I've been told by my rheum and had it confirmed on the NRAS helpline that neuropathy is not uncommon with RA. I initially was told that it you often get neuropathic pain as a result of the swelling trapping nerves. However, last week, I was told that my neuropathy is due to my joint damage. At the time of examination, I had no active synovitis (woohooo!) but the consultant and physio think the nerves have been compressed by bone changes. I'm due to start on amitriptyline, hopefully to help the symptoms.
No wonder I can barely walk; RA erosions, osteoarthritis (as as a result of RA eating away at my joints) and neuropathy in my feet/ankles at the age of 26. Ok, no more self pity.....moving on!
Has anyone else been diagnosed with neuropathy as a result of their RA?