I am 45 years old and have had arthritis for a number of years. In the last 2 years things have got much worse. I have seen a arthritis consultant at my local hospital and he has told me that I have osteoarthritis in my hands/arms/wrists/fingers//knees and feet. I have been seeing a physio and and hand therapist and doing hydrotherapy. In the last few weeks I have been in a lot more pain. My knees are hurting more than ever despite doing swimming and hydro and my fingers have developed more nodes that are inflamed and incredibly painful. I am also tired all the time, to the point where I cant lift my arms. Today at my hand therapy appointment the therapist said to me that the doctor has put "sero negative OA" on my forms? i didnt think there was a sero-negative OA, I have researched this and it is appears that it is sero-negative RA. I have tried to bring my 6 month follow up appointment forward on the recommendation of my physio and hand therapist with my consultant but have been told that there is not a chance of doing that and I need to go back to my GP for them to write a letter to request an emergency appointment.
I am really concerned at the rapid rate at which my disease is progressing and am concerned that I am being treated for OA and I should be treated for sero-negative RA. The consultant did put me on a trial of hydroxi-choloquinne as I am asthmatic and cannot take anti-inflammatories which does not seem to have made a difference.
I am feeling very nervous at the moment as i am struggling more and more with pain and my hands and nails are changing shape.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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