Identifying your symptoms

| March 20, 2014

One thing I haven’t talked about yet, and this is really directed towards those with Lupus, but also applies to anyone with an autoimmune, you need to be able to identify your symptoms.
If you have Lupus, your symptoms might be several of the following…
• Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain
• Low grade or unexplained fever
• Red rashes, most commonly on the face
• Chest pain upon deep breathing
• Unusual loss of hair
• Positive ANA factor
• Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
• Sensitivity to the sun
• Swelling (edema) in legs or around the eyes
• Mouth and nose ulcers or sores
• Swollen glands
• Extreme fatigue
• Anemia, decrease in red blood cells
• Headaches
• Dizziness
• Depression
• Confusion
• Seizures

Lupus symptoms can range from mild to severe and they will go away and recur often. It’s so tough to deal with because you really don’t know when something will occur. How many symptoms do you represent? How severe are these symptoms? I suffer from at least 10 of these symptoms on a regular basis. I know with me that when the nose and mouth sores start, that’s when I just start a prednisone taper. If I get a bad mouth or nose sore, nothing can help me at that point but prednisone. That’s my one symptom that tells me I’m having an episode. The toughest to deal with is the swollen and painful joints and the fatigue. The most annoying is the dizziness.
Do you know what your symptom is? Is it a rash on your face, swollen joints or loss of hair? That’s for you to identify. It’s not easy to determine this. It takes time and unfortunately a lot of flare-up’s and paying attention to your body to figure it out. However, once you identify your symptom, it may give you the ability to better control the flare-up.
My problem is I hate to slow down. When I feel severe join or muscle pain, I do what I can to train and work through it. If I go overboard with this and I don’t slow down, the sores start in my mouth and my nose. So I really do know the process, but I have times when the joint pain starts and I can get through it without the predinisone, so the athlete that I am, I will always try to push through it.
I urge everyone who has an autoimmune disease to know your symptoms, learn what symptoms affect you. Learn what your triggers are, is it stress, fatigue, catching a cold, what causes your immune system to attack itself and make you sick? We all have triggers, but you need to know what your trigger is. My next blog entry will be learning to identify your trigger.

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