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One thing a lot of us have found helpful . . . is to make sure we aren't pushing to hard. We call it pacing. We pace (alternate) activity with rest. If you are flaring, you might have to rest most of the day. It might be that you can only be active for 5 minutes out of each hour w/o making things worse.
I am very careful to find that balance and I make sure that I am using that 5 minutes wisely if that's all I can manage . . . but I don't push myself to do more until I am tolerating that 5 minutes. (The 5 minutes is just a number, for you it might be 20 minutes or 1 minute). Anyway . . . when I start tolerating the 5 minutes easily, then I'll try being active for 5 minutes every 45 minutes. When that goes well, then I up my activity to 5 minutes every half hour. If at any point, you feel like your flare is getting worse, then you back off a little and wait to increase your activity.
I have had really good results rebuilding my strength this way. Right now, I can't be active for most of the day, but I make sure to take periodic rests. I hope the others have some good ideas for you.
What meds are you using right now? Are you working with a rheumatologist and explaining how much or how little activity you can tolerate?
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