I haven't posted in a long time - my official diagnosis is undifferentiated connective tissue disease with signed of lupus and Sjögren's syndrome. My last rheumatology check up was almost a year ago and despite supposedly 6 month reviews my appointments keep getting changed.
The reason for posting today is because over that last 2/3 months my symptoms have been flaring a lot and I've been feeling extremely fatigued, really bad brain fog, bad butterfly rash, my knee joints and legs have been swelling l and a digestive system in turmoil to name but a few symptoms. I think my flare was triggered by an attempt to reduce by steroids, emotional stress of a family bereavement, stress of buying my first house and an extremely busy time at work (I'm a secondary school teacher).
I'm currently on holiday and attempting to relax and get myself well in time for the new term in September but I've noticed that over the past couple of days by body has been painful to touch in a lot of place; my back and abdomen would be the most sore. I did have a deep tissue massage yesterday which I thought would explain my back being painful to touch but not my abdomen as they didn't touch that.
Has anyone experienced this before? I don't know if I'm just being paranoid and assuming it's related to my illness because it has been flaring or whether it is a new symptom to add to my list. For the past 2 years or so my condition has relatively stable.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and to reply.