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!