This is a bit of a weird one. I came back from Cuba on the 19th December and that evening I noticed I was covered in insect bites that I didn't have when I got on the plane. Must have had over 30, mostly across my legs, some on my arms and back. They didn't swell up, they were just super itchy. I had my Cimzia injection the day I landed back in the UK too.
For the next few nights I was scratching like mad in my sleep, and the morning before xmas eve I woke up in the worst flare I've had in months, and had to go to the hospital to have both knees drained and injected with steroids on xmas eve.
Whilst my knees are a bit better, I'm still flaring in hips, knees and elbows, and very fatigued. The weird thing is, my bites haven't gone away and are still itchy. They are really itchy at night when I get warm under the duvet. Since then though, no more spots have surfaced.
This is over a month of these itchy spots - I've only just realised, they might not be insect bites from Cuba after all? And even if they were, wouldn't they have gone by now? And finally, if my immune system just can't get rid of them, is that why i'm still flaring despite being in my 10th week of Cimzia?
I know I need to ask my doc all of these questions, and I will when I next see him which is just under 3 weeks. Just needed to get my thoughts out to you guys and ask if I'm being normal or crazy to think these itchy spots are related.