I have had RA now for 18 months,
I went to my GP march 2012, to see about my hands and feet & my lower back as they had been hurting me for some time, i had put it down to work and the fact i was in the TA at the time, anyway i go see him and he takes some blood tests, 1 week later i get call and he wants to see me, I go see him and it turns out my Rheumatoid Factor is significantly positive!!
My Rheumatoid Factor is 384 IU/ml
An MRI of my hands showed focal marrow oedema, and degenerative changes of the first metacaro phalangeal joint with cartilage thinning and erosion, reduction in joint space,
4 weeks ago they put me on
Folic acid 5mg daily
My life has been turned upside down with RA, i had to stop work & TA, as i was in to much pain all the time. ,
use to work as tiler, and plaster! my hands are that bad i'm happy if i pick up a cup of tea when its made for me, hands, back, feet & legs Hurt 80% of the time. dose it get better or is this it!!
just so down and always feel like i have the flu, and the bad thing about having RA is no one under stands how you feel, and when i say i have RA to anyone they look at me funny! ( but i know what they are thinking) its ok its only RA they just don't under stand.
ok rant over!