Hi. Can someone help me, please? I'm just wondering if it's perfectly normal to be diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and to feel this way or if I am (maybe) somehow subconsciously exaggerating my symptoms?...(see below)
I feel "all around" lousy (a bit "flu-like"). To be a bit clearer, picture this scenario...I feel "as if" at 64 years of age (mind you I am 56), I recently did a "full body" ALL-out "intense" Aerobic workout for the advanced (without having done ANY exercise whatsoever for a full 2 years AND without any warm-up), just this past Tuesday (No, not yesterday, but about 48 hours ago would be the best description, and suffering that aftermath feeling?). Honestly, I just don't want to get out of bed, and when I do it is painful to move in various joints. Both my wrists, thumbs, feet/all toes, ankles, both elbows (odd, never had painful elbows before), and left shoulder ache upon the slightest of movement. When I rise after a solid 8 hours of sleep in the morning, I feel as if I haven't slept AT ALL (a couple of days even) but I have gotten plenty of uninterrupted sleep the past few days. My husband and teenage boys mock me and say "you are oversleeping and exaggerating"...get over it! So I am wondering, I am doing that now? I've never had (IDK even if I'd call it a flare-up) this intense type of overall ill feeling that I can recall. NOPE, not Covid 19, no cold or virus, no one in my house is/was sick at all, and I haven't been around anyone in many days given our weather situation.
So what do y'all think? Am I exaggerating this? Has anyone with RA experienced this type of feeling? Maybe it is a BAD flare up or IDK?