• Last week I went to the gym 5 times
• I snowboarded for 2 1/2 hours on Saturday
• On Sunday I walked for 1 1/2 hours
The last few days have been weird. Amazing, but weird. I'm not pain free, but i'm as close as i've ever been in the last 8 months. My stiffness and aching is worse than ever, and i'm struggling to turn over in bed, to get out of bed, to sit down, stand up, get dressed and so on, BUT I haven't had a pain flare now for 6 days. My pain has been constantly low.
I never, ever thought i'd manage even an hour on the slope on Saturday. I took 3 Tramadol and 2 Ibuprofen before I went on (naughty I know). I wore my wrist supports and dressed more warmly than usual. I spend 20 minutes doing Yoga to warm my body up before hand.
The adrenaline kicked in and whilst bending to take off and put on my snowboard hurt every time, I still did it. I spent 2 1/2 hours snowboarding! I won't lie. My ankle joints were screaming at me (and still are) and my fingers were stiff and aching, but I gritted my teeth and did it, the adrenaline and my love for the sport carried me and I had an amazing time.
The next day, not a single muscle ache. All the swimming is obviously having an effect on my overall muscle tone and fitness, just my joints.
Yesterday I honestly felt 85% like my normal self.
Palindromic Rheumatism is reported to come and go, and reading back over my pain diary, I can see that I tend to be in high amounts of pain for around 3 weeks, followed by a few days when the pain drops off a little. I've never had so many days in a row without a flair though.
I'm delighted (maybe i'm one of those people who finds PR just magically disappears one day?) but scared (this happens every few weeks and each time I convince myself i'm better and life can go back to normal, then BOOM it hits again).
I'm trying not to overthink it though, for now I am SO very grateful for this reprieve, and long may it last!!!
Fingers crossed for a good week for me, and for all of you lovely people xxx