Brain fog (worse than usual) is usually the first sign for me that I'm heading in a flare. Fatigue with all over pain and sometimes joint pain can be bad. I can't focus on much, usually dizzy, irritable, and just want to sleep most of the time. The medication does help though because although I still get flares, they are much quicker to get over (as long as I listen to my body).
I get mouth sores all the time but thats because I take Methotrexate. I do take folic acid but I still get these everytime. I take my MTX on Friday and the sores are usually cleared up by Monday or Tuesday so not too bad.
edited to add: I don't get sore throats but every once in a while get that "lump" in the back of my throat.
Hello to everyone.
Newbie -- just joined. I have been reading thru this forum and today is the first day I actually just wanted to write something to anyone because I am at the end of my mental rope, so to speak.
I work full time - testing software -- and took in a homeless, drug/alcohol brother and his dog. I have lived alone most of my life and had this set up as my serenity --- especially during flares. I don't have that serenity anymore...which is fine because family does come first.
I am having a very bad day -- foggy head, no energy, aching from muscles and joints, swelling, headache, and just want to sleep so badly but there is a dog that I needs to be taken out. I live in an apartment -- and it does get me out and about, but this week each day is worse. I feel like I am failing at everything and that there is just tooooo much physically that my heart just goes down to this place. I don't know if this is relateable or even the right place, but I cannot stop scratching the rashes on my arms, the pain in my hands and shoulder almost make me cry (but i refuse to do that) and I cannot focus or concentrate long enough to even stay on target with my work. Today -- I wish I had not taken on all my family financial and home issues and that I was here alone where I could just let the serenity that once existed here calm me.
Thank you for your time -- and you all need to know that you are inspirational to me -- thank you for sharing YOU with this forum.