I've just been diagnosed with inflammatory RA and large vessel vasculitis and came across your website and forums. I've never really been a forum kind of person but thought I'd join as you guys sound like you understand the practicalities of the illness. I've been blessed with good health up till now so this is a bit of a learning curve to-ing and fro-ing to the doctor. I'm just over 60, live in the north of Scotland and work part-time (won't get my state pension until I'm almost 65.)
I've found the rheumatic fatigue hard to deal with - more like total exhaustion - and my GP has signed me off for a couple of weeks and I've just started Methotrexate. Me and Google have become best buddies since I first went to the GP a few months ago and he remarked that I wouldn't understand what the c reactive protein was! well, now that I've seen the rheumatologist and been tested and x-rayed and scanned it seems he was right in his first tentative diagnosis.
I'm not doing very well at pacing myself but I'm trying and my husband's not doing very well at knowing when to help and when to let me do things myself but he's trying too (!).
hope I've not inadvertently made any dreadful forum etiquette blunders
best wishes to you all