I have rheumatoid arthritis which was diagnosed in december of last year. I have always been CRB negative and my bloods now show that my inflammation levels are within normal range. I have been on methotrexate since december and I am significantly better - I used to struggle to move around and my joints were hot and swollen - but I am still not back to how I was pre diagnosis. When I told my consultant I was still experiencing pain (usually dull aches in fingers, toes, ankles and wrists which can vary between a small niggle and a throbbing pain which only strong painkillers reduce) and fatigue (again very variable - sometimes I can manage my full time job and hobbies without difficulty, this morning it took me 2 hours to get out of bed and get to work and I still had to stop for a nap in the car on the way because I thought I was going to crash), he said that I shouldn't be and he couldn't understand it.
Since then I have been reluctant to raise it with him because I was left concerned that I was imagining it or being a hypochondriac. I did mention the fatigue to the SPR today and he was relatively supportive but again he told me I looked like I was in remission and he didn't need to see me for 4 months.
Is this normal? Should I just learn to live with it? I can, as using painkillers and reducing my activity can manage these things, but should I be saying something in case my disease isn't as well treated as the consultants say. Could I be depressed and it be psychosomatic? I had a period of depression for the first time in my life just before I was diagnosed but I am on antidepressants and was feeling really good in mood. I don't think I'm depressed as I'm pretty optimistic about the future and am still managing my life in full with the help of my wonderful husband but maybe I'm embarrassed to admit it to myself.
I would really appreciate feedback from anyone else 's experience and advice on what to do based on this as I am not sure whether I should just "put up and shut up" or push the issue - I'm not very good at making a fuss with doctors as I grew up in a family where you don't 'do' illness!