I'm new here!
I decided to join because I have recently been diagnosed with reactive arthritis.
I am 22-years-old and got salmonella on holiday in Egypt, which triggered the reactive arthritis.
I have never paid much attention to arthritis because I thought it was something only old people got, but after a lot of research, I'm surprised to see how common it is in people of all ages and I sympathise!!!!
For 2 weeks (before I was diagnosed) I was almost crippled. The pain was unbearable, I hardly slept and I couldn't move my left arm because it actually felt like I had dislocated my elbow. I spent nearly every morning crying in pain and laying in bed for an hour until the stiffness began to pass.
It's now been 6 weeks since I began with reactive arthritis symptoms and I'm on 500mg of Naproxen twice a day which have helped SO much with the pain. I'm still stiff in the mornings and I have it in my left elbow, my little finger and ring finger on my left hand, my hips, both my knee's with swelling in my left knee, both my ankles, and one of my toes.
I have been really low and depressed because of this, I am usually an active person and this totally took me off my feet and only now I have starting cycling and walking short distances.
I'd like to hear from anyone who has simular experiences or any one who's life has been effected by arthritis, whether short-term or long-term.