Rheumatoid Arthritis (PsA) flare and feeling so down. πŸ˜” Any other Bees with RA?

posted 2 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Busy bee
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Oh hun I’m sorry you’re going through that. I don’t have RA but I do have joint hypermobility syndrome. I’m not always in pain, but I do have bad flare ups, this time of year always gets me. Currently laying on my sofa under a thick duvet with my hot water bottle on my lower back. Cold weather is the worst. 

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Newbee

I’m right there with you, I have PA also. And I too started a flair Christmas week. I can sympathize but really have no answers. My rheumatologist has me on Methotrexate and Cosentyx injections. I just about a week ago started taking Duloxetine and am hoping it helps. Stress and overdoing usually start my flairs, but with life you really can’t avoid those things.

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Busy bee

Shesaidyes :  hugs. Joining the pity party.. i have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, so am hypothyroid for few years and last year, autoimmune friend #2 showed up in my life…yep, RA… not 100% sure how post-diagnosis flare-ups are really like since it’s diagnosed only in Sept so I was in quite a bit of pain before that – my right toe joint looked like I had a fractured metatarsal and wrist was pretty swollen by the time I was sent to do some blood tests that confirmed it. Currently I’m battling with either underreplaced thyroid meds causing my fatigue, brain fog and sweatiness or RA symptoms or the fluoxetine my pcp put me on was screwing my brain and body rather than helping me feel better. My finger joints and wrist joint hurt quite a bit during Christmas holidays. There was a day I was so messed up I had to be in bed almost the whole day. Our cat was on high alert weirdly and stayed by my bedside almost the whole time.

Hopefully we’ll all feel better soon!!

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Busy bee

Shesaidyes :  thanks! Hope you’re feeling better already. We have our cat for about 6 weeks so she hasn’t reached the stage where she will come and snuggle with us but she’s always nearby.

My pcp finally upped my levothyroxine and hopefully that will resolve the brain fog soon. I’m so behind at work these days that i wished I had more energy! I know i need to be patient with the sulfasalazine to take effect but it can be frustrating when i feel totally sore. How do you counter the soreness of your joints?

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Newbee

Shesaidyes :   Oh, I’m so sorry to hear.of your struggles, especially during Christmas πŸ™ . Isn’t that always the case? 

 

Anyway, I suffer from severe chronic pain caused by a laundry list of muscle/skeletal conditions. You mentioned keeping warm (yay!) and what I did this year is layer up in the house with Merino wool leggings and tops. They’re very warm and the best part is that they’re so lightweight (even the “heavyweight” style weave) that there’s no pressure on my muscles or joints. (I’m so sensitive to pressure, I can’t even wear control top pantyhose.)

 

I thought I would mention this in case it would help you or anyone else reading this. Also, I’m so warm that putting the furnace at 70° is too hot if you happen to have a thermostat war going on that you have the heat on too high in the house πŸ™‚

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Newbee

Duplicate πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy bee
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I’m sorry you’re still suffering. I have fibromyalgia and have constant pain with occasional flare ups when I overdo it, and it absolutely drags you down emotionally. Hopefully the x-rays give some useful answers and the doctors can get you back to normal again soon. 

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Busy bee

A cat photo to cheer you up and big virtual hugs to you. I guess the best option is to rest and hopefully your rheumatologist would provide something to reduce the inflammation. It’s been a few stressful weeks for me since I last updated. Health-wise it’s pretty controlled but emotions are everywhere. One thing which helps with my pain, besides being good at taking my meds, is when I am stricter with my diet – gluten-free and almost no-sugar diet. But gluten food is undeniably delicious to be honest with you. And when i am emotionally-fragile, all the junk food appeals to me like glue. Sigh!

Hope everyone else is having a better time than us!

Shesaidyes :  

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