Struggling to cope

Jkemp100 Member Posts: 3
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:08 in Living with arthritis

Recently diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis in my hands and wrists . Now on methotrexate injections , hydroxychloroquine and another on I can’t spell 🤷‍♀️. Just find it all really scary and painful obviously , terrified of ending up crippled and don’t really have anyone to talk to about it . Finding it all quite depressing anyone else feeling the same ?


  • janey4
    janey4 Administrator Posts: 45
    edited 28. Apr 2022, 09:23

    Hello @Jkemp100 Thank you for contacting and joining the Online Community today 😊. It’s great to meet you. I understand you’ve recently been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis in your hands and wrists and are now on various medications. I understand having a long-term condition and pain can be difficult and it can cause emotional challenges as well as physical and starting on that journey of treatment can be scary. 

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  • clare73
    clare73 Member Posts: 11

    Hi @Jkemp100 im in the same boat had you. I was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis they think rheumatoid. I’ve have it in my hands and wrist my ankles to can be very painful. I’ve had 2 injections I’m starting on medication soon hydroxychloroquine. I’m finding things hard at the moment I’ve been like this for 6 months now I use to be fit and healthy now all of sudden I’m not walking like I use to my hands are swollen. I feel very fed up in myself and keep thinking why me. I’ve been coming on the past few days reading other peoples post and I’ve put a couple on myself the people are great on here and the support you get. Try to be kind to yourself and read post on here your not alone.

    take care x

  • YvonneH
    YvonneH Member Posts: 1,076

    Hi @Jkemp100

    It is a very scary time when you have a new diagnosis. I see that @clare73 feels the same as you. It would be great if you could support each other.

    Here's a link you might find helpful

    Take care

    Yvonne x

  • Jkemp100
    Jkemp100 Member Posts: 3

    Hi @clare73 thank you for your reply , I’ve been feeling exactly the same , why me ? It’s not fair, and getting angry etc , can be quite depressing at times . I don’t want this and want it gone !! Same as you I was very fit and healthy one day and then suddenly one day last year my fingers started to swell and it was agony and got to the point where I couldn’t even hold my toothbrush, let alone dress myself 🤦‍♀️. I was in soo much pain . I still don’t understand why it came on out of the blue and no one can seem to answer that .

    I do now have a fantastic rheumatology nurse though who is amazing and really has helped a lot she’s very honest and gives me a lot of time at appointments, I am on methotrexate injections and hydroxychloroquine and I have had steroid injections in my fingers and wrists . To be honest it only seems to be these that work.

    I do hope you get some benefit from the medication and stabilise a bit , I understand completely where your at and I know how hard it is to get head around it all .

    let me know how you get on , take care x