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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Flare or no: do you have any tell tale signs?

So sometimes I can be stupid about my disease.  In fact, I think we all can.  We all learn what our first signs of a flare are, but I'm sure plenty of you, just like I did, try to ignore them and hope that it's something else. 
Mine is that my gums hurt.  They get super sensitive to hot and cold and ache all the time.  And a lot of times the muscles that move my eye (remember I work at an eye doctor's office so I notice every little thing) will become inflamed and hurt to move.  And I know this.  Yet every time I begin to feel those symptoms, I tell myself "its that new whitening toothpaste hurting your gums" or "your eyes must just be dry, don't be paranoid."
And that is always, always, ALWAYS a stupid move.  I know my body, and you know yours.  We should be able to admit to ourselves and call our doctor as soon as something fishy starts happening.  Because, if I had done that, I might have had a week of steroids and been done.  But now I'm looking at upping my MTX dose AND approximately 6 weeks on prednisone. 
The other problem is that, with this being my first spring in the Midwest, I can't help but wonder if it is related to the weather's mood swings instead. 
What are some of your first signs that a flare might be peaking its ugly head?  Do you tend to write it off to other causes or immediately call your doc for advise?  Have you learned over time how to tell the difference between one or the other?

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