Since I seem to be experiencing a whopper flare, the latest excellent post from the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation blog is timely. It's entitled "What is a Sjogren's Flare?" and can be found here.
Medical dictionaries define “flare” as a sudden exacerbation of a disease. A flare is different from the day-to- day variation of symptoms that patients with chronic diseases experience and is characterized as a large and rapid increase in a patient’s usual symptoms. I like to define a flare as a sudden and significant increase in the activity of a disease. This definition allows us to use quantitative measures of disease activity to compare levels of disease activity from one point in time (e.g. baseline) to another (e.g. flare).
Several measures of disease activity have been developed for Sjögren’s. The two most promising are the European League Against Rheumatism Sjögren’s Syndrome Disease Activity Index (ESSDAI) and the European League Against Rheumatism Sjögren’s Syndrome Patient Reported Index (ESSPRI). The first is a tool that measures disease activity from the physician’s perspective in the many organs and systems affected by Sjögren’s. Continue reading here.The SSF's suggestions for healthy strategies during a flare are very good and I plan on incorporating all of them into my daily routine. But I think silly animal videos provide equally therapeutic treatment:
Best. Video. Ever. I feel better already.