This was a question posed to me by one of my guy friends recently and one that I don’t think I’ve ever talked about here. I will go ahead and preface my answer with the fact that I prefer odd similes and metaphors to explain RA rather than to admit out loud that my body gets bored with the hobbies I so carefully select for it and prefers to attack itself. Because that is mutiny. On second thought, mutiny IS related to piracy…and I definitely don’t mind the thought of Johnny Depp mucking around in my joints. Maybe I can develop a new explanation….something to do with my joints being the Black Pearl? Hmmmmmmm. Anywho.
My answer: It feels different day to day. On one kind of so-so day, it feels like sumo wrestlers are sitting on my joints. Lots of heavy, dull, throbbing pressure. On other so- so days, it feels like muay thai fighters are pulling on my joints. Lots of sharp pains and sucker punches, no holds barred. On really bad days, it feels like the sumo wrestlers and the muay thai fighters are having a gang fight and at different points, both sides are winning. It feels like, on different sides of each joint affected, a sumo wrestler is bear hugging the muay thai fighter and the muay thai fighter is pulling in all different directions trying to get the sumo dude off of him. On better days, I don’t feel anything except the joint feels more fragile and brittle, like it’s recovering from a really bad sumo/muay thai gang fight. So to sum it up, lots of pulling, pushing, and then just not feeling 100%. Oh, and in my imagination, the sumo wrestlers are wearing much more than man thongs. And the muay thai fighters have mohawks. Because that is how I roll.
Out of curiousity, because I’ve never considered this before, what does RA feel like for you guys? Do we all have the same sensations?