hi there, I have just been diagnosed and took my first dose of methotrexate this week, I am 40 and my symptoms started 6 weeks after giving birth to my daughter, she's now 12 weeks, I also have a 9 and 5 year old. I feel devastated and don't know how to cope with this. My consultant said my ra is agressive, my rheumatoid factor was 217. I am so frightened for the future. My older children are to a previous relationship, after years of unhappiness I met my current partner 2 years ago, and now this, I' m so worried we won't get through it and my children have been through enough already. I am a nurse but have little knowledge of ra, although I have seen it at its worst in my job. I just want something positive to cling to. My relationship is quite new and how I look/my body image is very important as am sure so is everyone's, all I can see at the moment is deformity, I've told my partner I will leave if it gets that bad. I'm so down but have to somehow put on a brave face for my children and partner, when I feel like getting on a plane and disappearing I have good family support but feel so alone
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