I am new to this blog so bear with me pls.
I am 34 with 2 kids got diagnosed with RA 2 years ago. I applied for DLA last year and was regected as im not unwell enough (apparently).I'm on Mtx 20 mg a week, Etanercept 50mg,Arcoxia 90mg,folic acid etc. I am a student nurse (year 2) so DLA's sticking point was that if I'm well enough to attend lessons/placement then I am ok, have missed lessons/placement before due to illness and uni is supportive also i have to drag myself out of bed most days and use Arcoxia and Diclofenac to get me thru the day. Rummies says I'm overdosing but hasn't suggested what else i can use during the day to tide me over as I use Arcoxia at night? i have spoken to my new GP (recently moved and new to the area) and she asked if I couldn't get out of bed at 5am for a 7am shift due to lack of motivation. Unbelievable as I suffer from morning aches and stiffness.also I wouldn't be doing this bloody nursing course if I wasn't motivated!!! Right??
Needless to say I haven't been back to see the GP again nor have i reapplied for DLA yet as I think what's the point? . I am seeing my Rummie next month to see how I have been getting on with Etanercept(been on it since dec12.)I really don't want to give up the nurse training but struggling with everything at the mo.
Any advice much appreciated.