Feeling like one is coming down w/the flu is a sympton of RA that many of us experience. The drop in the bp is concerning though. It would be prudent for you to call your doctor and let him/her know about this situation. How low does you bp drop? Are you on bp meds? Sorry for so many questions, but I am concerned and just looking for some more information. We are not doctors here, but large fluctuations in bp are not a good thing. Please call the doctor and let us know how you are doing. We are all in this together, and we are concerned for you.
I agree with V - I don't think your doctor is going to be too concerned because the changes in your blood pressure are in the right direction, without being excessively low. That said, it is a change and you should talk to your doctor about it. I think one of the main factors that will indicate whether it's something to investigate further is how you feel when your blood pressure is lower. Do you get dizzy, lightheaded, etc.? If no, then there's probably nothing to worry about.
please let us know what your doctor says.
sigh... I should've read the second part of your question, the one where you mentioned that you feel like you're coming down with the flu. Yes, flu-like symptoms is very much part of RA. It's called RA malaise - fatigue, perhaps low-grade fever, feeling unwell in general, etc. You mentioned that it happens about once a week - have you notice whether it happens in connection to something such as taking a medication, having a long day, overdoing it, and so on? You may want to keep the bit about diary for 3-4 weeks. Write down how you feel each day, what the medication you take, what you do, etc. Just short notes. It might help you identify patterns.
These bursts of malaise may be an indication that your back to the disease. Talk to your rheumatologist about it - it may be time to look into medication options.
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