Arthritis means “inflammation of joints.” Yet when older people are afflicted with arthritis, they tend to be bothered less by the inflammation and more by the pain and stiffness that accompany arthritis.

Many people assume arthritis to be an unavoidable part of growing old. Although aging itself does not cause arthritis, arthritis does become more common as people age, for various reasons. The development of arthritis brings many older people much distress. Anyone can get Arthritis. It is just one of over one hundred and seventy types of rheumatic diseases which include many types of arthritis, gout, carpal tunnel syndrome, lupus, bursitis, juvenile arthritis, Kawasaki Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and many more. These diseases are known to affect one of any joints found in the human body.

Types of Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can develop relatively quickly: in weeks as opposed to the years it takes for osteoarthritis. It is an irreversible autoimmune disease, a condition where the body’s own immune system attacks specific cells in the joints. It often starts in younger people and ultimately results in the breakdown of bone.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Cartilage between the bones gradually wastes away and this can lead to painful rubbing of bone on bone in the joints. It may also cause joints to fall out of their natural positions (misalignment). The most frequently affected joints are in the hands, spine, knees and hips. Osteoarthritis mostly affects people aged between 40 and 60; it grows more common with age. Around 12% of people over 65 are affected.

Pseudogout is a form of arthritis that occurs when a particular type of calcium crystal accumulates in the joints. As more of these crystals are deposited in the affected joint, they can cause a reaction that leads to severe pain and swelling. The swelling can be either short-term or long-term and occurs most frequently in the knee, although it can also affect the wrist, shoulder, ankle, elbow, or hand. The pain caused by pseudogout is sometimes so excruciating that it can incapacitate someone for days.

Psoriatic arthritis is a complication of psoriasis, a chronic skin disease that is characterized by bright pink or salmon-colored scales covering the knees, elbows, chest, back, or scalp. While most people with psoriasis do not develop arthritis, around 15% do. About 75% of people develop psoriatic arthritis only after the skin condition appears, although in some people the arthritis occurs before the skin condition.

Symptoms

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can range in severity, varying a great deal from person to person.

People with rheumatoid arthritis may have a mild course, occasional flare-ups with long periods of remission without disease, or a steadily progressive disease, which may be slow or rapid. Rheumatoid arthritis may start suddenly, with many joints becoming inflamed at the same time. More often, it starts subtly, gradually affecting different joints. Usually, the inflammation is symmetric, with joints on both sides of the body affected.

Symptoms can include:

1.loss of appetite and generally feeling unwell (early symptoms),

2.Aching/ throbbing pain in the affected joints, which may come and go. This is often worse after a nights sleep and after sitting for a while. Exercise usually helps to reduce the pain,

3.The affected joints often feel stiff. Again this often improves once you start moving around; early morning stiffness is a characteristic of joint inflammation.


13 thoughts on “Signs Of Lupus Flare Up

  1. D

    I have discoid lupus, I’ve picked up running recently and now my joints ache…? How to prevent arthritis?
    For those of you who know, lupus affects one’s joints. I’m not sure to what extent, but I do know that painful joints in a person with lupus is not a good sign. I haven’t had a flare up since I was 6, and I’m 20 now. My immune system has been great, nothing bad or any signs of my lupus being active for 14 years. However, I’ve recently picked up yoga and running. Running is an addiction for me, I run everyday, about 2 miles a day. However, at night, my ankles have been aching to the point that it is impossible to sleep.

    Due to that, I reduced my running to every other day, about a mile and a half. I don’t want to give up running, as my father suggests I do (he fears of me getting arthritis) but I don’t want to sacrifice my health either. Is it possible that my sore ankles are a sign of arthritis? I know I’m young, but arthritis often develops in those with lupus. Or, is this pain common for runners? how can I prevent this pain? can I continue to run? How can I prevent getting arthritis as a person diagnosed with lupus? Thank you for your time!

    1. mgunnycappo

      First off, you are confusing two different kinds of Lupus.

      There are four in total:

      Discoid (affecting the skin)
      Systemic (affecting the entire body, especially the joints)
      Drug Induced (caused by medications – subsides after medication is stopped)
      NeoNatal (newborn with Lupus like symptoms…also usually subsides as the child ages)

      That being said, your joint pain may be normal aches and pains from exercise. However, it is possible that you actually have SLE (systemic Lupus). If this is the case then you need to speak with your doctor about exercise. Something that is low impact is best for someone with SLE.

      Good Luck to you.

  2. Jacqui

    Are chronic upper resperatory infections a sign of lupus?
    I have had 5 since oct.2008.and I have past history of seizures.I was given the ANA test Pos.They think it’s lupus.I now have an Infection in my left eye.As well as plugs put in for dry eyes.Which the optomologist thinks is lupus flare up.I’m always achey and fatigued. I’m 36 and feel like 70.I don’t see the doc til Thurs. but can you give me some insight?

  3. christina r

    lupus help?
    I am a 35 yr old mother of 3 young girls I have lupus they call mixed connectine tissue disease and fybomyalgia and raynauds. I also have severe allergies mostly dust grass trees mold. Do you think allergies can cause flare ups? I need energy I am so tired. My last visit to london ont. my rheumitoligist who has been watching my 8yr. old dd says she’s showing lupus signs. anyone know alternitive med. or something that can help I don;t want to take steriods and I don’t want her on meds she has joint stiffness and is achy it’s causing her to miss alot of school. any help …thanks
    I’ve been on plaqunil methotrexate, prednesone lada lada…It’s a vicious circle with them when you start one then 2 for side effects of 1 then 3 I feel better when I’m not on them prb. mental. I am looking for alterntive each time I was pregnant 3 times I went into remission obviously hormones have something to do with cure. But all dr. can do is give drugs I want alternatives I eat a low fat non dairy diet lots of leafy veg pure water ect..just started no meat just fish and am noticing a good change any more advice I welcome.

    1. Linda R

      Sometimes we have to resort to steroids for a short period of time to get the flare under control. I think most of us lupus patients have a love/hate relationship with that drug. With all medications you have to weigh the risk versus benefit ratio. Then you are the only person who can make that decision. I know the risk that the plaquenil can cause retinopathy and the cellcept can cause lymphoma. But the risk is small, the benefit is great, and I make sure that I have those things checked regularly.

      I’m not sure about the allergy thing. My allergies have kicked up but the lupus is pretty calm. The allergies will make you tired, however.

      It really does help to reinvent your lifestyle. Eat a diet low in animal fat, high in fresh and frozed fruits and veggies, avoid processed foods, get regular exercise, stay out of the sun, learn and practice stress management techniques, learn to prioritize your activities and say NO often.

      Best wishes.

  4. AndyR80

    Please help my hypochondria?
    I am a 14 year old male who has been experiencing panic attacks due to stress recently. I had a spell of panic attacks when I was younger but it has flared up again. I constantly look up symptoms on the internet going from Lupus to Diabetes. Diabetes is the thing that is concerning me most. I have no history of diabetes in the family but I saw that type 1 strikes teens and you cant prevent it. This scared me and now every time I get thirsty diabetes comes to mind. I went to the doctors and she said I didnt have it. Diabetes is found in eye tests and I was scheduled to have one which was a few days ago. My eyes are getting stronger and no sign of diabetes but since yesterday I have been having nausea in the morning and I am scared. I have peed four times so far today. Is that normal?

    1. Cassandra

      Well if the doctor said you don’t have it, YOU DON’T HAVE IT! As for nausea and frequent urination, that’s just stress darling. You are 14 you don’t need to be worrying about all this yet. If something does become wrong with you, have faith that your family and the doctors will help you through it. Diabetes is easy to test for, so please don’t worry if the doctor already tested you. If it makes you feel better, talk to a therapist about this. They’ll be able to show you some exercises you can do to reduce your stress.

  5. gothikbabe_666

    I have lupus, Might be pregnant, and have a horrible boil, could these be connected?
    i know that having lupus and being pregnant can be a risky thing, i am very unsure if i am pregnant or not, i have not had a real period since August 4th, my lower abdomen is very hard and normally its pretty squishy, this started around the beginning off september, right around the time my “period” was late, before september my periods were usually very regular, never more then 2 days late or early, but then in september, it was 8 days late, i started on the 12th, i went and bought a test on the 12th, went to work before i could take it, and started my period, or what i thought was a period. it started as brown spotting, which is also weird since i normally have insanely heavy periods, my doctor said that if i didn’t have such high amounts of iron in my blood all the time, i would become anemic during my periods. and it stayed brown for 2 days, and really light, the next months i was late yet again, i started on the 16th, and my “period” was the same as before, but only lasted 2 days this time. oh september it was only 3 days long. my stomach is getting harder every week, my boobs hurt a little bit, my head hurts all the time, my lower back hurts, my feet and ankles are swollen every day. and for the last week it feels like somethings moving around inside me, its really faint, but its starting to worrie me. i have lupus and i have been having alot of flares lately, my hair has been thining alot more then usual, ive been getting cancker sores alot, and now i got this horrible boil under my armpit, ive been getting little ones on my lower abdomen for a couple years, but they were usualy very small and didnt hurt. they usualy happen if i where tight pants, but ive been cramping so much i cant wear them, im a very clean person, i never go more then 2 days without a shower, i eat relitivly healthy, but i just looked up boils and found lupus can be why people get them, but the one under my arm pit is huge! i mean 3 inches round, and sticks out about 1/2 inch, i saw that heat helps draw the infection out so i got a heating pad, and i get a hot clean wash cloth and alternate with those, and it still hurts really bad, but only if i take it off the heat.
    also, i have taken so many pregnancy test its not funny, and all different kinds. all came up negative. i do not have insurence, im finnaly able to get it threw my job, i just have to sign up for it. which i did today. but until the insurence kicks in, i have to wait and see. im just curious if this has happend to anyone else.
    please help me. i dont understand whats going on with my body.
    if i am pregnant i would be very happy, if im not then ohwell.
    i just wanna know already. whats going on with me?!?!?!?!?
    i know what lupus is, i want to know if being pregnant with lupus is why im being thrown into flares, and have a horrible boil,
    can someone just give my a straight answer. i dont need people to say go to the doctor, i know that!!!
    just answer my QUESTION!!!!!!!!
    please

    1. Stephen Paul

      While most infants born to mothers who have SLE are healthy, pregnant mothers with SLE should remain under medical care until delivery. Neonatal lupus is rare, but identification of mothers at highest risk for complications allows for prompt treatment before or after birth. In addition, SLE can flare up during pregnancy, and proper treatment can maintain the health of the mother longer. Women pregnant and known to have the antibodies for anti-Ro (SSA) or anti-La (SSB) often have echocardiograms during the 16th and 30th weeks of pregnancy to monitor the health of the heart and surrounding vasculature.

      Contraception and other reliable forms of pregnancy prevention is routinely advised for women with SLE, since getting pregnant during active disease was found to be harmful. Lupus nephritis was the most common manifestation. Overall live-birth was 72.7%; the most common causes of pregnancy loss were spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) and fetal death in utero. Pregnancy outcome was worse in SLE patients whose disease flared up during pregnancy.

      For the boil use some antibiotic cream and cortisone cream. Oral antibiotics might also help to heal it up if it’s seriously infected!

      I use to get giant boils on my butt the size of a silver dollar!

  6. gothikbabe_666

    i have lupus, i might be pregnant, i have a horrible boil, could these all be connected?
    i know that having lupus and being pregnant can be a risky thing, i am very unsure if i am pregnant or not, i have not had a real period since August 4th, my lower abdomen is very hard and normally its pretty squishy, this started around the beginning off september, right around the time my “period” was late, before september my periods were usually very regular, never more then 2 days late or early, but then in september, it was 8 days late, i started on the 12th, i went and bought a test on the 12th, went to work before i could take it, and started my period, or what i thought was a period. it started as brown spotting, which is also weird since i normally have insanely heavy periods, my doctor said that if i didn’t have such high amounts of iron in my blood all the time, i would become anemic during my periods. and it stayed brown for 2 days, and really light, the next months i was late yet again, i started on the 16th, and my “period” was the same as before, but only lasted 2 days this time. oh september it was only 3 days long. my stomach is getting harder every week, my boobs hurt a little bit, my head hurts all the time, my lower back hurts, my feet and ankles are swollen every day. and for the last week it feels like somethings moving around inside me, its really faint, but its starting to worrie me. i have lupus and i have been having alot of flares lately, my hair has been thining alot more then usual, ive been getting cancker sores alot, and now i got this horrible boil under my armpit, ive been getting little ones on my lower abdomen for a couple years, but they were usualy very small and didnt hurt. they usualy happen if i where tight pants, but ive been cramping so much i cant wear them, im a very clean person, i never go more then 2 days without a shower, i eat relitivly healthy, but i just looked up boils and found lupus can be why people get them, but the one under my arm pit is huge! i mean 3 inches round, and sticks out about 1/2 inch, i saw that heat helps draw the infection out so i got a heating pad, and i get a hot clean wash cloth and alternate with those, and it still hurts really bad, but only if i take it off the heat.
    also, i have taken so many pregnancy test its not funny, and all different kinds. all came up negative. i do not have insurence, im finnaly able to get it threw my job, i just have to sign up for it. which i did today. but until the insurence kicks in, i have to wait and see. im just curious if this has happend to anyone else.
    please help me. i dont understand whats going on with my body.
    if i am pregnant i would be very happy, if im not then ohwell.
    i just wanna know already. whats going on with me?!?!?!?!?

    1. Amy

      I’d wait a week or two more and retest I have lupus as well and W and if you are pregnant if very important you see a high risk dr as for the boils I got one as well while pregnant my dr had to drain good luck with this!

  7. roguekg83

    Is ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise a sign of Congestive Heart Failure?
    I have had swelling in my ankles and legs for many years now. I have SLE lupus and am on several meds, none of which are new. For the past 5 years I’ve been having frequent palpitations or the feeling my heart is jumping. Test on my kidneys and thyroid have came back negative and I am not having a Lupus flare. I have had severe kidney damage in the past and I read this could lead to CHF. I’ve gained 25 pounds in the past 4 months and thought this was due to birth control I was on but I’ve been off the stuff for a month now plus I’ve been exercising daily on my treadmill. But when I exercise I get an excruciating pain in my right leg and it’s been swelling a lot more than my left leg lately. I really don’t think there is a blood clot or anything in my leg, but my extreme weight gain and inability to lose anything along with my severe leg/ankle swelling as of late has got me wondering if something is up with my heart. I have had constant lower back pain that feels like fluid moving or a slight burning sensation right at my hip when I am laying down. Oh and to add my menstrual cycles have been really bad and happening every other week and the gynecologist said the problem is not gynecological. I’m trying to help my doc figure this out so any input of what these symptoms may mean is much appreciated.

    1. mgunnycappo

      IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED:

      You need to be seen by your doctor immeidately. This is urgent. Have you been tested for Antiphospholipid Syndrome? This is a disease that often accompanies SLE (approximately 50% of SLE patients have it yet only 25% are actually tested for it). APS can cause blood clots to form called DVT. This problem is HIGHLY excerbated by the use of hormonal birth control. The warnings that you have heard from birth control advertisements about how they can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke…these messages are geared towards you. The OB/GYN should have never put you on contraceptives in the first place. This is contraindicated in people with SLE and especially those with SLE and APS. I remember my wife’s hemotologist YELLING at her OB/GYN over the phone a couple of years back when she was trying to give my wife birth control to help with an abnormal menstral cycle. He said “YOU’RE GOING TO KILL HER AND I WILL TESTIFY AGAINST YOU IN COURT” Pretty strong words for a doctor (this hemotologist is a Fellow with UCLA and has immense experience with SLE and APS). Suffice it to say that the OB/GYN looked into what he was saying and found him to be 100% correct. Have your OB/GYN do the same, she/he will come back into the room with an ashen look on their face realizing that they goofed.

      More importantly you need to be seen by your rheumatologist immediately. Tell them about your symptoms. They may just refer you to the local ER to have an ultrasound done on your ankles looking for clots. Tell your Rheumatologist that you’ve been on birth control and also ask if you’ve been tested for Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Your Rheumatologist will take it from there.

      Good Luck to you…do not wait on this, it could save your life.

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