How Do You Know When You Are Having A Flare ?

About half of all Wegener’s sufferers will improve with treatment but then go on to relapse (have a ‘flare’) within two years of stopping their treatment. You may have many such flares in the years following your diagnosis which will require a temporary increase in your treatment.

So how do you know when you’re having a flare? What is a flare?

The most obvious sign is that your original symptoms reoccur. Wegener’s Disease attacks people in a number of different ways so everyone’s symptoms will be different. Two thirds of Wegener’s sufferers have ear, nose or throat problems so this may be an obvious first sign. Are you having headaches. Is your nose blocked or is it running persistently? Do you have lots of mouth or nose ulcers? Are you having nosebleeds? All of these are very common symptoms of a flare.

Fatigue is another good indicator but this can be difficult to detect. Are you tired because you are having a flare or because you have two children and you are working full time? It can be hard to differentiate between the disease and your normal hectic life. Joint and muscle pain may be your first clue, along with feverish flu-like symptoms.Your hearing may change. You may experience some deafness or a change in pitch.

While all of these symptoms on their own may point to a flare, perhaps the most surefire way to tell if you are having a flare is that you have two or more of the above symptoms simultaneously. Having a persistently runny nose and joint pain should be a warning sign. Constant headaches and a loss of hearing in one ear? Go to the doctor and ask them to check if you’re flaring.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.