Hi, my name is Scarlett and I am 25, I was diagnosed with Lupus at age 2, then after some severe battling from my Mum and a referal to St THomas' I was diagnosed with RA. Since then I have been on pretty much every med under the sun, had sterois injections in my joints, intramuscular injections, been in a wheelchair for a little while and am regularly on crutches. I am now on leflunomide, which seems to be doing th ejob on everything apart frlom my hands.
I have never been one to pander to my arthritis, I was a dancer for a long time, then in performing arts and theatre and now a teacher. Not jobs for someone with not brilliant mobility. My arthritis very rarely gets me down too much but right now I feel pretty much beaten. I have been pretty upbeat for the last 20 years and now I am getting just a bit fed up. I knwo there are people with RA and other things much worse than me and for that I should be thankful, but I have had enough of being in pain, sore or the one at the back. I am not sure what I want really, but I just needed ot get it off my chest. I have never met someone my age with RA before and my friends/boyfriend try but they could never understand fully.
I hope the bad weather isn't effecting everyone too much. Take care.