house from the south-west!
The funny thing is that I have a friend with reactive arthritis who also got a flare up at the same time, and another friend who felt unwell with similar symptoms (and no diagnosis).
I'd been in remission for around 6 months, so this was a bit of a shock! Life was going well; I had energy, no meds, no pain, just a few niggly symptoms, then BAM! I know there are other triggers too, like stress and over-doing it (I'm an artist and was working towards an exhibition) and a change in hormones too. Accidentally eating something with gluten can also trigger a flare for me. Going gluten free was the best thing I've done for my health by the way. Since I went gluten free in August 2012, my ESR has been dropping from 30 to 22 to 17 and the last result in Dec was 7!! And my health and energy levels have been steadily going up. I was beginning to get to know the real me again!
But Lupus has a way of biting you on the butt when you least expect it!!
I know it's not all doom and gloom out there, yes lupus is a pain, but I know I'm not the only one who has found things that aid recovery and support a decent quality of life. Please post your own positive stories, I'd love to hear them.