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Old 05-18-2006, 07:17 PM   #1
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What Causes Your Flare-Ups?

I am in another flare up and I cannot to this day figure out what did it. Often if I over exert myself, I will notice a couple days later with full blown symptoms ranging from muscular pains, aches and cramps, teeth hurting, tiredness, back breakouts, sore feet, horrible indigestion and gas.......just to name a few.

All I can think of is on Mother's Day hubby and I drove around and visited family most of the day. I cannot imagine that triggering a flare up but I suppose it could have done it.

Just wondering what causes your flare ups?

 
Old 05-19-2006, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: What Causes Your Flare-Ups?

Hi Pollygirl,
I am very new to this as well. Just dx thre or four weeks ago. From what I have read so far some people's "flares" have lasted three years straight. I started mine two months ago and even though I may have a good day. By the evening I feel the tingling hands and feet. My feet hurt a lot. Today I woke up with the whole lowerportion of by body is stiff. I thought Well, it's got to be a good day. Promised the kid's ChukyCheese and I have to take them to a ballgame tonight.
I have heard that stress could be a trigger. And I think if your in pain your always stressed!!!!
The people on here with more experience will be able to help more. Just wanted to say hi. I am just like you and try to trace back what happened. Where I went wrong. I can never really figure it out.
Hope you start feeling better
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:20 AM   #3
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Re: What Causes Your Flare-Ups?

Hi Polly,

I have found that for me, fluoride is a definite trigger of symptoms. I cannot drink even one cup of tea (Lipton's type) without being in agony an hour later. Removing fluoride from my life as much as possible has been very helpful to me.

I also get major flares when I overdo consumption of goitrogenic foods which affect thyroid function. For me, soy & sweet potatoes are a real problem.

And I find that maintaining a certain amt of activity is very impt. Sitting in the car for extended periods of time flares me up. It helps to keep doing little exercises in the car, little stretches & circles of various body parts.

However, your mileage may vary! I think this is a highly individual thing. Keeping a list or diary of foods/activities/symptoms is a good place to start. If you think you have a culprit food or activity, eliminate it for a week or so, then reintroduce it & see if you get symptoms. That's a good way to sort it all out.

Best wishes.

 
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Re: What Causes Your Flare-Ups?

Weather changes, especially cold fronts with rain. And stress.

 
Old 05-22-2006, 12:02 PM   #5
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Re: What Causes Your Flare-Ups?

elmhar: I was reading your post and you talk about goitrogenic foods. Can you explain that to me? And I agree with your thinking on getting up and moving around. Of course, don't over do, but the more movement you can get into your daily living will help both body and mind. Moving is not one of our favorite things to do at times, but we must to keep ourselves, both body and mind, in as best shape as possible.

 
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Re: What Causes Your Flare-Ups?

elmhar: I was reading your post and you talk about goitrogenic foods. Can you explain that to me? And I agree with your thinking on getting up and moving around. Of course, don't over do, but the more movement you can get into your daily living will help both body and mind. Moving is not one of our favorite things to do at times, but we must to keep ourselves, both body and mind, in as best shape as possible.

 
Old 05-22-2006, 12:46 PM   #7
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Re: What Causes Your Flare-Ups?

same here, changes in weather, stress, overdoing it (which doesnt take much), another illness such as the flu or a cold. Sometimes its as simple as stretching in a wrong way and if i hurt myself, thats enough to set me up for a flareup. Any kind of physical pain that is bad , such as if i were to twist an ankle, will bring a flareup on. Might take a few days but it always shows its ugly face. Hmm have never checked to see if any foods can trigger a flareup on me, more interested in hearing about that.

 
Old 05-23-2006, 02:27 PM   #8
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Re: What Causes Your Flare-Ups?

Buddy: My fibro symptoms seem very correlated to my thyroid function/malfunction. When I am in a situation that would naturally require the body to produce more thyroid hormone (exposure to cold, physical activity) I get flares. I do have Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis, and am hypothyroid. I am still in the process of getting my thyroid meds optimized.

There are lists of goitrogenic foods on the Thyroid Healthboard. They are all otherwise-healthful fruits & veggies, stuff like broccoli. Goitrogenic foods interfere with the uptake of iodine (needed to make thyroid hormone), and some of them also block the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) to the more active T3 form. Some goitrogenic chemicals are inactivated by cooking.

The majority of folks on thyroid meds are able to enjoy goitrogens w/out any problem at all. I wish I could; all I know is that overindulgence in most of them causes me to crash pretty quickly.

If you discover that eating goitrogenic foods increases your symptoms, push your doc for the whole thyroid test battery, beyond the screening test. Probably most people w/fibro would benefit from that anyway; some specialists feel that fibro is basically an endocrine disorder, in many cases one of thyroid hormone resistance.

Many people find their fibro symptoms are decreased on thyroid meds. In research studies, a large majority (>80%) of people w/fibro were found to have elevated Substance P in their blood, which is a chemical that amplifies pain signals. Thyroid hormone inhibits Substance P, facilitating decrease in pain.

Best wishes.

 
Old 05-23-2006, 07:51 PM   #9
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elmhar: Thanks so much for your reply and all the info. I see my dr. Friday, and will discuss this with her. I did have a thyroid test taken, but of course it was just the usuall TSH. I will ask for a Free T4, reverse T3, and substance P test. Is that correct or is there more I should ask about? My hair is still falling out and Iam so angry at my dr. since she has not returned my call from last week.
Again thanks for the reply....and if there are more tests I should ask to run that you know of, please let me know.
Your Buddy

 
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