Struggling to accept RA diagnosis
Hello all, so my story begins in Jan 2023, swollen fingers, red hot hand joints out of nowhere. By end of February all my joints except hips, shoulders & neck were swollen, red and hot. Referred to rheumatology and diagnosed in March with RA. Put on steroids for 4 weeks, then mtx tablets, then sulphazaleine, then mtx injections (currently).
over the last 2 weeks I’ve had a new batch of symptoms, unexplained bruising, can’t eat, constant nausea, can’t sleep, severe exhaustion, breathless. Seen GP who ran variety of tests including cancer screening.
there was a part of me that was hoping for a cancer diagnosis at least then I could battle it for a couple of years and win or lose and it be over, found out today all tests are normal and these symptoms are down to a uncontrolled RA. How awful is it that I was hoping for this. I just can’t come to terms with this horrendous disease, it’s ravages me, I’ve lost 2 stone, I can’t open bottles or do any exercise at all, I feel broken and hopeless. I’ve started anti depressants to see if that can pick me up but I just don’t know where to go from here now. I can’t just accept that these symptoms are part of me and my life now.
anyone have similar feelings and any advice on how to accept and come to terms with your RA diagnosis.
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