Split personality

November 21, 2011 at 9:44 am | Posted in arthrits, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pai, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 5 Comments
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Well more split Penguin really – my right side is ready to take on the world this morning, but my left side just wants to go back to bed with a hot-water-bottle (or perhaps Enormous Cat on hot-water-bottle duty). This is not my usual pattern – usually I have, for instance, a bad knee and a worse knee, or a pair of bad shoulders, but this morning everything on the right is fine but my left hand, elbow, shoulder and knee are all stiff and painful!

I rather suspect that this has as much to do with fibromyalgia than it does with RA, because although the knee and elbow feel joint-related the shoulder is definitely muscular … well, when I say definitely it’s actually hard to be sure I find, but it doesn’t feel like the usual rheumatoid arthritis pain. I’ve had a few problems in the last few days with it, having foolishly swung round to grab something behind me on Saturday and then found myself curled up in a ball on my chair going, ‘Ow, ooops, I really shouldn’t have done that’.* Unbelievably I then did exactly the same thing twice on Sunday! It’s such a dumb thing to do for someone who knows damn well they get problems in neck and shoulders! I blame the fact that they’d felt so good lately that I’ve been less aware of having to be careful … which I suppose is something I really can’t complain about.

Oh well, I have a mountain of work to get through today thanks to the over-enthusiasm of a colleague on Thursday who, forgetting I was on my own for the first half of the week, may have bitten off more work than we can chew, so I’m going to have to let the right side rule!


*This is the expurgated version



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  1. sorry to hear your “fighting the pain”… but that’s what we do right!!! Sometimes i look back and think… hey,, how did i do “all that stuff” back in the day… LOL
    of course the answer is “youth”.. 🙂
    you mentioned fybromyalgia… my sis refers to that,, poor girl is in much worse shape than me, so it makes me feel lucky…
    me.. i just get thru by getting a good long start to the day…. take my time, and hit the world when i’m ready… i’m blessed… retired…
    off to water aerobics… it’s the best!!!
    take care, PP
    you might get to rest when your old…. hehehehehe

  2. Hope you get to feeling a little better and soon. My ra has always been one sided so to say but now it is everywhere so it is balanced out so to say. For years I had it primarily on my right side in every single joint. There was some left sided joints impacted but pretty much I was not the typical symmetrical ra patient. Try not to overdo it if you can.

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