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define a FLAREUP???
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deanastan - January 2

Hi all- i have had fibro for years- just hurt all the time. Getting worse as I get older. First thing in the morning is the worse! I read where people say "flareup" -i don't think I have had one. Can someone tell me what that is like??? Is there such a thing as just hurting non stop and NOT ever having a flareup??? Is this just a defintion of what I would call a "bad day"?


Gabbie - January 2

Hello deanastan. I asked pretty much the same question (see 11/16/07 flare-up , Gabbie) because I too never go a day without some kind of pain or symptom, i.e., fibro fog, nausea, ringing in the ears, etc. so I can attest to your comment of hurting non-stop. I have days where my symtoms are worse than others but I don't know if that is considered a flare-up. I guess I'm still a little unsure about the whole thing also. I do know, however, that I have not had a pain free day in years. My mornings are worse also but the more I push to more around, the better I can function. There are so many symptoms and from what I've read on this forum, I'm thinking a flare-up can be different degrees of symptoms for each individual. I would also be interested in hearing more from other people because I've read that some have times where they are pain free. I keep hoping for one of those times.


JJ1 - January 2

For me, it is an acute bout of symptoms. I have some level of symptoms at all times but with a flare up, they are suddenly increased and intensified. For example, I am currently in a flare up. Prior to this flare up, I had some aches in my ankles and felt a little "foggy". Now in my flare up, the aches are all over my body. I have irritable bowel, I am fatigued to the point that I cannot go long without a rest or nap, I feel as though I am coming down with the flu and feel achy and headachy. Nexium is not handling my heartburn. I can hardly turn my head from left to right due to pain. And I have to go to work tomorrow. Yuck.


JJ1 - January 3

This flare up is over. Yippee! Now on with the normal everyday aches and pains and fibro-fogginess.


lemonwafer - January 4

Flare up is when you are not having any pain but suddenly start to hurt.


Fantod - January 7

My last flare up lasted a day but I thought I was going to die. It took me over two hours to get dressed in the morning. I did not want any pressure against my skin. I could hardly walk or move my arms. The mere thought of having to do so made me cry. As a rule, I am always in some level of pain but this was a whole new experience. I hope it does not happen again anytime soon.



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