For 11 months I have had trouble with my balance. I keep forgetting where my legs are. My vision is also impaired and I need time to focus after doing things like reading. Open spaces and corridor are hard to walk through. I also get very nauseous. I have had loads of test from neurology and ENT and been given the all clear. However I have been asked about arthritis which up to a month ago I would have said that I don’t have it. Recently I have started to suffer with joint pains all over and my blood test show a high rheumatoid reading but no signs of inflammation.
The joint pain is not too bad until I take certain actions...opening the car door can make me feel that a joint has just exploded in my hand. Turning or bending can cause the same effect on a knee joint. Even putting on a dressing gown can cause sickening pain in my thumbs and shoulders.
The worst thing is the imbalance. I can walk round a super market as long as I look down and hold onto a trolley, and it is so bad now my family do not want me to go out until my wheelchair arrives.
I did have a virus for several weeks before all this began and do have other health issues which I have overcome. (Heart attack and stroke 17 years ago).
Having said that I have been employed as a full time teacher for the last 10 years which I have loved and been very successful with.
Does any of this make any sense to any arthritis sufferer or carer??