This is my first post here but have been reading your great forum for a little while now ,so i thought it was about time i got registered and to say hello.
I was diagnosis with RA in May of this year after having a sudden on set of great pain and stiffness at the start of January this year,I saw the doc back in Jan as i had a lump came up on my right ankle and he wanted to do blood test before he decieded to drain it (as it was stop me from driving) anyway the resaults came back with my CPR being raised and he said then that i could have Arthritis ,well in that week between having the blood taken and getting the resaults my joints became very painfully so he said he would make me an appointment with the hospital ,well guess what he never put the appointment threw as he forgot to press the button on the computer (thats was his excuse) anyway i was put on diffrent meds that would help for a little while then the pain would come back,I finally got my hospital appointment and then aweek before i was due to go it was cancelled for training day i was in tears so hubby took me back to the docs where we saw another doc and she was fantasic she phoned the hospital and got me another appointment there and then and put me on some other meds ect.
so finally in May i went to the hospital and saw the consultant who was really nice put me on more med including mtx.
I have just finished my every 2 week blood test and everything seems to be going ok with my body coping with the meds so now going over to the 4 weekly blood test,but i still seem to suffer with daily pain there is`nt a day that go`s by were i am not suffering i know i should not complain as i am not as bad as i was for the first 4 mts were i could not move or do anything and my 17 year old daughter looked after me and did everything, took me to the toilet ,showered me daily ect ect and even slept on the sofa next to me as i was in so much pain i could not get up the stairs to my bed.Now 7 mts on i am still sleeping on the sofa because i have tried to sleep in the bed a couple of times and i am so very stiff in the mornings that sleeping on the sofa is`nt so painfully and it saves me being in even more pain then what i already am plus the only bathroom in my house is down stairs.
over the last 7 mts i have became quiet low at times as i feel a prisoner in my own home and i miss the job i love so much which was a commuinty care worker.
anyway i have gone on a bit to long now lol but its great to be hear and to be able to speak to others in the same boat maybe i should have signed up earlier