Hi, I have been suffering with RA for 2 years now, I am on Methotrexate and Benepali injections. I have it in virtually every joint in my body. It hit me like a ton of bricks when it came on so suddenly. I also have osteoarthritis in hips.
I went to see hip specialist on Friday as I am in so much pain, I struggle with stairs and walking is down to a mile or so on a good day.
I had xrays which showed I was nearly at the stage for new hips, but he thinks the main pain is from the RA.
Because of my low immunity from the drugs he isnt happy to operate, I also have COPD and stage 3 Kidney function disorder. There was a lot of tears when he told me my only option is to think about my mobility, he mentions sticks and crutches which are both out as I have RA so bad in my hands and shoulders. The next thing he suggested was mobility scooter as at least It wouldnt cause any other pain. Again more tears, I used to climb mountains and do marathon walks so to be told to get this type of aid came as quite a shock.
I am going to speak to Rheumatology on Monday and see if they have any other suggestions of extra treatment or if I should consider the other option.
Has anyone else had this happen to them please. Thanks for listening x