I just thought I would introduce myself and say hello
I have mild rheumatoid arthritis , diagnosed after a few years of painful joints and stiffness. Because of my age the doctors couldnt decide whether it was all due to the menopause, my thyroid or actually something else. My doctor was fabulous and sent me for lots of tests but it still took a couple of knee operations to finally get a diagnosis. So here I am at 56 with relatively mild arthritis compared to some people....unless I have a flare up....fibromyalgia, underactive thyroid and some other annoying symptoms that appear to come and go!
I dont generally feel depressed as such but do feel a bit low from time to time so thought that maybe chatting to people with similar symptoms would help me to understand that I am not going mad! My wonderful husband is as supportive as he can be but I dont think he really understands completely how unwell I can feel, although I have burst into tears once or twice. I feel I should be upbeat all the time because I know I am not as bad as a lot of people but sometimes I just need to have a moan about the fact I thought I would be fit and well at my age, and yet I can struggle. I look fine and that's the problem i think?
I work part time and my work are very good at accommodating my random symptoms, and I am fortunate they have the processess in place to help me do the best I can. It's a good company.
Anyway I look forward to getting to know more, and understanding that my body isnt giving up on me just yet ha ha!