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June 26th, 2011, 08:08 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Aotearoa
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I have very similar symptoms to Lupus, but have been clinically diagnosed with TRAPS, an autoinflammatory disease.

My systems first started after I began having miscarriages and I had a big flare after the birth of my daughter. A lot of people told me I was just tired and with a new baby, it made sense.

I lost twins in 07 and a huge flare hit. It's taken quite a few years to get it to settle down as I was also septic and really, really sick.

My Rheum believes that a lot of women get stronger flares during their menstrual cycle sense it causes quite a hormonal upheaval. It seems a lot of autoimmune illness is diagnosed within the first 2 years of a baby's birth as the hormone upheaval triggers the flare.

You need to see a rheum and get your testing done again, just to see how/if your levels have changed and if you need to be monitoring things like clotting. I find it hard to plan for a flare, but seeing that my symptoms increase/intensify during menses makes it a bit easier to make sure I have extra help or extra rests.

Good luck. It sucks to see another woman with autoimmune issues.

Jen + Matt
Parents to Sophie, the Wondergirl
Asperger's Syndrome
Joint Hypermobility
GERD & Constipation

Angels Autum & Isla (2007)
+ 7 others (2002 - 2011)

Mama with arthritis & connective tissue disorder called TRaPS
I've been charting since Jan 16, 2001 and TTA since April 2007.
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