This would occur, usually, whenever there was a change in barometric pressure. Along with that weather change, would be an emotional change.
- Fear - Oh, no...is this flare-up going to be prolonged?
- Worry - How much damage is being doing to my joints with this one?
- Sadness - It's preventing me from doing what I want to do right now.
What does it feel like? I've thought of a few things that may help you understand what someone goes through when they have this disease and they are experiencing a flare-up.
- Tightly wind some elastics around your fingers. Then, put some heavy winter mitts on your hands. Now, open a carton of milk, a jar or unlock the door.
- Put some marbles in your shoes. Put your shoes on. Go for a walk.
- Bend your knees. Apply duct tape vertically along the front and back of your knees. Now straighten them.
A flare-up means the disease is active and causing inflammation. It also affects the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Oh yeah, and energy. It sucks the life out of you. Everyday living tasks not only hurt, but are also next to impossible to do. (Don't ask me to open a bottle of water, much less a Tupperware container.)
The pain of rheumatoid arthritis varies and can include, but is not limited to, some of the following descriptions: throbbing, aching, sharp pain and dull pain. That is the querulous nature of the disease.
One thing I'm thankful for is that my "inner weather station" seems to be malfunctioning. Since I've learned about stress and work daily on transforming it, my flare-ups are further and fewer between, I am better at pain-management and I have more energy. I don't seem to react to the barometric pressure as I once did, either.
It stands to reason, because the constant activation of the stress response wears out the nervous system and high levels of cortisol, "the stress hormone", is connected to a number of medical conditions, including immune disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and fertility and menstrual problems.
If only I had known about this 33 years ago. I may not have had the pain, damage and surgeries. Like they say, better late than never.
That's why I started this business, to take people through this coaching program so that they can have some control over their "internal pharmacy", giving them more "fair weather" days.
Today's forecast: Note the stress on "today" - I am getting better at living in the moment. So much of my life was about fear and worry - past events and experiences which were dosed with a helping of creativity, magnified and then, projected into the future.
The way you think and feel is important for your "inner climate", which in turn, affects your "outer climate". What is the forecast in your world?