Knee flare

December 29, 2012 at 11:22 am | Posted in arthrits, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pai, Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 6 Comments
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Well, whadayaknow? A knee flare turns out to be some kind of strange ‘dance’ move: you can see it here. Unfortunately it’s also what I’m having one of right now …. I’m dancing too: from the freezer to the microwave and the microwave to the freezer … mostly on one leg.

It started on Boxing Day evening – that’s Wednesday for those outside the UK! Just mild stiffness going upstairs – didn’t really think too much about it. Progressed to serious stiffness Wednesday morning which I assumed would pass of during the day. It didn’t. It got worser and worserer. By Wednesday evening it had started to be painful as well as stiff. I took paracetamol and grumbled.

Thursday my mum was doing a lunch for us and some friends. Splendid meal, good company but my sociability somewhat dampened by knee pain. That evening Mum asked if I did ice-packs or heat packs? DUHHH! Why oh why do I always forget those things?!

Pretty much since then I’ve either had an ice pack or a heat pack on it, or I’ve been moving around on it. It makes a huge difference. I can’t believe how stoooopid I am sometimes! But on the bright side, at least it’s starting to mend – or if it isn’t, then at least I’m starting to feel better.



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  1. Poor Penguin! I’m so sorry about your persnickety knee! You’re not even a little stooopid, you know; I’ve also forgotten to take basic steps for pain relief during flares, and I believe that we ALL do it now and then. It’s so much easier to remember when you’re the person making the suggestion rather than the person whose mind is scrambled by pain.

    I hope by now that knee flare has taken a powder. Sending hugs and warm wishes your way. 😉

  2. Oh dear! Not a great boxing day present at all! I reckon you didn’t ‘forget’, you just hoped it wouldn’t need these measures. Especially if you havent needed them for a while, kinda depressing to get the pack ‘o peas out again. Hope it passes quickly!

  3. Thanks Wren and Squirrel – nice to see the small animals sticking together! 🙂 I certainly didn’t consciously hope I wouldn’t need the packs, ’cause I really didn’t give them a thought at all, but maybe my subconscious was saying ‘Oh no … not again … surely we can manage without …’ Or maybe, going with Wren’s theory, it was just too busy saying ‘Ouch!’

  4. Sorry to hear you have felt so rotten over the holidays, poor you. Flare ups are evil and certainly here to test our patience. I hope things improove for you before 2013 begins. I know each person is completely different but if I could manage it, I found sleeping with a pillow under the affected leg helped or sleeping in a reclining chair. Sending you lots of get well wishes

  5. Merry Christmas and Boxing Day. Sorry about your knee flare and I hope it “chills” out for you.

  6. Thanks Andrew and Sarah – LOL re ‘chills’ out – I think it is chilling out gradually! And Sarah, I find a pillow a bit too much of a raise but I did spend one night with a rolled towel under the knee. I seem to have spent most of my holiday in a reclining chair but I have managed to sleep in bed … although I have slept in a chair in the past when things were really rotten!

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