Here’s a puzzle: Since being bitten by Mouse-the-cat a week ago, I’ve had very little RA or bursitis pain.
Could it be because my attention has been more focused on the bite wounds? You know—this immediate pain is more noticeable than that other, older and more routine pain?
Like that old joke: “Aw, you’ve got a headache? Here, let me bash your hand with a hammer. You’ll forget all about your head!”
Or could it be that my body’s immune system has been so busy fighting the infected bites that it hasn’t had antibodies to spare for its constant, erroneous attack on my joints? And if my body isn’t attacking my joints and making them become inflamed and painful, maybe those busy antibodies aren’t attacking my hip bursae either?
I have no idea if either situation, or both, could be possible. But it’s not the first time that some immediate, temporary pain has pushed my RA pain out of the way for a while. I’m not alone in this, either—I’ve read several other RA bloggers who’ve mentioned this phenomenon.
Whatever it is, it’s real, odd and fascinating. Any thoughts on this out there? I’d love to hear them.