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What Starts a Lupus Flare?

By 2012-02-10Uncategorized

This is one of the great mysteries of my life.  I am not entirely sure what sets off my flares.  There are some really obvious things like too much travel, not enough sleep and stress.  But then there are other times where I really can’t say what is causing it to kick off.  I suspect that there is a lot to do with diet, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint what exacerbates my symptoms.  I am trying to cut down on the wheat products because my digestion isn’t that great and I notice a difference when I consume wheat products for sure.

I also am in a constant state of fear that I am about to have a flare.  I do tend to notice that I start to feel dizzy and foggy when I am in the danger zone.  I start to feel tired and zoned out.  I have trouble concentrating.  The other big one is getting splitting headaches and some swollen glands.  When all of this starts to come together, I try to make sure to get a lot of rest and drink tons of water.

What kicks off your lupus flares?  Have you had any issues with certain foods?  Would love to hear from people.