Even though these days, my RA is pretty much under control, I have a couple of issues that I believe are somehow RA related. I have an appointment scheduled with my rheumatologist on Monday and plan to ask about the issues I’m having.
Issue #1: To my surprise, one of my in-laws asked me about something she had experienced, and it was something I had experienced as well. The surprise of the matter was that I really hadn’t linked it to RA. I thought it was anxiety related. What she shared with me was that she randomly lost sensation in her arm and legs. Not like pins and needles, but like they disappeared. I immediately felt confident that this was the same experience I was dealing with. I explained to her that I had something similar happening, but it felt more like my arm was floating away. Her eyes got huge and she said that was exactly what it felt like.
When I was in elementary school, I remember a trick us kids would do. Lean one side of your body up against a wall, focusing on pushing your arm against it, for about a minute or so. Then when you stepped away, your arm would rise up all on it’s own. That’s how my arm feels now when this issue happens.
The person I spoke with, isn’t on any of the same meds as me. She’s only had RA for 5 years and you really can’t tell she has it by looking at her. So what is the link? Has any of you experienced this as well?
Issue #2: Almost every evening, I feel like I’m getting a cold or the flu. I have muscle aches, my head feels foggy, I have chills, and I just want to curl up somewhere. Then, I take my afternoon pill (Lodine). Within 30mins. to an hour, I feel completely normal again. Sometimes even better than I did earlier in the day. I have no idea why and it’s been happening for quite a while now. I’m feeling this way as I type out this post. I guess the positive part of this is I know when I’m late on my pill. Does anyone else experience this?