Good morning all.
This is my first visit to this site, I found you by chance whilst googling the side effects of Methotrexate. I'm 35 and have had trouble with pain in my hands and feet for a couple of years now. I was a bit slow in seeking help though, 3 children, a hubby in the forces and my own business give me lots of other things to think about, so I was only diagnosed with RA at the end of last year. I was quite surprised to say the least and still not convinced that the docs are right, not that I can disprove them but because I don't want them to be right. I have yet to tell anyone outside my immediate family my diagnosis.
I suppose I'm looking for validation here, are my symptoms like other RA sufferers? Will I always feel like this? Will the meds eventually work? Or are my hopes that it's not RA reasonable?
I was started on Sulfasalazine before my RA diagnosis was confirmed, at first I was just told it was poly arthritis (I could have told them that, pain in a number of joints) but after seeing a Cypriot Rheumatologist (as I live in British Forces Cyprus currently) as I was told definitely RA. After a couple of appointments with my Rheumy 6 weeks ago he suggested I start Methotrexate in addition to the Sulfasalazine and I've got to admit I'm struggling. An almost constant nausea and a very upset stomach, and as yet no relief in the joint pain.
Since moving to Cyprus I have to admit that the warmer climate has helped a little, especially in my feet, the morning stiffness has almost gone and the only pain is usually during medical exams when the docs decide to squeeze me feet (thanks!) However my hands are a different story, the middle knuckle on one of my little fingers is extremely, and constantly painful, and is permanently swollen and the large knuckle of my left thumb is following the same way. I like to think I'm a tough cookie, I have three children after all, but sometimes it gets a bit much.
If I do definitely have RA then that will explain the tiredness I have experienced for the last couple of years, my inability to stay awake after 7.30pm is a running joke in our family, but to be honest it's not always that funny, yawning my way through rare evenings out and craving my comfy bed instead of enjoying the company of others is not always amusing
Anyway, that's it, my introduction, I hope it wasn't too long winded, although my aching fingers are telling me I have gone on long enough. Hello everyone.