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How long can a flare last?

Hello again,

Could someone please explain how long a "flare" can last? I have extremely painful arms and limbs, and feel very tired. I have been off of work for 3 days, and i am still not feeling on top of the world.

I only work 3 days a week, and this all started last friday.(so, about 7 days so far) I normally have joint ache, and can cope with that most of the time, but this has wiped me out.

I dont like letting my employer down, and this is just making everything worse, as i worry about work, and i just dont know if i would be prolonging the symptoms by returning when i still feel bad.

Any tips, or words of wisdom would be welcome, (my employer is aware of my condition,)

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There is no way of saying how long it can last, it varies from person to person and from flare to flare. If your employer knows you have Lupus then they should understand. I had to give up work about 2 and a half years ago, had very understanding employer but I quit as it was not fair on need to take it one day at a time.


A flare can last for as long as your system needs to settle down-maybe days, weeks or months-if your flare is triggered off by something stressful, then if you can eliminate that stress and get some rest-you may need to speak to your doctors for some medication for some relief.


as evertone has said, it varies, mines can be from a day to 2 moths solid, it just depends wots going on inside an how long treatment takes to kick in, the biggest thing i hav had to learn is exceptance and paitience with treatments, and learn to take it easy wen i need to....


Mine last a few days and then it settles down and my energy levels are up again. I feel as if I can do all the things I want to do but always find I cant, I have to pace myself. Hope your employer is supportive and lets you take time out as very often rest is the only way to recover. Thats been my experience. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon


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