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 …