Hi newbie here

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fluffycat1
fluffycat1 Member Posts: 4
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:05 in Living with arthritis
Hi everyone.
Am new to the forum, but have been looking for a while.
Am 12 wks isolating now but luckily I can work from home.
How is everyone coping with this.
Is anyone having a flare at the moment.
Thank you. Xx

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  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Member Posts: 1,755
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    Hi fluffycat1 welcome to the Online Community, its lovely to see you here.

    Do tell us a little more about your experience of arthritis - being in the group which is ‘extremely vulnerable’ to COVID-19 undergoing 12 weeks isolation.

    Do join in across the forum, ask questions and help out where you feel best to comment. I look forward to reading your posts.

    All best wishes

    Brynmor

  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Hello, if you've been lurking you won't be surprised to see my name. I won't repeat what I always say as I presume you've already read the spiel.

    I am retired so not finding the current situation too hard. I've been shielding since early March and so far so good; normal life might have ground to a halt but housework and other chores haven't. I flared in January and February, spending nine weeks in bed, so for me 2020 is not going that well. 🙄 DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • fluffycat1
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    Hi again I am 49 and was diagnosed with. PA 3 yrs ago. I have been on Methertrexate for 7 yrs 1st for psoriasis then 3yrs ago the dose went from 15mg to 25mg slowly due to PA diagnosis.
    Everything has been fine had my 1st real flare last August I had a steroid injection to bring the flare under control.
    However I think I'm having another one . As fingers and feet are really painful and look like sausages.
    Is this normal?
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    I've no idea. In my experience the arthritis can flare despite the meds but whether that is normal or not I don't know. What are your bloods showing? DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Member Posts: 1,755
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    Hi Fluffycat1 (what a great username 😃)

    Good to hear that you have had your psoriatic arthritis under control for a number of years. However, its a disease that's not prone to standing still... it can vary a great deal between different people. This makes it difficult to offer advice on what you should expect.

    You may like to take a look at our excellent page on psoriatic arthritis. It has great information on managing symptoms, living with PA and emotional wellbeing.



    Do let us know what you decide to do and how you are getting on.

    All best wishes

    Brynmor

  • chris8
    chris8 Member Posts: 57
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    Hi @fluffycat1 and @dreamdaisy hope you're both ok :)
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,489
    edited 20. Apr 2020, 06:37
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    Fluffycat you poor thing sausage fingers aren't much fun. I think they are a common aspect of PsA flares 😕 I don't know if you can get hold of your rheumatology team at all you still might be able to have a steroid injection if you get desperate.

    If not maybe your GP might help. Not so good with depot steroid injections, but I have had the oral type in the past (a course of) in times of trouble.

    I've been inside for about 3/4 weeks now too, but my husband still goes out to work and I have my cat Daisy (AKA Sleek, Diddicat etc etc!) Judging by your name i wonder whether you have a cat too?

  • fluffycat1
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    Hi peeps. Well I spoke the my Rheumy team today. They are going to get me a phone consultation with my consultant & then talk about on-going meds & adding something to the methatrexate. Frogmorton. Yes I do have a fluffy cat called Elsie. She is a Calico with a black splodge on her nose. Xx