Hi All. Just wanted to share some excitement and ask a question. We've just booked a week abroad in October (when Scotland gets a 2 week school holiday) - going to Italy to stay with a friend after installing an artwork (that has taken us 2 years to create- only a little more work to go) in a grand location in central London!
All too exciting to me for words really - and this comes just when the antibiotics have seen off a fluey sinus thing and my lower MTX dose seems to have got me back on track and nausea free! So I'm almost feverish with excitement about the whole trip I admit. Last time we had a proper holiday was 2 years ago when the four of us went to Berlin for a week. It was great but unfortunately, looking back, this was the start of my RA and each day I got back to our self catering flat hardly able to walk for pain in my feet and then I got a very bad bout of vomiting on flight home - stayed in Edinburgh for a few days sick as a dog and got back home to land myself with swine flu!
I know things will be different now I'm on MTX and Hydroxy - haven't flared since early June now and that was only in my knees and ankle and I didn't feel ill with it at all. But this has made me wonder whether, because RA is an autoimmune disease, feeling happy and excited enough about something will keep it away somehow? I know when I've had flare ups in the past year that they have usually been triggered by stress - so does the opposite apply to when we are happy and excited or do people find that it is entirely random and can hit us when we least expect it to? I am not going to worry about flaring because it will be well worth it but this thought about feeling angry or low triggering flares has just made me wonder about the reverse being true too so wanted to learn more from your experiences.