KatzeB : congratulations on your cat!! Aw c’mon, please post a picture to cheer us up with 🙂
I hope your higher dosage of meds helps you soon. As to suggestions about soreness:
everyone is different. To be really honest I don’t really take a lot of meds, but sometimes I think perhaps I should. (I am a little worried about damage to my joints at this point)
I just feel like I am over it with taking meds and still feeling like crap. I have done rounds of cortisones in the past and nsaids used to be my daily cocktail. I felt like though I was focusing too much on my unwellness and not enough on the good because taking meds was really ruling my life. I am not suggesting anybody take this route at all! It’s just a decision I made after year 4 of my diagnosis. For me I think I thought I could somehow get back to me “pre RA” days if I found the right medications. It never happened. I have to live with some sort of pain every day. That is a fact. I now longer strive to be pain free (though some rare times I am) I just am happy when I can be active without falling apart afterwards, hahah. I really try on the daily to ignore the pain as much as possible.
If I am in a flare (I have small ones pretty often and then I have the big ones like right now but only about twice a year. these go on for a couple of weeks, I’ve had ones last for up to 2 months though) I really have to be much more careful with myself. I hate missing work, but sometimes I just have too. (Like, I get a sick note for a week to just rest and recover. I just need that time) I don’t do much, Iget lots of rest and relax. People and doctors say “stay active” but in a flare I really avoid anything that hurts or makes me tired much as possible. I do not push myself, I do not do yoga, I do not force movement. While it’s important to stay moving in a flare for me it’s been best to stay put as much as possible.
I have startet taking MSM last year (PM me if you want to know how that went) Right now I only take it on demand (like now in a flare) and I just started using DSMO oil topically on sore joints with this flare and I am really loving it.
And warmth warmth warmth. Hot water bottles, cozy sweaters and warm rooms. I have had inflammed joints that I preferred to cool (you’ll know what I mean if you ever have that. Like red swollen joints that you can feel the heat off of? Yeah, those you’ll want to cool) We’re buying a new house and it has a sauna. I am so looking forward to that. Seriously, I need heat!
That is basically all I can tell you. Rest, keep warm and be patient. 🙂
And thank you for your well wishes, I am feeling much improved today. Here’s to better days!
PM me anytime you want to chat 🙂
ETA: I re-read my post there and feel like is was a little negative. It it makes you feel better, despite having PsA since my early thirties I still work full time, I do bouldering and gym climbing and I climb outdoors in seriously rugged conditions ans I hike regularly (even some more serious peaks) as well as growing a pretty good sized garden. I don’t do this all the time, but I do all of this as much as I can and with the support of my hubby. I have pushed myself too hard at times (and paid that price) but it has been worth it altogether. If you told me at 35 after my diagnosis that I would be this active in my late forties I would have thought you were crazy. I felt so misrable in those early years. But it got so much better for me after I accepted a few things, stabilized my health and found out where my limits were (and they weren’t where I thought they were) So yeah, there are times like last weekend when I throw myself a pity party but it isn’t all of the time. I am absolutely rooting for you that you feel better soon too!