Morning all I'm a bit nervous doing this as I'm a lad of 30 and just really coming to terms that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you just bear with me I shall explain my story.
Back in October 2012 I was 28 and playing football on a Sunday as I always have done, when during the game I was unable to sprint. Thinking nothing of this I came off but was ok walking and just carried on life as normal, but within a few weeks my jaw locked up my hands, legs and feet then started to swell so I went to A&E and was given anti clotting injections, which stung big time. Then I was given a appointment with a neurologist and sent for a scan for MS etc... after having the scan and weeks of chasing I was given no follow up appointment and my GP told me to wait till after Christmas and come back to him if I felt the same which made me quite angry as all my life I have played football, golf done cycling, running and swimming but now this, but it didn't matter how many times I told the so called professionals that something wasn't right (especially in my hip) and also going from a healthy 13 stone down to 11 stone in 3 months because I couldn't open my jaw, I was told to wait so I reluctantly did. After having a painful Christmas and even not being able to pick up my 5 month old son I went back to A&E after a spell of dragging myself to bed as my legs gave up for the night and more swelling, but again I was told to go home as they couldn't explain. Then as i was about to leave i pleaded with the doctor for an x-ray on my hip, which then finally brought up that I had a problem as I had worn away my cartilage in the hip joint.
I was then put on crutches and referred to a specialist in fractures etc.. After months of appointments and a biopsy on my hip I was finally referred to a Rheumatologist.
Then at last after a year of struggle I finally had a change. After being given a steroid injection then being prescribed methotrexate and folic acid after 4 weeks I started noticing I was more mobile and was able to do a few more things, which then I started eating again which was nice and I probably indulged a bit to much last Christmas 2013 but it was worth it, I started putting weight back on.
So 2014 started really well symptoms going and back playing golf and socialising with friends after not seeing any of them for about 6 months, and also having 2 young children and a wife being able to get involved with them again as a family.
Then coming to the end of this year I was very sick all of a sudden and couldn't even hold down water so had a blood test to show my Liver enzyme was sky high so had to stop taking my medication also was put on a pill to lower my Uric acid in my Kidneys.
So a bit of a set back but back on the pills again but managing my pain no problem apart from this dodgy hip which I now have a constant limp, which I feel would have been ok if diagnosed earlier but there you go. So hopefully get my liver and kidney levels right and all should be ok fingers crossed. But looks to be a alcohol free crimbo.
Sorry to make it sound dramatic but thought coming on to these blogs might help, and thanks for your time to everyone that has read this hope to be off help and get some advice of you people on here now that I have accepted it.