kjf49DLKI)$@#*$#!!$ (flare-up)

I’m having a flare-up now for seemingly “no reason.”  Both ankles, knees, hands and feet are really hurting.  I DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK ON PREDNISONE! Hopefully if I drink more water, lay off the caffeine again,  and get more sleep ASAP this will get better.  Otherwise I really have no clue why this is happening now other than my body wanting to be a huge jerk.  Do you ever find yourself silently urging RA to just leave you alone?  I’d love it if it would take a damn break once in a while.  I’m so crabby.  Go away, pain.  Go away.

9 thoughts on “kjf49DLKI)$@#*$#!!$ (flare-up)

  1. Oh, Angela, I’m so sorry! I actually just finished up a Prednisone prescription, I was stuck in a flare up I couldn’t seem to kick. I know your pain!

    Can you take an anti-inflammatory? Aleve or Mobic? Take a nice hot shower, some naproxen and get some sleep, hopefully you’ll wake up feeling much better tomorrow. Not sure if you believe in the power of prayer, but I will say one for you.

    Take care of you!


    1. Thanks for the comment Liz and your kind words. Yeah I can take Advil or Motrin but I usually don’t, just because I don’t like taking a bunch of extra pills. I don’t even know what Mobic is. I do believe in the power of prayer. :) thank you!

  2. Thank you for your blog post describing how I feel.

    For some reason my flare has been exceptionally bad the past 2 weeks. I hurt so much it makes me cry. THe hands the feet (as usual) but on these bad days it seems to take the whole body along for the ride, knees, hips, back, elbows, shoulders. I finally took the afteroon off from work …figured I would just lay on the couch since I was not accomplishing anything at work. I don’t usually do that…I find motion rather than immobility is better in general. I will pray for you. I understand about the prednisone…it is the one med on my “no fly” list…I didn’t like the side affects. THe Mobic(basically a one a day motrin) motrin, tyl, aleive… non work. What does work but seems to rebound is Tramadol (opiad). Good luck!!

  3. Hi Angela,
    It breaks my heart to hear the problems you deal with because of RA. I hope that your RA can get to a place where it is manageable. I’m a student writing a paper on RA and was wondering when you were diagnosed with RA was RA the first diagnoses you were given for your symptoms or was a different diagnosis given to use? And other than prednisone what other medical treatment has the doctor given you? Do you go to Physical Therapy? I hope I’m not being too forward asking these questions. I thought I could get a clearer picture if I spoke with someone that has been diagnosed with RA.
    Thank you!

  4. Angela, I feel your pain. Hope you’re better today.
    I just started Methatrexate against my better jugement. However as I’ve had a month long flare up after 10 years of nothing, I’m desperate for relief. People look at me (knocking on the door to 40) and say “You’re too young to have arthritis”. They still don’t realize that age has nothing to do with it. I was diagnosed at 15.
    I’d say something like “Stay strong” but know all too well those words mean little or nothing when every basic movement results in pain.
    So instead I’ll say “get better soon” and hope that you do.

    Btw, I just started blogging last week myself. I’ve not yet told my friends. Not sure why.

    1. hi again,
      Thanks for your comments! Sorry it’s taken me so long to write back. My wrist was pretty much out of commission (and I was forced to keep working which requires a lot of typing). Anyway, thank you for your kind words and wishes – I appreciate it. I agree with you that most people still have no idea that arthritis can affect people of any age. I was 18 when I was diagnosed (17 when first started having symptoms) so we’re pretty similar in that regard. It can be such an isolating disease, especially when you look young on the outside but feel like a 90 year old. Glad to hear you’re blogging! I figure, even if nobody reads my writing, it feels good to get some stuff out of my head anyway. I’d be interested to read your blog if you feel like sharing. Take care!

  5. I meant to give you one piece of advice that helped me tremendously. Try a chiropractor. Ten years ago or more I did and it saved me. I honestly believe that he is the reason I was arthritis-free for 10 years.

    1. hmm chiropractor? I know some people swear by them, but I have hesitations about trying it. So did you go into remission?

    2. Hi, sorry to butt in here, but I’m interested to hear why you think your chiropractor has helped to keep you arthritis free. I see a chiropractor regularly, and while he helps keep me free from neck, shoulder and back pain, I still get flare ups. What do you think your chiro does to help? I’m curious so I can discuss with my chiro.

      If you wouldn’t mind sharing, I’d love to read your blog too. I started one recently myself, it’s always good to see how other ppl cope with what we’re going through. Take care,


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