Hello I'm Daniel,
Last year (June 2009) I contracted a STD which triggered arthritic symptoms in most of my joints but after seeing countless doctors and reading as much information online as i could i was happy in the fact that reactive arthritis is probably the "best out the bunch" so after 1 month off work i pushed myself to go lead a normal life knowing it will be only short term (6 months - 1 year or so).
Then back in May of this year I woke up unable to move from my bed and it seemed most of my pain was from my hips but it was stopping me from getting up and moving my legs. I called a ambulance out and since I've been dealing with it since last year i just got some instant pain relief and i started to move again so i thought it was only a temporary flare up and didn't bother going to the hospital. Four days later i was in the same position again this time I went to hospital who didn't do anything and i had to wait 2 weeks to see my rheumatologist in agony.
Now i seen my rheumatologist she admitted me into hospital and did some tests/scans and came and told me that in some cases of reactive arthritis some people have it permanently and in this case i was one of them.
Since then i have been told i'll be going on methetraxate but i'm unable to since my liver function is abnormal from the drugs they gave me so currently i'm taking steroids and pain killers.
I'm still struggling to walk and getting looks from everyone i pass which i can handle but I'm just feel very lonely because everyone with arthritis I've met seem to be old and i have no one my age to relate to so that is why I'm here.
Also this tuesday i will be getting steroids injected into my hips i was wondering what to expect afterward?, is it a instant pain relief?, what are the methetraxate tablets like to take? and i'm a bit confused does this mean i'll have to take methetraxate for the rest of my days now? what kind of timeline i'm i looking at so i can handle returning to work? i've been off for 2 months now and i'm worried about my job.
Thanks for letting me get some things off my chest and any answers you give me, sorry for any spelling mistakes i'm really tired at the moment.