My name is Karen and I was diagnosed with RA in May 2016 aged 52 and have been on Methotrexate and Folic Acid since then. Fortunately my condition was caught at an early stage and although my recent blood tests have been slightly abnormal my condition is manageable. I would say that I do have flare ups every so often and especially when the weather is damp/cold my limbs do get painful. My NHS hospital consultant was first class and as soon as RA was diagnosed I was immediately put on medication and also given steroid tablets which immediately took effect.
As we are in lockdown I have been isolating as people who suffer from Arthritis are in the most vulnerable group due to not having good immune systems. I got furloughed by my firm on health grounds in March and I actually received my NHS letter on 29th April informing me to isolate for 12 weeks as I was in the vulnerable group.
Hope everyone keeps safe during this uncertain time but it is reassuring to know that the Versus Arthritis community are always there to support each other hence why I have joined today.