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Hi all,

Question 🤔 I am happy to have my good days 😀😀

But sometimes for no reason at all I am overcome with sadness and have to have a cry 😪 also it just takes a minor thing sometimes to start me off ? I also have become very bad at remembe I got things 🙄🙄

My question is could the Meds do this ?

I am on MTX HYDROX and Steroids 💊💊💊 any replies I would greatly appreciate 😘😘

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I too have had a cry this morning darling,could your problems be fibro related as memory loss is a sign of fibro.xxx

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No I haven't got fibro as far as I know it's just RA that I have ?

Sorry to hear you had a cry too X always feel better after though 😘 Hope you do too 💕

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That's awfully common with any long-term illness. It's the bereavement, the loss of your previous good health, and partly, I think the effect of constant pain and tribulations. And steroids make me more emotional, as well.

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Hi Doughnut,

About a month ago you posted about being diagnosed with RA - that's a big, big deal and what Old timer says is so true re bereavement etc. Many of us here have tapped into counselling support (via GP referral) to get us through this difficult early stage and I still, after 2 years, speak to my support every 6 weeks or so to keep myself grounded.

Meds can also tap into our moods and make things more pronounced when we are down.

I find getting outside really helpful, even if it is only wrapped up warm reading in the garden during winter - my 4 season sleeping bag is well used on crisp clear winter days!

All the best

Ali

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I too have been on an emotional rollercoaster for the past 2 years - usually worse when I'm in a lot of pain. I'm now coming to terms with the life changes but feel there is little support out there apart from this forum. I was particularly emotional when my rheumy put me on prednisolone - couldn't stop crying and my brain felt like cotton wool so I asked to come off them as I didn't feel in control at all. I know now that they don't work for me so whenever I'm asked for go on them I refuse. Hopefully you will find out what works and doesn't work for you. Take care and do use this forum as a means of support as only fellow 'sufferers' really know what you're going through. Xx

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Thank yo for your reply they are going to decrease my steroid but it may take a few month xx

I am taking 10mg daily of prednisolone as well as Hydro and MTX

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Hello Doughnut. The emotional rollercoaster and brain fog are very common occurrences at the beginning of RA. The fatigue caused by shock, worry, constant pain and lack of sleep are just too much for a person to take. So don't worry, you're very normal in that respect. I'm in remission now, but in the first few months it just needed one of our cats to give me a filthy look to start the tears flowing. I can laugh about it now! All the very best and stay positiive.

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Thank you so much X I must admit reading about your cat made me laugh😂😂😂😂

That is exactly how I've been reacting to silly trivial things xxx

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I know when my RA is beginning to flare I get tearful. Not sure how much is like of sleep or the pain. I'm normally a very happy person but it does get to the point of crying sometimes xx

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I'm so glad to read that I'm not alone. I too have been very emotional and crying more than I have ever had in my entire life. In March I was diagnosed with RA, interstitial lung disease, scleroderma, and have had Raynaud's for sometime. I find myself crying especially when I'm in pain because it hurts so bad and also when I try to do something that normally is a walk in the park that I struggle to do. I'm currently taking steroids 15 mg a day, and plaquenil, and waiting to go back to the pain management doctor on October 6. I've been dealing with digital ulcers since May on six of my fingers which adds to the difficulty of dealing with life on on a daily basis. Last night was a real bad night for me as I hit an emotional bottom where I just didn't know if I could take anymore of this. I do feel little bit better this morning even though I'm still in a lot of pain. All i can do or any of us can do is take each day as it comes and ride emotional waves. Prayer's up and out for everyone suffering and thank you for this forum.

Joan

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True.

I am starting to believe that the ignoring of stress levels is the route to these diseases. Eventually the body makes you pay attention.

Stress physical or emotional, causes me pain, moaning in the darkness sort of pain.

Pain it is difficult to measure or weigh or photograph.

Pain that will stop me in my tracks.

Depression? no. I rate it as bad weather, it will pass, it tells me that I must stop and encourages me to do so if i disagree.

So that's simple, avoid stress.

Which can be tricky.

And on top of all of that I still have to smile and avoid snapping at people who tell me how well I look.

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I share this problem and sympathise with you. I am fine one minute and in floods the next over TV ads, running out of milk or forgetting to switch my phone charger on. It is v unpredictable but I think its is all about living with uncertainty. I wish my skeleton would just do its job. Stupid immune system.

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