Hi. I am new to the site (I have been browsing for the past month) and was diagnosed just before Christmas. I had an accident last May which required a small op on my foot in July - that's when I got my first symptom in my finger, stiffness for a few weeks followed by swollen knuckle. This carried on and at the end of the year the only marker was my raised CRP. Nothing else, so it was a shock. I had a steroid injection and was sent away with the medication literature to read. I really didn't think this was me, surely I was going to get better?! I was fine until March when I woke up one morning witha really stiff neck (have had numerous Chiro sessions) it is slowly improving. However since it started my joints have totally flared up. My hands and knees causing me great problems. I hated the thought of medication, have drastically adapted my diet but have now decided this pain is tough at the moment, I don't want it getting worse. I want my life back. I am struggling to do the usual games with my children and I no longer run or swim.
I have an appt next Monday and have come to terms that I will say yes to medication. I have read numerous posts on side affects, but would appreciate any into on how people reacted\took to Methotrexate.
Once medication is sorted, there still seem to be a number of people who are suffering and in a great deal of pain. This confuses me? Is it because of the damage that was caused before?