Is it just a flare up?

I have rheumatoid arthritis. It’s generally in my hands and elbows however it seems to move around. For the last week I hurt absolutely everywhere, even my ears (dramatic!!) it feels like the start of the flu… but I know it’s not. My legs, neck and arms all ache snd sleeping is a nightmare. I haven’t spoken to my rheumatology team as they will just tell me to take painkillers.

does anyone else get flare ups that feel like this? Or is this something else?

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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,271

    I think it all depends on your inflammatory levels. If your recent blood tests are OK then it's almost certainly not a flare.

    Try your GP.

    Ears??? 😉

    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • Thanks :-). I just checked my most recent blood test results and my inflammation levels are higher than normal. I’ve never checked before!! Only my liver. Thanks for the advice x

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,271

    In the bad old days, if I had any infection - cold, bug etc - that raised my temperature it could set my joints off. If you're worried you should get proper medical advice, though.

    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • Turns out I have tonsillitis so I’m guessing that’s not helping things.

    ive been given a steroid injection for the arthritis and antibiotics for the tonsillitis.

    I feel NO better. I’m now off work and it’s an absolute mess