Sleep is the best medicine

I have found that whenever I get a truly good nights sleep or a good solid nap, I feel better. and that there are residual affects good sleep that last a few days. Looking back over a journal that mostly covers the 38 years of close association with RA, I find this truism to hold. Not knowing why, not ever having a health care professional recommend and not having any of the semi- health professionals promote its benefits, it seems the truism lacks advocates or even serious discussion.

The trade off of consequences

For the last five years I have suffered from chronic bursitis in both hips. Having had a life time of the over application of steroids and its consequences, it is a difficult decision to ask my doctor for steroid/lidocaine shots in both hips. It is a trade off of consequences: more torn skin and bruising for five days of relief. For the last three months the pain in my hips was so intense it was kicking off secondary whole body flairs. A week ago I capitulated and ask for the shots. My RA doc asked me why? I said sleep, real sleep for the first time since October.

Relieved to get one week of sleep

Sleep is the best medicine, I have been enjoying a week of sleep. Day one was a little rough because the hips were still sore. Days two to seven are rejuvenating to the body and the soul. Attitude has improved and I pray the pain relief will last a while. I know it will end but just a little while longer would be wonderful.

For RA never sleeps.

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