I am a 26 years old Hungarian girl living and studying in the UK. I was diagnosed with RA a month ago but I had symptoms like morning stiffness and wrist pain for nearly 10 years now. I am on Sulfasalazine but it hasn't taken any effect so far. I am just wondering if there's any young person here who could share their RA stories. I feel so frustrated and depressed as I have always been so independent and active, never ever wanted to ask for help.
Now I am in the college and also work (where I am bullied because our work is mostly manual and I am much slower than others and sometimes need help as well) to pay off my tuition fee.
It is incredibly hard to manage pain and fatigue as I still have 1-2 flare-ups in an average week and after a working day I have to ask my friend to come and help with cooking, household, etc. and I am just 26! Overall it makes me angry as I had so many plans (making new friends, moving job, going to the uni) and RA stops me almost every day. My GP looks concerned when sees me and the local pharmacist was surprised that such a young person could have RA. I want to be just normal again!