It seems that after 25 years with this illness the longer I have it the more fall and winters seasonal changes drastically affect me and my illness. Two months ago my blood work was actually nearing normal for the first time in years, I felt really great for about
3 weeks in August and was very active outside puttering around doing yard stuff and projects with very little down time. Then, September came and here in WA fall seemed to come a little earlier than normal and just like in Cinderella *POOF* I turned into a pumpkin. I spend most of my time in front of my wood stove now and will all the way into spring if it's anything like last year.
Does anyone else experience this? I always thought the weather changing stuff was pure hogwash because in spite of severe RA all these years it never really seemed to fit the pattern I heard people talk about
at least in my case. about
5 years ago I began noticing that I would have sharp upticks in pain the days that the weather was turbulent and now I swear I can predict it coming before the national weather forecast.
I wasn't prepared for the season changes having that effect though. It really threw me and last year it was much like this one has been. It's very profound the effect it has. To the point that I can't take part in things like Church in the mornings because I only get a few hours each day that I am not too stiff or in too much pain or have actually gotten any sleep the night before. Maybe I'm just getting older and because I am disabled and slowed down a lot I notice these things now where I didn't when I was better able to cope with it in my youth. I really don't know.
It's another one of the mysteries of this illness that just doesn't make much rational sense I guess. Maybe it's just me that's making less rational sense the older I get.