I'm realizing this morning, as I type slowly with my stupid wrist, that I have different types of flares dependant on the time of day. In the beginning of all of this, there were some flares that just lasted and lasted, for days, weeks, months on end. However, as I got my disease under control I notice that they come differently. For example, I had a night flare last night. I went to bed fine (some achy muscles due to a long bike ride and gardening, nothing extreme) and proceeded to wake up an unbelievable amount of time in ridiculous pain, and unable to get comfortable. However, I know that as this day wears on, and my meds kick in, I will start to feel fine. Tired, but in much less pain.
Then there are the day flares. I wake up fine, then an ache starts to set in, or worse yet, it comes on sudden. A screeching immediate pain in one joint, that then may spread throughout my body. I get immobilized, overwhelmed and tired. This flare may last for days, but if I can find a fairly comfy position (usually on my back, arms straight at my sides), I can sleep okay.
I've yet to find many triggers for my RA, other than stress or lack of sleep. I can't find a food that can start a flare, or many environmental factors. I do know for my health in general, I need to eat balanced, with lots of fruit and veggies, and get some gentle exercise.
I wonder what brings on a day flare, and what brings on a night flare?