new to the forum here. I started this journey in January when, on holidays in Brasil, suddenly, one of my knees got swollen. Back in the UK I saw an orthopedic and then a rheumatologist. I had an injection that fixed it. they thought it was osteoarthritis as I have a few mechanical minor damage in my first knee.
So, I though, it was sorted. But no...
Since then my knees got swollen two times. Doctors investigated the case and think it is a case of sieronegative RA.
Until now I sorted everything with the private insurance my work pays as a benefit. But since they discovered I have a chronic condition, they refuse to pay for the treatment. Today I have a massive flare and I cannot walk. I call them to approve another inejction to my knee (this knee had two injection since the start of the year and they approve up to 3) but they refused. They are not going to pay.
I am alergic to antinflamatory meds. I tried sulfasalazine and I had a massive alergic reaction (sulfasalazine was not covered by the insurance as I did not make it in time to get to the first check). I know I have to get methrotexate but still waiting to get to the first appointment with the NHS, which is happening in more than a month time.
So now I am here, with a swollen knee, not knowing what to do :( Not knowing how long it lasts (it is a week already but so massive since today). I know it can go up to one month and then I had the injection. Not sure if it can last much longer.
Oh, and I have a toddler which requires so many attentions and I cannot even run after her which makes me so sad :(