One of the most frustrating things about rheumatoid arthritis is having to deal with the up and down nature of the condition. You might feel relatively good one day and then the next you’re once again dealing with severe pain and swelling. This rollercoaster ride often features flare-ups that can be debilitating.
There are certain flare-ups that are predictable. You might be feeling a burst of energy and decide you want to do something like clean your house. But you know that if you do, you’ll be feeling the effects the next day. When a flare-up is predictable, it’s somewhat easier to deal with.
The ones that are really frustrating are the unpredictable flare-ups. They don’t seem to have any sort of trigger – they just come out of nowhere. In some cases, they can be so bad you don’t want to do anything but stay in bed all day.
Whether your flare-ups are predictable or not, there are ways you can manage them effectively. Your doctor may need to take further tests to see if your medications need to be changed. Or he or she may recommend some other type of change to your treatment regimen.
If flare-ups happen to you, please don’t try to fight through them on your own. Let a doctor with Rheumatology Care of Northwest Houston help you find relief. Schedule an appointment today by calling 832.532.9779 or using our convenient online form.