I’m in the middle of a flare which I think began over a month ago but my rheumatologist prescribed me with steroids so all the pain went away for several weeks. Have finished steroids now and rheumatologist has started me on hydroxychloroquine, which I’ve literally started taking today.
I was stupidly active yesterday as I felt much better and always find it tempting to attempt too much when I feel well. But today the pain is unbearable and it takes me about two minutes to get upstairs. I only got diagnosed late last year so am currently trying to adjust to my new life.
What I really want to know is: during a flare, should I rest as much as possible (I.e will that help me to get over the flare quicker) or should I still attempt to move and get some exercise, however weak I feel, as this might stop my joints from freezing or locking up ? Today for example I really feel like I can’t get out of bed properly - I’m so weak and the pain is everywhere. Even turning over in bed took several minutes last night. Am not asking for pity - just genuinely want the advice of people who have lived with this for longer!
Thanks a lot. Xxx