I am less than 2 years into the RA landscape. In that time, I have had a number of flares that have literally blindsided me and derailed my life. I am just coming out of a particularly intense and long flare. In the absence of inescapable pain, I realize how bad I felt--I can't believe I endured the agony for so long and I am nearly ecstatic that my pain levels are now a 2-3 rather than an 8. I am having a difficult time accepting that this could and will likely happen again whether it is in the form of fatigue or physical pain--god forbid both. The calm after the flare is so exquisite I sometimes feel like that is it...RA is over. I am cured. I survived the flare!!! But my doctor tells me it will happen again...I've never been sick before and I am having a very difficult time accepting that I have to go through this hell again! Any words of wisdom or helpful tips will be appreciated. I've read a lot about what to do during a flare, but what do you do after the flare?