Feeling at my lowest since diagnosis

Morning everyone , I don't know what's going on with me last few weeks , my RA is having a ball at the moment so much pain stiffness swelling etc . But I've never felt so depressed if that's so the word to describe it . Really have never felt like this in my entire life , so tearful can't be bothered to do anything just want to be at home and keep my misery to myself . Want to sleep all day , started two new meds recently gabapentin and leflunomide was wondering if it's possibly a reaction to the medication. Also on hydrox and sulphalasine plus tramadol co - codamol , omprezanole , . Got appointment with gp next fir and rheumy in 3 weeks . I had disabled aids put in the home a week ago ie toilet frame , bath board , bed frame , perching stool although it's a help it's also a reminder of what my life has become . Just tried to walk my dog every step was hard work the suns shining but I feel so down .

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  • Oh Felicity, you poor thing, feeling so down. I really think that you may be suffering from some clinical depression here and you need to see your GP straightaway as antidepressants can take a little while to become effective ( similarly to the RA medications really). It's not surprising that you feel like this though, with everything being brought home to you with the aids recently being supplied. But if you do need antidepressants then it's no shame and they can make you feel so much better. I really hope that you feel better soon. Clemmie

  • Hiya

    I got very down and depressed just couldn't cope well, but as clemmie says I had a good chat with GP, got counselling and tablets which really helped me cope with what was going on at the time .

    Some days though it just hits you but the positives I see is that you DID go out and try to get fresh air and look after your dog.that is one of the best things you could have done , even when you are sore and don't want to move , it does help. We are all here for you, I hope this feeling passes quickly but if not do see gp, sending you hugs and good vibes xxxxx

  • Thanks guys I'm also on citilopram been on this a few yrs now . Will defo tell the gp how I'm feeling I normally just say I'm fine but I know this is not myself at the moment also forgot to mention feel tender under the arms and in groin area obviously lymph glands up . My 11 yr old granddaughter has just arrived to stay for the weekend she such a good girl will cheer me up I'm sure x x sounds like you have all been through this as well so I know I'm not alone . Thanks love Teresa x

  • Enjoy the weekend, maybe you need your citilopram dose adjusting? Xx

  • Know just how you are feeling, I had a similar spell recently. Problem is getting enough energy to do anything about it!!

    Do suggest talking to your GP, especially as your glands are up. I discovered I had a urine infection, biologic was disguising the symptons, so maybe the cause is physical?

    Enjoy your weekend with your grandaughter, aren't grandchildren a joy? I don't know what I would do without mine!

    Hope you feel more yourself soon. M x

  • Hello

    Part of the problem with RA is the tiredness , so you are not alone there The Dmards you take suppress the immune system so they will cause a tranche of contraindications, so you will possibly tell your RA nurse the symptoms you are suffering from. Your drug regime seems to be extensive so that will not be helping. I am not a GP so I do not know or understand your treatment plan, if you are having problems you will need to discuss all with your GP or Specialist

    Good Luck


  • I will do Bob , thanks for the info and yes M , grandkids are a joy and mine are my everything love em all , Allanah I'm going to have a very chilled weekend if possible . Wishing you all a lovely weekend and hope your all not suffering to much x x regards Teresa

  • Hi there so sorry to read how you feel, not a nice place to be, I agree with Barrister, you probably should see your doctor asap. wishing you well. trish

  • Thanks Trish I'm a little better today but have booked appointment with my gp x

  • Hi felicity10,

    Sorry to hear you are feeling so down at the moment. Do give our Helpline team a call on 0800 298 7650 as they are here to help and support you.

    Take care,

    Ruth Grosart

    NRAS Digital Media Coordinator

  • Thanks Ruth I'm okay feeling much better but will still see doctor on Friday and tell her what's been going on . X

  • Glad to hear it Felicity You know where we are if you need us and good luck on Friday.

    Best wishes,


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