I'm 23 and newly diagnosed with RA. I have been really struggling with pain, nearly everywhere and fatigue this year. Its affected my job (I am am a teacher, with a boss who isn't very understanding), its affected my home life and I am feeling fed up, lost and pretty rubbish to be honest!
My GP and consultant have been great and worked really hard to get a diagnosis.... Although steroids haven't helped me, I am being started on Metatrexate this week... this is also scary and I am not sure what to expect.
I am struggling at work due to the demanding physical nature of my class. I don't feel like I am able to keep up with everything. My contract at work is coming to an end this July and I should be applying and looking for jobs. However I am never sure how much to say about my RA... I know people are not meant to let it affect decisions about who to employ but when there are 80 people going for one job...
I would also love to go part time at least until I can get the pain and swelling under control but I don't know what options there are for me.... It's a big pay cut and I am not sure I could cope with bills ect
Sorry this seems to be a lot of things all at once.... I am pretty confused with life the universe and everything at them moment and would love a friendly 'face'!
Any advice/enlightenment that anyone has about home/work/anything I would very much appreciate it!! I feel totally lost right now!!