"Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto immune disease. The body believes there are foreign bodies present within your body and attacks them.It perhaps should be called Rheumatoid disease as is progressive and affects not only your joints but also organs in the body. It is different in how it affects everyone. Pain and fatigue are constants for most people. Some days are ok ish, some days bad pain comes from nowhere to attack a wrist or knee or shoulder or somewhere inside. It is unpredictable. You can wake up feeling alright but a few hours later you may just want to go back to bed as you feel so bad. In the early days I used to feel that at about 4pm, someone used to fill up my body with a pain solution and I would them have to cope with getting stiffer by the hour, until I could get home and go to bed. There are some great medications available to help with the pain and disfigurement of joints. It can take a while to find the best one for you, but once you have found it, life will be much better. Unfortunately they don't last forever and you have to start again. Any research into this dreadful disease that curtails your ability to do things, that will enhance your life has to be welcomed." I'm using my second attempt at the @tseriesracing T100 race to raise money for two special people and two great causes. The first 50 miles is for my mum and @versusarthritis. My mum lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis and, from my view, it's a daily battle with pain; that's her hand in the photo. It's what gives me my belief that basic human movement is a privilege, not a right. Her movement can be dictated by the level of pain and she does what she can, sometimes in spite of that pain. The second 50 miles will be for @jo_jo_runs, her mum and @brain_appeal. Jo's mum passed away earlier this month and it was always my intention of dedicate the second 50 miles to them as I've been aware of their struggles for some time. I hope this helps both causes. You'll find the links in my bio.
Struggling with your arthritis and not sure who to speak to? ˙ @VersusArthritis provide a free helpline which is available Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, meaning you don't have to face arthritis alone. ˙ You can also chat online to one of their virtual assistants, find a support group near you, or ask their amazing online community! ˙ www.versusarthritis.org/get-help ˙ For more information about Flarin and tips & advice for managing joint pain visit www.flarin.co.uk ˙ Flarin 200mg soft capsules contain ibuprofen. Relief from joint and muscular pain, pain of non-serious arthritic conditions (caused by joint inflammation), back pain. Always read the leaflet. ˙ ˙ ˙ #support#arthritissupport#supportgroup#versusarthritis#arthritis#arthritisawareness#ibuprofen#jointpain
“It’s difficult to find the right words to describe the pain. And it can be even harder for the other person to understand.” We know that the common misconceptions about #arthritis, along with the physical and emotional impact of the condition, can affect people’s relationships ❤️ But having those often-tough conversations with your partner, about how their arthritis is making them feel, can help you to build a stronger, healthier and loving relationship. Check out the link in our bio to hear from Catherine and Debbie, who both live with arthritis, and Karl, whose partner has lived with arthritis for most of her life, where they tell us how communication and learning to adapt is key. Based on your experiences, what would your advice be? Please feel free to share below 👇
Day 10 post op : Bruising has gone down greatly since day 1, swelling has reduced alot but is still in the armpit, front of the shoulder and bicep, still very sore to move but have been reducing pain relief as it's been making me have headaches. Will be getting the Mrs to change the dressing again today!
Just over 3 months ago I decided over 300mg of morphine a day plus all sorts of other nerve drugs etc was beyond a joke. I’ve gone from the first pic (plus extras 4 hourly) 3x a day to the second pic twice a day, one of which is folic acid. Opiates reduced by 80%. With no medical support. When I get down to 90% I’ll arrange to meet GP practice manager. Their behaviour adds to the #opioidcrisis in this country. Numerous occasions I’ve asked to come off morphine and ended up with a bigger Rx. It took a crazy night at Barrowlands to sort my shit out. I’m just grateful I was well looked after. #versusarthritis#spoonie