Hi all, its been sometime since I was on here. I must admit I felt a bit of a fraud as everyone seems to be having a worse time of it than I did.
However after some 'Spread apart' appointments I have had my MTX and folic acid doses doubled as my RA was particularly aggressive during the winter. I was in considerable pain for most of the first 6 months of 2013. When I eventually got an appointment (don't get me started on appointments!) my score was quite high and according to my doctor "Yes I can see you had a flare up a few months ago from your blood tests" Yeah thanks for that I wondered what it was!! (Sarcasm is wasted on the NHS) However and intra-muscular steroid injection fixed me up in a day! Now on 15mg MTX and 5mg Folic acid, so far no side effects. Also now the steroids has worn off my hands are painful again, bummer!
The good news is that I stopped smoking in October and only had 1 relapse so far, fingers crossed!!
Also my golf has improved no end over the past year so not all bad.
Why oh Why do Hillingdon Hospital send me, not one but two letters, asking me to call them to arrange my next appointment, when my Rheumy has said on a form that he wants to see me in 3 months, they then give me an appointment for the end of February 2014! Especially when my last one was 22nd July 2013. Apparently the Rheumy can say what he likes on the form but it doesn't mean a thing when it comes to appointments!! GRRR!!!
I also am starting to feel really old now as my darling daughter turned 40 this year (Great Party!!) My oldest grandson is fast approaching 18 and my youngest granddaughter will soon be a teenager!!
Thanks for listening to me rant, much appreciated. Hope you are all well as can be anyway!