Hello All, hope you are all doing ok. I could really do with some advice on flares please. I have recently had The Cough which is generously spreading its way around the UK which resulted in a mild chest infection. I had antibiotics which cleared that up pretty well. However, it's left me feeling like I've been run over by a tank...a big one! My symptoms are fatigue, jaw pain, swollen glands, joint pains in my wrists, elbows, knees and feet. My hands aren't great either. My biceps and thighs ares also very sore. I have tinnitus today which is always a sign of lupus activity and I have a mild malar rash. I am currently on 14mg of pred, aza and hydroxychloroquine. I can not increase my pred as my rheumatologist is really keen to reduce my dose, as am I. So my question is this....What do I do? Some websites tell you to rest during a time like this. Rest to me is painkillers, sofa, pillow and Netflix. Other sites tell you to excersise and stretch and push through the symptoms. I should say that I went to work yesterday which was a physically tough day and am due in work tomorrow. Can you get to much rest in a situation like this. I am not sleeping during the day, just resting. Moving about hurts otherwise I'd be in my garden. What does everyone else do? I've never really heard now people manage their flare days before. At best I just potter about the house. All advice tips greatly appreciated. I think I need all the help I can get to be honest!xx
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