Hello. I was wondering if anyone had received counselling after being diagnosed with RA?
My problems started four years ago (I'm thirty-eight now). Initially it was my toes, but went on to my fingers. I was on methotrexate for two years, but lost so much weight I looked like Christian Bale in the Machinist. About eighteen months ago it began to affect my heels, and I couldn't walk. I went on to leflunomide, but that just made things worse. Practically overnight my achilles tendons were affected and then both knees. I've been injecting Enbrel for three months now, but it's not working magic. I have a lot of difficulty climbing stairs and walking. The thing is, I look after my elderly parents (or try to), and they have their own health problems. I can still drive, so I do the shopping, and just about every day means somebody needs a blood test or appointment at the docs. I don't want to add to their problems, as they're worried about me as it is. I've gone from being a fit young man who never had a health problem, who enjoyed running, going to the gym and exploring foreign cities and art galleries, to a recluse who struggles to get upstairs. I'm just starting to come to terms with the fact that I can't do many of the things I loved ever again. I even gave my new expensive running shoes away, which was heartbreaking, but almost a symbolic gesture of recognition of my new limitations. I was just wondering if there was some counselling service available, as I'm having a bit of a hard time at the moment. I try to stay upbeat, but it's not always easy. Sorry for going on a bit.