After nearly 4 months of remission (with blood tests in December showing a negative ANA!) I was hopeful that I would continue with my run of good health, with no medication and using diet alone as a treatment. This worked really well - but now unfortunately I am in a flare.
Usual symptoms: first signs of feeling like I'm going down with the flu, aching all over, sore throat, feeling that familiar aching exhaustion. Then in the night I was woken up with the joint pain as it really kicked in at 4am. Throbbing shoulder. Today I could barely dress myself so I avoided doing so until lunchtime. Kids have helped me cook dinner and bought me ginger. I've made a strong ginger tea and turmeric too, but I think I'm going to need anti-inflammatory painkillers tonight. I feel terrible!
1 I was in the sun all day on Sunday without sun protection (I thought I'd be ok in early February)!
2 The iron supplement the GP gave me for the anaemia contains sugar which I had been avoiding as it's inflammatory.
3 I'd had a bit of a stressful few days with lots going on
I've got a neurology appointment at last tomorrow (great timing!). I'm not even sure how I'm going to drive myself to the appointment and I'm really nervous - I wish I could get someone to come with me but my husband can't get time off tomorrow. I need to get my various nerve pains checked out (and the drunk feeling) but I'm not sure how to approach the neurologist. I've written down the various symptoms in a kind of mind-map. Any tips welcome!