Hi guys this is my first post so bare with me if I ramble abit!
Basically I've had probs with my back knee for years however this time last year I put my back out at work and I neva been the same since. By March my hands were swelling knees & feet. I was signed off work and put on strong painkillers. I was finally diagnosed with RA in August and am on 25mg prednisone a day and 10mg Methotrexate and 5mg folic acid a week. I was hoping to finally go back to work after 9 months off this week when my current fitness for work certificate ends, but I'm feeling so tired and have more inflammation than ever b4! My ankles toes and balls off feet shoulders elbows wrist and knuckles all have decided to swell as for my hip it feels determined to escape my body when ever I try to move!!!!
I just want to feel like me again- I feel 74 instead of 47! I have an autistic 11 year old & a recently widowed 87 year-old father with dementia to look after and I can just about look after myself. My old man and two older kids try to help but they don't get how painful and exhausting everything is so I just try to get on with things.
Anywho my question is how long till meds start working I've been on them since October and I also take Naproxen & co-caramel daily (not that they help) I also have high blood pressure and depression so take about 10 additional meds to my my RA meds!.
My last blood test on 15Dec still showed high inflammation: CRP 18, ESR 37, Platelets 168. I'm not due to see my consultant again till 27 February
Sorry for long post but don't no where else to turn x