So my diagnosis has been changed from seropositive Rheumatoid arthritis to fibromyalgia and I am confused. I was given a booklet from the Arthritis care which says on its first page it is a psychological illness.
Last year the consultant was adamant I had RA but I failed on the treatment because it made me too sick and now they are saying it's fibro.
I'm not sure how similar the symptoms are.
I have stiffness and pain in my hands, elbows, knees and toes. I can't bend my knees without pain and it's like someone is prizing off my kneecaps. Same with my elbows. My hands are stiff and the joints tender and I wince if I pick anything up.
I'm also very stiff in a morning and so tired I feel like I am permanently drugged.
The change in diagnosis seems to be because on visual inspection they cant see swelling in my hands except I can't get any of my rings on. They told me that was just because I was getting on (I'm 47) and people with fibromyalgia have body dismorphia and imagine things that aren't there.
To be told it's all in my head when I was told last year when I wasn't even thinking about any such illness that I had RA I find weird.
I have two friends with fibro which I think makes me feel even more miserable because with the best will in the world. They are ill when it suits them. I've known then bunk off work in the morning and be teaching an exercise class in the afternoon. I am certainly in no fit state to do that. Is there any physical basis to this disease or is it just a case of a dumping ground for anyone who doesn't quite fit the model patient so you get a mix of genuinely ill people and others?