How do you describe a flare to someone who doesn't have RA?

How do you describe a flare to someone who doesn't have RA?

My flares aren't always exactly the same but yesterday I flared badly. I can describe it to my daughter, sorry guys most women will get this, as the overwhelming body aches and exhaustion on PMS. My entire body feels swollen and it throbs and joints ache like a fever. For my hubby and son I can only describe it as throbbing and aching in my entire body. and exhausted like I've run a marathon and haven't slept for days. And even with all that, it doesn't… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

Feel like tin man after a few bad winters and very rusted joints and trying to move without a can of Wd40

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Flares are so unpredictable, and my symptoms can vary in lots of ways.
First thing is intense body aches and fatigue from head to my toes. Next, I have foggy brain and my tongue feels so thick that I have a hard time conversing very hard. Memory! Finding and spelling words is compromised. No appetite and sometimes I can be vomit nauseous for a week.
I have joint pain my neck and extremities.
I’ve been extremely grateful and blessed with a great cocktail that is working!
My past blood work was excellent, with only 1 slightly elevated inflammation marker. I’ve had so much energy and I’m celebrating

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Lessee...

Coming down with the flu, brain is stuffed with cotton and I can't think right, feel like I'm moving through cold molasses, everything aches, feel blah and nothing is interesting, super hungry but no energy to fix anything to eat, feel depressed.

posted 11 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

That's a very good general description of flares but for me some are so bad I just can't walk. The analogy I use is feeling like I've been thrown from a moving car. it's over simplified but I think for those that get them can relate.
I've read on here that some have flares that only last a day. I wished I was that lucky, but it's just not the case with my RA. They can last anywhere from 4 days to weeks for me.

edited, originally posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I actually did an experiment with my son to help him understand. I took one of his arms and tied it behind his back until it hurt a little. As time went on, it started to hurt more. Finally, he said he had had enough and asked me to untie his arm. At that point, I said to him. What if you had to live that way, everyday? What if there was no way to untie your arm and you had to just figure out how to deal with the pain? It seemed to open his eyes some.

posted over 1 year ago
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