I’m a 65 year old man now in excellent health again. After contracting covid in July I then began to develop joint pain starting in my fingers and eventually expanding to arms, shoulders neck and pelvis. This progressed to the stage where I could not sleep, dress myself and hardly cut my own food up. NHS, God bless em, diagnosed Arthritis and said I needed an x ray and ultrasound. This could take some months.
I decided to go private. I was x rayed and ultrasound within three weeks. During that three weeks the pain was excruciating. Specialist prescribed Prednisolone steroids. These worked within three days, although I realise they have their side effects. I’m posting this to help others as I got assistance with my condition by reading others experiences.
once my condition was diagnosed by private health, my meds were supplied by my GP. I am retired but have a good pension and therefore very lucky. I would just like to let people know who may be considering going private how much they can expect to have to spend. It has cost me £3000 and I am on the point of being handed back to my GP for future treatment as there is something called a ‘Shared Care Protocol’ where private and NHS combine to provide treatment. This may help others considering this course of action.
Now I am about to stop steroids and if necessary go onto something called Methatrexate. I am back to cycling 30miles and gentle jogging so there is hope out there.
I hope this is helpful, Merry Christmas.
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