OUCH! Flare

March 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 7 Comments

This is going to be a very quick post – I’m having a flare in my left knee again. Old news, you may be thinking – but this is the WORST flare of my entire experience of RA. OK, my experience of RA has thankfully been pretty limited and has included, over the five-and-a-bit years since diagnosis, three or four impressive flares in my knee and very little else, but this time it’s different. Why?

  1. I’ve actually taken time off work… so apologies to people I owe emails to who read this blog and write to me on my work email!
  2. Previously I’ve had some serious pain, but it’s been short lived. This time the pain laaaaaaaaaaaaasts.
  3. I’ve got a prednisolone (sp?) taper
  4. I’ve not actually been ‘good’ since Christmas, when I had the last knee flare, since when I’ve had lots of pain in hands and feet … which bizarrely has mostly gone (unless I overdo the crochet) since the knee pain started. Any ideas as to why, anyone? 
  5. I’ve got about four posts I want to write and can’t because I can’t sit in front of the computer long enough! They are:
  • Hubby Knows Best
  • Visit to the GP
  • Learning from our Parents
  • The Art of Patience in Patients

I wonder if I’ll ever get around to writing any of them … or indeed remember what on earth I was on about with the titles, when I’m able to sit up for longer?

Tata for now!



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  1. Oh no that’s bad news, Polly. What does your doc have to say about it? What meds are you on just now? Hope the pred settles it!

  2. I hope that the awful knee flare is gone by now, Penguin. I’m so sorry you’re experiencing such intense pain. Isn’t it ironic? Just when you think you’ve got the hang of coping with it, and you’re going along nicely, getting on with your life, it changes and you have to start all over again…

    As to the fact that your hands and feet stopped hurting when your knee flared: During my first 10 years of battling the dragon, that was exactly his strategy. I never had a flare in more than one joint at a time. One day it would be my knee, the next, one of my toes, and two days later, my jaw or my wrist or the other knee or an ankle. I never knew what to expect. And nearly all of those flares were BIG. The pain was intense and disabling, frequently forcing me to stay home with my heating pad and pain meds.

    It’s only been in the last several years, since my rheuma-dragon woke again, that I’ve had pain, mostly moderate or mild–in more than one joint at a time. Mainly it’s been in my hands.

    I’ve no ideas to offer you as to why our RA does this. But please, don’t feel alone.

    I’m looking forward to reading your upcoming posts! Once the pain abates, I’m sure you’ll be able to find your words again. 😉

  3. Goodness, Polly. RA does sneak up and smack us when we’re not expecting us doesn’t it? Do hope this flare is short-lived and that you’re back with all the flippers in good shape in no time. The prednisone/prednisolone taper should help. Sending hugs across the pond. (Am planning on traveling back to the UK this September — all my bits and parts — and pocketbook — willing!)

  4. Transference of pain principle maybe? As soon as I read the post I remembered what Wren has said in the past!

    I have a return of the lower back agonies of last year – all muscular I hope – so can feel for you. Pain is one thing – the sort that gets worse when you have to do anything (like go to the loo 😉 ) is another isn’t it.

    Here’s to a speedy effect of the prednisolone taper! BTW, was the query about spelling because it underlines in red when you post? That’s cos dictionaries are hopeless with medical terms – drives me up the wall as a translator specialising in medical and scientific stuff. Not to mention my preference for UK spelling 😉

  5. Hi Everyone, and thanks for the good wishes! I am on the mend (YAY!) Not mended, and trying not to overdo it, but definitely on the mend! Just realised I’ve forgotten to take my paracetamol, so that proves it! 🙂

    Eileen, the spelling query was simply that I couldn’t remember how to spell it and didn’t want to spend ANY extra time at the PC, not even the time to go on to Google and look it up! 🙂

    Here’s to mine and everyone else’s pain improving rapidly! 🙂


  6. Funny you should mention the flare up. I too have RA, lived with it for about 14 years and this year is the worst flare up ever. 2 rounds of flare ups with resulted in 2 days off work and then another 3 days off work. Knees blown up like balloons and painful to walk on. Waiting to see specialist – all I can say is bring on the prednisone!

  7. Are you okay now, Polly? I hope that you’re doing good. Have you tried to consult a doctor regarding what you’re feeling? If you can’t tolerate the pain anymore, I suggest that you go to your doctor. I do hope that the Prednisolone you’re taking can somehow decrease the pain. Anyway, hoping for your good health so that you can continue to blog those pending posts.

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