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1/16/12 6:50 P

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I consider a flare when my whole body aches from top to bottom, and nothing helps. My flares are worse in the cold than any other time.

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1/7/12 1:19 P

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I'm just now making myself aware of possible triggers. I also have Ms n o e effects the other emoticon

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1/2/12 12:18 P

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A flare happens when any of the symptoms that are part of your disease manifest and do not go away after a few days. We all have mini flares when we overdo it, push too hard and don't eat well, but what your doctor means by a flare is a manifestation of symptoms that does not subside within a couple of weeks. When that type of flare occurs, you need to see your doctor.

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1/2/12 9:50 A

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For me?

Severe, painful muscle spasms, sometimes in my neck (picture migraine headache), occasionally my legs, but most frequently my abdominal muscles.

If any of you remember the scene in that movie "Alien" where that thing comes out of John Hurt's stomach... THAT is what these spasms look like: some fist-sized thing trying to punch its way out of me. talk about hurt... Yeah, I know, bad play on words! LOL

I have another kind of flare too: I have osteo-arthritis (possibly an inflammatory connection similar to but not RA...) and recently found out that my parathyroid is overproducing, which has caused calcium deposits in the SOFT TISSUE of my shoulders. Let's just say OUCH! and let it go at that! LOL

The thing you've all realized, I'm sure, is that just as our combination of symptoms is unique to the individual, so too is the flaring process. It varies all over the place, but always it's a "sudden" sharp increase in whatever symptoms we would normally experience--with an occasional surprise along the way.

Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor though, if something unusual gives you alarm. This syndrome can mask any number of other serious health conditions so don't take chances, ok?

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1/1/12 9:49 P

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I know what everyone means about having pain all over and feeling tired after just a few tasks. But, for me; a flare is when every symtom I have intensifies to the place it totally consumes how I live. I have learned to identify my triggers too, but every once in a while I will get caught off guard by being too concerned or stressed about family or a circumstance. When that happens I can go into flares lasting just a few days or a week, not the usual 3 weeks. If I do not control what I can, like sleep, over activity, no exercise, or stress I can pretty well count on a flare. If I do what I am supposed to do for myself and consult my history regularly, then I have just the constant aches, muscle quivers, throbs and ringing in my ears. My fibro fog and anxiety is never the same because it is also influenced by my hypothyrodism.

We are taught as Christians to give Thanks in all things and I have begun to do that. The most redeeming fact about Fibromyalgia is that it is not fatal. I try to remember that too.

Until the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain to change: You won't.


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1/1/12 9:08 P

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i think its all just one word PAIN

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1/1/12 9:03 P

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Hi Like you, I wake up stiff and usually feeling bad, not unusual. To feel good is really unusual! for me.a flare is whenI overdo and the exhaustion beyond exhaustion hits as well as a total body muscle attack. Usually I'm half yelling, "gotta lie down, gotta lie down" and I'm moaning and fighting everything in sight to get to my bed or recliner. I always have to pop some Ibuprophen and drink water. After about an hour's rest, I can focus some. . .still in pain and wiped out, but the acute attack of pain and the acute attack of extreme exhaustion are how I know it's a flare.
I have noticed that too much salt and fluid retention will set off an attack quicker than anything. But then lifting a heavy purse, sitting crooked, doing anything repetitive will also set the muscles off.
I am learning lately to really listen to my body. To STOP immediately when I feel the least bit overworked and rest. I'm hard-headed and it has taken me way too long to learn this. I am trying it out, though and it really is helping. My whole life and life activities have totally changed and I am learning to live a different kind of life. It's not easy, but living within limitations is better than nothing. My friend, you'll soon learn to distinguish between the everyday feeling of being hit by a truck and the times of being hit and run over by the truck. BUT there will be some good hours and maybe even days. They become quite priceless!
I hope you feel better. . .gentle hugs,
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1/1/12 7:11 P

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I guess I remember feeling that bad decades ago after I was first diagnosed. Not sure if I just got used to all that pain or it actually calmed down, but I guess you're right, the fibro fog and anxiety really do increase during a flare.

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1/1/12 7:06 P

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see that's just it, exactly how I describe it to people, I wake up every day feeling like I got hit by a truck :( the pain and fatigue never get worse or better, but when I overdo it, that's when the fibro fog and anxitey kick in to high gear. So should I consider that a flare you think?

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1/1/12 6:53 P

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OK, I NEVER feel great either, but what I consider a flare is when I overdo it shopping, or cooking, or cleaning, then wake up the next day feeling like I got hit by a truck and end up in bed for a week. Or, when there's a major(or minor) change in the weather and I can't figure out why I'm hurting so much...then I open the front door and realize it's pouring down rain & that's why I hurt. Sound familiar?

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1/1/12 5:09 P

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ok, so I'm a little confused about what a flare up actually means, because I pretty much feel rotten all the time. over the last year I did have ups and downs with the 'pain' part of it, it was mostly in my feet/legs hips and I would have good weeks and bad weeks, and the bad kept getting worse and worse. I believe that was the plantar faciatis, so now that that is under control I haven't been having those ups and downs. I wake up every morning in pain, my hands tingle and ache, my back is stiff and sore, my feet do still tingle and ache, but that's every day, there are NO days when I wake up and feel good. Some days the 'fibro fog' seems worse, and some days the anxiety is really bad. So what is a flare??

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