Rheumatoid Arthritis 'triggers'

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_Christina
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   Posted 2/26/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there something that you do that makes it hurt worse?  Should I not lift when it aches, or go out in the cold?  I've been looking for a pattern and I can't seem to find one.
Also, I have noticed double the joint pain since getting the rheumatoid test results a few days ago.  I haven't even been diagnosed yet.  My appointment isn't till march 3rd.  I have read all I can about RA and believe that the diagnosis will be positive.  What if the increase in pain is all in my head?  What if I only notice it because I believe it should be there?
(even while I ask the question I remember asking it about the bipolar symptoms.  I didn't make those up, and because I questioned them I delayed treatment till it was almost too late)
If you can remember first getting the test results, did your pain suddenly increase? 
Now that I think about it- the reason why I mentioned it to the doc is that the pain seemed to get worse at a faster pace then it did before.  as it gets worse, does the deterioration rate increase?
I'm going to drive myself crazy before I even reach the rheumy.
Christina
 
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CaMama
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   Posted 2/26/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Christina. Stop making yourself crazy - because there are no set answers that will ease your mind, unfortunately.  I have had RA for so long - I was a child when I was diagnosed - I don't recall feeling suddenly worse.   Blood tests are not set in stone, they could come back fine - but that doesn't mean you don't have RA of some sort.

What my docs always told me - if it hurts, stop doing it. Stretching is a must, walking or swimming for exercise, wearing good shoes, staying in shape and strenthing muscles around the joints (knees) to help alleviate the stress on them are all supposed to be good for you. Wear good supportive shoes. My podietrist always recommended New Balance. I find the cheaper versions of NB are not as good - for me at least. Drink lots of water, eat healthy, and try to get enough sleep. You may find certain foods can trigger flares, they recommend limiting red meat, alcohol, citrus, dairy, and soy.  You may not have a problem w/these foods. Different people have different triggers and problems. Cold can make you hurt, but it doesn't make it worse or expidite RA, far as I know. If you're hurting yourself doing certain movements, make sure you are doing them correctly (liike lifting) and limit doing them if they are causing you severe pain.

I dont' know about the deterioration rate - but March 3rd is just in a week and you can ask the Dr. Hang in there and let us know how the appointment goes. ***


 


teddybearweiser
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   Posted 2/27/2008 3:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christina, I totally agree with CaMama, I have Osteo-Arthritis and Rheumatiod Arthritis. I would wait until you see you doctor don't drive yourself crazy. There is alot of ppl whom live with RA. and there are good meds that you can live a normal life.
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sjkly
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   Posted 2/27/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
There are some things that can make RA worse for some people. There is an interesting study that says that people who are RF positive have a major elevation in C-Reactive protein ( a measure of inflamation) within hours of physiological or psychological stress. I know that either of these things sets off my arthritis. If I miss a few hours of sleep its a gaurentee that my knee will swell up. I had a major flare when my sister had complications giving birth to my nephew three years ago (they are both fine now) and I had the worst flare of my life when I had to take a national certification exam-I'm still recovering from that.
I can sometimes interupt minor flares simply by taking a long weekend and sleeping 12 hours a day for three or four days.
Not everyone has those same triggers though so you will eventually find what bothers you and what doesn't.
Sj

Morticia32
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   Posted 2/27/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   

RA triggers hmm....

Personally I find with myself, I flare up bad if I have been around someone who is sick. I was diagnosed two years ago. Since that time I haven't been sick with a cold or flu at all. But I flare, so instead of the flu my RA goes through the roof. So now I avoid people that are sick like the plague. If I have to be around a friend with a cold or something, i wear a face mask.

Your pain will also get worse if you stress. So worrying about the test results will make you worse. Since there is no way of changing the out come of your tests. You need to try and not get stressed out. I know finding out you have RA is a major blow, we have all been there. But on the bright side there are tons of treatments out there that will make your life a lot better. Just keep your chin up and relax as much as you can. Take a moment out of everyday and make time for yourself. Quiet you time ;)

*hugs*

Morticia


Diagnosed: Hypothyroid 1990, Endometriosis 1997,Objective Tinnitus 2004,Rhematoid Arthritus Feb 2006.
Procedures Done: Gallbladder Removed 1994, 3 Endoscopes, 5 Laps for Endo, Hysterectomy 2003, Angiogram 2003.
Medications now: Synthroid, Lexapro, Methotextrate Lortab, Prednisone.


momto3
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   Posted 2/28/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sero-negative and I find that lack of sleep, stress and when I get sick are the worst times for a flare to happen.  Right now I have come down with some kind of bug and my joints hurt all over. But like the others said it just depends on the person.  One other thing I noticed this winter is my lack of tolerance to the cold...I cannot walk in cold weather (below 35) because my hips are almost paralyzed with pain and this is something I did not have last winter.  I have been much sicker on the methotrexate.

_Christina
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   Posted 3/1/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone.
I have found a few coping techniques to wait for the rheum appt.
Stress being a trigger to why I fell awful, so I get more stressed, so I feel worse....
It works.
If I can just chill- I will feel better.
It also explains why the joint pain has increased so much over the last 6 months or so- I was diagnosed with Bipolar and started college.  Can we say stress?
 
I set up a word recognition program for my laptop, so that will help with the late-day joint pain when I need to finish typing out a paper.  I can control the whole computer by the sound of my voice.
 
I will let you all know what the doc says on Monday afternoon.  In the meantime, I have the homework I have been blowing off since getting the test results due.  Can we say stress....?
 
Thanks again
Christina
 
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Gracie
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   Posted 4/4/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
My triggers are fatigue (not getting enough sleep) and stress. I know that now, after living with this for 3 1/2 years. That doesn't mean I always avoid them, but I try!

For me, cold damp weather makes me ache more--I just have to deal with it.

I've been doing yoga and it seems to really help me on a number of levels.

CaMama
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   Posted 4/14/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   

I"ve found over the last few years as my health has declined that my body has a harder time coping with stress which in turn causes a whole slew of issues, espec. flaring my arthritis. For a while I was doing yoga and meditation, but I often loose sight of its importance and don't make the time for myself. Hang in there Christine, and remember, your health above all else is important....soo take the time to destress, get rest, and focus on you. It'll make the world of difference as how your days go by.

Now that I've said that, I need to listen and take my own advice.

***


 


nid
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   Posted 4/15/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
plz help me to cope up with my ankylosing spondlytis problem...i have severe pains n stiffness..
doc suggested enbril..i am apprehensive abt d injection

nid
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   Posted 4/15/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
hey there..i am new to this forum..
i have ankylosing spondlytis from past 25 years...but ovr d yrs it has become worser..
now the pain is not bearable..n there is stifness in d entire body..
docs here hv recommended enbril but i am scared of d side effects..i am very depressed..what shld i do???

CaMama
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   Posted 4/16/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Nid.

I am not on enbrel, but everyone who is (from what I understand) is SO glad they went on it and "if I can do the shots...so can you."  As for side effects, you won't know until you try and if there is a chance you'll feel GREAT using it, I say go for it. Why have that much pain any longer than necessary? If you're going to have a problem with the drug, you'll know it. I know with Remicade I (and many of the people I spoke with who were on it) had what felt like a mild but perpetual cold - not sick where you couldn't take the meds, but small congestion, etc. It was a very small price to pay for the great relief we recieved from the medication.  

Good luck to you. I wish you great relief very soon. **


 

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