My first flare

I am recently diagnosed with PSA and am having my first flare. The pain is intense mostly in my hands, arms, and back. I am also severely anemic so the fatigue can be overwhelming. My husband is wonderful and does a lot around the house, but I am pushing myself to do my share. It’s like if I give into this then I am weak, and I consider myself a strong determined person. Has anyone else gone through this, and how did you cope?

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  • HJay
    6 days ago

    @karenkeslar I have recently been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in the last few months and i find that Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga) is extremely helpful. It sounds daft but I’d been having what I think is a flare up in my fingers and had been struggling to bend them with the swelling and pain. After my yoga class, I could bend it with very little pain and I had a surge of energy that lasted until the end of the next day. I know 1/2 days isn’t a lot but sometimes just those 2 days can be precious. It’s low impact and the heat is great for the joints.

  • VickiN moderator
    1 month ago

    @karenkeslar, anemia is not uncommon for those with inflammatory arthritis (and totally contributes to the fatigue). Have you ever heard of the Lucky Iron Fish? It can help with iron levels:
    Warm wishes,
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

  • ClairG moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi there @karenkeslar. I hope you feeling allot better by now. A flare can feel devestating. How are you getting on?

  • Diane T
    1 month ago

    Hi Karen,

    I have been flaring for over 55 years with psoriasis and 30 plus years with psoriatic arthritis. You will have your good and your bad days. You will learn what your limits are. Don’t push yourself too much, you will just tired yourself out.

  • Rackmani
    3 months ago

    I feel for you; sometimes it can all feel too much. Try to pace yourself; make sure you are on the right meds and try doing some gentle exercise; I find swimming really helps.

  • melissagallo
    4 months ago

    I completely understand what you are going through…. This is my life! Its a daily struggle to do dishes and laundry! I have psych-therapy but not much else. I keep waiting for the miracle day to come when I can wake with energy and no pain. If I could just have one of those days…..

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