Wishing For a Flare?!

Okay, so Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy actually found something that is less fun than a rheumatoid arthritis flare: a bout of food poisoning.

Two hours before the worst symptoms actually grabbed hold, my RA suddenly peaked to some of its all time highs – the first sign that something was wrong. Then, all of the food poisoning symptoms started.

Let me just say, it was not a fun ride. If my flares are like a cup of coffee, this was like a few shots of espresso.

Believe it or not, during this episode yesterday I would have actually traded everything in for a flare. During periods where I could barely think straight, I continued to tell myself that that if I this were a flare, I would at least be familiar with it and knew how to respond. With food poisoning, I felt so helpless.

Luckily this bout lasted right under 24 hours, so today I am back to normal.

That was a definitely a first though, really wishing for a flare. I learned an important lesson – if there’s one good thing about my rheumatoid arthritis pain, that would be that at least my chronic pain is familiar.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

6 replies
  1. judy says:

    I’m sorry that you were so sick..food poisoning is one of the worse I’ve experienced!! Glad you are getting on track again!!

  2. Melissa says:

    Ironically, I’ve had the same experience this week. Kinda made the RA and ankle fusion take a back seat to endless trips to the bathroom…

    Hope you continue to feel better soon

  3. cateepoo says:

    I have been fortunate to never had food poisoning but I understand it is awful. Steve had it once while on a work trip and ended up in his hotel room for 24 hours. Feel better soon.

  4. Marianne says:

    Wow, what a bad day RAGuy. I hope you are feeling better today! Nice to have a comparison, though I dont wish that on you. I hope it stays in your head for the next flare – and that you feel stronger going thru it!

  5. Karen says:

    I had the worst flare of my life in conjunction with food poisoning a week ago. Almost enough to make me forget about the gastro symptoms. When I googled to find out about whether food poisoning can trigger flares, all I could come up with was references to reactive arthritis/ Reiter’s syndrome — but nothing about what food poisoning does to people with existing RA, except for your experience. Thanks for sharing!

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