Hello anyone out there. Just new here today after whats been a rollercoaster of 3/4 months.
Around a year ago I developed sores on my legs, I recognised this as psoriasis as my dad and sister had/have it. It didnt trouble me much. Around 4 months ago I though I had broken a toe on my left foot but I could not recall injuring it. Shortly after I developed a pain in my right knee that was incredibly sore. After struggling thru my job as a childrens support worker combined with being a youth football team Coach I broke down one night physically and emotianally. I couldnt cope. I made my way to A&E to have them look at my right knee, my Doc had previously prescribed painkillers over the phone as it was impossible to see him face to face in current climate. Embarrassed I said to the Staff in A&E that I was now covered in small red sores, my knee was sore and I think ive a broken toe. At that point i never knew it was all linked. Hours lates a doctor asked me if i knew what psoratiac arthritis was? I had no idea. The sores were scales, the broken toe was infact 'sausage toes/fingers' and the pain in my knee could be arthritis. In my complete ignorance I said Im only 51. In the months since then Ive developed burning sensation in sole of left foot my toe is still sore, both knees complete agony, index fingers and thumbs rigid most of the time and pain in my shoulder blades. Struggke to the toilet every morning but after an hour or so i can move around but never without incredible pain. Different Docs prescribe different painkillers. Yesterday I saw a rheumatologist who was first class with me, he explained everything in detail. I even got steroid injection in my backside. The pain has eased a little. My whole life has changed in 4 months, simple tasks are on most days difficult to complete, all the things I did with ease I struggle with now.
Not sure why Im writing this, I guess Im kinda happy Ive found somewhere who understands what Im going tbrough physically and emotianally. My family and my job are the most important things in my life, luckily i support young kids in respite care mostly nightshifts so theres not much distance to cover, the dayshifts can be harder but i dont do many a month.
Anyway thanks for listening.
This is extremely difficult to cope with.
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