Hi all. I happened to go out in the sun two weeks ago for 10 mins without SPF and my arms were uncovered and my neck. That night I came out in a prominent sun sensitive red rash on my chest which has only just subsided. Then my joints stiffened up and so began gnawing pain (migrating up and down my leg) and stiffness in my left knee, hip, toes and both wrists - absolutely excruciating!
I doubled up on the plaquenil as suggested my the rheumatologist for 7 days but I still needed paracetamol and ibuprofen. I have hardly had any sleep and felt totally debilitated - I couldn't make a fist / grip / wring anything out and found it hard to get in and out of the shower etc.
Is this what is known as a flare? I am new to all this and how it behaves- I have had joint pain since childhood but it is now far worse than ever and I am becoming more aware of how the sun can bring on an attack. Thankfully I am on the tail end of it and have managed to get out with family and friends for my birthday lunch today. What else should I be doing? I am only diagnosed with UCTD - does it behave like this?