Hi everyone, after just over 2 yrs of symptoms I've finally got a diagnosis, well nearly ... I was told 2 months ago that I definitely have inflammatory arthritis and that it is either RA or PA but apparently the treatments will be the same. I've a history of psoriasis in the family and have some psoriatic nail changes but, to cloud the issue, my RF is mildly positive, it was negative at onset but within 6 months changed to positive. The rheumy says its mild, which is good, although I have to say it doesn't feel like it! When I saw her in May she left be on Naproxen only, no dmards as she said she would wait to see if there was any erosion before putting me on anything stronger. Personally I'd rather stop the erosion before it happened!! The naproxen managed my symptoms well for a time but the effect has worn off and I'm in a bit if state. I saw my Gp on Monday who was unhappy with the rheumy and was gonna write to her. I spoke to the rheumy nurse who sounded very surprised that I wasn't taking anything else and said this would be looked at when I go in. My rheumy appt has been brought forward to 25th July and I'm fully expecting to start mtx at this time. I have to say I'm quite scared at the prospect and also a little dismayed that I won't be able to enjoy a glass or 2 of wine at the weekends, although this is obviously the least of my worries. So, right now, apart from the pain in my shoulders, wrists, some knuckles etc which is not good the worst bit is the fatigue and I just can't cope with it. I have 3 children and work 4 days a week and I feel ill with tiredness most of the time, it's like being pregnant all over again!! I know the mtx will hopefully do its stuff and stop the erosion that I fear so much, but will I be swapping one set of symptoms for another with the nausea etc? If the mtx works will it help with the fatigue as well as the pain? I would so appreciate anyone's thoughts and advice please ... But in any event enjoy that scorcher of a day that's coming tomorrow, it's been a long time coming!!! Thanks everyone xx
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