I joined this board when I was first diagnosed a few months ago. I rang the NRAS helpline and arranged for a volunteer to ring me and started doing drug research. However I ultimately realised it was all too much to soon! I had not accepted the RA and reading the boards was a bit too overwhelming!
Now I think maybe I'm coming to terms with my diagnosis, I still feel angry about it and have a bit of a why me attitude towards it but I'm trying to deal with these feelings, so I'm guessing now I'm looking for some support and hope!
I'm 27 and my little girl is ten months old, my rheumatologist thinks my pregnancy triggered the RA as before I was relatively healthy apart from frequent chest infections.
I am on Sulfasalazine and still breastfeeding. I really don't feel like it is working! My fingers lock in the morning and the inflammation and pain in my wrists is horrendous! I feel like I'm going round in circles between my GP and rheumatologist and it's exhausting! has any one got any tips on how to care for a young baby when it feels like your hands don't work! Lol!
My mum keeps going on about getting outside help to give me a break as my partner works full time. I'm really against this idea, maybe because of my pride but I just feel I want to be the one to do everything for Martha as the RA already makes me feel inadequate. I did think about giving up the breast feeding incase there are other treatments that will work better but I'm scared I won't be able to prepare bottles etc as I can't unscrew them!
Sorry this post is a little bit babbly! Think I've got so many struggles and questions it's hard to try and write coherently.