Hi, I'm new here but need some help.
My mother's had RA for about 3 years. It came on suddenly and viciously, then stabilised. She's tried various drugs, didn't get on with methatrexate and had lots of steroids which did help.
This summer she began falling over a lot - basically her knees just giving way. Eventually it got so bad she went into hospital where she's been for the last 3 weeks. Now she is unable to stand or walk at all. Her knees just don't hold her. Today I went to a meeting with the doctors and physios. They told us they've done all possible tests and ruled out all causes, so the weakness must be down to the arthritis. Is this a common progression of the disease?
Mum's to be sent home in about 10 days. SHe'll have to have carers three times a day, and lots of equipment at home including a hospital bed and a hoist and a wheelchair. Just over a month ago she was walking around with a stick. Now they tell me she will probably not improve and might allways be in a wheelchair. Does this sound like it is all due to the RA?