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Stiffness in the Morning Makes a New Day Terrible

Years’ worth of psoriatic arthritis pain can take a toll on even the strongest of people. Sometimes you simply want to stay in bed all day. That said, even staying in bed can come with its own level of pain after a while.

It’s no wonder that most of us that deal with psoriatic arthritis do not get good sleep. The endless shifting from side to side because of hip or shoulder pain means that a recommended eight hours of sleep will not happen. The never-ending cycle is relentless and then the alarm goes off.

Are you a morning person?

I will admit that I have never been a morning person. The coffee pots that I purchased through the years have always had a timer on them. That little function allows the coffee to already be made before my feet even hit the floor. Even when my children were little they were taught not to ask anything of mom until I had that first cup of coffee.

It is sad but true that they would even tell their friends who stayed over the rule for the morning. As I said I am not a morning person. What I am is a person who knows her faults so this is how I chose to start my mornings. Did you notice I used the word “chose” there as in past tense? This was before my journey with psoriatic arthritis started.

For seven years now I have been living with psoriatic arthritis. I absolutely loathe the sound of an alarm going off in the morning. My husband gets up at 5 AM to leave the house by 6 AM for his job. I get up with him so that I can make his lunch for that day before I have coffee.

I realize I do not have to do such and he would be the first person to tell you so. He understands on those rare days when I tell him I just can’t do it that day. Sometimes we just have to listen to our body and take care of ourselves first. It literally took me years to learn that.

Learning things the hard way

Sometimes I am so stiff that just trying to rise up from the bed is a chore. Just putting my feet on the floor can send what feels like an earthquake resonating through my body. Does that sound overdramatic? I wish it was. There are days it will take me at least two hours to start functioning at somewhat of an ideal level.

There are so many things I have learned during this journey living with psoriatic arthritis. Most of those things I have had to learn the hard way on my own. Looking back over the years I cannot think of one time that anyone, especially coming from a doctor, ever told me to be prepared for the stiffness that will come in the morning.

I wish I had been forewarned about the stiffness PsA creates but then again I guess I don’t either. Hopefully, you understand what I mean when I say stiffness can be overwhelming.

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