What does a flare feel like?

I’m fairly new to PsA, when you have a flare does anyone else feel almost like their body has the flu…achy all over?


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  • ptm215 author
    1 year ago

    Thank you for the helpful articles. I don’t have family near me. My daughters live 4-5 hours away. My husband is not supportive at all. It makes coping harder.

  • mich54
    8 months ago

    ptm215…. Just reading your post and am wondering if you are still on this site. My husband doesn’t get it either. I mean, he would say he is supportive, but he really doesn’t get it. I don’t know if he doesn’t WANT to get it, or if he is in denial. And sometimes he will try to act like he has issues like that too. Like his back has a problem sometimes. Or he has gotten older and more stiff due to that. But I don’t think he GETS just how terrible I feel inside. I guess nobody does, unless you have it yourself.

  • nessasmalls
    1 year ago

    It varies from person to person and from day to day. Here are a few things that I’ll experience. For me, mornings are the worst when I have a flare, I have no grip and my wrists and fingers are swollen leaving me unable to complete the most simple of tasks such as unplugging my phone from the charger. There are days where it’s mild and I’m able to go out, while I may have a friend drive, but it’s manageable. There are days where both the psoriasis and the arthritis will act up, those are one of the worst of the bad days, when both flare up I’ll slip into a fog and anxiety attack of sorts. It can be a super scary thing to deal with especially if you experience a different type of flare that you’re unfamiliar with. One thing I’ve always done with unique flares is make notes on them so when I do see my DR I’m able to clearly explain the symptoms or anything new leading up to the flare up. By doing so I’m able to recognize things to avoid I may have not known or thought about prior. Best of luck to you!

  • ptm215 author
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience!

  • Casey moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi ptm215! Great question! Hopefully, others in the community can chime in on their experiences with flares, as symptoms and feelings can vary incredibly from person to person. In the meantime, I found an article on flares and their signs in general that you may find interesting, https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/psa-basics/flare/

    Also, if you feel like you’re in a flare, or are just experiencing extra discomfort and pain, I found this article about getting through a rough time that you may connect with as well, https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/living/getting-through-a-flare/ Please keep us posted, and as always, if you start noticing any unusual symptoms, or feel like your discomfort is too overwhelming, we recommend visiting your provider as soon as possible!

    Sending positive thoughts your way! -Casey, Psoriatic-Arthritis.com Team

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