Hello all. I wanted to find out your thoughts on what could have caused this major flare up I am having. I have had Lupus/R.A./Sjogrens 5 years and have had 2 flare ups in these years, but it’s been a while. I have been managing it all with MTX, prednisone, nortriptelene, gabapentin, a little bit of norco and xanax and for the most part feel okay to get through my day to day.
Still in denial at times and while trying to maintain the lifestyle I had before, I push myself and often don’t know how to say no to friends n family. Last weekend (Saturday), I went on a boating trip and also went paddle boarding. It was great fun in the SUN! And the sun is no joke right now in sunny Southern California. I was mostly covered, wore 50spf sunscreen and a big hat so I thought I’d be ok. Come Thursday, all the symptoms of a major flare started. Saturday, bedridden and in tears most of the day, I finally dragged myself into urgent care for help. I’m hoping I feel better soon, got a steroid infection and Tylenol 3.
My question to all of you is, could it take that long after being in the sun and pushing myself physically for this to happen? I’ve read that most flares start right away after physical events or sun. How long does it take for you to flare after being in the sun or pushing yourself?
It’s hard to know if it was this trip that caused this or elevated stress from work (which has been on going). Help me understand friends?
Thanks in advance for all your input