Hi, my names Steven 51 years old with a long history of RA and AS since i started with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when i was 10/11 years old.
Since then i had a shoulder replacement, three hip replacements (my right hip is now 34 years old and keeps threatening to go on me before settling down again for a while).
I ended up finishing work at 34 years old due to constant flareups in my condition and felt like i've been on the scrapheap ever since.
I got married to my darling wife in '95' and could'nt wish for a better person by my side though she too has major problems in that she has arthritis in her knee's, had a tkr in her right knee last August and the procedure failed and using crutches ever since,not very sucessfully may i add due to now other problems in her lower spine and hips plus the constant pain (liquid morphine plus other pain relief). Now she's waiting for a revision but has been told she must wait at least 12 month, at this moment we dont't why (idea's anyone? )
Anyway i've now had enough with my constant pain,stiffness etc (i was actually contemplating suicide last year i was that depressed though i still have my bad days) and been referred back to a rheumatologist who basically told me i should never have been discharged from the clinic. Now i'm going to various departments x-ray,lung function,mri etc to catch up on my condition and hopefully after a 3 month wait (thanks for nothing N.I.C.E) going on anti-tnf.
Wow sorry to go on, this was supposed to be in introduction not a novel :roll: .Hope to get involved in some of the discussions and hopefully find out more about anti-tnf and personal experiances of it. Thanks for reading and glad to be here