I have been living with RA since my early 20s. I am now 52. My RA had been in remission for a while now. Just recently I had to put my beautiful dog ,who was with me for 14years down She was my only companion for a long time and was with me 24/7. She never left my side even when in the car. It was the hardest thing I have ever done
About 7 days later, I had one of the worst flair up ever. None of my meds seemed to help anymore. My numbers were in the 300s. My fingers and hands were not that… read more
Hi Tina, stress affects everything so I would say yes, your flare up is from what you have just endured. I am sending you a huge hug. Our dog is by my side constantly and she frets if I am not there. Hope your flare up does not last long.
From when I stated WFH (due to Covid Pandemic) my stress level went down dramatically but when I used to work in the office, I had stress related flares (even if I didn't know what I had). I had pericarditis twice and a huge flare where I couldn't walk, lift a mug and even breathing was painful. I ended up in hospital but it was a positive as I had my diagnostic for RA during that time.
So sorry. And stress is a big factor when it come to flares. I learned this over time. I'm 53 diagnosed with RA 10 + years ago. In place last 4 years I've had almost back to back major life changing things happening and in those 4yrs everything with RA symptoms and deformities has gotten a lot worse. Life is better now but not RA. The major damage has been done. I have to purposely try to stay stress free which is easier said than done
Prayers coming your way.
I'm so sorry for your loss, as I don't know what I would without my constant companion. Yes, I do believe stress brings on all sorts of illnesses. So no doubt this is what you are experiencing. They have therapy groups for all sorts of losses. I would look into one, as they will understand.
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