Yesterday I had a hard hit of reality when I tried to attend a belated Thanksgiving at my brother in-laws house. I've not attended the past 3 or 4 events for his family so I really wanted to go. They live about a hour away and there are about 20 people. I thought I'd have pain meds and just relax on the couch most of the time, but to no avail. By the 3rd hour a flare kicked in and I had to go to the guest room in tears. Very embarrassing. I must be getting worse, because I use to be able to get thru these things, then just rest afterwards. I think it's also all the people. I seem to do better when there's just a couple of people. Wonder if I'm getting some type of fear of large social settings and this sets off a anxiety attack and pain. Needless to say it was horrible and embarrassing, but a least they now know why I can't do those big events. It's just a real downer knowing how much I have to give up to survive this illness. Does this happen to any of you? How do you handle it and does your family understand? Thanks for listening....Kris
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