Saturday, March 28, 2009 Jamie, Community Member, asks

Q: How long did your first flare last?

My RA started 6 months ago and hit like a freight train. Have been on sulfasalazine for 2 months with no response. Can you share with me how long your flares last and if you can remember the first one and how long it lasted that would be great. Thank you for sharing, Jamie
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tessie, Community Member
3/28/09 6:18pm

Hi Jamie,

I'm still in my first year since and I were hit by the same train! My first flare didn't let up for about 5 months. And really, I've had one after the other it seems.


The first one is supposed to be the worst, I hear. And as meds start working, the flares should come less often and less severe.


Shelly AKA "TAWANDA", Community Member
3/30/09 11:32pm
Hey Jamie, I was diagnosed about 2 years ago and continue to go from being smashed by the freight train one day and then driving it for the next two days! The good news is that there are so many different treatment alternatives and medications available now to treat RA. The bad news is that some of them take months to begin working or not... and since each person is unique... finding the right medication or combination of meds to manage your symptoms and slow or stop the progression of the disease can be a challenge. What works for me might not work for you and so forth. What I can tell you is that it does get better! A positive attitude, seeking ways to decrease stress in your life and consistent communication with those providing your treatment are essential elements to recovery. Don't be afraid to get assertive with the doctor and tell them when meds are not working. Insist that something else be tried until you find the right combo that works for you. I have found that I have to be a very active member of my treatment team in order to get my needs met. I have also learned that I have to practice patience and most of all....not give up hope! I have also come to realize that my worst days do pass, even when they seem to last an eternity when I am in a lot of pain. I also have learned to appreciate and to make the most of my better days. But mostly, I have learned to live in the light of gratitude for my best days. I realize that what I pay attention to grows and I get what I expect. If I set my intention on feeling good and expecting that outcome...typically I feel good. If I choose to feel sorry for myself and focus on my pain...I get more of that too! The key is knowing that I have a choice today! Good luck to you, my friend. Shelly Reply
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