Hi, I'm newly disagnosed and not had a flare up before. I'm not on medication at the moment as my blood counts keep dropping, I saw my consultant last Monday and he told me to stop taking my anti-inflammatories as this may be the cause of my low blood counts. He gave me voltarol gel to rub into my joints instead, so I've taken no tablets since last Monday. My left wrist got progressively worse last week so started to wear my split again, but Thursday it hurst to bend my fingers, my wrist hurt and my right shoulder is absolute agony. Friday much the same, so had 2 days off work and rested, it even hurt to lift a cup of tea. Today, my wrist and fingers are fine but my shoulder is still killing me, I am persevering with the gel, but is my severe pain from stopping taking the anti-inflammatories or was it a flare up???
Really fed up and don't want to be in any more pain