Nic asked for some more details on my early history of Stills.

There is a great message board available for people who suffer from Still’s.  Nic responded to one of my articles asking for more info on my early history.  Here is my answer:

It just started out of the blue.  I was in London at a conference, I started with a sore throat in the morning, by lunch time my legs were hurting, I managed to walk to the train in the evening, but could not get off the train by 10:00.  The doctors had no idea, and just gave me anti-histamines for a week, but they had no effect, after a couple of weeks I was mobile again, although it took 6 weeks for symptoms to really damp down.  After which I was essentially symptom free for 18 months.  I had a few aches and pains but I did not really relate these to the Stills flare. 

When I had my second flare it too was triggered by a sore throat, again it was not diagnosed, but this time died down after about 2-3 weeks without medication.

My third flare was about 12 months after and was also triggered by a sore throat.  I managed to get into hospital this time, it was much worse, and they said I had strep throat.  It took about 3-4 weeks to get a diagnosis, of Stills and then they put me on the steroids.  Within 2 days I was out of hospital although it was a few weeks before I was well again.

Last year and early this year I had 2 flares that were not triggered by a sore throat, interestingly they did not have the high temperatures either, just the pain and fatigue and loss of concentration.

However the last of these flares has taken a very long time to clear, its been over 6 months now and I am still on 20MG of steroids, and still in a bit of pain.  Also every time I get the slightest bit of a sore throat, or cold or cough I have a mini-flare again.

There is more detail in by blog.  I have a category specifically on Stills.

http://radio.weblogs.com/0135175/categories/aosd/

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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