For the last month I have been on Prednisone. If I ignore all the side effects that can come from taking this pill, it is a wonder drug. It has taken me out of this awful flare I have been in for too long and allowed me to enjoy the things I love in life - walks, hugs from my family, chores, sleep, and much more.
But the magic never lasts forever. On Thursday I took the first of my Arava pills and by Friday morning my fingers that were almost making a fist were no longer making it more than halfway into a fist. By Saturday night I walked into Steve's gig with sore feet and a pain in my shoulder and by the end of the evening my hips hurt so bad I couldn't wait to get home. Things didn't improve throughout the night and by morning I just wanted out of bed so I could move and hopefully get the pain in my hips out with some movement. We were dog sitting over the weekend so together Sophia and I took the dogs on a very slow and painful walk. By the afternoon walk, I was feeling enough improvement that Alexander and I added about half a mile to our walk. But by evening I was back to a slow painful walk.
This morning I am feeling decent. My hands are not able to make a fist and my feet are still sore. The pain in my hips is still there but it is greatly reduced. I also have this strong pain in my ribs that has been there all weekend. I know the Arava will take about four weeks to prove its effectiveness but found it odd that the day after taking it I started feeling like crap and continued downhill each day. Hopefully today is a better day. As the sun is shining through the window by my desk, I feel optimistic that it will be.
Prednisone has helped bring me out of this long flare but my body is smart and strong. It isn't going to allow me to forget that something is still not right in my body. There is a strong relationship between my digestive system being out of whack and joint pain. So, this week I will work on that. In the meantime, I have been sending out lots of healing thoughts to all my RA friends. I hope you are feeling them.