New here, just found the site this morning.
For years now I have had joint pain which I put down to normal aging (62) and wear and tear then last year the inability to weight bear due to hip pain drove me to the Doctor. he diagnosed trochanteric bursitis, I had a steroid injection into my joint a week later and was running up and downstairs like a gazelle 2 days later.
Then my all over joint pain worsened and I saw a rheumatologist who put me on steroids for 10 months. they helped immeasurably for about 5 of those months but as the steroids decreased the joint pain returned.
I saw the rheumatology specialist nurse at the end of the steroid course and by then the trochanteric bursitis had returned and I also had pain in most joints, nodule mainly on one finger and a few twisty fingers. Lots of bloods hip X-ray (both normal) later she gave me an intramuscular injection of steroid, which did nothing, and when I saw her the following week I was put on Methotrexate 10mg. (Scary). When I asked she told me I had some kind of inflammatory arthritis, my bloods have never shown the rheumatoid marker.
I took the first MXT last week and went to my GP for a sick note for work, can't do stairs and there's lots of them at work, I have to say that I was quite shocked (only a few days ago) when he handed me a sick line for 3 months which said Rheumatoid arthritis.
Now I'm not sure if I am in denial as I have a lifetime habit of ignoring pain and being brave, (I'm Glaswegian : ) ). or wether its because the rheumatologist or specialist nurse didn't tell me themselves but I find myself thinking that there has been a mistake. The physio tells me that 1 in 20 people don't have the marker. When I went to the clinic I saw others there who had RA, I felt so guilty because I can get around (albeit with a limp and pain) and drive when some of the poor souls were nearly bent over.
Don't get me wrong, 3 months off work.....BONUS : )........ But started on MTX as a first line treatment seems extreme to me ?
I was wondering if anyone else has had similar?