Good evening everyone!
I hope you're all well this evening.
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis on thursday. It's all happened so quickly, and I'm only 33. I know thats not young, but still! Lol. Started having trouble with my knee about 12 weeks ago. It felt weak and as if it was going to snap forward and i felt like I was going to fall. Went to the gp and he said it was a damaged tendon and to rest.
Well life went from bad to worse! My other knee joined in and i had a lot of pain when walking. Since then my feet, ankles, hands, wrists and fingers all swelled up to crazy proportions. Very uncomfortable, and my fingers are very sore.
GP did lots of tests and arranged for me to see the rheumatologist which i did on thursday. He gave me a quick check and confirmed RA. I was given a steroid injection in my bum, does anyone know how long it usually takes to work? I think it is my pain is significantly reduced but i have bad shoulder and top of my arm pain so much so that i can't lift my arms. My feet and ankles are still huge.
I've started on the sulfasalazine, he's going to give me the drug that starts with an M soon but can't right now as there is some inflammation round my heart. Im really hopefull that i'll respond well to the treatment, i just need to get over this initial couple of months.
I hope to make some new friends who understand what I'm feeling right now.
Lots of love