I'm not still not sure if I should be on here or not!
My blood markers for the RA factor are always negative although I do have OA.
However my consultant says that I have a combination of both OA & inflammatory arthritis.
I had to see him privately as the original appt with the rheummy clinic 3 yrs a go said I wasn't bad enough for them to see me! Over the 3 years it has got worse which Is why I see this guy privately, he does see NH patients but only the severe cases as he is into research & a Prof who works at a couple of hospitals.
I did go back to see an NHS dr who although had the evidence from the Prof of my diagnosis wouldn't believe it!!! I didn't go back to him again!
I've been on Plaquenil for a year or so but it wasn't fully working so last Oct I started Sulfazalaziine & after a few weeks that started to work. I also take co codamol the highest dose, Meloxicam & amytriptiline for pain.
Over Christmas I had a virus which dragged me down & the drugs weren't as effective.
I saw him again last night as I;ve been feeling really rough. He thought that it was the virus attacking my immune system & so has given me a steroid injection to turn off the flare up.
He assured me that I do have inflammatory arthritis, I always feel a fraud & wonder if I'm just making it up! My asthma is like that as well I don't present as everyone else does!!
So I'm hoping the steroid will kick in & I'll start to have less pain & more energy!