Hi my name is Louise and I've finally found the strength to stop lurking in the shadows and write a blog. I say strength because every time I've gone too write I would just get too emotional. I was only diagnosed in March this year and I'm still trying to get my head round this unpredictable disease. I didn't know much about it so when I was first told by my Dr I had RA the first thing I did was research, where I came apon this site and have been hiding in the shadows ever since. After reading other people's stories I realise I'm very lucky, because from going to the Dr, to seeing the consultant it took only three weeks and have had a steroid injection, on mtx, folic acid and naproxen. 48hrs after having the injection I felt a big improvement, swelling for the most part has gone down. The fatigue tho and lack of strength in my body is what I'm finding hard, but enough waffling from me, I just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to all on this site, I've cried and laughed at posts, which have made me feel that I am not going mad. Don't get me wrong My husband and kids have been amazingly supportive, but it's hard for me to explain to them how I'm feeling,especially since the visible signs are no longer there, bugger I'm crying again. Gentle hugs to you all x
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