Being chronically ill and playing detective

Do you ever feel like you’re playing detective? I think most people with a chronic and/or unexplained conditions often feel this way, particular if it’s something you’ve been dealing with for many years.

magnifying-glass-detectiveSometime you feel like you’re making progress; you’re collecting clues and things are becoming clear. In fact, some days it’s going so well you think you might beat medical experts in their quest for cause or cure.

Today ain’t one of those days. Today is what they call, a slow day.

I’ve had a pretty bad body this week, and today I realised I was in familiar territory. Flare up territory. But what I don’t know is why, and that’s really bloody annoying.

I’m supposed to be swimming tonight, and I don’t know if I should force myself to go, in an attempt to ‘break the flare’ (is that even a thing?) or whether I should stay home to rest until the flare up is done with me. The last one was two months though and, quite frankly, who’s got the time?

Do you think there’s a quick fix for a flare up? If there is, I will find it.

In the mean time, I’ve had a bath and a heat pack and I’m watching back to back episodes of Orange is the New Black.