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Jeanie - October 5

Does anyone know when they are going to have a flare? I can't tell until it's well into being.

 

JJ1 - October 5

Mine are generally directly related to stress in my life. So I know if I am facing a stressful situation, I may get a flare up, but never sure how bad it will be.

 

TERESA - October 5

This may sound stupid but what exactly is a flare? I'm in pain & suffering some kind of symptom ALL THE TIME! I feel I'm in a constant FLARE. Is that possible?

 

barbar - October 5

Yes, Teresa, it is possible to feel as if you are in a constant flare but I bet if you journal your pain, you will find a cycle. I not only found a pain cycle but a depression cycle and a fatigue cycle. Sure enough, the "flares" were when all three hit their worst points at the same time. My fatigue cycle runs about 6 weeks, the pain cycle about 2 weeks, and the depression cycle about 4 weeks. Remember, it is not the individual cycles themselves that cause problems but the interaction amongst them all. Also, those are my three cycles. Your cycles may be of other things, for example, your pain levels are constant, but your endurance/tolerance level may vary. Your sleep cycle may not vary but the QUALITY of that sleep may vary, such that you sleep 8 hours every night but sometimes its relieving and sometimes not. Finally, you may ahve additional afflictions, such as migraines, that are triggered by things around you that vary, e.g., you have to deal both with internal cycles of variance and external ones. Ours is a complicated disorder.

 

JJ1 - October 5

A flare is the onset of FMS symptoms or an increase in severity of symptoms. My symptoms wax and wane and seem to be directly related to the amount of stress I am under.

 

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