Hello I'm new here. I was diagnosed with RA four years ago and immediately given a repeat prescription for Methotrexate. I took the drug for a year and then decided to try to self manage as I felt more unwell than I had before I was diagnosed.
I changed my lifestyle, diet and took up yoga and meditation. I continued to have the monthly blood tests and after six months, my tests were clear and until recently, I've been very well.
For a couple of weeks or so I've had the odd day or two where I've experienced aches and pains and general flu like symptoms but without the fever, runny nose etc. I've had to take a couple of strong Ibuprofen tablets to ease it but it bothered me so I went to my GP who advised another blood test the results of which came back clear. However; I'm still experiencing the aches and pain and wondered if I'm having flare ups? I'm not sure what a flare feels like really and I guess it may be different for everyone.
As my blood test was clear, it may be nothing to worry about, just a few aches and pains that come with the territory of RA but I thought I would share it with you as I would very much welcome your thoughts?
At the back of my mind, I'm a little worried about what could develop because I truly don't want to have to take any medication again as I've been doing so well without it.
I'm a great believer in mind over matter and most days when I'm in pain, I am fortunate enough to be able to mediate my way out of it but these symptoms I've been experiencing lately, don't seem to want to go completely unless I take a strong pain killer.
You can tell me if you think I'm being a bit of a wimp! any advice or thoughts would be very much appreciated.
Thank you - Lozza