PsA Flare Care – Closed

PsA Flare Care – Closed

In celebration of Arthritis Awareness Month, we’re giving away a psoriatic-arthritis “Flare Care” kit to help you cope during your next flare and spread awareness.

One lucky winner will receive a “Flare Care” tote bag containing:

    • One T-shirt to help spread awareness (pictured below)
    • A $25 Netflix gift card (for binge-watching)
    • A set of “Pain Cakes” (pictured below) to help with the pain
    • Coffee mug/slurp cut

To enter:

    • Make sure you registered and logged in on Psoriatic-Arthritis.com.
    • Scroll down and click on “Join the Conversation! Members can add a comment to this story.”
    • Tell us: How do you take care of yourself during a flare?

Giveaway ends on May 31, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. ET. Winner will be notified via email and in the comment thread below on June 1, 2017. Winner has 72 hours to claim his/her prize before an alternate winner will be selected. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions. Good luck!

 

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  • Koffegurl
    2 years ago

    I am so grateful to have been selected as an alternate winner. I’d only recently heard of “PainCakes”, and I am thrilled to be receiving them, along with the other prizes.
    Thank you SO MUCH!!

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Yay, Koffegurl!!!! <3
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • Nan54
    2 years ago

    I am in a terrible painful flare now & have been for a long time now. Just started Stelara, hoping it will help after awhile. Humira stopped working. I’m not real good at taking care of myself, but I am learning as I go. Right now I am sitting in the recliner, icing my knee. It has been moving from joint to joint everyday! I take ibuprofen & rub on arthritis creams. I usually use a heating pad as it gives me more relief. Some days I just lay down on the sofa with our big black lab, she is a love & makes me feel better. Hot tea & rest. It is hard when you can’t lift a cup, push a button etc. without horrible pain. Sometimes I just have to feel sorry for myself, cry & get back to whatever I can do. My hubby helps me as much as he can when is home from work,

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Nan54, it sounds like you are finding ways to navigate PsA. I’m like you, I struggle to accept that I need self-care, so it’s a gradual process for me too. I hope you are doing well, and I’m sending hugs to you and your fur baby (I had black labs too, they are the greatest!).
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • lsutton
    2 years ago

    I usually try to stay to myself during a flare. Rest as much as possible. Honestly, I spend the first day feeling sorry for myself and then I put on my big girl pants and push through it. Try to remember that some people have it way worse than me. So i spend the first day having mu own pity party and then try to hey on with life as nest as I can.

  • jusme
    2 years ago

    I usually do pretty good but 2 weeks ago I had a flare and back of leg plaque got infection in it and caused celluitis.forth time me having celluitis but sepsis also started. So found myself in hospital for two and half days. I usually stay to myself and go no where and do very little. Gosh I hate this. Now my doctor has put me off work indefinitely. .

  • bethanderson
    2 years ago

    Cosentyx has done wonders for me. This cold wet weather has created some nasty flares. Rest, heating pads, TENS unit help with the pain, but the fatigue….feels like I could sleep for days.

  • vickycote
    2 years ago

    First time having a flare up, I hope that all it is. I’m not sure if my Embrel has stop working for me or is it really a flare up.

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi vickycote, I’m sorry you’re going through your first flare. If you’re feeling up to it, it may be worth a trip to your Rheumatologist so they’re in the loop. Stop by anytime you need support (here or on our Facebook page). We’re all here for you.
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • dawnmikki
    2 years ago

    I tend to keep to myself during a flare. Try to eat better, quiet environment, pain meds, hot tea and Netflix binging while I rest as much as I can.

  • tla1961
    2 years ago

    I stay home more and I try very hard to get more sleep, use the heating pad, and instead of taking the humira every two weeks, my doctor says take it weekly till flare lets up, Occasionally i will go on steroids. Mostly rest and sleep with Motrin and Norco helps the most.I also try to be aware of my mood cause during a flare, i know i get pretty grouchy!

  • Cerob
    2 years ago

    When I am in a PsA flare (which seems more often lately), I try to offer up the pain and suffering for the benefit of those around me. I try to meditate on the good days and know that the latest pain in my _____(insert whichever body part fits at the moment) will likely improve with rest, ice, heat, medication, or massage. I try to keep my doctor informed of my flares so that we can work together to mitigate the length. I especially have learned to allow my husband and teenage sons to be a part of the solution instead of being a martyr.The biggest thing I do for myself is to say “NO” without regret. Sorry I don’t feel well enough to sit through your daughter’s play…I cannot go on the road trip…Camping is too hard on my back… I’m not going to try your diet supplement…No, I can’t help cook for the potluck… It really doesn’t help to try to hide the pain, because I have found that a PsA flare has a way of bringing me to my knees…most of the time in prayer. So I’m just learning to be honest with others and most especially myself!!!

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Cerob, boy did you ever nail it! We wrap ourselves up in guilt for having to say no or to cancel plans, but it’s often what our body needs. Thank you for putting it so perfectly.
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • AprilAnn
    2 years ago

    During a flare I cannot get off the recliner. I manage to get my three kids to school and then I am done for those seven hours. I usually cannot cook so ordering lunch out is a must. It’s that or grab a slice of cheese and sit down again. The fatigue is so powerful! I get the chills from fevers so I need my electric blanket. I have to take a nap every day of a flare. I also watch a lot of t.v. I don’t really care to watch tv…It’s a real life nightmare. I didn’t even touch on all of the itchy hives…I wish I were normal again.

  • PattyJ
    2 years ago

    When I am flared up I make sure I am wearing comfy clothes, no zippers or buttons. I usually sit in my recliner with my feet up, but flares prompt me to move to my chaise with the electric reclining back to just lounge or nap. It was a great buy! If that isn’t comfy enough, I go back to bed in my heated waterbed. I add Arthritis Tylenol to my usual meds. Meals are as simple as possible. I freeze some things that I can’t seem to cook in small quantities. If my dad invites me over next door for a meal, I may turn it down and he will bring me a plate. Usually the day is spent napping, reading free books on my Nook or Kindle apps, and watching On Demand on cable or free shows on the internet. I made sure I have a doggie door for the pup. I have phones by the bed and my chair besides keeping my cell phone nearby. Since I live alone, I have to plan for them and just be ready to adjust my expectations for the day. I have a seated walker that I only use in the house when it is really bad or I am cooking. Upstairs I have a standard walker to get from the bed to the bathroom if needed and a shower chair I use all the time. If my flares start getting too bad, I may make arrangements for the fire department to put a key box on my front door in case I need to call them. In the past, I have had great difficulty getting out of my recliner and bed when I was not receiving proper treatment.

  • Catgurl
    2 years ago

    I’ve been in a flare seemingly for months now. On bad days, I rest more and use the heating pad. I’ll also take prescription pain meds instead of Advil. I have also learned to ask my husband for help, although he usually keeps a close eye on my those days.

  • fruitsoftheforest
    2 years ago

    I’m a full time uni student, so I normally have a lot of work to do, but during a flare I have to give myself permission to rest, otherwise it just gets worse. I do things that make life a little easier: choose quicker meals to cook, avoid household chores (or ask my mum to do it for me.. I’m lucky that she supports me and understands my condition), and so on. And of course I do a bit of self-love too! A foot soak with a scrub, movie day, a day in bed, a long hot shower or bath, etc. The key for me is giving myself permission to take it easy. I used to think I was lazy, but really I was coming to terms with this disease and realising there are going to be times where I *need* to rest.

  • SouthernCicada
    2 years ago

    I take naproxen, use betamethasone if psoriasis also manifests, stretch out in bed and toss n turn trying to get comfy. I’ll walk a bit, not much usually, as it takes every bit of energy I have left. Then I’ll rest some more and hope I can sleep longer than 3 hours at a time when it’s bedtime.

  • purplelilyanna
    2 years ago

    Currently without insurance, so naproxen and acetaminophen are my daily routine. Had to cut back my hours at work, since I work in a kitchen, On my feet all day! Learning to take it easy and do what I can on good days and cut myself some slack on the bad days!

  • babygrand6
    2 years ago

    I try to make things as easy as possible during a flare. I take frequent breaks at work, even just to go in my car for 20 minutes and close my eyes. I meditate at night and make sure I drink lots of water because I feel worse when I’m dehydrated. I also cut myself some slack and don’t expect my usual best. It’s okay to do less when you’re flaring.

  • Ladydeedra
    2 years ago

    When I have flare. I found letting my husband know right away. He is my biggest support. Because I get in such pain I can not even think what to do to help myself. I also learned to use my good days for the best. Because I don’t know how I will feel tomorrow.

  • Julz
    2 years ago

    I try to stay in a happy positive mood. ( sometimes not too easy)
    I head to the bed with my Golden Retreiver. His smiling loving face helps.
    I grab a good happy soft read book
    I apply heat or ice whichever it needs at the moment & stay quiet & rest for a couple of hours. Drifting into the pleasantness in the novel. Getting my head out of the pain zone really helps.

  • mvaracal
    2 years ago

    heat and rest as much as possible.

  • Dixiechik30
    2 years ago

    For my flares, I try to forge ahead through my work day (at a Veterinary hospital) so I can come home and spend time cuddling with my 3 puppies. I’m honest with my Husband and immediate family, telling them it’s a bad day(s) and rest on the couch with ice packs, Tiger Balm on my joints and my pain meds. I’m on a biologic and just started methotrexate since medrol dose packs and injections aren’t helping my horrible flare right now, so I just keep my mind on the positive and my pups’ adorable faces!

  • RC
    2 years ago

    Actually a recent flare was greatly helped by a short course of prednisone and some specific cortisone injections.

  • digitalmom
    2 years ago

    Rest as much as possible. Have a family that still depends on me.. Unfortunely, they don’t understand “Mom” is hurting a lot more today.

  • judiohh13
    2 years ago

    Every flare is different for me. Some days I need rest, and lots of it while other days yoga and moving does the trick. Heat and ice help soothe my sore joints as well. Lastly I am patient with myself and remember that I am doing the very best I can. Thoughts and prayers with everyone on their tough flare days. Stay strong.

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    judiohh13, thank you for these sweet words, I so agree with them. Warm wishes,
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • Michelle
    2 years ago

    how do I deal with a flare up? When my skin is flaring up, because it is usually flaring up in the most unusual places, I slather tea tree oil, it seems to help with some of the irritation. Then, I have to keep moving, if I stop to sit, it hurts more. If it is a flare up in the joints, I know once again, I need to move….go for a walk, but also have the sense enough if I have to lay down, I will lay down…..try everyday I try to be optimist , just because today, I might not be able to do something, doesn’t mean tomorrow will be like that, it might be much better!

  • lawhit01
    2 years ago

    When I have a flare I do some yoga and streching. Clear your mind of needless babble and relax. Sometimes I soak in the tub to.

  • Koffegurl
    2 years ago

    During a severe flare, rest is the key for me as I can no longer take NSAIDS. Ibuprofen and Naproxen were my best friends for years.

    I’m fortunate that I don’t have to work any more as I would just push, push, push my body constantly. Now, if I can do the dishes, I’m having a “good day”

    I also spend most of my down time under an electric blanket/throw. I recently started a new biologic that hasn’t kicked in yet.

  • Rebecca moderator
    2 years ago

    Congrats, Koffegurl! You were randomly chosen as our alternative winner to the PsA Flare Care Giveaway! Please send an email to contacdt@psoriatic-arthritis.com to claim your prize!

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Koffegurl, oh the heating blanket is a life saver for sure! Wishing you more “good days” <3
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • Madamefife
    2 years ago

    I have found that in a mild flare naproxen and exercise helps but sometimes it backfires on me by inducing a severe flare later on. I should add that naproxen only seems to help if I take it early enough, if not it does not seem to help at all.
    In a severe flare only rest and prayer truly helps. Making sure to stay off of my feet and napping as much as I can.
    I need to make sure I lay down and alternate between elevating my legs and leaving them straight out. I have to wear loose fitting unrestricting clothing. Cool/cold compresses help a little. As does trying to eliminate as much stress as possible, which means I am having to learn to let some things go and deal with them when I am able.

  • christine
    2 years ago

    Rest. Mobic.sleep if able. Positioning. Heat. Prayer.

  • tdefazio
    2 years ago

    Rest, rest and more rest is how I handle my flares. And I finally quit feeling guilty for “letting things go” like housework, errands and non essential appointments. I can catch up on all of that when I’m feeling better.

  • jmbs1561
    2 years ago

    How I deal with a flare is ICE, HEAT, ICE, HEAT, REPEAT. Music on the headphones and a massage from my caring husband.

  • scoobysgirl4life
    2 years ago

    If I’m having a flare and I’m scheduled for work that day, I just go and do the best I can. When I come home, I just rest on the couch and maybe a nap. If it’s a day off and I have plans with my husband, I tell him I’m having a bad day today. Fortunately, he’s very understanding. I use mobility aides. (Depending on how bad of day it is for me) I’ve got a wheelchair, a walker and a cane. I’d rather use my cane if at all possible but more often than not I have to use my wheelchair. I used to feel embarrassed about it but now I know if I need it, I need it and it doesn’t matter what other people think. I’m thankful that I’m still able to get to go do things outside. Also, I use ibuprofen for pain and my ice pack is my friend. I know there will be good days and bad days so I just try to take it one day at a time. I’m so lucky that I have support from my hubby. Also, reading other people’s story’s on psoriatic-arthritis.com gives me the motivation to keep going.

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    scoobysgirl4life, reading your story gives me inspiration! I’m totally in awe of how many strong, courageous spirits we have here, and I’m so grateful to have this community (and the people like you who make it wonderful). Thank you for sharing, please stop by anytime!
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • MEdgar0812
    2 years ago

    During a flare I usually try to carry on with my normal routine as much as possible. I always keep my herbal mjscle rub with me, along with med for the pain. I try to go 80/20 with my shakes and clean eating immediately if I’ve been slacking . And extra rest and down time if at all possible . Juse getting into comfortable clothes and laying down for an afternoon can make a lot of difference for me. I have a hard time with my family understanding how I feel so it’s usually easier for me to avoid the stress and conflict of feeling good “toof bad to be helpful”

  • Crows03
    2 years ago

    When having a flare I let my family know so they know what to expect then I try to rest as much as possible I use hot or cold packs and a good rub of sorts on the worse areas. I also let my family kick in and take care of me and household duties etc. I am lucky to have a supportive family. I also try find a positive out if my negative to stay focused.

  • SuzyQ1409
    2 years ago

    A flare usually takes me out of commission. I also have fibro which see ms to go hand in hand with psoriatic arthritis. I wear compression gloves with Icy Hot all over my hands. I use ice packs and Icy Hot to help relieve the pain. I drink ginger tea to help with inflammation.

  • nocontrol1330
    2 years ago

    A flare takes me out of commission because my Fibromyalgia kicks in too. I usually rest in bed, wrapped in my electric blanket turned up to HIGH. Every so often i switch up to cold packs, then back to heat. I sip my “pain tea” which has turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cloves, honey and lime. Soothing music and meditation help distract me from the pain.

  • Eliz
    2 years ago

    As I work full time, when I am in a flare I somehow make it through the morning and at lunch time, go home and eat quick so I can lay down and rest until I have to be back. Barely make it through the afternoon to go home, put on my nightgown rest more, try to make dinner, then go right back to the bed or couch. The pain is awful and for me, the fatigue is just as bad always. These days, hardly nothing interests me but rest. But I am sure we can all relate and it is awful. Thank you for all you do to keep us informed.

  • amdoty
    2 years ago

    I don’t have time to lay in bed like I need to when I have a flair. Unfortunately, I suffer terribly each day. I would love to be able to go get a massage or just sit in my recliner when I’m flairing. I work at a prison which houses 3000 inmates and I’m in the busy records dept. so I have a lot of responsibilities. You are looked down upon if you miss a day so I work through my pain every single day.

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    amdoty, this is so common, and I have the same situation. There are days when you wish you could curl up on the couch and sleep, but the paycheque calls! Thank you for sharing 🙂
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • ElizabethL
    2 years ago

    Working full-time makes dealing with a flare up difficult. Once I’m home, I try to get plenty of rest, ice the worst spots, and have some easy to cook meals ready.

  • tashurley
    2 years ago

    I focus on relaxing and de-stressing. Naps, or just sitting down and doing nothing, hot showers, ice packs and better living through chemistry.

  • Szanto
    2 years ago

    MOST TIMES WHEN I HAVE A FLARE DAY I TRY AN PUSH THREW IT BECAUSE I HAVE 5 KIDS AT HOME BUT LOV HAVING A HOT SHOWER AN RESTING AN RUBBING LOADS OF TIGER BALB ON IT DISTRACS ME ♡

  • Willowing
    2 years ago

    A contest!

    How do I take care of myself during a flare. I am flaring right now and today I spent most of the day curled up in bed with one of my cats and I am now sitting on a bunch of pillows in front of my computer with my feet up.

    Later, if I am up to it, I will go into the MMORPG that I play and run and jump and play on a world that doesn’t exist but where I have freedom of movement and no pain.

    I use Guid Wars 2 as part of my treatment all the time but when I flare up I just go in and create a new character that I take around the zones and level them up or I will go in on an established character and stand around with friends and chat. I have fortyfive characters and all but two are at level cap, I have played GW2 for nearly five years.

  • Mamajam1971
    2 years ago

    I am new to PsA. I’m not sure if I haven’t had a flare or if I’m in a constant flare. Either way I try to listen to my body and follow my gut. Lots of water to drink and lots of rest. I couldn’t make it without my children for sure. They take a huge load off me each and every day.

  • fightthis
    2 years ago

    I rest as much as possible and drink anti inflammatory shakes I make. I try to delegate as much as I can to my household and the rest can wait til tomorrow. My husband usually brings dinner in which is a huge help.

  • memegale
    2 years ago

    Naps, ice packs, showers, would love this PSA Flare care kit!

  • wplrp
    2 years ago

    Hot showers and antiinflamitories help.

  • kathyq57
    2 years ago

    I’m currently in a flare. I take antiinflammatories, naps, hubby brings home take out, and cold packs. I have not been officially diagnosed yet but it is a matter of time.

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi kathyq57! Are you working with a Rheumatologist to get a diagnosis? Early intervention usually gives the best prognosis, so if you’re concerned then definitely make an appointment. Sending you a hug, and thank you for being here.
    -Victoria (Psoriatic-Arthritis.com team)

  • Ncjuliee
    2 years ago

    I’m having a flare currently. I came home from work, delegated the evening chores to the rest of the family and went to bed. I’ll take a hot shower soon (because I think A hot shower fixes almost anything) and will then use a couple of ice packs on my hand knees. Hopefully, flexoril will help me get some sleep tonight. This is usually how I get through a flare – with delegating the most important step.

  • cubbon
    2 years ago

    Epsom salt baths, naps, my husband and daughter keep me going.

  • medfly3
    2 years ago

    I Take It Easy during Flares! Nice Warm/Hot Showers For 20-30 Minutes Just to Get Started Out Of Bed! I Try To Stay Active As Much As I Can So I Am Not In As Much Pain! Adjusting My Routine Is Key Also!!

  • edmonster
    2 years ago

    I would LOVE this flare care kit! I’m newly diagnosed and well my family just hasn’t fully accepted it so I only have me during a flare! I could use the swag!

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