Yesterday I was in such pain I put myself on light duties and did not venture out of the office except for a quick trip to look over a fence at a backyard allegedly full of animals. I could barely walk, and climbing steps or turning left really hurt. I reported a flare-up to the arthritis pain study website. I wondered how this might affect the trip I am so looking forward to (to which I am so looking forward?)
My new sleeping bag arrived. I had ordered a large one, as my present bag, though snug and warm, is actually too snug. Being a portly sort of chap, I find that when the zip is closed I am in a straight-jacket with no manoeuvring room. I cannot move to such an extent that I actually feel panicky. This has never been a problem before as I could sleep with the zip open when it was not that cold. At present, it is.
No such problem with the new one. I tried it out last night. I slept sound and snug, and was able to turn over without discomfort. This morning I awoke pain free! Not just back to the low-level of pain to which I have become adapted, but no pain at all! Remarkable. I can only postulate that the temperature control is more constant when zipped into a sleeping bag, rather than under a duvet. Perhaps it was also aided by the double dose of diclofenac I took before bedtime, though that has not had such a drastic effect before. Of course it is probably temporary, but there was one clear indication that I am feeling good for now at least. I was singing in the shower this morning.