I'm just posting to update you on my journey so far. Diagnosed with RA in April/May, then got worse very quickly over next couple of months until I had to crawl upstairs, couldn't drive, write, etc. Stopped work in July. Had 5 months sick leave (full pay, thankfully) while tried Sulfasalazine (a disaster) and methotrexate. I felt better a month ago, for a couple of weeks, so made arrangements to go back to work, gradually. Then I got Flu, which was awful, and set me back to square one again, but I still went back to work.
First day back was stressful.... having to talk to people about RA, watching people quickly avoiding eyecontact because they didn't know what to say....
The back to work interview was an experience in itself!!! ... more for another post....
I am now absolutely shattered, can't sleep and feel very down about it all. The children are wonderful, and cuddling my little one is the main thing that's keeping me going at the moment. Husband is.... 'coping'....... :roll:
I rang the rheumatology nurse last friday, and she chatted with my consultant. They advised steroids 10mg a day for now, and increasing my methotrexate to 17.5mg, which I'm glad about.
I love Christmas, and it's nice to see family, but I have to explain to them that they can visit, but I can't cook a meal for them :oops:
Back to work again tomorrow morning. Feeling a bit sorry for myself. Last week I drove home from work and felt like screaming with the pain in my legs and feet (my own fault for not getting round to buying a new automatic car).
I thought life was hard, but it just seems to be getting harder.