it's really hard when you're in a flare — almost impossible to get comfortable anywhere. There are some tricks, though. Supportive pillows can be very helpful. For instance, if you lie on your back, a small fairly flat pillow under your knee may help take the pressure off and may also ease pressure on your lower back. If you live on your side, you can get a body pillow or place a regular pillow between your knees. A really light cover that doesn't hurt your feet due to its weight is a good idea, as well. In the long run, you may benefit from a bed like a Craftmatic type where you can raise the head and legs. This gives you flexibility in positioning and can help you get more comfortable.
As well, timing your medication so it works when you go to bed can also be really helpful. I always take my meds about an hour or so before I go to bed and that means that when I do lie down to sleep, my pain is better controlled. Taking some magnesium supplement before you go to bed can also help you relax, or you may ask your doctor for a prescription for muscle relaxants. A long time ago when I was in the hospital as a child, I learned another trick that can help you in the morning. Set your alarm clock to two hours or so before you have to get up, take your pain meds along with a couple of bites of apple or a cracker to make sure the meds don't hurt your stomach and go back to sleep. When you get up, the meds are working and that helps you have a less awful morning.
I also recommend that you contact your rheumatologist to ask for some help. Are they doing something to control your RA? if you're in an acute flare, they may be willing to give your booster pack of prednisone to help you get out of it. Remember that your rheumatologist is your doctor all the time, not just in appointments. You should be able to ask for help when you're in a rough situation.
I hope you get better soon. Please keep us posted on how you are?
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