just wanted to introduce myself. I've been loitering on the forum for the past couple of weeks, looking for hints and tips and ways of coping.
I have had pain in my hands and wrists since the end of July. It initially appeared to be muscular only and I was worried it was carpal tunnel. By the end of August my knuckles were swollen / discoloured, and I had elbow, wrist, feet and ankle pain and swelling, and I'm unable to grip things properly, and my (very good) GP sent me for blood tests and X-rays.
I was told by my GP two weeks ago that I very probably have Rheumatoid Arthritis (raised CCP or CRP levels- can't remember which now!). He kindly signed me off work for 3 weeks as I wasn't sleeping due to the pain and was struggling to complete a day's work. I have the rest of this week off then need to try to figure out how to manage...I think my manager and Occy Health should be helpful but very nervous. Not sure how work is going to go and how people will be with my limitations- the swelling and pain aren't going away at the minute (pain being managed with naproxen, codeine and paracetamol) and I have limited energy most of the time.
I have got my hospital appointment through to see the specialist- 16th December. Does anyone have any experience of the rheumatology department in Edinburgh?
Sorry for the ramble...
Just looking for any encouragement or help that people can give from their experience. Glad to have a diagnosis but scared and nervous. Not sure what affect this will have on the rest of my life, or if I should be worried about this yet