Just diagnosed with PsA, equally terrified of illness and treatment!
I've just been diagnosed with PsA, which is affecting mostly my elbows, neck and jaw so far with some more minor problems with lower back and knees.
I'm sure this is normal but I'm absolutely terrified. I'm only 30 and I'm just so frightened of how bad this is going to get as it progresses over the years. I keep looking for hopeful stories but everything I read is just about how much pain everyone is in and how badly everyone seems to respond to treatment.
Tomorrow I start etoricoxib, which as far as I can tell is banned in the US for causing heart failure? Then onto Methotrexate in a few months, which just looks so risky and I've yet to read about a single good experience with it. Doctors are very dismissive of my concerns about the drugs and I haven't been offered any support or anyone to ask questions about any of it.
Sorry for the doom and gloom, I wanted to get that off my chest as I'm feeling very alone not knowing anyone else who's going through this.