An inconvenient FLARE


But aren’t they all inconvenient? I’m sorry I haven’t posted in such a long time. This winter in Minnesota (and other parts of the world, I know) has been brutally depressing, and I basically haven’t felt well throughout most of it. As I sit here writing this, I’m looking out my window at SNOW covering everything. We got dumped on yesterday and last night, which isn’t helping my mood or physical state of being. I’m bummed out, I’m stiff, I’m achey, I’m anxious, I hurt all over.

Anyway, I’m currently in the middle of a pretty bad flare-up. My stubborn right foot and ankle have been in intense, swollen, throbbing pain all week. The left ankle is also flaring up but not as bad as the right one (which is its usual pattern). I’m also taking 30 mg of prednisone, which is making me feel sluggish and bloated and agitated and mental and everything that wonderful prednisone likes to do to a person. I think it’s helping, a little. I hope it will hurry up and knock out this inflammation ASAP though. I’m supposed to drive six hours south to Omaha this weekend to spend time with friends I haven’t seen in a while, but I don’t see how I can do that with my inflamed foot. Driving only irritates it more. Not happy.

So, to sum up–winter came back last night and dumped a load of snow and misery on my street. RA came back this week and dumped a load of inflammation on my feet. I’m pretty pissed off about both things. Hopefully there is a silver lining to this, somewhere. There must be, right?

11 thoughts on “An inconvenient FLARE

  1. Maybe it is your bodies way of telling you to slow down? I have RA too and I swear I’m at my worst when I’m stressed out. Maybe the silver lining is the predisone will have enough time before u leave, to really take effect. Otherwise u may have flared up because of the long ride! Maybe now u will be ok to drive and not be in pain! :)

    1. Hi April,
      Thank you for your comment! You’re probably right. I, too, notice that my RA gets worse when I’m more stressed out. I don’t think I’m going to be able to make the drive tomorrow, but if I stay home, then I’ll celebrate Easter with my family. So that’s a pretty good silver lining, really. I can drive down there when my foot is better, I hope.


      1. I think that a long drive wouldn’t be a good idea. Your foot would be so stiff, it would be awful!
        Have a Happy Easter with your family! :)

      2. Hi Angela…just to let you know I also suffer from Ra but have managed to keep it under control through eating and lifestyle changes.It takes some getting used to but really helps.I am no longer on any meds. have no more pain but I get tired when I have a flare up and just rest but experience no pain anymore thank goodness.Will gladly offer advice if you like..



    1. Thank you! The prednisone is helping a little bit, so that’s good. I hope it will continue to work more. It’s true, flare-ups do seem to happen at the most inconvenient times.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I have seen a podiatrist before and many different orthopedic specialists.

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