This post is mainly for RA suffers but I'd still be interested if others also have ideas.
Despite taking my usual dosage of sulfasalazine from December through to mid feb I was in the grip of by far my worst flare in 5 years. Desperate to try and help myself I have quit smoking (shouldn't have been anyway I know!), and cut out all wheat and refined sugars where possible.
Almost immediately I've seen a great improvement, all swelling gone and nodules dramatically reduced. I am convinced that RA hurts us because we unwittingly do something that our bodies can't handle, ie smoking, allergies etc.
I think that different people obviously have different triggers and it's so hard if not impossible to pin it down to one thing.
I would appreciate if others could share any good/bad experiences to what they think helps/triggers their RA.
Matt, I have RA plus lupus. I also found out I am gluten intolerant, which I think is common with both of these. My triggers seem to be overexertion, barometric pressure changes, cold, damp weather, and generally just overdoing it. The sun triggers my lupus. RA can cause serious lung disease (interstitial) so PLEASE stay smoke-free. It will help many things as far as your health. I generally feel better in the spring/summer when the winter weather and storms are not an issue, so the good time of year is coming! Best wishes to you.
Thanks for the reply. In the six years I've had RA I haven't found barometric changes affect me too much, I think I'm very soon going to arrange some allergy testing. You said that you found out you were gluten intolerant, do you now follow a gluten free diet? Has this had much impact on your general well being if so?