I am 41 and I live in Fife, Scotland.
After a couple of months of having stiff hands and a couple of weeks of worsening symptoms (red, swollen finger joints, and pain and stiffness in the fingers and wrists), I contacted my GP. A phone appointment followed by a face to face appointment and I was told I very likely have rheumatoid arthritis. Bloods were taken this morning and x-rays will follow whenever possible (Covid is slowing things down).
So I am now trying to find out more about his illness and the best ways to deal with it. I've had ME and Hashimoto's disease for 10 years so I'm not new to chronic illnesses or pain, but I am new to not being able to use my hands in the usual way...
I am sparkling and I am new I shine in this world just like you. There's nothing broken chipped or rusted but now my body's broken down and busted. The aches the pain I sometimes cant describe all I know is I want too hide My sparkle dulls just like my pain I doult I can be whole again my shine has gone my glitz my glamour I return my dress upon the hanger. There is no dancing or twirling you see as now my knees may disagree My hip my legs my bones they ache I am sure you appreciate. So pop away my jewels and treasures I think you just about have my measure.