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New with questions
May 1, 2012
Hello, I am new to the board. I am a 40 year old, married Mom of 6. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis is 2010...I have an elevated sed rate, elevated crp and anti ccp was positive. I am also chronically anemic. I was al
also diagnosed with degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine with two bulging discs at c5-c6 and c6-c7. A rent MRI also noted facet joint inflammation and bone spurs along with a hemangioma at T2. I have osteoarthritis in one of my big toes and right knee. I also have sacroiliac joint disease; also detected on a recent MRI. I am currently undergoing epidural steroid spinal injections for my neck. I take Methotrexate, Folic Acid and Skelaxin for the RA.

My question is in regard to RA flares. I recently began a walking exercise regimine, walking 1 mile at a brisk pace (3 mph) on a daily basis. Well the first day I felt fine after walking and was only mildly sore afterward. The second day while walking I noticed an ache in my right hip joint. I kept walking and proceeded to walk the third day with noticeable hip pain and I cut the walk short. Well on the evening of the third day I was very sore with joint pain in my right hip and right knee and a crashing fatigue came over me. The next morning I could barely walk as my hip and knee were extremely painful. I also felt like I had the flu and could not function due to overwhelming fatigue. My joints are just now, several days later feeling somewhat better but the fatigue is still there. Does this sound like an RA flare and can exercise induce a flareup like this?


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