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?