Hello. I was diagnosed with arthritis in my left knee around 5 years ago and then last year with arthritis in a facet joint in my lower back last year. The physiotherapist gave me exercises/stretches to do and I’ve been managing it very well until last weekend. I was almost pain free most of the time. This week I have pain in my neck, shoulders, both sides of my lower back and my thighs. I’ve been continuing with my stretches but the pain is dreadful. The doctor says it’s a flare up of arthritis and my muscles are all in spasm. I can’t take anti inflammatory meds as I have Ménière’s disease and they make the symptoms worse so am on paracetamol, codeine as needed and a very short course of Valium to relax my muscles. I can’t sleep for the pain and am hobbling around the house.
Is this kind of flare up to be expected with arthritis? I am 63 years old but feel 100 today. Any advice would be welcome.