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Hello everyone. I hope you dont mind if I join you. I was reading all your shares and would really love the supportt of fellow RA sufferers. I was diagnosed with RA 3 years ago. I'm 56. I've been on Plaquenil since then and have not had many flare ups to speak of. In the last couple of months, however, I have had all these strange pop-up-out-of-nowhere aches and pains. It started with my left shoulder. My RA doc didn't think it was due to RA. You see, I am a potter and pottery teacher, so I use my arms and shoulders a lot. He ended up giving me a cortisone shot. The following week I had 2 incidents in my left wrist- so painful, I could barely move it. I woke up in the night and it felt like my hand was on fire! That only lasted a day or 2. Then I woke up one morning and could hardly walk - my left knee this time. This week, I had another incident with my right shoulder! It only lasted a day or so and now its mostly ok. Now my left knee is hurting again. I use ice mostly and take Naproxen (2× the recommended dose per my doctor). From what I'm reading in your forum, this is normal, but it is not what I have read about flares. Your input would be deeply appreciated.
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