Stress, stress and more stress … but feeling OK!

March 11, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 3 Comments
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So, are my flare-ups related to stress, or not? I thought they were but I hope they aren’t, because if they are I’m in for a big one any time now!

Yesterday I had my first ever row (maybe too strong a word, but very strong disagreement) with a client, on the phone. I was, to say the least, short with them. I was convinced I was standing firmly on the moral high ground as they’d made a bit of a mess of things, and I told them so… only to realise mid-conversation that I’d also made a mistake. While theirs was more serious, it caused an earthquake in my moral high-ground leading to rather a landslide.

It took the rest of the day to try to repair some of that, and to TRY to stop constantly worrying about it, while also trying to get on with some work.

It was all put into perspective somewhat when I got home to find that one of my friends had lost his job, another’s cat had died and a third’s husband had had a stroke!

All in all not one of my best days. I ended it by telling myself firmly that tomorrow WOULD be a better day, and it has been. (Not that that would have been hard!)

As for the RA, I had practically no problems yesterday and although I was pretty stiff on getting up this morning, it didn’t last too long. My neck and shoulders are stiffening up again now, and slightly achy, but that may just be because it’s been over two weeks since I had physio, as my physio isn’t well and had to cancel the last appointment. Employing positive mental attitude to assume that’s what it is, and not the start of a stress-related flare!



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  1. I just wanted you to know I came across your blog through google. I love everything you have to say. I have had RA for 9 years (I’m about to be 24). I feel like I’ve tried every drug possible. No one in my life totally understands what I go through and since today I’m flaring up it’s nice to know I’m not the only one out there. :] I hope to keep reading… Thanks!

  2. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for your comment and SO sorry that you’re having a flare at the moment. I hope it passes off soon. I seem to have managed to avert one by a hair (next post coming up about that!) but then again maybe I didn’t … the joys of the unpredictability of RA!

  3. p.s. If you have a look at my blogroll you’ll find some blogs by some younger folk on there (closer to your age, she says, feeling like a granny!) All Flared Up, The Truth About JRA and A Single Girl’s Guide to RA. They’re all great blogs, full of both humor and useful information!

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