Thanks Melissa, I did have a very rested day yesterday, am back to work this morning...very soon infact....hopefully the workload won't be as heavy this week, and my body will cooperate with me!!! The pain I can deal with (although at the time it seems I can't) but the fatigue is the worst! And the times when I can't keep my eyes open always seem to fall immediately after the onset of a pain (hip pain --first time the hip flared up, and the headaches....)hmmmmmmm. Anyway, good, safe, healthy, painfree, restful days to you all!
It sounds to me like you are in a major flare. Don't ignore the shortness of breath/chestpain. Your lungs can get inflamed just like your joints can, and it takes more than just OTC pain med to control the pain once it kicks into full gear. It is called pleurisy, and is nothing to take lightly. Since you don't have a rhuemy yet, I suggest going to see your primary doctor if it starts up again. Get that bloodwork done, too. My ANA levels were normal one month, and the next were skyrocketing.